Back to those foraged leaves from the previous post…Most important thing, having made sure you picked them from a safe place, wash the leaves really thoroughly…
OK, so i already posted how to make a pesto from few flowered leeks, for the recipe click here…
i decide to do the same with the wild garlic leaves…works really well but be warned this is a far more pungent (but delicious) version…after processing more than half a kilo of wild garlic, my home smells really REALLY of garlic for a day or two!
The pesto freezes really well, i use an ice cube to portion it out.
I have so many leaves that i try some other methods of preservation. I make a wild garlic paste by whizzing it up with some olive oil – the ordinary kind, nothing fancy- and salt (for every 100g of leaves use 100g of oil and 6g salt) . I read that this will keep in a sterilised jar in the fridge for many months…just make sure you top it up with a layer of oil to stop the leaves oxidising. I use it to boost the flavour of soups or stews or in marinades.
…and do not disguard the stalks, they are delicious, i wilt them along with some of the leaves, v nice with steak or fish, or add them to a daal.
…it all started off with a walk up the Pentland Hills, then down to Currie and along the Water of Leith into Edinburgh.
Edinburgh from the the Pentlands
So walking along the Water of Leith we came across the unmistakable and pungent (in a good way) smell of wild garlic…
we try to pick only from the steepest banks in the hope that it is less likely to be tainted by…i don’t know… dog pee…??
i love this season, i usually go down to the Hermitage to forage for few flowered leeks (similar to wild garlic but a little less pungent). Anyway we came across MASSES of the stuff easily spotted by the clumps of ribbony, silky leaves (almost like lilies) and of course the aroma. We picked around a kilo between two of us (worth a fortune in shops at the moment)
I rush home to process it all as an hour or so after picking, the leaves to wilt, clocking up 20km of walking.
(final exhibition of the work the kids made during my 2 month stint in Andrha – we only displayed the origami as i projected a film of all the work in the main hall – these are some of my students looking after their work while watching the film)
…and here is a short film (6 mins) summing up what we did, i showed it at the end of my time there to the whole school which was chaotic but a lot of fun:
and then after i showed it to some of my long standing students again on my laptop as they got a real kick out of watching their work on screen…
…someone wiser than me referred to blogging as being like tending a garden, you need to water it and tend to it regularly or ultimately it withers and dies…which is absolutely true and i must admit i have definitely neglected the watering part of late…so i shall try to make amends. There have been foraging trips and Spanish culinary adventures, all coming soon, in the mean time here is another photo from India. I would love to say it was a requested portrait but it was me who did the asking, they looked so marvellous in the early morning light:
Same place, same request, new subjects (see last post)…They called over to me, laughing while they brushed their teeth asking for their picture to be taken…this is a good place to come of a morning!
for more requested portraits see here