Cooking with stinging nettles


I apologise.

In the old days, while I spent the majority of my time hanging out with two small people not at school, I dreamt up Slice of Wednesday. I'd make one most Wednesday mornings all of last year, and take it to morning tea with friends at 10am.

At 10am today I was knee deep in flour, eggs and brown sugar, operating an enormous brand-new planetary mixer at the commercial kitchen. I did not make a slice.

But I thought you might like to see my first foray into feeding the family stinging nettles!





Even though I was wearing rubber gloves, all those years of carefully avoiding stinging nettles made me hesitate in picking them. I picked the tops of some of the newest ones I could find over near the hayshed.

I put them in a pan in the fat left over from frying the bacon for the same quiche, and the rule is once the tiny stinging hairs are cooked off (almost immediately) they're no longer stingy.




Chopped it up and stirred it into the quiche. Didn't tell anyone about the nettles until after dinner (except Naomi who's hands are in the pink gloves above!) The kids were surprised then nonchalant. 'Tastes like spinach.' Adam looked at little horrified and demanded to know which exact patch of stinging nettles I'd harvested. One just at the end of the driveway, hello, and anyway I washed them thoroughly. 



I am now officially a huge stinging nettle fan. Thanks for all your suggestions for recipes, I'm going to try nettle tea next, a nettle cracker and I'd really like to try nettle cheese. Free greens! Pumped full of blood-building chlorophyll and high in iron and magnesium and calcium. And delicious. Who knew?! Not me.

And then in the fridge tonight I found this:




Yes, it's a slice. Made by Adam who was home today looking after Ivy. I've asked if he'll cut it and photograph it in daylight tomorrow while I'm out at the commercial kitchen.

It's vanilla slice.

Happy days.


13 Comments on “Cooking with stinging nettles

August 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I’m impressed. I have neither heard of stinging nettles or knew that they were edible! But no slice of wednesday? Your slices are my go-to recipes for school and kindy bake sales and I think I’m stretching the friendship by offering up ANOTHER lazy lady, lemon slice, and strawberry coconut slice. Come on! Don’t leave a mamma hang’n!! (So lovely to hear what you’ve been up to again)

August 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Fabulous. I’ve picked nettles in the UK but not over here yet. You’ve inspired me. Might go looking at the weekend!

August 2, 2012 at 1:36 am

Now THIS I wouldn’t have thought of doing!

Judy Anderson
August 2, 2012 at 3:16 am

The quiche looks delicious and so does the slice.

Penny Hannah
August 2, 2012 at 6:28 am

And to think I’ve spent most of my life destroying nettles! That was interesting and a great way of getting your own back on the beastly little stingers…

August 2, 2012 at 7:31 am

Yum. I love nettle tea.

August 2, 2012 at 8:16 am

Nettle beer, the man will love you!

August 2, 2012 at 8:28 am

Oh, you lovely thing. I’m so glad you’re back.

August 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I too am so glad you’re back. I’ve been following your blog for about a year now and I love what you are doing! I’ve been wanting to incorporate weeds into our food for a while but am a bit chicken 🙂 I don’t think I’ve seen any nettles around here though. Thanks for sharing your adventures.

August 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm

FRAN!!! I missed you!

August 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Nettle BEER? Hello, google. Thanks!

Cassandra Allen
August 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm

And an amazing fertilizer for the garden as well. It’s HUGELY popular over here in France. It’s called Purin d’Ortie (Ortie is Nettle)
Have you tried? Here is one link I found…

September 24, 2012 at 3:12 pm

loved reading about the nettles as I have been sneaking them into my soups and stews for years, only telling the family later. I will do a quiche now as well! I drank the tea for a while and then, when I had a blood test, my doc queried my high iron level! I didn’t mention the nettle tea as she is ultra conservative and would have freaked out! But I recently came across a recipe by Anna del Conte, Risotto with Nettles. I made it last night and it was a hit (but I am still a bit sore where I got stung picking the nettles (despite wearing gloves!)


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