Fat Hen a la crème

Nicola made us all Fat Hen a la crème during our 5 Day Bushcraft Course in August.  It was absolutely delicious and definitely one to try, in fact I think it is my new favourite wild food!  The recipe Nicola used was inspired by one from Robin Harford using nettles.


  • Couple of big handfuls of Fat Hen (Chenopodium album)
  • 25g of plain flour
  • 25g of butter
  • 400ml of milk
  • 30ml of natural yoghurt
  • 30ml of crème fraiche
  • 30g of hard cheese such as parmesan
  • 1/4 tsp of nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper

How to make Fat Hen a la crème

  • Blanch the fat hen for 2 minutes in boiling water, drain thoroughly and chop roughly
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour and leave for 1 minute
  • Slowly whisk in the milk until the mixture is bubbling gently and thickens
  • Simmer for a few minutes
  • Add the crème fraiche, yoghurt, cheese, nutmeg and fat hen and gently mix together
  • Season to taste

Fat hen a la creme

Unfortunately it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to try this again this  year; the cows are back in the field and have eaten it all!

You can see plenty of our other wild foods recipes on our blog by clicking here.

About Gary

Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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