going wild for garlic

April 4, 2015 at 11:20 am Leave a comment

Cranham woods with E 4BA walk in Cranham woods turned into a happy stumble* across patches of wild garlic when we went to explore this strange looking tree. Cranham woods with E - strange tree 4B Cranham woods with E - wild garlic 4B
What fun we had collecting sticks (no surprises there), nibbling on wild garlic leaves and eating our snacks to free up our Tupperware box for foraging. Cranham woods with E - stick man 4B Cranham woods with E - snack time 4B
Turns out a small snack box doesn’t hold much and it’s pretty slow going when you’re a forager clutching a stick collection! Cranham woods with E - forager 4B
To make our pesto style sauce I whizzed up our garlic leaves (17g), with 10g walnuts, 10g hard cheese, seasoning and 25ml rapeseed oil (different choice of ingredients but quantities based on those in Hedgerow (River Cottage Handbook, No.7)Wild garlic pesto collage 4B
It tastes so fresh and vibrant and it’s surprising how such a small amount goes a long way.  The equivalent of 5 teaspoons of pesto has stretched to jazzing up pasta, potato salad and adding some zing to soup. Wild garlic pesto - on pasta 4B
No prizes for guessing where we’ll be returning to soon!

*Literally a stumble when only a minute or two before E had learned that getting out of a tree is not always as easy as climbing in. No harm done and all in the name of independence! Cranham woods with E - climbing out of strange tree 4B

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