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With the summer weather here I have a job keeping the nettles down in my garden.  I read an article which said that stinging nettles have many good uses, although I have always classed them as pests. They are supposed to be good for butterflies, great for compost, super for arthritis and even better for soup.  So I found a recipe and tried it, and it tasted better than I had imagined, so here it is





1       Pint of stinging nettle tops (pick only the topmost youngest nettle leaves and use rubber gloves whilst handling raw)

1       Ounce of butter

1       Ounce of Oatmeal

10      Fluid ounces of water, stock, or milk

Salt and pepper to taste




(1)     Wash the young nettle tops in thoroughly in cold water

(2)     Shake the leaves dry and chop them finely

(3)     Melt the butter in a pan, sprinkle in the oatmeal and fry until golden brown

(4)     Stir in water, stock or milk.

(5)     Bring to the boil, stirring constantly

(6)     Add the nettles, salt and pepper

(7)     Return to the boil

(8)     Lower heat and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes


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