Thanks to my generous friend I have been able to keep us well-supplied in nettle this spring while I wait for ours to start to grow up here. We've had nettle in all sorts of things and, after two dinners of nettle/chickpea canneloni in a row and countless smoothies, the boys (including S) were getting a little worried that I'd gone a little more overboard than usual and was now going to be putting nettle in Every Single Thing we ate.
Friday afternoon came on quickly this week and I decided to cap off our busy week with our favourite Dutch Apple Pie. Just before the pie came out of the oven they all looked at me (a little anxiously, I think) and asked, "Is there nettle in the apple pie?" Poor things. I'd almost feel sorry for them except...
a visit to my lovely friend yesterday had me coming home with a huge amount of fresh nettle. And, as is my tendency, I may have overdone it just a bit; I've got plenty to eat fresh this week and after filling one table cloth full to dry I had to get a queen size sheet out and set it up on the floor to dry more. This should give me a good start on my year's supply of dried nettle for my infusion (a photo of the gorgeous green infusion on that link).
The Dutch apple pie? No, it didn't have any nettle in it. This is the recipe I use (with just a little less sugar) and it is delicious.
And really, as someone living in an apple growing region, I feel it is...my duty, really, to make apple pie with local apples on a regular basis, it is so important to support our local apple growers and I'm willing to do my part. ;-) I hope you'll give this recipe a try with some local apples too. If you do, let me know how you like it.