Friday, 16 July 2010

The ultimate Nettle soup recipe

The ultimate nettle soup recipe.
When most people hear about your interest in wildfood what do they say?
“Oooh doyamean like nettles... I wouldn’t want to eat those. How do you stop them stinging you?
Well here’s the ultimate nettle soup recipe that will one, silence those with a dislike of the stinger and two become a regular favourite at the dinner table. After all ...(blah b;lah b;ah)
1 medium onion finely sliced
1 pint of bacon stock
1 large potatoe, diced and boiled
Black pepper
Crème fraise
1 large carrier bag of fresh nettle tops

Melt the butter slowly then add the onion. Cook over a gentle heat until softened and translucent. Add the bacon stock and heat until it gently simmers. Skim any scum off the surface. Add the nettles and simmer for about 5 minutes add the potatoe and keep cooking for about 5 more minutes. Take off the heat and season. Stir in a bog dolup of crème fraise and serve.
Sometimes if I have a handful of watercress I use that too as it gives a bit of extra pep. For even more pep add a splash of Tabasco.

A word of warning. After June nettles can have a laxative affect. I counteract this by growing my own nettles in my 'wild patch' and very regularly cutting them down to produce new nettle tips.

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