When spring finally emerges, I like to banish lethargy and listlessness and that’s when I start to crave the vitalising, cleansing effect of nettles. I normally have my first bowl of nettle soup in March, but I was a bit late in foraging any from our plot this year. When the day dawned bright and fair on Sunday morning, I was determined to go nettle picking – and I did.
Have you grown ocas, been given some or found them in your veg box? Not sure how to cook them? These chilli roasted oca tubers make a delicious, colourful and easy meal with wild garlic and hazelnut pesto and some sort of green on the side.
We were walking along the North Cornish coast path last weekend when CT spotted a massive patch of rock samphire. We didn’t want to be greedy, but it seemed too good an opportunity to miss, so we picked enough to make a meal out of. This dish of samphire noodles with marinated tofu was the result.
I’m super excited about my latest green powder for my smoothies. It may not be an original idea, but it was original to me. As soon as I knew I was getting a dehydrator, I was stung into action, literally. The first thing I did was to try drying nettle leaves in the hope I could turn them into a fine green nettle powder.
Whether made with pine nuts or almonds, Parmesan or cheddar, this wild garlic pesto is not only delicious, but a great way to use your foraged wild garlic. Out of season, you can use basil, parsley, spinach or other soft greens instead.
One of the many highlights of our day at River Cottage last week, was the blackberry and apple spelt soda bread we made along with some beautiful butter. I was so delighted with the bread that I went foraging for blackberries a few days later and made a loaf at home.
Yes autumn is here again and it’s brambling season. If you’re wondering what to do with all those black fruits you’ve gathered, this double blackberry chocolate galette might do the trick. It’s a rustic blackberry tart with a hidden layer of chocolate blackberry jam to give added depth and sweetness.
Another year goes by and another year we are not as organised as we’d like to be down on the plot. We don’t have much in the way of veg to eat at the moment, but we do have a lot of weeds. Luckily for us, many of those weeds are not only edible, but quite delicious when eaten young. Fat hen and chickweed are two of these. Time to make fat hen and chickweed pesto.
Pasta is one of those standbys that is perfect for meals in a hurry. I often make tomato sauce to go with pasta and add carrots and onions and any other vegetables I happen to have around – parsnips work well. The other day, I was in even more of a hurry than usual and so I thought I’d try blending a raw tomato sauce instead. I was a little surprised at just how good this quick tomato sauce with seaweed was.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I am having such fun with my Froothie power blender. Mostly, I’ve only used it so far for making smoothies, but smoothies I’d never have been able to make in my old blender. I’ve already posted about my kefir raw cacao and goji berry smoothie. Today I thought I’d try a spring tonic nettle smoothie.