Wild garlic may have gone and basil isn’t yet out, but there is another herby green to fill the pesto gap. Cue watercress. Watercress pesto is super scrumptious and you can use it just as you would any other pesto.
Did you know you can eat magnolia petals? Magnolia syrup is an interesting floral syrup with strong ginger tones. It’s a great way to capture the essence of these fleeting spring flowers.
Spanakopita is a delicious Greek filo pastry parcel or pie stuffed with wild greens and feta cheese. These ones are formed into individual triangles with crisp crackly pastry on the outside and a chewy, salty, fresh tasting inside. The greens in this filling are mostly nettles and three cornered leeks.
Sometimes simple is best. This recipe for griddled asparagus has only three ingredients and it’s absolutely delicious. Salt is an optional fourth. It’s also very quick to make and serves as an elegant spring side dish, starter or supper.
Spring has arrived with fresh green shoots and an abundance of flowers. Simple, seems suddenly very appealing. This spring lettuce & pea soup with new potatoes is super simple, both in the making and in the eating. The flavours taste fresh and clean. There are only six ingredients involved, seven if you make your own stock from the pea pods, eight if you add croutons. As a bonus, it’s also vegan and fat-free (excluding croutons).
A quick and easy side dish consisting mostly of fennel, carrot, radishes and apple. This spring slaw makes a delicious and lively accompaniment to any number of meals.
A delicious light velvety smooth nettle soup. It’s perfect as a spring cleanser. Don’t tell what’s in it and you can keep everyone guessing as to the mystery ingredient.
This simple rustic French rhubarb galette tart is one of the delights of spring. There’s no need to line a tin and the filling is only partially covered by the delicious yet easy to make orange flavoured flaky pastry.
Nutty wholemeal pastry baked with a secret layer of pesto, filled with goose egg and topped with English asparagus. These seasonal asparagus tarts are ideal spring picnic fare as they are portable and easy to pick up and eat with your hands. Why asparagoose tarts? Read on.
Light and delicious cheese scones with a swirl of green wild garlic pesto running through them. To be honest these would be good with any homemade pesto you want to use, but I urge you to give these wild garlic cheese scones a try. At least once.