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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
I've just been given a massive bunch of watercress, but I haven't a clue what to do with it.......can any of you help me out please?

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  • mogginsmoggins Forumite
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    Soup?

    Butter - 50 g (2 oz), Watercress - 2 bunches - approx. 110 g (4 oz), washed, coarse stalks removed, chopped, Onion - 1 medium, chopped, Plain flour - 25 g (1 oz), Milk - 600 ml (1 pint), Chicken or vegetable stock - 450 ml (* pint), Single cream - 6 tbsp.
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    COOKING: 1. Melt the butter in a large pan, gently fry the watercress and onion for a few minutes until softened. Stir in the flour and cook for a minute.
    2. Stir in the milk slowly, and then the stock. Bring to the boil, stir until thickened. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
    3. Liquidise then add the cream and reheat gently without boiling
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  • AllexieAllexie Forumite
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    Some recipes here...

    http://www.watercress.com/
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  • Mix it in salads or you can make a sort of pesto with it, replacing basil for watercress. It's a very healthy food to eat and high in those oxy whatsits and full of iron too :)
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  • Debt_Free_ChickDebt_Free_Chick Forumite
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    Steak, home-made oven chips and a massive bunch of watercress - absolutely delicious :)

    Or you could substitute this season's lamb chops for the steak
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  • r.mac_2r.mac_2 Forumite
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    I have used watercress in salads. A really nice one is a few big handfuls of watercress, roughly chopped, added to still warm new potatoes, crsipy bacon and walnuts. Mix with a little mayo/salad creme/creme fraich, a dash of lemon juice and some ground black pepper.

    Yum.
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  • skiddy2kskiddy2k Forumite
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    put it into your salad.
    watercress is known to have a high content of Iron in it, higher than spinach even! saw it on 'this morning' on itv last week!

    good for hairloss and tiredness.
  • skiddy2kskiddy2k Forumite
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    put it into your salad.
    watercress is known to have a high content of Iron in it, higher than spinach even! saw it on 'this morning' on itv last week!

    Nutritional advisors say using Watercress in soups and salads works great to boost energy and is good for hairloss and tiredness.
  • tifftiff Forumite
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    Mushroom and watercress pate, I have a recipe if you need it.
    I made watercress soup out of some reduced organic watercress from Tesco, was lovely.
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  • bugsbugs Forumite
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    If it's fresh and green eat it raw. I like it best with fresh brown bread and butter.

    If it's a bit raggedy, soup.

    Either way, if you have any outdoor space at all, take a couple of stems and root them in water, then grow - I can give more details if you want, it's very easy and well worth while.

    If you have a pond put a few of the cuttings in there as a nice, fairly hardy, native-ish, pond plant, providing cover for the beasties and a little surface cover.

    I love watercress.
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  • Yoga_GirlYoga_Girl Forumite
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    Lovely in a salad, also good on a cheese sandwich.

    You can also add a handful of it to any soup as a savoury extra at the end of cooking, add it after all the other ingredients are cooked, that way you won't lose its spicy taste.

    Apparantly the juice from watercress can be applied to the skin to clear up blotches, spots and blemishes!
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