Leek and Nettle Soup Recipe

With this delicious recipe, you use the best of your garden and wild edible plants. Our ancestors used to add wild foods in their meals because there wasn’t enough crops from the garden. Easy to prepare, enjoy!


2 large (washed) potatoes cut up small with skin on
10 cups water
4 cups thinly sliced leeks
1/2 cup dried stinging nettle (or equivalent fresh)
Handful of fresh finely chopped dandelions
Handful of dried or fresh (washed) red clovers
2 tsp. of dried thyme (or equivalent fresh)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
3 tsp. garlic powder
3 tsp. dulce flakes (reserve one teaspoon for garnishing)



In one pot bring potatoes to a boil. Once par-boiled, drain and rinse.

In a large pot, pour in water, add stinging nettle. Bring to a boil. Lower temperature and add all remaining ingredients (including potatoes). Stir well. Simmer 30 minutes.

Place soup mixture in a blender and turn on low for 10-20 seconds. Pour into bowls and garnish with dulce flakes. (Garnish with fresh parsley as well if you have it!)

How to Make Easy Homemade Energy Bars

Energy bars is a great survival food for your BOB and survival kits. There are easy to carry and are perfect to boost your energy when you need it.

Here is a very simple recipe for a whole grain energy bar you can do quickly.
And it’s delicious!

Cooking is a wonderful activity to do with your children. They enjoy making things by themselves and they are learning at the same time.

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• 9 cups oats
• 1/2 cup honey
• 1/3 cup maple syrup
• 2 cups sugar (I prefer raw cane sugar)
• 2 cups butter
• 1/2 cup peanuts
• 4 cups chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. In a large bowl stir all the ingredients together.
3. Press 1/2- inch thick onto a 9×18-inch cookie sheet.
4. Bake at 250 for about 15 minutes, until the mixture is bubbly,
5. Remove from oven and let cool (this is very important, it will become very crumbly if not allowed to cool completely)
6. Cut into small pieces and enjoy.

You can also add peanuts, almonds, cinnamon,… Whatever you want if it tastes good for you!

Survival Recipe – Nettle & Barley Risotto

The oldest recorded recipe in Britain according to the Centre for Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff is one for nettle pudding, consisting of not surprisingly nettle with barley. They claim it to be 8,000 years old!

Taking this for inspiration I decided to create a nettle risotto using barley instead of rice, to which I added ramsons (wild garlic), and kelp seaweed.

This nettle risotto recipe is easy, quick and deeply nourishing, so you won’t need bowlfuls to feel thoroughly satiated.

I find barley extremely warming, and with this years spring vacillating between sun, rain and hail, this nettle risotto recipe hits the spot for those who like their food deliciously tasty and simple.


Nettle Risotto Recipe Ingredients

  • 80g nettles
  • 70g wild garlic (chopped)
  • 3g dried kelp
  • 200g pearl barley
  • 500ml stock
  • 200ml nettle & kelp water
  • 40g parmesan cheese
  • 2tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • black pepper

Nettle Risotto Recipe Instructions

  1. Put nettles and kelp into a pan and cover with water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Drain, reserving the liquid. Remove the kelp, and squeeze the nettles to remove any excess liquid, then chop.
  2. In a large frying pan or paella dish add 2 tablespoons of oil, and gently fry the onion for about 3 minutes until soft and translucent, next add the garlic and stir so as not to burn it.
  3. Add another tablespoon of oil, then pour in the barley, add the chopped nettles and stir to coat.
  4. Mix together 500ml of stock (I use a good chicken stock) with 200ml of the reserved nettle/kelp liquid, called from now on simply; the stock
  5. Add a ladle of the stock, and stir continuously until it has been absorbed by the barley. Keep ladling the stock in small amounts until the barley is cooked. When you have only about 200ml left of the stock add in the chopped wild garlic. Remember to keep stirring all the time, so the barley doesn’t burn.
  6. When the barley is cooked, add the parmesan cheese, cream cheese and black pepper. Stir together and serve.

Serves: 2

Source: www.eatweeds.co.uk

10 Great Outdoor Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda is not only a key cooking ingredient, it can also be used for cleaning, odor control and for other household uses.

But did you know that baking soda also has a wide variety of outdoor uses? I’m going to show you 10 great uses for this multipurpose product outside your home.

  1. Weed killer: To keep weeds out of sidewalk, paver stone and patio cracks, you can use baking soda. That’s the solution Readers Digest suggests. Simply sprinkle baking soda on your concrete or stones and sweep it into the cracks; the added sodium will chase away the weeds.


  1. Pool water: eHow says you can use baking soda to regulate pH in pool water. For sure, baking soda is a much healthier, natural and chemical-free pH-balancing solution.
  1. Pet stains: If your dog or cat’s urinating is leaving brown stains in your green grass, sprinkle some baking soda in water on the spots as soon as possible after your dog finishes.
  1. Tomato plants: The Gardening Cook uses baking soda to sweeten up tomatoes. You must be careful to not get any on the plant themselves. Sprinkle some baking soda around the base of each plant. The reduction in soil acidity will make your tomatoes much sweeter (but you should test the pH of your soil before).

  1. Garden-safe: Install It Direct says you should sprinkle some baking powder around the perimeter of your garden to keep nibbling rabbits away. Rabbits can literally destroy your garden quickly. In addition I recommend putting a fence around and getting an outside dog.
  1. Patio-safe: Wash off patio furniture using a water-baking soda mix. You can also sprinkle the powder directly onto the furniture and scrub with a damp sponge and the wash it off.
  1. Rugs and mats: You can do the same as above to clean outdoor rugs and mats which begin to get mildewy and smelly after spring rains.

  1. Fire control: Many people love the ambiance of an outdoor fire all year round, even in summer. But sometimes fire pits can get a bit too heated for summertime use; having a squirt bottle filled with water and a couple tablespoons of baking soda will help tame the fire monster.
  1. Ice melt: Baking soda makes a great de-icer for your car, sidewalks and farm equipment. Use it in place of corrosive salt.

  1. Sparkling windows: You can also use a baking soda-and-water combo to clean bugs and other debris off your glass panes and windshields.

Source: Homesteading.com

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