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Nettle is healthy, tastes good and you can pick its fresh sprouts for free in forests in the springtime. I usually make nettle tea but it is also great for soups. Here comes my favourite one:

  • Soak 100 g barley for 1 hour.
  • Chop 1 onion finely and run it on hot olive oil in a saucepan.
  • Add 4 tablespoon ground almond and 1 tablespoon all purpose flour. Stir it until gets golden.
  • Chop celery root and leaves, a bit of fresh lovage as well as a generous amount of fresh chive, basil, oregano and sage leaves. Add it to the onion-almond mix.
  • Add 1-1.5 l water (depends on how thick soup you want) and a stock cube.
  • Rinse barley and add to the soup when it is boiling.
  • Add salt and cook it slowly until the barley is almost done.
  • Add a big bunch of fresh, chopped nettle and cook it for 5 more minutes.
  • Serve it with parmesan cheese and brown bread.

When I was a student, I used to have a part time job in a bakery with free access to the daily leftover. That was the time when I fell in love with focaccia. It is nice by itself, excellent with a glass of good wine and perfect with creamed soups.

  • Mix 2 g fresh yeast with 1 dl milk and a teaspoon sugar. Let it stay in a warm place until the yeast pops up on the top of the milk (about 10 minutes).
  • Measure 400 g white flour, 1.5 tablespoon salt and 0.5 dl olive  oil.
  • Add the yeast mixture to it and make a nice, soft dough.
  • Cover it with a wet tea towel and let it grow for about 1-2 hours (or, until it gets double sized).
  • Coat a baking pan richly with olive oil.
  • Put the dough onto the pan and stretch it out with fingers. Push some holes on the dough in order to make a craggy surface.
  • Add some topping. It can be pickled garlic, pickled tomatoes in oil, olives, onion in thick slices… whatever you like.
  • Drizzle the dough with olive oil and sprinkle dried basil and oregano.
  • Let the dough grow in a warm place (it can be the oven on 45 ºC) for about 1 hour.
  • Bake it on 200 ºC for about 30 minutes, or until it turns to golden brown.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt.