Since Pork is being pushed through media outlets at the moment, we thought we would share with you a quick recipe for you to try. Quick, easy, and tasty a pork dish can suffice as an alternative to beef or chicken.
Nettles surprisingly contain 18 - 25% proteins, it's one of the few wild edibles which grows with such a high amount of protein. It's a diuretic, meaning it flushes out the bodily system it's also good for internal bleeding and nose bleeds!
Pick the nettle when young, due to older leaves can damage the liver, Young leaves are also more fresh and tasty.
- 1 pork fillet
- Tablespoon of honey
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- Young nettle leaves
- Fresh fennel
- Well oiled pan
Oil the pan preferably with vegetable or olive oil, allow to heat up. Place the fillet of pork in the pan on a low heat until golden brown in colour on each side.
Apply salt and pepper and tablespoon of honey, so the pork absorbs the flavours. What I usually do at this point is throw the fennel in too, along with the nettles. Blanch the nettles in the pan, to follow the next step of the cooking process.
'Blanching' is a term used when nettles stings are 'burnt' or boiled away. You can cook the nettles in boiling water or fry them, I prefer to fry, as it makes the leaves more crispy and in our opinion, tastier.
Once the nettles and fennel are fried, reduce the heat on the pan slightly more, until it's very low heat. What I like to do here is usually boil noodles or some kind of pasta-based dish along with it. Alternatively, you can make a really tasty broth by using a high amount of water content with your noodles. Obviously this is dependent on choice, and personal preference, however.
I hope you've been inspired to give this go, it's a dish Luke and Paul often eat, when they want something quick and tasty.
Let us know in the comments if you decide to give this a go, or if there is anything else you would add to the recipe.
Luke has trained world over, honing his survival skills from the jungles of Borneo, to the Pacific Northwest in America. Luke's speciality lies within the bow drill and herbalism. Recently Luke has focused his main skills towards primitive first aid.