If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise!

Wild garlic intertwined with the trees

You may find some lovely Wild Garlic! It is beautifully in season at the moment and in abundance! I first became a fan of wild garlic last year, when I found a little bunch of it on a walk that I took with my two dogs, Ce Ce and Mi-Mi. I picked a few leaves and the aroma of garlic drifted up to my nose! I’ve been hooked ever since that encounter and I have been eagerly awaiting the return of this foragers delight!

Wild garlic in abundance

A few weeks ago my partner and I decided to try a new local walking route (a change is always good!), the dogs loved it and I must admit my partner and I were smitten. A brook runs next to the path which is sheltered by trees of blossom and birch. It’s a peaceful walk where we can let the dogs off and they can enjoy themselves. Whilst walking there it wasn’t long until I saw the familiar sights of the wild garlic leaves and scooped some up. I’d recently seen some recipes in the Good Food magazine using Wild Garlic and also a Wild Garlic Pesto on the internet, which I had been eager to try!

Wild garlic being prepared

Once home with my foraging finds I set to work making a few things. I love pesto and at the moment we have been having a lot of salads at lunch time, so I thought the Pesto would be a lovely extra on a nice salad! I found a great recipe from Tom Kerridge for a Wild Garlic Pesto, which is the one I made! I must say it’s very good and I thought it was simple to make!

  • 120g/4oz wild garlic leaves, blanched

  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and grated

  • 20g/¾oz pine nuts, toasted (I only had walnuts so used these instead – just as good)

  • 200ml/7fl oz olive oil

  • ½ lemon, zest only

  • 30g/1oz parmesan cheese, grated (I didn’t have any parmesan so I used Cheddar cheese – any mild cheese of your choice will do)

  • salt and pepper

To make the wild garlic pesto, make sure you pick the freshest leaves then wash the wild garlic leaves and blanch the leaves in a pan of boiling water for 30 seconds. Re-fresh in a bowl of cold water. Squeeze out the excess water and roughly chop (I did this in my food processor)

With the leaves in the food processor also add the garlic, nuts, olive oil, lemon zest and grated parmesan to the food processor and blend. Season with salt and pepper. And hey pesto! It’s that simple! I put mine in a glass storage jar and once cool I kept it in the fridge. I cant tell you how nice it tastes and I’ve used it on and in so many things!

Tasty homemade pesto

I was also making a Hollandaise sauce for a starter, which I added some wild garlic to as well! Wow! It was amazing! I definitely urge you to try this if you only try one Wild Garlic recipe!

  • 125g butter

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar

  • 4/5 leaves of wild garlic

First of all get all your ingredients ready then put your Wild Garlic in the food processor and roughly chop once this has been done add the egg yolks and white wine vinegar. Place the butter in a heat proof dish – I heat my butter for the sauce in the microwave, much quicker and easier! Then keep an eye on your butter in the microwave but make sure you’ve heated it until it’s bubbling away nicely. Add the butter to the Food Processor (the heat of the butter will gently cook the Wild Garlic and the eggs) start the food processor (I have mine on a low setting) then gently drizzle the butter in to the whizzing food processor. Slowly adding the butter will make sure the mixture doesn’t curdle and instead thickens nicely for a lovely finish. Finish with some freshly ground salt and black pepper and enjoy the taste!

A simple starter of smoked salmon topped with a poached egg and wild garlic hollandaise

I’d love to know if you try either of these recipes and what you think! Also if you’ve made any recipes using Wild Garlic please let me know! I’d love to know how you’ve got on!

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4 thoughts on “If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise!

    • Thank you Datz, some very interesting recipes on there! I will give them a go! 🙂 Have you been cooking with wild garlic?

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    • Thank you very much Johanne! No I haven’t, I will find her! Thank you for the recommendation! Looking forward to reading your blog! 🙂

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