Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Gill's Nettle Soup

Thanks to Gill for this recipe.

Wearing strong gloves and long sleeves, pick the top shoots of some young, healthy-looking spring nettles - about a large mixing-bowl full. Cnange to rubber gloves and give them a good wash in cold water. Remove the woody stems, but not the soft green ones. No need to chop.
In your biggest saucepan, heat some oil and gently fry a chopped onion with some garlic if you like it. Meanwhile dice some potatoes - about 3-4 big ones, into cubes.
When the onion is soft add the nettles, stir and then add the spuds and stir.
Pour in as much hot liquid stock or just hot water (add a bit of milk for a creamier soup) as your pan will comfortably allow, put the lid on and boil gently for about 20-25 minutes.
Then put it all through a blender & season to taste.

We ate it with soda bread

1lb plain wholewheat flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsps bicarb of soda
1 oz butter
10 fl oz milk soured by warming with 1 tbsp vinegar

Oven Temp 220 C - 200 in fan oven
Flour a baking sheet

Sift flour, salt, and bicarb.
Add butter and rub in.
Pour milk into well in centre and mix to form dough.
knead gently on floured board, form into circle,
Stick on baking sheet.
Mark a cross on top of load.
Bake for approx 30 mins.

Needs eating same day which is never a problem in this house!


Blogger Gill said...

Oh, it's nice to see the soup over here! It's looking good :-)

7:00 am  
Blogger Heather said...

Yum! We love nettle soup here and that's reminded me to get picking. I've not met a kid yet who doesn't enjoy nettle soup, provided they've done the picking and been involved in the preparing. My mum used to make a kind of nettle cake like bread pudding- I'll see if she remembers the recipe....

9:44 am  
Blogger Rosie said...

Thanks for that,Tech. Very seasonal. I havent had nettlesoup for years. And the bread sounds good.
Mmm...nettle cake...
...is it dock pudding time,too? thats a local delicacy- there is a competition every year.Last year a vegetarian version won, (it's not, traditionally)

1:04 pm  
Blogger Rosie said...

love the cute picture!

1:06 pm  
Blogger Tech said...

Ah yes Gill mentioned dock pudding... Definitely something we need to try, bring on the nettle cake too Heather :0) says the convert to this food foraging lark!

I wouldn't normally stick up a pic of the children here, but Ben tucking into 3 helpings of nettle soup HAD to be documented ;0)

3:39 pm  

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