After I put them on, of course!!
This morning, I geared up and headed out to harvest:
I harvested my bowl of nettles (sorry, I didn't measure) they were then blanched and cooled. I squeezed the excess water out to them and popped them into the fridge until I was ready to make pasta later in the afternoon. I did save all the water used to blanch them and what was squeezed out, let it cool and used it to water plants. I figure it must have some nutrients in it!
Later, it was pasta time! I put the cooked nettles in the blender with an egg and gave it a whirl. Then added it into my pasta dough.
2 1/4 cups flour (I completely forgot that I had gotten semolina flour last weekend- duh!)
approximately 1/2 cup cooked nettles, blended with one egg until smooth
2 additional eggs
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Put the wet ingredients into a well in the dry ingredients and slowly mix the dry into the wet with a fork. As it gets firmer, use your hands. Knead it until it becomes smooth and silky, adding additional flour as necessary.
At this point, you can either dry them completely for storage, dry them partially for freezing or cook them fresh. Mine dried for about an hour before dinner:
And now, other things of the day. First- I lied.... I did not work on that baby quilt. Yeah, I'm bad. But since I didn't go to the baby shower I figure I don't have a deadline. If it had been raining, as was forecast, I probably would have worked on it. But, today was another glorious, mostly sunny day near 80F again. I couldn't bring myself to sit in that basement room without windows!
But I got a lot done in addition to crackers and pasta. I got the old canes cut out of the raspberries, cleared off the herb/flower bed in the garden, cleared off the mint bed and pruned some dead tips off the roses.
And I took a few photos:
And- look at this green grass!!
V and I even had a "Date Lunch" today! We had some errands to run so we had lunch at the Bluebird Cafe. Lovely! I also repotted my little cabbage and kale seedlings. If they were a bit bigger, I'd harden them off and set them out- but they've only got 2 leaves on them so I'll let them be for a while. I did get my broccoli started but I wonder if I should have just direct sowed it in the garden, LOL!
That was my Monday off. The rain finally arrived around 7pm. We had a thunderstorm with ferocious winds but now it has tapered off to just rain. I do hope we get a decent amount. We have had so little snow that we really need the moisture. It's not good when there are already cracks in the ground in March.
I wish you all a lovely week.