Early Summer Coastal Foraging

Yesterday we went on another amazing adventure.

In one of our earlier blogs, I posted a recipe for Seaweed couscous salad

Our fascination for this amazing super food has led to many rock pool forays and lots of delicious (and weird until I got it right) dinners for friends and family. There has been a lot of interest in what one can use and how to cook with it, so we decided to add it to our foraging courses to share the wonders of our local nutrient packed yet vastly underutilized sea vegetables (and mussels…who can resist mussels in a creamy, garlic white wine sauce!) how to harvest sustainably (there are 12 rules in the written notes you receive!) how to prepare a few favorite dishes and of course – of course! A feast at the end.

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Coastal foraging along the Atlantic low-tide line in a very fresh South-Easter…hello summer!

Why is seaweed so popular around the world but not here in South Africa where we have about 3000kmΒ  of coastline with around 850 species of seaweed or marine macro-algae?

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A fantastic group of people, exploring the magical rock pools – nibbling at various “macro-algae” along the way.

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Collecting edible seaweed and mussels for an afternoon feast.

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And then heading back to the Beach Cottage to prepare our foraged goods.

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Mixing the secret sauces…

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Β There is nothing like a little bit of socializing around seaweed!

Coastal forage seaweed face mask

We even had a beauty session…Seaweed face mask beauty treatments.

Face masks are a great way of benefiting from the nutrient and mineral rich seaweed. It helps tone and nourish the skin, plump it up and make it glow.

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Immediate visible effects. Everyone was in agreement….once it was all wiped off of course.

Getting nourished from within and on the outside too!

Edible seaweed Forage courseDelicious!

A huge thank you to Rob and Hazel Anderson who we were so lucky to have join us on our forage. Thank you for all your amazing seaweed facts and the recipes – now my whole menu is changing and I have so much more experimenting to do in the kitchen…I cant wait!

One of the wonderful facts I learnt from him is that in Southern Africa, there is archaeological evidence that seaweed was an important part of the diet of stone age coastal dwellers.

It’s a whole new (old) world out there people. And it’s so very exciting.

Just don’t forget to buy your permits before going out and collecting or coming on our course. You can get one from your local post office for just R95 (and you totally make it back in your very first meal) which lasts a year (that’s a lot of meals) you will need a mussel license (bonus) which allows you to collect aquatic plants too. All the proceeds go to Marine and Coastal management for research and the protection of our marine resources. Do it. And then come on our course so we can teach you how to collect seaweed sustainably and how to cook it!!! Important. And so fun. And super tasty.

If you would like to join us on our next Coastal Forage, to play like kids and eat like kings, please email roushanna@hotmail.com for more info. Our next course dates are the 23rd of Nov and repeated on the 7th of December.

Hope to see you then!

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