Nettles are my favourite ! Every time we are camping somewhere with nettles I am super excited to cook with them and we basically eat them every meal.
There is something so special and sacred about the ritual of foraging or harvesting your food before you prepare it and share it with those you love.
On my last nettle harvesting adventure I was walking barefoot down a little nettle lined track with my 9 month old son observing on my back. The morning sun was shining on us, a creek was gurgling alongside us and birds were fluttering and singing all around.
It was bliss !
In a perfectly peaceful moment my body and soul gently reminded me:
" this is how you are meant to be living "
Feeling alive ! Connected to my food, the earth and teaching my Son how to live by example.
The end result was a delicious and deeply nourishing breakfast and joyful start to the day.
We only harvest nettle leaves if they don't have seeds yet.
When the plant has started forming seeds the minerals in the leaves bind together and crystallise. This can be mildly irritating and difficult for the kidneys to deal with.
I believe in seasonal eating.
Eating wherever the plant is sending its energy.
Because it is sending all its nutrients to making seeds we ate those instead- they were super filling and nourishing!
My friend Bec always has spices with her for occasions like this.
Here is what we combined to make our mighty breakfast:
Nettle leaves - from plants with no seeds
We gently simmered the leaves and seeds in a little water with coconut oil over the fire until warm and soft.
Garlic and spices were added towards the end.
Super simple and amazingly tasty.