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.
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 Macaroni Cheese
Trio of Garlic Savoury Cake: Wild Garlic, Black Garlic and White Garlic
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 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.
Other bookmarked Wild Garlic recipes to make from fellow bloggers
The Ordinary Cooks Wild Garlic Pull Apart Loaf
The Ordinary Cooks Wild Garlic Bread