Saturday, April 24, 2010

Foraged foods! - What to do with wild onions!

I am sure you have seen them grow somewhere near you. Wild onions. They look like a cross between Chives, scallions and Garlic plants and they also taste very much like that. Here is a recipe that would call for a good amount of wild harvested onions - the green bits only. Of course wash them well use them only from a source you know so you can be sure they were not sprayed with weed-killer. And of course if you don’t have any wild onions handy you can use store bought chives or scallions - even the organic bunch of scallions is only 60 cents now!

Thai - Coconut Soup:

For 4 servings - for a light lunch or a first course:

1 can coconut milk - not the light version
1 large bushel wild onions - green parts only or substitute one bunch scallions
1 lime - organic if you can
2 large carrots - sliced thin
2 large potatoes

other veggies such as zucchini, squash, mushrooms - optional

This makes a very nice light, yet filling soup - other than the carrots and potatoes if feel you could add whatever veggie you have in your refrigerator. It is also quite quick to make - 30 minutes from scratch.

1. In a shallow pan add all the soup veggies - carrots and potatoes and whatever else you would like to add. Add 1 1/2 cups of water and simmer lightly with a touch of salt until tender to pierce with a fork - about 10 - 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile open your can of coconut milk and empty into a blender - make sure you get all the coconut goodness including the fat that likes to stick to the side of the can. Add a good amount of salt - a 1/2 teaspoon - and slice the lime in half. If using an organic lime you could throw in half the whole lime -skin and all. If using a non-organic lime I would suggest to scrape out the flesh only - a grapefruit knife works best and use both halves. Next add the wild onions or scallions - trim off the white ends and wash really well first. Add about 4 coconut cans worth of water and blend until you get a nice creamy, green colored water - about 30 seconds to one minute.

3. Add you coconut water to the softened veggies and heat up your soup. Taste for seasoning you want a salty, creamy, slightly sour taste - that is quite addictive. Serve immediately and enjoy.