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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 3:07 pm    Post subject: First meal of nettles Reply with quote

I had my first meal of nettles today. I bit late, I know, but they were still good and soft. Boiled with a few leaves of spinach, a couple of poached eggs on a piece of wholemeal bread. A good healthy lunch.

We've got a couple of WOOFFers in over the weekend so should get some seedlings planted out. They're likely to have nettle soup for lunch,
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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They make decent "crisps". Just get some oil in a pan with the temperature up high, and drop them in (not loads together, you don't want them on top of each other). Bit of salt, pepper and paprika as seasoning.

Book on edible wild plants and seaweeds still in the pipeline...
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And on pizza, steam them first.
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...............Book on edible wild plants and seaweeds still in the pipeline...


Looking forward to it but I won't be contributing to the Bezos funds to buy it.

We've got a big pot of nettle soup for the weekend. Got two WWOOFers here to help.
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
UndercoverElephant wrote:
...............Book on edible wild plants and seaweeds still in the pipeline...


Looking forward to it but I won't be contributing to the Bezos funds to buy it.


Will be on sale via all other book retailers, and myself. DODGY TAX AVOIDERS doesn't have a monopoly.
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UndercoverElephant wrote:
Book on edible wild plants and seaweeds still in the pipeline...


Good on ya.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had a few meals with nettles in the last few weeks.

This evening we had asparagus from the garden with our first crop of peas, broad beans and with spinach as well. Very satisfying.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re: nettles

http://ferment.works/blog/2015/5/20/fermented-nettle-kimchi

This worked very well. Recipe likely to make it into the book.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
I've had a few meals with nettles in the last few weeks.

This evening we had asparagus from the garden with our first crop of peas, broad beans and with spinach as well. Very satisfying.


Oh rub it in why don't you! I had an inch of snow yesterday morning and a hard frost this morning. Next week's forecast calls for the first full week with morning lows all above freezing. Maybe a week more before the fiddle heads emerge.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
I've had a few meals with nettles in the last few weeks.

This evening we had asparagus from the garden with our first crop of peas, broad beans and with spinach as well. Very satisfying.


Did you overwinter the beans and peas, ken?

My peas are not quite ready, but had first onions, asparagus,salads, radishes, tiny carrots, new pots
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vtsnowedin wrote:
kenneal - lagger wrote:
I've had a few meals with nettles in the last few weeks.

This evening we had asparagus from the garden with our first crop of peas, broad beans and with spinach as well. Very satisfying.


Oh rub it in why don't you! I had an inch of snow yesterday morning and a hard frost this morning. Next week's forecast calls for the first full week with morning lows all above freezing. Maybe a week more before the fiddle heads emerge.


Sorry, VT!!

The peas and beans were overwintered in a polytunnel with an additional cover of bubble wrap to the peas on frosty days.

I added goosegrass ( cleavers) to my usual mix of nettles, chard and spinach for lunch today. I'm not brave enough to try them on their own. I'm not bothered a out nettles on their own either, I'm not keen on the texture but I will eat any amount of them mixed with spinach. Cleavers will get the same treatment for a while.

I heard on one of the cooking programs on TV that you can make crisps by hot trying individual nettle leaves. We will try that soon.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2020 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
vtsnowedin wrote:
kenneal - lagger wrote:
I've had a few meals with nettles in the last few weeks.

This evening we had asparagus from the garden with our first crop of peas, broad beans and with spinach as well. Very satisfying.


Oh rub it in why don't you! I had an inch of snow yesterday morning and a hard frost this morning. Next week's forecast calls for the first full week with morning lows all above freezing. Maybe a week more before the fiddle heads emerge.


Sorry, VT!!

The peas and beans were overwintered in a polytunnel with an additional cover of bubble wrap to the peas on frosty days.

I added goosegrass ( cleavers) to my usual mix of nettles, chard and spinach for lunch today. I'm not brave enough to try them on their own. I'm not bothered a out nettles on their own either, I'm not keen on the texture but I will eat any amount of them mixed with spinach. Cleavers will get the same treatment for a while.

I heard on one of the cooking programs on TV that you can make crisps by hot trying individual nettle leaves. We will try that soon.


I eat cleavers and I am still about just. They are hard to swallow because of their clingy surface, but they taste pretty good raw. I started after a dog I walk was obsessed with eating them, so I figured they can't be bad.
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