Friday, 22 March 2019

Wild Garlic Manifesto or My Wild Garlic Cookbook

Wild Garlic Manifesto.

It all started with Denis Cotter.  Denis Cotter was the first vegetarian chef to showcase wild garlic.  He was also the source of my inspiration, as  the very first wild garlic recipe to appear on my blog almost ten years ago was inspired by him.  This Wild Garlic Walnut Pesto comes from his cookbook aptly called Wild Garlic, Gooseberries and Me (2010). 

Since then there has been no stopping me. I struggled to find recipes for wild garlic at the time, even celebrity chefs and the world wide web proved disappointing at the time, so I started adapting , being inspired and created many of my own wild garlic recipes, even throwing some into tinned beans, because in my greed I had foraged so much of it.  Some recipes were original at the time and some were not so much, however  over time more and more wild garlic recipes started appearing both on blogosphere and cookbooks, that there is no longer an excuse for lack of recipes ideas and ways of using wild garlic in cooking.  

I still I remain inspired by some humble food bloggers.  I have grand plans to adapt the Green Gourmet Giraffe Savoury Green Pesto Scones with wild garlic, by the way Johanna makes the best savoury vegan and vegetarian scones in my humble opinion.  I also want to adapt this Coriander Salsa recipe and Green Curry made with spinach and coriander with wild garlic.

I decided to write this blog post for two reasons.  One its that seasonal time of year for picking wild garlic around parks, the countryside and foragers secret spots.  Secondly, I was both surprised and pleased to find some in my vegetable box this week,  so rather than re-invent the wheel, I thought I would share a selection of Wild Garlic recipes that have appeared on my blog over the last 10 years in the hope that it will inspire those of you new to wild garlic; and as a word of encouragement, experiment with wild garlic as you would spinach, please don't be tied down to recipes.  Above you will find:  Wild Garlic Farinata or Socca; Wild Garlic Crisps and Wild Garlic Hummus.  
Little savoury wild garlic chickpea pancakes or fritters.
Wild garlic Hummus
Free Falling Wild Garlic Pakoras.  You can be more experimental and add it to falafels or polpettes.
 Wild garlic Chickpea Curry
 Wild garlic Channa Dal
Wild garlic Roti
Wild Garlic Pesto Pasta
Wild Garlic Frittata or Tortilla
Wild garlic and Feta Quiche
 Wild garlic Macaroni Cheese
Trio of Garlic Savoury Cake: Wild Garlic, Black Garlic and  White Garlic
Wild Garlic, Potato, Feta and Pine Nut Quiche 
Wild garlic Gnocchi inspired by Denis Cotter stinging nettle gnocchi.  
Wild garlic Rice with Peas or add wild garlic to Risotto
Wild garlic Potato Salad with Mixed Beans
Wild garlic Tabbouleh
 Wild garlic Soup with Wild Garlic Flowers
Wild Garlic Poached Eggs or add it to an Omelette.

I will end with a very green Wild Garlic Pesto jar - the first recipe many make with their foraged bunch of wild garlic.  I am sharing this blog post with  The Hearth and Soul Link Party hosted by April J Harris.

Other bookmarked Wild Garlic recipes to make from fellow bloggers
The Ordinary Cooks Wild Garlic Pull Apart Loaf
The Ordinary Cooks Wild Garlic Bread 

Sylvan Somethings Wild Garlic Mousse 


  1. Fabulous post!
    The pakoras are mouthwatering!

    1. Thank you so much. The pakoras are my favourite

  2. Thanks for the reminder, I have not been walking near where it grows near my home, I shall have to remedy that! I like to use it in chick pea and potato curries as well though it's great in soups too.

    1. Your very welcome. Hope you get to enjoy some this time of year. It does not grow where I live, not that I have seen it or smelled it, but I do know of a great spot where it thrives!

  3. PS I know you both like street art. I went to see this with Sue yesterday. Queued for nearly an hour for the free 20 min exhibition. Worth it.

    1. Thank hyo Ray. I will check out the link, much appreciated.

  4. What an inspirational post, especially because i love wild garlic! I need to get some soon to try some creative recipes with it. I bought dried one, but it's not the same.

    1. Thank you so much.
      The dried one is def. not the same, but its still worth trying

  5. Thanks for the shout out on the scones - I love a good savoury scone and think some wild garlic in one of mine would be good. Sadly I haven't had the pleasure of fresh wild garlic - just the powder which I enjoyed. I am not sure if it is less available or that I am not seeing it. But I have enjoyed reading of your wild garlic recipes and foraging over the years and I think this is a fantastic resource for anyone lucky enough to access wild garlic - I hope that will include me one day!

    1. Your very welcome. I am off work today as we are having our boiler serviced, so whilst waiting around. I may give your scones a whirl with wild garlic. I think in your part of the world the closest relative to the wild garlic are ransoms and can be found at farmers markets, but we tend to eat the leaves here, not so much the stems which is the case with ransoms. Funny VegHog also mentioned the powder version I have never seen it in the UK. I hope you will come across fresh wild garlic one day!

  6. Such a lot of inspiration there. I love wild garlic, but normally I just turn it into pesto and enjoy it in large amounts. I like the idea of recipes that really show it off, so right now I've got my eye on those rotis. That said, I need to to get me some first - I haven't had any this season, more's the pity.

    1. Thank you so much Joey. I like making wild garlic into pesto but it doesn't keep well in jars. So best to freeze it. Good luck with finding some wild garlic, I had some in the veg box this month, but I have plans to forage for it too.

  7. What a fantastic collection of recipes! I have eaten wild garlic but never cooked with it. I need to fix that! I have eaten at Denis Cotter's restaurant in Cork, Cafe Paradiso, on two occasions. They were both deliciously memorable experiences. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

    1. Thank you April. and for hosting, I don't always remember to join in linky partys, but try when I remember. I am envious you've eaten there twice, we went to Cork last year but because I was with a big group of mostly meat eaters, I was not able to eat there. I hope to visit Cork again and eat at Café Paradiso, nice to know you had a delicious experience.


If you’ve tried one of my recipes, Please let me know by leaving a comment below or tagging me social media with @SeasonalShaheen.

Thank You