Posted 28 May 2013 by Debbie
Tagged As: Bread, Foraging, Loaf, Nettle, Thyme | Categories: Baking, Recipes | 2 Comments
Stinging nettles abound at this time of year and are the bane of many gardeners (they shouldn’t be — they make a lovely liquid fertiliser). Nettles also make up part of the wonderful resource of free foods available in our gardens, or the hedgerows. They are best when they are young, and the leaves are not yet coarse, so early spring is the ideal time to harvest them, but nettles are so prolific, and seed themselves so readily, that you should be able to find some tender leaves to put in some soup, nettle tea, or this nettle and thyme bread. Nettles have a subtle, earthy flavour, and are perfectly matched by fresh thyme in this half white/half wholemeal loaf.
Now, there is an obvious hazard when using nettles. You can avoid getting stung by wearing gloves to pick them, and then remove the sting by scalding them before use. Only use the younger leaves, and avoid any that already have flowers (tiny green bobbly things).
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Posted 5 January 2011 by Debbie
Tagged As: Bread, Bread rolls, Garlic, Garlic bread, Thyme | Categories: Baking, Recipes, Side dishes | 6 Comments
I love garlic bread. Who doesn’t, right? I saw this recipe for garlic buns at Torview, which had in turn been inspired by garlic pull-apart rolls at Edible Garden. They look so delicious, I couldn’t wait to try them! The other recipes used chopped up coriander, but I’m not a big fan of that, so I decided to use thyme instead. Luckily, there was still some growing in the garden so I could use it fresh.
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Posted 30 November 2010 by Debbie
Tagged As: Cheese, Italian, Mushroom, Parmesan, Rice, Risotto, Thyme, White wine | Categories: Dinner, Recipes | Leave a Comment
Really, this should be Risotto ai funghi e prezzemolo, but the prezzemolo means parsley, and this ain’t got none. This is a Jamie Oliver recipe, from Jamie’s Italy, and it’s fab. I’ve made it four or five times now, it may even become my “signature dish” as it were. Maybe. It’s takes a little bit of time. I did read that risotto is actually supposed to be a quick and easy dinner for busy Italian mamas to cook up for their bambinos. I’ve not really got the quick and easy bit down, but it’s well worth the time and effort.
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Posted 19 November 2010 by Debbie
Tagged As: Garlic, Goat's cheese, Italian, Lemon, Parmesan, Pasta, Spaghetti, Thyme | Categories: Dinner, Recipes | 2 Comments
This is a quick, simple pasta dish: cheesy, lemony comfort food. I adapted the recipe from In Erika’s Kitchen (mostly just added thyme). If you like a refreshing, citrussy pasta dish, this is great. It would probably be particularly nice in the summer-time.
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