Recipe of the month, Wild Garlic soup

 

Wild garlic can be found in woodlands with moist soils throughout North Devon at this time of year. It is considered to be an ancient woodland indicator. Wild garlic can also be used in salads; the flowers can be used as an attractive garnish.

 

Ingredients 

55g      Butter 

140g    Sliced white onion

280g    Peeled and thinly slice potato 

2 cups  Wild garlic (about 454g)

2 pints  Good chicken stock

125g     Double cream

 

Method

Gently melt the butter in a heavy based saucepan and sweat the onion until soft without colouring

Add the potatoes and wild garlic, sweat a little longer until the wild garlic has wilted

Add the stock and simmer until the potatoes are soft

Add the double cream

Blitz in a blender and pass through a fine sieve

 

Serve with hot crusty bread

 

For a brighter and more vibrant soup, fry the garlic in a hot frying pan until wild garlic leaves have wilted, then add to the soup before blitzing.