'Enough with the wild garlic recipes' I hear you, I hear you, but I just can't resist. Its there at every green place I go to right now and then I am tempted to pick a little each time...
You have to give me some credit though; and perhaps even crown me with a wild weed garland as this years 'Wild Garlic Girl', that is of course if two inspirational people I admire from afar don't mind: Denis Cotter, author of Wild Garlic, Gooseberries and Me (whose new cookbook 'For the Love of Food' is on my cookbook wish list) and Mat Follas - Masterchef Winner 2009 and owner of the restaurant TheWild Garlic.
The truth behind my interest in Wild Garlic (also known allium ursinum, broad leaved garlic, bear's garlic, buckrams, devil's garlic, gypsy's onions, ramsons and wood garlic) is really simple. Wild Garlic marks the beginning of foraging season; and this year I've found a number of locations where I can easily get my mitts on them. Foraging is thrift and frugal too; and not that I fall into that category, but foraging is also very chic right now. City girls and boys in wellies (I'm a townie by the way) can be found foraging for free wild food up and down the country. I jumped on this bandwagon many years ago because I genuinely wanted to learn more about seasonal and local ingredients. Much of it is self taught and I am still learning each and every day.
Right now the free food hunter in me is taking full advantage of the abundant wild garlic.
previous Wild Garlic recipes, I've made a few jars of Wild Garlic and Walnut Pesto that have been well covered with olive oil. I am hoping I can enjoy this wild garlicky goodness throughout the year.