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Leaf day doings (including pesto recipe)

Things are on the move again and making a big step in a positive direction, all of which I shall be up-dated anyone who is still out there on soon but in the mean time a nice productive day has been had…

Woodland carpet; Wild Garlic or Ramsons - 7th May 2012Go to local plant sale ~ done (very wet and not much of interest there but nice trip out)

Harvest wild garlic/ramsons and make pesto ~ done

Harvest rhubarb ~ done

Harvest nettles for dinner ~ done and almost cooked

Plant out comfy ~ done

Plant out lettuces and salad plugs ~ done

Sow next succession on lettuces seeds ~ done

Prep and start off rhubarb cordial ~ done (I’m hoping this time it has been wet enough as last year when I tried this it had been to dry and it didn’t work very well)

Use rhubarb leaves to make Brassica spray (against cabbage white fly) ~ done

Wild Garlic Pesto 

I loosely basic it on this recipe but adapted it to suit what was in the cupboard.

 Wash and sort a carrier bag of ramson leaves, picking off the older stems. Roughly chop a small onion and add it to a blender along with a few Brazil nuts and a handful of hazel nuts, blend whilst adding the leaves, olive oil ( I used a sherry glass full as I don’t really like the taste), grated cheese (cheddar) and half a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of sugar. Blend until smooth and serve.

Nettle soup

Especially for Shaz from Our Front Plot

Nettles - 2nd May 2011

Nettles - 2nd May 2011

Ingredients: 2 onions, chopped. 1 potato, peeled and diced. A bunch of freshly picked nettle tips, washed and roughly chopped. 1 vegetable stock cube, onion and celery seed, mixed herbs and a little butter and oil.

Method: Fry the onions on a low heat in the oil a long with the onion and celery seed and mixed herbs. When the onions are soft and just starting to brown add the nettles and enough butter to stop them sticking to the pan and cook until soft and well mixed. Add the potato and cook whilst stirring to stop the potato sticking to the pan. Add water and a stock cube and bring to the boil and then allow to simmer for 5 – 10 minutes. Whiz in a blender and serve.

Nettle Cordial

I have finally been paid! And even better than that I’ve been paid by both jobs. Normally I get paid by cheque from one job and that has cleared, and mostly been spent, by the time my pay from my other job comes into the bank but this month has been messed up because of the bank holiday.

It was so nice to finally be able to do things like stock up on animal feed and human feed as well. As I’d just been paid I went into the whole food shop as well, to stock up on silly little things that are nice to have but aren’t really needed. This time I found some ‘wild nettle cordial’, it’s good and from the ingredients looks really easy to make so I think I will have a go at it. It should work with just an elder flower cordial recipe with nettles instead of elder.