Seaweed Foraging Walk – 17th May 2015

Thanks to the folk that came on our Seaweed foraging walk over the weekend. The sun shone and the sea was calm and they had a great time. The session included:

  • identifying about a dozen edible species
  • learning about the law and how to harvest seaweed sustainably
  • gathering some to take home
  • learning what can be done with seaweeds in the kitchen
  • how to preserve them
An abundance of seaweed
An abundance of seaweed

 

Gathering seaweed
Gathering seaweed

 

Species of edible seaweed
Species of edible seaweed

 

Sugar Kelp - also known as Sea Belt, Poor Man's Weatherglass or Kombu Royale
Sugar Kelp – also known as Sea Belt, Poor Man’s Weatherglass or Kombu Royale

The walk ended with trying a selection of dishes with seaweed in:

  • Sugar kelp crisps
  • Miso Soup
  • Dulse Cheese Scones
  • Elderflower Pannacotta
Sugar Kelp Crisps
Sugar Kelp Crisps

 

Dulse Cheese Scones
Dulse Cheese Scones
The dulse cheese scones were particularly good (if I might say so myself). The recipe is taken from the fantastic Irish Seaweed Kitchen Cookbook by Prannie Rhatigan and can be found on her web site at http://irishseaweedkitchen.ie/seaweed-recipes/duileasc-dulse-cheese-scones/

 

Among the feedback on the seaweed walk received from attendees:
Thanks James for the seaweed foraging experience today, enjoyed every minute, great place on a sunny day with a great group of people, some serious seaweed drying going down tomorrow, in fact bit of a seaweed fest tomorrow, going for the sea lettuce, pepper dulse with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon for a decadent brekkie, crispy seaweed for lunch some seaweed crisps to snack on in between and you must give me that miso soup recipe we tried today, thanks again!

Thank you for a very informative and fun morning last Sunday.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and the food you gave us was delicious and inspiring.