After gardening and doing the usual chores, it was time to make one of my favorite simple spring suppers: scrambled eggs with nettle and whatever other veg I feel like chucking in. To prepare the nettles, I first blanched them lightly and then rinsed them in a colander. After whipping the eggs, rounding up the other veg of the day (sundried tomatoes) and deciding what cheese I felt like adding (smoked gouda), I squeezed all the water out of the blanched nettles, roughly chopped them, and tossed them into a hot cast iron skillet with melted butter. A very quick fry later, it was time to add the other goodies and scramble my eggs. There is nothing quite like a simple supper after doing good work in the garden, and the nettles were the perfect addition.
Later on, I'll pick more nettles and dry them to use in homemade herbal teas. Once cooked or dried, they lose their sting. They keep their wonderful green flavor, though. If you have the chance to try nettles, you really should. It's a free, healthy spring green that grows a-plenty!