The flower heads of Ribwort Plantain are very similar to psyllium husk & have a delicious nutty flavour. This is such a wonderful plant. Not only is it a delicious source if food, it’s also soothing, calming, relaxing & restorative. Ribwort Plantain was also thought to have magical powers of divination and is also used in ritual to create boundaries, keeping negative energies out & allowing positive energies to flow.
Mugwort, an ancient herb, is dedicated to the Goddess Artemis, the patron of women & protector during childbirth, wild nature, hunting & chastity. With a reputation for aligning the menstrual cycles with the Moon, uplifting the mood, relieving tension & soothing frayed nerves, relaxing the nervous system & promoting restful sleep, this is a powerful herb indeed. As well as being steeped in ritual and folklore, Mugwort is a delicious aromatic, with a flavour reminiscent of Sage making it the perfect ingredient these crackers.
Food is medicine indeed, with these two magical plants!
25 seed heads of Plantain, (which is about a quarter of a cup), broken apart
1 ½ cups of plain flour.
1 large clove of crushed garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp of sugar
¼ of a cup of dried finely chopped Mugwort flowers and leaves
2 tbsp of olive oil
½ a cup of water
Poppy/sesame seeds for sprinkling, (optional).
Large mixing bowl
Two baking sheets
Sharp knife or pastry cutter
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/gas 5. Cut two sheets of baking paper, large enough to line your baking sheets
Place all the dry ingredients into the bowl & combine, then add the olive oil & the water.
Bring the dough together with your hands. It should be moist, but not too sticky.
Divide your dough into 2 roughly equal sized pieces & roll the first one out on one of the sheets of baking paper, making sure to lightly dust the sheet with flour first. It’s really important that you roll the dough out as thinly as you possibly can otherwise you’ll end up with crackers that are more like bits of cardboard, as opposed to nice crispy bites!
Transfer to the baking sheet whilst still on the baking paper & then cut out cracker sized squares. Separate the squares so that they aren’t touching & prick with a fork to stop them puffing up during baking. Brush lightly with some water & sprinkle with sea salt & seeds if desired.
Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely before eating!
Recipe credit: @thelittleforagerskitchen