Nettle Soup

Mention something for nothing and my eyes generally light up - that's how I came to be making nettle soup.

The first thing to do is persuade someone to pick a bowl of young nettle tops for you. This is the best way I've found of doing it without getting stung! Luckily, Pauline eventually gave in and obliged.

Stinging Nettles in a bowl

Wash the nettles.

Wash the nettles

Meanwhile peel and chop a potato, onion and optionally, a little celery and a garlic clove.

Soup ingredients

Cook all the ingredients except the nettles in a little oil for about 5 minutes before adding a pint of stock or water. Don't let the veg colour.

Simmer the veg

Simmer for about 10 - 15 minutes until the potatoes are soft then add the nettles. They'll cook down in no time

Add the nettles

Cook for about a further 3 minutes and then allow to cool slightly before liquidising the soup.

The nettles cook down

The 'finished' soup.

Liquidise the soup

When I say finished, well I guess that depends on whether you like nettle soup. Pauline, my resident food critic (and wife) tasted it, and drawing on years of eloquence, declared: "That's 'Orrible!". Doh! back to the drawing chopping board.

Adding a couple of sprigs worth of mint leaves...

Adding mint leaves

...and a dollop of double cream...

Nettle and mint soup

...has produced a soup that's a lot more palatable and very reminiscent of pea and mint.

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