On a pleasantly rainy Friday morning, three of our MoonHaven instructors went stomping through the woods together to find some tender shoots of stinging nettle and garlic mustard. Our purpose: to harvest abundance from this season of spring and share a beautiful meal together!
Yael's brown pup led the way as we explored a hidden piece of nature in the Frederick area. We stopped to say hello to and old oak, and pup splashed happily in the creek nearby.
We grabbed our foraging bags and protective gloves, and the nettle hunt began! We also made sure to have a trash bag on hand-- it was my job to pick up refuse that other humans had left behind. An excited spring rabbit graced our path as our foraging bags slowly filled up with fresh greens.
Eventually, we were chilly & damp and the rain started coming down in earnest. We made a quick stop to the local grocery store for some ingredients, and headed to Katie R's house to get started on the cooking.
At first, we set aside a few bundles of fresh nettles to hang in Katie's kitchen. They'll dry out in a few weeks, and can be steeped into a tea that is nourishing for the respiratory system-- a handy trick during the upcoming allergy season.
Katie is an incredible Maker of Things, and she whipped up a quick batch of fresh pasta
for us to accompany the nettles. The nettles have to be blanched in hot water first to remove their stinging quality, and then they can be cooked just like any other vegetable.
We paired them with zucchini, toasted walnuts, vodka cream sauce, and a hearty amount of shredded parmesan cheese. After ladling our servings into handmade bowls of
Katie's own creation, we trotted outside to enjoy our meal with Yael's brown pup.
After the pasta, we all enjoyed a fresh fruit tart for dessert. Even the pup earned herself a little delicious morsel!
Interested in going on a foraging adventure with us? Check out our Enchanted Forest Walks in the upcoming Classes & Events tab!
Pottery courtesy of Wild Things Pottery. Check out Katie's other creations on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/Wild-Thing-Pottery-217054231701447/