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Wow, can you believe it is the 100th entry on The Wild Cooks’ Blog?

To celebrate this momentous milestone, here is a quick, easy and fun way to pack a forager’s punch into a bowl of springtime pasta. This meal is quick, vibrant, wild and an understated tasty dish!

Knaresborough is a small market town only a few miles from Rudding Park.  Down by the river there is an abundance of  nettles, ground ivy, dandelion, sticky weed and wild garlic and I also managed to source hawthorn “bread and cheese” leaves which will add a sharp twist to our springtime spirals of pasta.

I went for a walk (avoiding the paths less travelled by our four legged friends!) and look what I came up with… 

Searching for my ingredients

Searching for my ingredients

 

Me picking the wild garlic

Me picking the wild garlic

So, hot footing it back to the kitchen and a ½ hour of cooking produced a simple, lovely, springtime meal.

Lots of wild food finds!

Lots of wild food finds!

Foraged finds and tips:

Nettles – ouch! Remember they still have their sting until cooked!
Wild garlic
Hawthorn leaves (otherwise known as ‘bread and cheese’)
Sticky weed (known as Goose Grass – remember as a kid throwing it on your friends’ jumpers and watching it stick!)
Dandelion
Ground ivy (this is not to be mixed up with ivy which is not edible – look for the tiny purple flowers and the hoof like leaves for ground ivy)

"Bread and Cheese" - Hawthorn Leaves
“Bread and Cheese” – Hawthorn Leaves

Please have a look at our recipe.

Wild food is brilliant fun – always remember to make sure you know what you are picking, some wild food can be dangerous to eat.

Happy Foraging!

Steph x 

Foraged Pasta Delight!

Foraged Pasta Delight!

 
 

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Steph Moon foraging in Rudding Park by Matt Clark

foraging for nettles and burdock leaves

A stunning dish with a real sting of flavour!

Time to don your rubber gloves, my wild friends, and get out in the woods to pick some Nettle tops.  Yes – there still are some tender young shoots out  there. Pick them and give them a good wash and try this amazing zingy, zesty pasta for a snack right from the track.

Linguine Nettle and Fine Fettle Pasta Recipe

Nettle foraging tips:

This is quite a simple snack, but follow a few rules when foraging for nettles

  • Do not forage where they may have sprayed pesticides
  • Pick the tops only as they are the tender tips
  • Always wear rubber gloves or you will get stung

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