Refreshing nettle cordial 

As you know I’m a huge fan of nettles for their unbeatable health properties so I’ve decided to try making another interesting cordial.

I can’t imagine how it will taste but I’m looking forward to trying it in a week or so.

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A large mixing bowl full of freshly picked nettle tops, use young nettle leaves only

1kg granulated sugar

4 unwaxed lemons, zested and juiced

1l water

1. Bring water to the boil, add the sugar and the zest of all the lemons and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Take the syrup of the heat and leave it to cool down slightly.

2. Add the nettles and the lemon juice and cover with a tea towel.

3. Leave for one week in a cool place but make sure you stir the mixture daily.

4. Strain the liquid through a sieve and store in sterilised bottles in a dark cool place.

 

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Nettle Soup

If you enjoyed reading about nettles yesterday here’s a delicious recipe for you to try.

Nettle soup is eaten mainly during spring and early summer, when young nettle leaves are available.

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Nettle Soup:

A mixing bowl full of freshly picked washed nettles

1 large onion

4 medium sized potatoes

1/2 celeriac (optional)

1 vegetable stock cube

Herbs – whatever fresh herbs you have to hand. I used parsley, chives and dill.

1/2 cucumber or 2 large slices of pickled sliced cucumber (optional)

1 tbs olive oil

Salt and pepper

Sour cream or yoghurt

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1. Peel the potatoes and celeriac and cut into small pieces. Boil for 15 minutes or until soft.

2. Chop the onion finely and fry in olive oil.

3. Drain the potatoes and celeriac and add them to the onions. Add salt and pepper.

4. Remove the leaves from the nettles and add them into the pot discarding the stems as they can be stringy.

5. Add finely chopped herbs and cucumber if you are using it.

6. Add a pint of boiling water and the stock cube (it’s better if you crumble it in the pot as it dissolves better)

7. Boil for three minutes, take the pot off the heat and whizz it up with a hand blender.

8. Serve with yoghurt or sour cream and fresh crusty bread.

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Bon Apetit!