Ever since I was a small girl seaweed fascinated me. Of course my first introduction to this sprawling coastline shiny leathery plant was when we were brought on our annual trip to the beach. Back then and yes I am talking decades ago - our parents had us warned not to go near it - for fear of slipping and sliding along these long slippery belts that donned the rocks that just begged to be climbed. Naturally anything brown and slimy was enough to keep us safe from that paternal threat of ''dont come running to me if you......'' I neednt say anymore.
In my neck of the woods, seaweed didnt really feature ever in the kitchen when i was growing up. I may have heard my gran speak of carrageenan as a great winter tonic but in my naivity thought that was some culinary staple that existed way back when brave souls walked to school barefoot with the sod of turf to keep the school fires burning!! Fortunately for me, I have since learned just how precious and excitingly nourishing seaweed is for our body and our soul.
Since working in London in the late 90's I had the pleasure of learning how to make my very own sushi - taught by my beautiful Korean friend Sun-Ok! There are so many tutorials online to roll your own sushi - I encourage everyone to get some friends together and do it.
Last year I attended a one day foraging expedition along the coast in Co Clare. We met early in the morning, kitted out with scissors, wet gear & a small bag. Our wonderful guide, introduced us to so many varieties and the most responsible method in which to harvest for personal use. Our morning in the Atlantic spray, was complete with a wonderful demo on how to incorporate so many of the coasts sea vegetables in different dishes - both savoury and sweet alike! Who knew dillisk could taste as good as any bacon toasted with some seeds for that pre-cocktail drink or introduce it to a sprig of rosemary and voila you've got this amazing cordial to really impress your dinner guests. Ireland is so blessed to have so many quality seaweed companies that sell a range of seaweeds so you dont have to don the wellies to try out any of these mouthwatering delights. Just pop down to your local health store or supermarket. Sure who is to know!
And I did mention seaweed is good for the soul too - by this I mean at the end of a very long day - I encourage you to take the time to relax in a warm seaweed bath! And after your achy body and soul is feeling rejuvenated simply add your spa ingredients to the compost box!! Its a win win situation for everyone!
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In recent years I have studied more into the health benefits and wow is it nourishing.
nourish life with Marian
Young at heart mother of one with a passion for food, foraging & fun with friends!