Prague’s vegetable markets are a delight in spring…
Today, to my surprise I found bunches of nettles on sale, and there was also fresh garlic…
With that in my basket and a good handful of almonds, I have prepared a simple, delicious nettle soup…
As you know nettle has many benefits, especially in spring: it helps to purify the blood, is diuretic, it contains mucilages and has antihistaminic properties. It is also rich in calcium and magnesium, helping to strengthen your bones.
1 good handful of nettles (about 100 grams)
3 fresh garlics (depending on the size)
1/4 strip of wakame
1 handful of unpeeled almonds per person
1 litre of water
Extra virgin olive oil
Wash and cut the nettles.
Chop the fresh garlic too.
Put the almonds to soak. If you have them soaked from the night before, much better.
Heat a pot and add 2 tbsp. of olive oil.
Sauté the fresh garlics 2 or 3 minutes, stirring continuously so they do not burn. Add the nettles and skip another minute.
Add the water, a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.
When it starts to boil, lower the flame and cook on low heat, with lid for 5 minutes.
Add the almonds and leave another 3 minutes.
Turn off, and let it sit for a couple of minutes before serving.
Cook it with love … and enjoy it!