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Coastal Foraging Jan Feb March 2016

Introductory half day coastal forage and feasting experience

Seaweed-4
Image by Christopher List Photography

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR:

Aimed at adults but children are welcome to join their parents. Anyone who has an interest in wild food, foraging or indigenous edibles. Chefs wanting to discover new ingredients or foodies wanting to play with the diverse wild flavours in our shellfish and edible seaweeds and discover their unique umami flavours. People interested in healthy living, coastal living, self sufficiency, in the Slow Food movement or those that just want to have a delicious experience in the beautiful outdoors.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
This course will introduce you to some of our local edible seaweed, explore the magical world of rock pools, meet like minded people, learn how to sustainably harvest and prepare your macro-algae and shellfish, make various recipes together that will end in a feast.
We will start off the day meeting at the beach, and after an intro and snack on the rocks we will make our way down around the tidal pools where we will forage for edible seaweeds and mussels. This beautiful coastline is abundant with food, but as we always forage sustainably we will be focusing only on the seaweed that is prolific in the area and the invasive mussel species, stressing how to treat the wildlife with respect. After our morning on the rocks, we will head to Gael’s Beach Cottage on foot with our foraged food to prepare and create an outdoor lunch banquet.

WHAT IS INCLUDED:
This half day course includes wild food snacks and drinks, a delicious three course lunch based on ingredients foraged and prepared by the group. Notes include intro, identification, recipes and tide charts.

WHAT TO BRING:
Beach gear, slip-slops or booties, your mollusk permit (essential – available at your nearest post office), cameras, water bottle, a sense of humour and an appetite! Also please bring your drink of choice for yourself to enjoy with the meal (beer, juice, spring water, wine etc whatever you prefer)

BONUS:

Collect seaweed to take home and preserve in methods learned on the day. Enjoy the benefits of a seaweed face mask in between preparing and eating your meal.

PRICE:
R500 p/person or R1800 for group of four. Children under 17yrs R200, Children under 2yrs free. Full payment will secure your booking as spaces are limited.

DURATION:
4 hours

DATES:

 JANUARY
  • Sat 9th 8.30am – 12.30pm FULLY BOOKED
  • Sat 23rd 9am – 1pm FULLY BOOKED

 

FEBUARY

  • Sat 20th 9am YOGA + FORAGE RETREAT *special course please contact for details.
  • Sun 21st 9am – 1pm FULLY BOOKED

MARCH

  • Sat 12th 10am – 2pm FULLY BOOKED

PLEASE NOTE: The next coastal foraging courses will only start up again in the new summer season – November 2016

VENUE:

Scarborough beach

GUIDES:

Roushanna and Gael Gray

IS THIS SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS:

Yes – with the exception for our Mussel Pot all the dishes on this course are vegetarian and are enough to satisfy even A Very Hungry Vegetarian. All food intolerances are catered for, please let us know in advance.

MAX NUMBER OF PEOPLE PER COURSE:

16

AVAILABLE FOR A PRIVATE FUNCTION:

Yes – Min number of people required: 10.
TO BOOK:
email roushanna@hotmail.com

Edible seaweed
Image by Christopher List Photography
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Coastal Foraging dates – Jan + Feb 2016

Introductory half day coastal forage and feasting experience

Seaweed-4
Image by Christopher List Photography

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR:

Aimed at adults but children are welcome to join their parents. Anyone who has an interest in wild food, foraging or indigenous edibles. Chefs wanting to discover new ingredients or foodies wanting to play with the diverse wild flavours in our shellfish and edible seaweeds and discover their unique umami flavours. People interested in healthy living, coastal living, self sufficiency, in the Slow Food movement or those that just want to have a delicious experience in the beautiful outdoors.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
This course will introduce you to some of our local edible seaweed, explore the magical world of rock pools, meet like minded people, learn how to sustainably harvest and prepare your macro-algae and shellfish, make various recipes together that will end in a feast.
We will start off the day meeting at the beach, and after an intro and snack on the rocks we will make our way down around the tidal pools where we will forage for edible seaweeds and mussels. This beautiful coastline is abundant with food, but as we always forage sustainably we will be focusing only on the seaweed that is prolific in the area and the invasive mussel species, stressing how to treat the wildlife with respect. After our morning on the rocks, we will head to Gael’s Beach Cottage on foot with our foraged food to prepare and create an outdoor lunch banquet.

WHAT IS INCLUDED:
This half day course includes wild food snacks and drinks, a delicious three course lunch based on ingredients foraged and prepared by the group. Notes include intro, identification, recipes and tide charts.

