Wild Garlic Omelette - L'Ail des Ours - Season's eating -

Last weekend, the local farmers' market's traders had small crates of wild garlic. In my opinion, the very first sign of spring, these tender, pointed leaves, sweet and pungent all at once are always a joy to see...and eat.

Wild garlic or l'ail des ours, to give it its French name was once thought a magic plant. Found in woodlands, wild garlic is easy to forage even for a beginner. It can hardly be mistaken for anything else, its smell is typical of garlic. When foraging, it is best to leave the bulb in the ground to ensure new shoots the following year.

Wild garlic is incredibly versatile. I have asked fellow-bloggers for recipes which you'll find added at the end of this post.  Usually, it's a matter of throwing the leaves in boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes, sieve, cool and use. Why not give it a go?

Eggs and wild garlic are the best of friends. So after buying a small brown bag of the delicious plant, I took them home and without further ceremony, blanched them, sieved thoroughly, chopped and added to an omelette. Goat cheese would have been welcomed in this dish but I couldn't wait to go to the shop.

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Further reads
By Danny aka Food Urchin on Great British Chefs, a cracking Wild Garlic Pesto
From Karen at Lovage and Lavender a Wild Garlic and Blue Wensleydale Tarte
By Niamh on Eat Like a Girl a Wild Garlic Potato and Bacon Hash

Let me know if you have been inspired, I'd love to add your recipe too.

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corina said...

I would love to make something with wild garlic one day! I've only ever had it in meals in restaurants but I'm sure it goes so well in an omelette. I'll have to start looking out for it!

Pebble Soup said...

Hi Corina,
Thank you for dropping by. You don't need much 100grs is plenty. Make sure you take it "raw" first as it looses a lot of the potency when cooked.

Jenny-Apply to Face blog said...

What a wonderful recipe.I will look out for it.The omelette looks so delicious and I would not of thought of the combo before!

Pebble Soup said...

Hi Jenny,

Nice hearing from you. It is a must try, you are right the combo is absolutely delicious.

Let me know once you have given it a go

Kirsty Hijacked By Twins said...

Oooh wild garlic, love it!! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

Angela Entwistle said...

I love coming across wild garlic on our countryside walks at this time of year, as you say you really can't mistaken it for anything else! Though I have to confess I've nver tried it - I'll have to rectify that this Spring time,
Angela x

Shaheen said...

I do like wild garlic and am hoping to go foraging in our little secret spot soon. I have to confess I am not an omlette person, but my husband would gobble this up no problem



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