We went for our first proper foraging walk this week, armed with a book advising us on what we were likely to find and most importantly what they looked like. We didn't find many different plants but we did come home with a large bag of wild garlic leaves. I have made pesto with them in the past but this week have been using them in different ways. I have had them with cheese in a roll as a salad, I have shredded them and added them to soup and I made a cheese and onion quiche which I added some shredded leaves to.
I have been keeping them in a bag in the fridge and they seem to be keeping well in there, they certainly smell strong when I chop them! One of my favourite uses for the pesto is in a quiche/flan, I am not sure if the difference between these I am sure there is a definition! Once I have lined the dish I am using with pastry I spread a thin layer of pesto on the pastry, then cover with shredded watercress leaves, chopped feta and you 'custard' mix I use eggs and elmlea, cook and enjoy!
I hope we can do other foraging walks this year so we can find the good local spots. Often the garden is a good source, our picnic on the walk was a quinoa salad with chopped hawthorn and ground elder leaves.
Enjoy your weekend and the extra day if you are in the UK, I am away camping so hoping for good weather!
Linking in with Friday's Nature Table over at The Magic Onions.