Yea, you actually can make a delicious soup with nettles as the main ingredient. Just pick the top leaves (or when the plants are really small you can take more) about four cups and boil them quickly. Change water (approximately 3 cups) and add two vegetable stock cubes. Bring it to a boil and then mix it. Taste it to see if you need more salt.
I always poach a couple of eggs in the soup (one for each serving), and some like to add strips of chicken. Serve it with some sour cream and sprinkle bacon over.
Nature sure is beautiful in the early summer. Just look at this little mother and her children…
Late spring, early summer is a great time. Birds singing, temperature rising and people going to fairs and other outdoor activities 😊 and lots of flowers everywhere. Best time to visit Sweden!!
Two work weeks left and then SUMMER!!!! 🙂 I can’t wait…. So I made a rhubarb crumble pie today, served it with sweetened condensed milk and custard. It was pure pleasure on a plate 😉
I put some chia seeds in the crumble and that worked well with the oat flakes and vanilla sugar. (It look very brown because I almost always sprinkle cinnamon on top).
During late spring/ early summer (and I sometimes pick the tops later as well) one tasty soup ingredient is the nettle!
Got a message with a photo of nettle soup with bacon (apple smoked) and egg today.
Photo: Jörgen Larsson
I sometimes have poached eggs and creme fraiche with it, haven’t tried with bacon yet. But this made me really hungry. I think I’ll pick some nettles tomorrow, they are everywhere by now (even though May has been super rainy and actually quite cold, even for Sweden) 😉 between +9 C (48F) to +15 C (52F)
A simple nettle soup
Approximately 1 l (roughly 4 cups) of nettles (rinse and boil, drain and mix) add stock until you get the thickness you want. Season and put your chopped or poached eggs in (I usually poach my eggs in the soup) and serve with creme fraiche