The Bishops’ Kitchen – June 21

The Bishops' Kitchen


150g tender nettle tops,  35g knob butter,  1 onion peeled & chopped, 1 large leek trimmed & finely sliced,  2 celery sticks chopped,   1 clove garlic peeled & chopped, 2tbsp basmati rice,  1 litre vegetable stock, seasoning, 6 heaped tbsp. thick plain yoghurt and a bunch of chives to finish.


Pick over the nettles wash them thoroughly & discard the tougher stalks. Melt the butter in a large pan. Add onion, leek celery & garlic cover & sweat gently for 10 mins stirring them a few times until soft  but not brown. Add the rice & stock & cook bring to a simmer & cook for 10 mins. Add the nettles & simmer for 5 mins until the rice &  nettles are tender. Season with plenty salt & pepper. Puree the soup in a blender & check seasoning. Serve in warmed bowls topping with a large dollop of yogurt & a large sprinkling of snipped chives.


1 tbsp olive oil  200g nettle leaves, washed boiled & drained  200ml tub crème fraiche  1 tsp wholegrain mustard  140 creamy blue cheese such as blue vinny 4 thick slices sourdough bread  seasoning.


Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Add the nettles & cook for 1 minute until wilted. Allow to cool for I minute then roughly chop. Place in a bowl with the crème fraiche, mustard, half the blue cheese & seasoning, taste & set aside. Lightly toast the bread on both sides, divide the cheese mix between the slices of toast then pile on remaining cheese & grill until golden & bubbling serve immediately.

All recipes are from village resident, Richard Childs.

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Nettle - Urtica dioica,
Nettle – Urtica dioica,

Nettles have a rich, earthy, spinach-like flavour with a slight tang. Nettle leaves must first be cooked or steamed to destroy the hairs on them, which contain a number of irritating chemicals.