WHAT TO BRING:
Beach gear, slip-slops or booties, your mollusk permit (essential – available at your nearest post office), cameras, water bottle, a sense of humour and an appetite! Also please bring your drink of choice for yourself to enjoy with the meal (beer, juice, spring water, wine etc whatever you prefer)

BONUS:

Collect seaweed to take home and preserve in methods learned on the day. Enjoy the benefits of a seaweed face mask in between preparing and eating your meal.

PRICE:
R500 p/person or R1800 for group of four. Children under 17yrs R200, Children under 2yrs free. Full payment will secure your booking as spaces are limited.

DURATION:
4 hours

DATES:

January 9th 8.30am – 12.30pm

January 23rd 9am – 1pm

February 21st 9am – 1pm

VENUE:

Scarborough beach

GUIDES:

Roushanna and Gael Gray

IS THIS SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS:

Yes – with the exception for our Mussel Pot all the dishes on this course are vegetarian and are enough to satisfy even A Very Hungry Vegetarian. All food intolerances are catered for, please let us know in advance.

MAX NUMBER OF PEOPLE PER COURSE:

16

AVAILABLE FOR A PRIVATE FUNCTION:

Yes – Min number of people required: 10.
TO BOOK:
email roushanna@hotmail.com

Edible seaweed
Image by Christopher List Photography

Jellyweed

What is in the gelatin found in jelly, in marshmallows and jams, ice creams, yogurt, puddings and in so many other food products?

Prolonged boiling of the left over goodies from meat industries like pig bones, beef skin, horns, tendons, ligaments, fish by-products – a mouthwatering mixture of edible bone glue …whipped up with a bit of modified cornstarch, a lot of sugar and a few E numbers thrown in for colour and flavour and luck.

Jelly.

Yum yum. Delicious, just the thing to feed our kids.

Dont get me wrong, pasture raised happy-meat gelatin has a host of amazing nutritional benefits, but if you are looking for something little lighter, a plant based option that is easy to use..then read on.

Agar agar can be obtained from different types of red algae. In South Africa we are lucky to have many different kinds of seaweeds that produce the agar which is used as a gelling agent in food.

Dont forget your list of sustainable seaweed foraging rules and your mollusk permit for legal seaweed collecting.

Its a pretty basic method:

Collect seaweed

Cook seaweed in hot water to dissolve the agar

Strain. Add flavouring of your choice

Pour into molds and chill (you and the jelly)

Eat

If you are not up for the whole foraging-for-jelly vibe, most health stores stock agar agar powder. Sun dried jelly seaweed removes the vibrant red color of the seaweed, turning it translucent and flavourless, making it perfect for picking up what ever colour and taste you are wanting to come through in your agar recipes.

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Collecting red jelly seaweed growing on kelp.Kelp beds

Kelp beds at low tide.

Drying seaweed

Sun bleached jelly seaweed.

Agar agar rose panna cotta

Agar agar rose, cinnamon and cardamom panna cotta.

Seaweed jelly

Marsala rooibos chai jelly.

FRUITY VEGAN JELLY RECIPE

Ingredients:

2 cups of water/ juice

1/2 cup of sun bleached jelly seaweed/ 1 tsp agar agar powder

Sweet spice of your choice (optional, I like to use cinnamon, cardamom and star aniseed)

1 cup of seasonal fruit

Honey to taste

Edible flowers to garnish

Method:

Place water, jelly seaweed/agar agar and spice in a pot over a high heat. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 20 mins. If you want a sweeter jelly, add honey.

Arrange the fruit at the bottom of your bowl or mold and pour the hot jelly liquid over the fruit through a sieve to catch the seaweed and spices.

Chill until set, turn out onto plates and decorate with edible flower petals.

Enjoy!

Remember that in foraging, positive identification is very important, there are poisonous species out there you do not want to be eating. It also saves a lot of wasted experiments in the kitchen with the wrong seaweed that contains no agar…believe me, I have been there!

Want to forage for your own jelly seaweed? Then join us on one of our upcoming coastal forages held throughout spring and summer in Cape Town where we cover a range of our local edible seaweeds and shellfish and discover how to harvest, prepare, cook and preserve them. For more info email roushanna@hotmail.com

Goodbye Coastal Foraging courses, see you in November!

On a blustery, grey skied morning, our final group gathered at the beach for the last coastal forage of the season.

All our forages are run according to the season, and this one has sadly come to a close for now, but don’t worry – we will be resuming the coastal forages in November!

Reasoning for our seasonal coastal foraging includes: the bitter cold winds and weather at the beach in the colder months,big swells making for dangerous foraging close to the tide line and bigger wave action leading to less seaweed in the rock pools through bashing of the algae and sweeping organisms out of the pools.

