WILD GARLIC &HERB BUTTER

I know we’ve finally hit spring when the woods behind my Parent’s house are carpeted in luscious green wild garlic. As a child we’d build dens in the trees and come home at tea time stinking to high heavens of the stuff. Lovely!

I’ve been dying to get cooking with some of this beautiful stuff and a herby butter (or Beurre Maitre d’Hotel if you’re feeling posh) felt like a good place to start experimenting.

I headed out in to the back garden (our field) to forage and discovered a hidden treasure:

This perfectly engineered home was nestled between the branches of a small bush. You can see how low to the ground it is – the plant to the left is wild garlic, and to the right is a nettle. Probably not the ideal place given the number of hunting animals near by, but I felt privileged to be able to peek in whilst Mummy blackbird was off collecting food. I really hope these 3 little eggs tough it out and I can peek back in a few weeks and see fluffy chicks. Ahh… I’d gone all mushy but I managed to collect what I’d set out for.

Now, are you ready for the easiest recipe ever? To make your own wild garlic butter, all you’ll need is:
250g Butter (I promise I’d have made my own if I had a snazzy mixer to churn it in)
1 Shallot
1 tbsp chopped parsley
4/5 wild garlic leaves, washed

Add all ingredients to a blender and blitz until combined. Season to taste.

Now roll it up snug in a sheet of greaseproof paper to mould in to a log, or spoon in to ramekins and gift to garlic loving friends. This will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for two weeks or you can slice in to discs and pop them in the freezer so that you always have some to hand.

Serve
With Parmentier Potatoes
Sink in to steak
Melted in to a jacket potato
Spread on hot ciabatta
Over new potatoes
Saute with green beans
On freshly steamed mussels
Smothered all over a chicken for a herby roast
Bake with fish in a parcel
Smeared on corn on the cob
On top of domino potatoes
 
Experiment
Add a finely diced chilli to heat it up
Try coriander instead of parsley
Make it smokey with paprika

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6 Comments on WILD GARLIC &HERB BUTTER

  1. The View From The Table
    May 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm (2 years ago)

    Where to start? Amazingly beautiful photography. The nest is fab. Wild garlic – I am hunting for it! I found some in Scotland last week and made pesto with it, it was so good. I am desperate to find some more at home. The butter looks so brilliant too. Love it all!

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    • Vicki Higham
      May 1, 2013 at 9:11 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh Sarah thank you for such a kind comment. I’ve been trying to improve my photography (by that I mean just learn how to use my camera!) so I’m glad someone noticed! I don’t think anyone could take a bad photo of that birds nest though, it was just so lovely. I can just imagine a wild garlic pesto! Mmm…

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  2. Chloe Lowrie
    May 1, 2013 at 10:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Just found your blog and absolutely love it! Given me big inspiration for my blog! xx

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    • Vicki Higham
      May 1, 2013 at 10:16 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m so pleased you like it Chloe! Link me up – I’d love to check out your blog x

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  3. Janice Pattie
    May 2, 2013 at 9:04 pm (1 year ago)

    Great photos as always, I’ve been foraging for wild garlic too, will be posting soon.

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    • Vicki Higham
      May 2, 2013 at 9:16 pm (1 year ago)

      Wonderful stuff isn’t it? The thing I love most is that it adds some colour to a dish – I wish I could use it all year round.

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