Cork and Knife
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Healthy but not abstemious, our Nettle, Leek and Potato Soup bursts with Spring flavors. You can keep it vegan, but a swirl of rich crème fraîche and crunchy brown butter-garlic croutons are a delicious addition. And if a few violet blossoms happen to fall in the bowl for garnish, so much the better. You can also use spinach in place of the nettles.
Spring is here, and one of the first areas of the garden to poke up green leaves is the stinging nettle patch. If you can avoid the sting, the nettle is one of the healthiest, most delicious perennials that’s super-easy to propagate — and is the superstar of this soup, made with leeks, potatoes, and the green, green nettle.
There’s no getting around the fact that the stinging nettle is the unloved weed, the lurking Triffid, the snarling Caliban, if you will, of the British landscape. If you thought otherwise, let me show you the plant in its natural habitat:
But despite its rather unprepossessing appearance, its urban ubiquity, and the unpleasant electric-shock feeling of walking into one, nettles are one of the most nutritious and tasty spring greens you can cook with. Last spring we made a nettle risotto with garlic and taleggio, and this year we’re combining nettles with leeks and potatoes to create a rich, green soup, sprinkled with brown butter – garlic croutons and wild violets from the garden.
If delicious Szechuan-style lamb burgers weren't enough, we also present to you in this post Simon Adebisi's tiny hat. No extra charge! I'm aware that there's a very good chance you're thinking, 'Okay, fine. That's a decent looking burger but what the bloody hell is...
It's a shame about toffee apples, it really is. In theory, I ought to love them. There's the toffee, which, as our Ultimate English Toffee recipe proves, we're all about. I have no problem with the toffee. There are the apples - and who doesn't like apples? Your...
This chicken with lemon, garlic and basil – the flavors of an Italian summer – cooks in one pan and gets a delicious crispy skin.
Dear reader, or indeed, readers: You may, singularly or en masse, have become increasingly concerned at the startling lack of chicken-related news in this blog. It is possible, but admittedly not likely, that you are of a nervous disposition, and have been unable to...
Shrimp curry is easy to make, and we flavor it with coconut milk and add fresh corn for a summery touch, but you can make this all year round!
Refreshing and a perfect balance of tart and sweet. But enough about you, let’s make this cucumber and mint gimlet.
When life gives you basil, make basil pesto. It’s the perfect accompaniment to salads, pasta, as a bake-in sauce for chicken and many other dishes. Since we’re cheap, we substituted affordable walnuts for pricey pine nuts.
If, like us, you have a mountain of basil in your garden, go make pesto! And then make this pesto couscous salad and feel damn proud of yourself.
Grilled steak ramped up with a tangy, creamy blue cheese and chive compound butter – watch out, steak night, the bar just got raised.
Sometimes I think I would probably be fine just having condiments for dinner. A few pickled grapes, maybe some chive Hollandaise licked off a spoon. And these. A whole bowl of these, please. I wanted something a little sweet and tart to go along with our Grilled Steak...