Wild Garlic

wildGarlicA couple of weeks ago the boy Stig and I went foraging for food. Down the lane and onto a woodland path and we found the delicacy we were searching for, in fact we inhaled it’s sweet and pungent aroma before we set eyes on it. Since we’ve lived in this lovely spot I’ve been aware that Wild Garlic grows here, I’ve enjoyed the scent on many a walk but I’ve never before collected it and then cooked with it. Spurred on by an article in my favourite magazine The Simple Things, not seen or read it?find it, it’s wonderful,all about this abundant wild ingredient we decide this year would be different.

027Basket, secateurs and the joy of an adventure in hand off we set. Stig is always very enthusiastic about these type of adventures, ones where it’s just him and I and he’s doing something new and exciting. He was right in there cutting all the leaves, climbing the banks to get away from those that may have been relieved on by dogs or affected by birds! We soon had a plentiful basket and off home we toddled.021

I invested in my first ever Kiln jar for this recipe, wild garlic pesto, hoping that a big jar of wonderfulness would sit in our fridge for a while. The recipe again was inspired by the magazine, but as I often do, I made small adjustments.

 Wild Garlic Pesto,

200g pine nuts
200g wild garlic
100g grated Parmesan
200ml extra virgin olive oil
Salt & Pepper for seasoning

  1. Dry roast the nuts until they brown slightly.
  2. Wash the garlic and remove long stems.
  3. Add garlic and nuts in food processor and pulse
  4. Add Parmesan and Olive Oil and pulse until a pesto like consistency, a rough paste.
  5. Season and pulse briefly.
  6. Transfer to a sterilised  jar and cover pesto with a glug of olive oil.
  7. Pop in the fridge and use in an assortment of ways.

 WGPesto

You can mix with pasta or stir a blob in with your vegetables, serve with fish or add to a salad dressing or maybe try out these…

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7 Comments

  1. Mummy Plum May 21, 2013 / 10:31 pm

    Lovely post. The wood near my parents usually has an abundance of wild garlic. I’m heading there next week and now feeling inspired to forage. I may well take your pesto recipe with me!

    • thepuffindiaries May 22, 2013 / 10:07 am

      Thank you, it’s really easy and very delicious, I hope you enjoy it if you make it. Foraging feels very exciting too.x

  2. Vicki May 21, 2013 / 10:55 pm

    This very weekend we picked wild garlic and wild mint for the first time. I’ve made garlic flatbreads, and put some in fishcakes too (sounds bizarre but it lifts then beautifully). The rest is sitting, stalks in a dish of water, waiting for me to make pesto tomorrow! Was gonna make up the recipe as I went, but you’ve just made my life a while lot easier…thank you xx

    • thepuffindiaries May 22, 2013 / 10:05 am

      How timely of me, I made a a larger quantity and doubled things up. Love the idea of wild mint will need to investigate not sure I’d know it if I saw it. xx

  3. Emma May 22, 2013 / 8:13 am

    Both here in Bavaria, and in Denmark where we lived before, Wild Garlic is a BIG deal… They take seasonal food very seriously, and it is added to a lot of stuff! I think Pesto sounds like a really nice idea, and it looks delicious! :)

    • thepuffindiaries May 22, 2013 / 10:08 am

      Thanks Emma, it was fun to do with my boy and is a really tasting thing to dollop on your food. x

  4. Tania Davola August 27, 2014 / 12:10 pm

    Just moved to Somerset and am living the dream. I am loving foraging and have already made loads of Jams and Chutneys, cakes and biscuits. Off to find Wild Garlic. The pesto sounds perfect and right up my street as I’m half Sicilian. Love your photo’s too. I’ll be back!
    Thanks, Tania

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