There are a few ways to take the sting out of nettles, but nothing can remove their goodness. Choose your source from an organic, pesticide-free location. Harvest carefully, only picking leaves from younger plants while allowing mature plants to continue propagating.
Heat up some vegetable or chicken stock and add cleaned nettle leaves. Simmer until soft, and then purée. Excellent sipped hot or cold. Swirl in a little yogurt or sour cream, if you wish. It can be seasoned with all sorts of flavours, from ginger or mint to cinnamon and cardamom.
Did you know that nettle is almost 40 percent protein? Plus, it’s been studied for its use in reducing pain in people with osteoarthritis, and is said to provide fodder for more milk in dairy cows and to induce chickens to lay more eggs.
If you live in an area with a bounty of wild stinging nettle, you can harvest it yourself. There are ways to harvest stinging nettle without arming oneself with protective clothing gear. But for a novice, the best approach is to wear long pants and a shirt with long sleeves and gloves. Thin latex gloves work perfectly.
Wash nettle leaves thoroughly. Add to saucepan with water and honey, if using. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to simmer. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Then strain through fine-meshed sieve into jug and refrigerate until chilled.
Using tongs, pop a fresh mint leaf into the bottom of cup. Add ice cubes and pour chilled tea overtop.
This recipe is part of the Thirsty? collection.
Ever thought about making burgers as an appetizer or as a potluck meal for friends and family? Try making your favourite burger into bite-sized portions. They might be small in size, but they won’t be small in flavour. These burgers also pair well with a Greek salad for a delicious mid-week lunch or dinner. Fresh is best Squeeze fresh lemon on patties while cooking to give them the fresh zing of citrus.
What worldwide vacation is complete without a stop in Italy? Dad won’t miss the meat in this flavourful mushroom alternative complete with Italian spices and a zesty vegetable tapenade. Portobellos have a uniquely “meaty” texture and act as a sponge to lock in loads of flavour. This meaty plant-based burger is sure to become a favourite—even with any meat-lovers in your life. Custom-made! Don’t be afraid to customize your burger buns to fit your patties. If your bun’s too big, trim off excess and save the trimmed bits of bread, but don’t discard. Instead, cut into small cubes; drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings of choice; bake at 350 F (180 C) for 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have delicious homemade croutons for use in soups and salads throughout the week.
Next stop, Asia! This shrimp burger combines classic Asian flavours with unique toppings for rich umami flavour with the saltiness of the ocean. Whether served on a bun or over rice in a more traditional Asian-style meal, try some unique miso yogurt or wasabi mayo dressing for a fabulous flavour bomb. Keep those burgers juicy Place raw patties on a plate or tray, and cover and freeze or refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes to keep them together and to lock in moisture.
While on your burger journey, visit Jamaica, where you’ll find the spicy jerk flavours native to this beautiful island. Maple syrup adds a unique, sticky sweetness, while fresh lime juice highlights the fresh, tangy flavours of the Caribbean. Try making your own jerk seasoning or purchase store-bought for an easy shortcut.