Using some of the nettles I gathered during yesterday's foraging expedition, I made this mineral-rich soup.
You only need a handful of simple ingredients, as follows:
1/2 a carrier bag of collected nettles (tops and young leaves only)
2 tbsp olive oil (alternatively use 50g butter or margerine)
1 large onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (chopped or crushed)
1 medium potato (chopped into small cubes)
1 1/2 pints vegetable stock
2 tbsp cream or creme fraiche (alternatively use a cupful of milk)
Salt and black pepper.
* Wash the nettles thoroughly and discard any thick stems.
* Heat the oil (or butter) in a large pan and sweat the onions and garlic until soft, but do not allow to brown.
* Pile in the nettles and stir thoroughly. Leave to sweat for 2 minutes.
* Add the potatoes and cover with stock.
* Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes until tender.
* Season with salt and black pepper.
* Blend the soup thoroughly and stir through cream, creme fraiche or milk.
* Return to the heat but do not allow to boil.
* Check seasoning and serve with a swirl of cream.
Enjoy - safe in the knowledge that those stinging hairs have miraculously disappeared!