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Garlic (wild) & Wild Herb Soup Recipe
If using shop-bought garlic, use six cloves, rather than six plants.
This is a delicious soup, and a meal in itself if served with good bread.
However, it's not worth making unless you have fresh parsley, sage and thyme.
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For 6 people:
- 6 Wild Garlic Plants
- 1.3 litres/4 pints Water
- 1 teaspoon (5ml) freshly-ground Black Pepper
- 2 teaspoons (10ml) Salt
- 4 Cloves
- 1 teaspoons chopped fresh (5ml) Sage
- 1 teaspoon fresh Thyme leaves Thyme
- a small handful of chopped fresh Parsley + a little more to decorate
- 1 Bay Leaf - fresh or dried
- 4 Egg Yolks
- 40g/1 oz Butter
- 1 teaspoon (5ml) Cornflour
- 30g/1 oz grated Cheddar Cheese
- 2 tablespoons Single Cream - optional
- Wash the garlic thoroughly.
- Cut the green stems and leaves off the wild garlic stems and chop them finely.
- Remove the skins from the garlic bulbs, and slice them thinly.
- Put the water in a big saucepan with the chopped garlic tops and sliced bulbs, salt, pepper, cloves and all the herbs - except the garnishing parsley.
- Bring the mixture to the boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the soup from the heat and stand for 5 minutes to infuse and cool slightly.
- Remove the bay leaf and cloves.
- Beat together the butter and cornflour with the egg yolks until they are creamy, and pour them into another saucepan, capable of holding all the ingredients.
- Place this saucepan over a very low heat, and gradually pour the soup over the egg yolks - whisking all the time.
- Simmer for a further 5 minutes, but on no account allow the soup to boil.
Serve hot, with the cream poured over the top of each bowl, before a light sprinkling of parsley - hand round a bowl of grated Cheddar.
Adapted from a recipe by Joy ).O. I. Spoczynska in her excellent book 'The Wildfoods Cookbook' (Robert Hale, 1985).