Winkles for Tea

Winkles for Tea

Can you see the mistake? There actually aren’t any winkles (Littorina littorea) on my dinner plate, these are mostly topshells with a hidden whelk or two. Topshells and whelks are also edible. Winkles, also known as common perwinkles have been eaten for thousands of years…

Baba Ghanoush with Dulse Seaweed

Baba Ghanoush with Dulse Seaweed

I’ve been using seaweeds in and as food for long enough now.  I’ve got into the the swing of which seaweeds to match with what recipe and amounts to use. Dulse (Palmaria palmata) with potatoes is traditional, in bread feels natural and, I feel, has…

Green Olive and Seaweed Tapanade

Green Olive and Seaweed Tapanade

I still remember the first olive tapanade I ever had. Rich olive puree, decadently lathered onto toast. Years later I created my own seaweed tapanade for my book: Seaweed Foraging in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in which I matched the seaweed Egg wrack…

Fresh and Easy Seaweed Bread for Picnics

Fresh and Easy Seaweed Bread for Picnics

(Organic flour, gutweed (Ulva intestinalis) and dulse (Palmaria palmata)) Picnics, according to BBC food, require planning; as much as I agree that some planning is needed, I also want it all – good homemade food and little fuss. With our erratic UK weather, sometimes an…

The Best Seaweed for Setting Panna Cotta

The Best Seaweed for Setting Panna Cotta

I have a utter soft spot for the seaweed known as Irish Moss. When cooked, this seaweed has a fabulous texture, setting ability and taste that makes me melt inside. It’s perfect for setting panna cottas, vegan pates, mousse and for thickening soups. I imagine…

Fresh Pea and Seaweed Dip

Fresh Pea and Seaweed Dip

I like to experiment. It’s not that I don’t repeat tried and tested recipes that I love. I do, but sometimes I like to experiment and try something a little bit different. I have a couple of recipes for seaweed hummus and seaweed dips (including Broad…

The Amazing Bushy Rainbow Wrack Seaweed

The Amazing Bushy Rainbow Wrack Seaweed

Can you see those bright iridescent tips of the Bushy Rainbow Wrack seaweed below? Maybe you’ve seen this seaweed in a rock pool in Cornwall and couldn’t believe your eyes?! This photo was taken by a friend of mine who was stunned by this shining…

Look what the storm threw up!

Look what the storm threw up!

Wandering the beach near my home in Penzance, I found myself perusing the organic wreckage strewn across the sand after a storm. Mingled amongst the debri of Sea Spaghetti (Himanthalia elongata) and its own roots I found Sea Grass. Looking a little like washed up…

Drying Dulse Seaweed at Home

Drying Dulse Seaweed at Home

I have a little secret, although I don the appearance of a forager, at heart, I’m an artist, an optimistic awed by the natural world kind-of-one. As an artist, seaweed does it for me. I can spend hours looking in a rock pool at the…

Wild Seaweed and Chocolate Meringue Recipe

Wild Seaweed and Chocolate Meringue Recipe

I love sweet, it is one of the flavours of my childhood. When I was growing up, Sunday lunch was always a big deal and automatically included homemade pudding as part of the experience. In autumn I remember the warm fluffy texture of the meringue…