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Nettle Soup

“He who is afraid of every nettle should not pee in the grass.”

The common Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioica, was for many generations an important traditional food in Ireland, providing a free and tasty ingredient for soups, purées and sauces in the spring. 472 more words

Irish History

Nettle Soup

I turned up

not out of the blue

just a day later than I’d said

her folks put me in a room,

out back

away from the main house. 100 more words

Feeling soupy

Sometimes if it’s warmish, i don’t feel much like eating lunch, but think I should otherwise I’ll be hungry before the next meal and be tempted to snack on something naughty… which is why soup is good – except of course if the weather really is lovely and hot, in which case maybe not soup! 494 more words


Stinging Nettle Soup

Falling into stinging nettles was an occupational hazard of mine when I was 5 through to age 12. This was neither fun nor painless as I’m sure you can imagine but believe it or not every time I see stinging nettles now I am instantly transported to a happy place, a place where the tiny piece of wilderness that I used to play in at the top of my street was my own private universe!   329 more words


A Very Nice House in the Country

Oh my, look at this garden. How lucky am I to sit out and stare at this every day?

To paraphrase Blur, we live in a very nice house in the country – how lucky are we? 570 more words

Frugal Food

Foraging for Nettles

Nettle soup is my favourite food to cook because I like a plant that can fight back. Much attention is given to cakes; the infinite variations, the ritual, the sociality, but I find these rather tame and, literally and metaphorically, saccharine. 837 more words


Spring food: nettle cream soup.

Early spring is the perfect time for going outside in your garden or into the nature in general and harvest some freshly grown plants. After months of eating veggies that are definitely not fresh from your garden but fresh from thousands of miles away; and let’s be honest, they just don’t taste like the ones that are grown in your own garden or balcony. 642 more words