- 1 tbsp rapeseed oil, plus extra for drizzling
If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…
- 25g butter
Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…
- 1 onion, finely diced
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 1 leek, finely diced
Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…
- 2 celery sticks, thinly sliced
A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…
- 1 carrot, finely diced
The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…
- 1 small potato, peeled and diced
The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…
- 1.2l good-quality vegetable stock
- 300g young nettle leaves
- 200g wild garlic leaves (keep any flowers if you have them)
- 3 tbsp milk
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…
Heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion, leek, celery, carrot, potato and a good pinch of salt, and stir until everything is well coated. Cover and sweat gently for 15-20 mins, stirring every so often to make sure that the vegetables don’t catch on the bottom of the pan.
Pour in the stock and simmer for 10 mins. Add the nettles in several batches, stirring, then add the wild garlic leaves and simmer for 2 mins.
Remove from the heat and blend using a stick blender or tip into a blender. Return to the heat and stir through the milk, then taste for seasoning. Ladle into bowls and drizzle over a little extra oil, then top with a few wild garlic flowers, if you have them.
Barney’s foraging rulesTake a pocket guidebook, and check it before picking anything. Make sure that it is legal to forage in a public area or that you have the landowner’s permission. Use all your senses to identify the plants you are looking for; it may look similar to wild garlic but if it doesn’t smell of garlic – don’t eat it! Never pick leaves next to busy roads or lanes, or low down, where dogs are regularly walked. If foraging for stinging nettles, wear gloves when picking and make sure to cook properly.