<p>Spring is finally here. We are saying hello to fresh produce, light, colorful dishes and a bit lighter desserts. We live near the forrest which is great, since we get to eat yummy forest berries and harvest wild nettles for example. This lovely plant can substitute swiss chard or spinach in a lot of dishes, so if it grows near you, go harvest it and give it a try, it's really yummy and inexpensive. Just be careful to wear gloves while harvesting. This soup is so simple to make. You don't need much, just a saucepan, a few ingredients and a bit of good will to harvest the nettles. Tasty, inexpensive and organic. </p>
Peel and chop the onions and garlic. Clean the nettles. Place a pot filled with 1 liter of water over medium-high heat. Add a teaspoon of baking soda. To remove the sting from the nettles, blanch them in a boiling water for about 30 seconds, then remove them immediately. Place them in a bowl, filled with iced water.
Place a saucepan over low heat. Add the olive oil and the chopped onion. Fry for about 5 minutes. Add the chopped garlic and fry for another minute. Add the nettles and 1 liter of cold water. Increase the heat. When the soup starts to boil, remove it from the heat and blend it into a smooth soup, using a hand-held blender. Add a pinch of nutmeg and season to taste with sea salt and black pepper.
Chop the chives. Divide the nettle soup between your plates, add the chopped chives and chive flowers. Serve. To make it even more awesome, you can also add a bit of yogurt, nettle flowers or a poached egg.