Table Talk: Gillian Veal on local wild garlic

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  • 15 September 2015
Table Talk: Gillian Veal on local wild garlic

Gillian Veal / credit: Dylan Drummond

Parlour Café owner on Dundee's essential wild grown ingredient

'I first came across Dundee’s wild garlic about eight years ago, when a young customer of The Parlour asked me if I would like to buy some from him. He had picked, washed and packaged up the vibrant green leaves. I bought a few leaves and it’s such a great ingredient that we have been using it every year since.

We simply use it in place of garlic bulbs whenever possible and we treat it as a herb in our salads and savoury dishes. My personal favourite way to use the leaves is to finely chop it into a chedder omelette or blend it into a pesto and pour over grilled goat’s cheese. The flowers are edible and look so delicate and pretty in a salad or for a simple garnish.

You can source it from local suppliers from mid-March through to July, but I find so many people bring it to me I never need to.'

Gillian Veal is the owner of The Parlour Café and Folk Café.

A The Parlour Café
58 West Port, Dundee, DD1 5ER
The Parlour Café is always popular, as you can tell by the steamed up windows when you walk past. A tiny whitewashed rough brick place with only half a dozen small tables, it is nonchalantly trendy, and is extremely popular with the uni’s cooler…
B Folk Café
118 Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HE
Opened in 2014, Folk Cafe is the big sister of local favourite The Parlour. The light, airy entrance drops into a vaulted basement where local artists' work is on display alongside a fairy-lit fig tree and a sideboard groaning with cakes. The food…