In Peterborough there is a wonderous website called greeniversity.this is a site started by Peterborough Environment and City trust where you can access courses for free by people who want to share their knowledge,usually green or sustainable activities such as gardening,knitting,swishing and cooking from scratch etc click here to find out more I have been on quite a few classes such as aromatherapy,foraging,soup making,sprouting and a self confidence class where I walked on broken glass! I love the fact that you never know what's coming next!!
I set off on Wednesday morning to Bretton woods where I thought there was a medicinal plant walk,unfortunately I had the wrong day! (It's this Saturday can't wait!) Whilst there I had a stroll in the woods and came across a familiar sight alongside the plentiful bluebells.
Bretton woods Peterborough
There was a carpet of wild garlic either side of the pathway! This lovely plant has a subtle taste of garlic in the leaves http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_ursinum
I collected a large bunch and used most of it to make soup alongside spinach from the green back yard (our local community allotment) link to green back yard to offset the dense greenness I added sweet potato,carrot,lots of onion and fennel,this made a very tasty soup which I blended as I like to eat my soup in a cup alongside my salad.
Unfortunately I had eaten the soup before remembering to take a cooked picture!!it was very tasty!
In other food related matters I have recently signed up for a woodland farm organic fruit and veg box,this is their £16.50 box which I got on offer from groupon for £6.50 each box for 4 weeks(result!)
You get a lot in the box and they deliver to your door,in Peterborough it comes on a Thursday.
Today I made sweet chilli sauce to go over my spralized courgette noodles(courgette from veg box)
Sweet chilli sauce(raw)
You will need
Fresh tomatoes cherry are best,roughly chopped
Dates soaked in water(madjool)
Spring onions chopped finely
Red pepper(half) chopped
Wild garlic leaves shredded or garlic bulb
Chillis(I used powdered as didn't have fresh)
Spiralized courgette to serve
I use the Lurch Spiralizer,I have bad arthritis in my hands and I can manage this,it doesn't require much force) spiralizer on Amazon
Easy peasy! put all ingredients in food processor and blitz til the veg is broken down but still,a little chunky,like salsa, also added the soak water from the dates. Pour over the Spiralized courgette,lovely over salad or rice.
I use my hand blender as I have broken my processor and works just as well just don't over blend or you will get fresh soup!!!