Time goes fast – this year’s 1st May bicycle trip has taken place a week ago already. Before season for young wild herbs will be gone soon, here is another quick little wild herb’s recipe along with some insight to the beautiful Brandenburg scenery with horses and herbs and matcha cheesecake picknick (which I post “en route”, so it’s very short this time).
Here’s my recipe
This is a very quick and easy one: Clean the mixed wild herbs (we found dandelion, nettle and goutweed), take off the nettles and cut them finely, let them simmer a little bit in a pot with butter and oil. Add some garlic if you like (which I do). Cut the other herbs finely and leave aside some nice dandelion leaves. Cut a small shallot. Mix cream cheese and sour cream, add salt and pepper and mix with all the herbs (the heated and the raw ones) and the shallots.
Cut a zucchini into very fine stripes and roast in a pan with some sunflower and olive oil until they get a little bit of color. Add a little bit of brown sugar and let slightly caramelize. Add very few raspberry vinegar, salt and pepper. Arrange on plates or serve in the pan together with the dandelion leaves you hava put aside before and with some cream cheese on top. Serve with bread or potatoes.
Just a little addition: To be honest, I know close to nothing about wild herbs. Each year in spring I have forgotten what the eatable ones look like. Thanks to my little goutweed harvest at a friend’s garden two weeks ago I recognized at least goutweed during the little velo trip (well, not in every single case – I was close to picking some tree shots by mistake). But another friend of ours knows enough about all the other greens as well to keep us from fainting with poison ;-). We even discovered some ferns with furled fronds that looked like fiddleheads and I was so enthusiastic about its beauty that I was willing to do a rich harvest. But I was kept from doing so which surely has been better this way – many ferns are obviously known to be poisonous, and if you don’t know the plants you better keep hands off. So did we, but I am so thrilled by some blog posts I read about real fiddleheads that I HAVE to find a shop that sells the beautiful creatures – greengrocers will hopefully know better than me which ones are fine for consumption.
Todays Urban Shots
…are not urban, not even suburban, but rural. Look at the beautiful Brandenburg landscpape that we passed by: