Do you have a favorite season? Mine is Spring. I think. From the first foraged salad of the early days to the summer solstice, watching the plant world come alive after a long winter of hibernation is magical. I forgot just how magical it was after spending 4 years in the 2 seasons that are Northern California, rainy one and not rainy one.
The first few meals of the season to be had from the farm or forest make me positively giddy. This here is one of them. My friend Jon once made me this nettle and potato soup at his farm, Azolla Farm, just north of Sacramento and I have been making it ever since. Stinging nettles when cooked have a creamy consistency that is unrivaled by any other green in my opinion.