The Really WILD Food Guide

... Cooking with Burdock, Goosegrass and Plantain


Thai Burdock & Chicken Curry     THAI-STYLE BURDOCK
& CHICKEN CURRY

An absolutely excellent way of incorporating burdock root into a coconut based curry. Make up your own curry paste mix or reach for a bottle of ready-made ! This is one that will really lift your spirits on a cold and damp day in Britain's outdoors. FULL INSTRUCTIONS

 

Creamed Plantain with Ham

 

CREAMED PLANTAIN WITH HAM

The addition of ground nutmeg, cream and gammon ham do wonders with the humble Greater Plantain [Plantago major]. Very young and pale springtime leaves - about one to one-and-a-half inches long - are not too bitter.
If you are happy with the slightly bitter edge to raw spinach then this recipe should be quite acceptable to your palette. And there are ways of tackling older / larger ones.
FULL INSTRUCTIONS

 

Goosegrass & Chickweed Kedgeree

 

GOOSEGRASS & CHICKWEED KEDGEREE

A no-fish vegetarian type of dish providing carbohydrate, protein and 'greens'. Relatively simple to make with the greens being added in the last minute or so of cooking. Goosegrass leaves only used. Stalk material is like chewing on a doormat.

Purists can always have the best of both worlds and add flaked fish - but why not make it one of our freshwater fish like perch, pike or carp ?

 

Burdock, Ham & Potato Cake   

 

BURDOCK, HAM & POTATO CAKE

A highly experimental idea to provide you with fibre, protein and carbs, although it does need a blender to finely mince the burdock. Some plain flour is needed in the mix, otherwise you simply end up with dollops of sludge in your frying pan.

The addition of some very finely chopped red chilli [though it could easily be green] helps 'lift' the overall taste which would otherwise be pretty bland, while the salt in the ham provides just enough flavour in that department. With some fine-tuning this is something which might work.

 

Spicy Goosegrass & Chicken

 

SPICY CHICKEN & GOOSEGRASS

Unloved as it is by farmers Goosegrass [Cleavers] forms a replacement for spinach in this spicy chicken dish with its tomatoes and Indian spices. FULL INSTRUCTIONS

For your safety. Do not consume wild plants if you have
ANY medical condition, during pregnancy, or give to minors.

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