Yesterday afternoon I ended up again in the Viktualienmarkt looking for kale. It’ll be in season for a couple more weeks and it is still hard to find anywhere else in Munich. The place I’ve found that sells it also had a huge pile of nettles for sale. I reached out to touch them…just to lightly place a finger tip on a leaf to see if I would get stung, and the woman there yelled at me not to touch. She was more worried than I was, I guess.
Amy has told me that she’s cooked them before, but I don’t think I have even tasted them before. So now I am curious. But I stuck with the kale yesterday (and the salad it ended up in today was scrumptious – crazy mix of anchovies, garlic and dates in the dressing – it sounds like it would be terrible, but I think it is one of the best salads I have made in months. (Recipe here.) )
This afternoon, Britta and I took the S-bahn down to Lake Starnberg to walk around for a few hours before coming back to cook dinner together. And the roads we walked along were teeming with nettles. Everywhere. Making me curious again. But I didn’t have any gloves to collect them, and truthfully, what do you make with them other than soup? How do you get the sting out of them? I think it goes when you cook them…
Lovely fall day today, but damn cold already.