I got all hippie and back-to- the-earth and nature girlish, and decided to gather some wild nettles and make soup.
I learned a few things along the way.
- One pair of latex gloves is not enough of a barrier to prevent nettle stings.
- Two pairs of latex gloves are not enough of a barrier to prevent nettle stings.
- Nettle stings sting like a son-of-a-bitch for more than 24 hours.
- One pair of rubber kitchen gloves IS enough to prevent nettle stings.
Here they are, mostly de-bugged and washed. (SHUT UP! You eat bugs all the time.)
After making a huge mess in in the kitchen, (because i always make a huge mess when there is a blender involved, because there are always unfortunate blender events, which is why i drink my margaritas on the rocks and thank god my kitchen is already green,) soup was achieved.
Well, it is pretty. In a super-foods-i'm-eating-algae sort of way.
It tasted like......weeds. Like a freshly mown lawn. It wasn't bad, just kind of boring and grassy. I used garlic and onions and even a potato, so i was puzzled by the lack of taste interest.
So what did i do? I went and gathered more nettles yesterday and this time i am going to try them sauteed.
Free food is free food people!