Monday, 25 April 2011

we've gone wild garlic mad!

after our foraging day yesterday, we set to work today on some new wild garlic recipes. Firstly we made a wild garlic pesto using this River Cottage recipe, replacing the walnuts with pine nuts, realising half way through that I had forgotten to buy olive oil (don't you find every holiday you forget one ingredient?). Not wanting to use sunflower oil, my husband did a little foraging of his own and took himself off to the local pub and over his pint, casually asked if he could 'borrow' (are we meant to take it back?) a little olive oil? They happily obliged him with such a bizarre request and he quickly returned with a squeezy ketchup bottle full of oil! The recipe was quick and easy and made up a potent little jar of the most intense green coloured pesto, that I am going to spread on some lovely crusty fresh bread.

We then made some wild garlic parcels, using a recipe from the fab River Cottage Hedgerow Handbook.

serves 4
32 young wild garlic leaves
100g risotto rice (cooked)
250g sausagemeat
200 ml chicken or veg stock
salt and pepper

preheat oven to 190°C/gas mark 5
Clean leaves, take off and chop stalks
In a bowl mix the chopped stalks, rice and sausagemeat, with salt and pepper
Lay the wild garlic leaves shiny side down in pairs to form a cross
place a teaspoon of the mixture and place in the middle of the cross, then starting with the bottom leaf wrap them around to form little parcels
Turn the parcels over and place in a baking dish, pouring the stock over the top
Cover with a lid or foil and bake for 45 minutes

I think this recipe would also work a treat stuffed with mushrooms instead of sausagemeat. It felt very Mediterranean to be eating stuffed leaves on such a hot day! 


  1. Wonderful recipes :-)
    hugs from Italy!!

  2. those recipes sound unbelievably delish - must try them out!!
    BH x

  3. oh how i love river cottage. and i adore the pub story x

  4. not you as well! haha
    there's lots of it about and foraging is so satisfying eh?
    here's a blog I love with some more delicious wild garlic recipes:


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