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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 20th Apr 05, 10:33 AM
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    Watercress? 20th Apr 05 at 10:33 AM
    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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    • moggins
    • By moggins 20th Apr 05, 10:40 AM
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    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.

    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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    Some recipes here...
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    • Curry Queen
    • By Curry Queen 20th Apr 05, 10:43 AM
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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_Chick
    • By Debt_Free_Chick 20th Apr 05, 10:46 AM
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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
    • r.mac
    • By r.mac 20th Apr 05, 10:47 AM
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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.

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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.
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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.
    • tiff
    • By tiff 20th Apr 05, 11:15 AM
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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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    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 Girl
    • By Yoga Girl 20th Apr 05, 12:59 PM
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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!

    • the_brownies
    • By the_brownies 22nd Apr 05, 6:10 PM
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    Put a couple of stalks in water in an old glass or cup. In a couple of days it will have rooted, pot it up, keep the soil wet at all times. Grow your own.
    • fuzzgun19
    • By fuzzgun19 11th Jan 11, 11:16 AM
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    Watercress Salad?
    I have a bag of Watercress, but i'm not sure what to do with it.

    I'd like to make some sort of salad with it, but can't find a recipe.

    ..any ideas?
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    • eleanor73
    • By eleanor73 11th Jan 11, 11:24 AM
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    Soup? Or put it in sandwiches. I personally couldn't have a salad in winter unless it was a warm salad with watercress, new potatoes, lemon juice, olive oil and maybe some kind of protein like egg or fish?
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    • lostinrates
    • By lostinrates 11th Jan 11, 11:26 AM
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    My favourite salad: watercress, segmented pink or red grapefruit and grilled duck.

    Otherwise I agree with the poster above soup: takes ust a fewminutes to make alight water cress soup ...a little onion, some veg or chicken stock. Persoanlly I prefer it without potato to thicken it: I think its lovelier as a light peppery soup.
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    found that might have something you like.
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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 11th Jan 11, 12:54 PM
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    watercress is an older thread but still valid ill merge this later

    maybe watercress soup?
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    • ixia
    • By ixia 11th Jan 11, 5:30 PM
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    I like it in soup with potatoes onions and veg stock.
    • meritaten
    • By meritaten 11th Jan 11, 7:26 PM
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    a classic salad with watercress is watercress and orange. yes its that simple, just watercress with orange segments mixed in. you segment the orange over a bowl and pour the juice you have saved over the salad.
    I think watercress goes nicely with egg too.........quail if I want to be posh! I love the taste of watercress and happily eat it with any other salad item in place of lettuce. but its soooo expensive and hard to come by! eat it as soon as possible hun. Its a superfood and is so good for you.
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