If the hold-fast or roots of these washed-away seaweeds remain on the rocks, they will regrow in Spring,Like plants, there are also annual and perennial seaweeds, so in winter some will die off and only grow again in Spring.We give them this break to regenerate and from late spring to early summer is the time when all seaweeds are highest in nutrients with their succulent new growth, bursting with vital vitamins and minerals, highly beneficial for your health.

Here are some beautiful photos taken at our last coastal forage by the very talented Sitaara Stodel.

Coastal Foraging Cape Town

Coastal Foraging South Africa

Coastal Foraging

Coastal foraging Cape Town

Porphyra capensis

Coastal Foraging Cape Town

Seaweed coastal foraging

Coastal Foraging

Coastal Foraging Cape Town

Coastal Foraging - Good Hope Gardens Nursery

Edible seaweed and shellfish

Coastal Foraging

Dead mans fingers

Coastal Foraging South Africa

Coastal Foraging

Coastal Foraging

Kelp

Organic Veg - Forage Harvest Feast

Edible seaweed

Coastal Foraging course Cape Town

Edible sea lettuce seaweed

Coastal Foraging with seaweeds

Seaweed salad

Cooking with seaweed

Seaweed face mask

Seaweed face mask

Kelp sushi rolls

Coastal Foraging Course

Seaweed coleslaw

Mussel pot with tomatoes and thyme

Coastal Foraging cooking course

Kelp and cocoa icecream

Up next – news of Fynbos Feast events, Veld and Sea inspired pop-up dinners and the upcoming Fynbos Foraging courses dates. Watch this space!

Coastal Foraging course dates – Summer 2014/15

Imagine an icy turquoise sea, fresh salty breezes, a long white sandy beach and rock pools filled with food.

Idyllic, yes?

Yes. But wait – there’s more….

On a Saturday closest to the new or full moon (to ensure the lowest tide for optimal forage time) a group of like minded foodies, armed with permits, relevant equipment and new found sustainable harvesting techniques, all forage in a group along the inter tidal zone for their lunch.

Does this make you hungry for knowledge, keen to awaken your inner hunter-gatherer and try out some exciting new dishes?

Then join us on one of our Coastal Forages this summer. Here’s a look at what we got up to over the past few weekends…

Coastal Foraging Cape Town

Coastal Foraging Cape Town

Coastal Foraging Cape Town

Coastal Foraging Cape Town

Coastal Foraging Cape Town

Coastal Foraging Cape Town

Wrack coleslaw salad - Coastal Foraging in Cape TownKelp salad - coastal foraging in Cape TownArtisan bread from Cape Point BakerySea lettuce and couscous salad - Coastal Foraging in Cape TownCreamy white wine mussels - Coastal Foraging course in Cape TownWrack and flower coleslaw - Coastal Foraging in Cape Town

 

Feast! Coastal Forage in Cape Town

Mussel pot - Coastal Foraging in Cape Town

Coastal Foraging course in Cape Town

We would love you to join us one one of these delicious experiences, details below…

Coastal Foraging in Cape Town

COASTAL FORAGING

Our half day Coastal Foraging course will introduce you to some of our local edible seaweed, explore the magical world of rock pools, meet like minded people, learn how to prepare your macro-algae and have a delicious feast!
We will start off the day meeting at Scarborough beach, and after an intro we will make our way down to the tidal pools where we will forage for edible seaweeds and mussels. This beautiful coastline is abundant with food! As we always forage sustainably, we will be focusing only on the seaweed that is prolific in the area, stressing how to treat the wildlife with respect. After our morning on the rocks, we will head to Gael’s Beach Cottage on foot with our foraged food to prepare and create an outdoor lunch feast. Notes include intro, identification, recipes and tide charts. 

Price: R400 per person or R300 for a group of 4.

Bring: Beach gear, slip-slops or booties, your mussel license (essential – available at your nearest post office), cameras, water bottle, a sense of humour and an appetite! Also please bring your drink of choice for yourself to enjoy with the meal (beer, juice, spring water, wine etc whatever you prefer)

Dates:

Saturday 21st Feb 10am – 2pm
Saturday 7th March 9am – 1pm
Saturday 21st March 9am – 1pm

April dates TBC


To book or for any queries, please email roushanna@hotmail.com 

Wild Food on the West Coast

With dreams of long, sweet, left-handed rides down the point, we headed up the West Coast one weekend with a bakkie full of surfboards and a sparkle in our eyes.

But fate was not on our side and there was no swell to be found in Elands Bay. On our walks to the beach for the ever-hopeful surf report, we spotted many wild edibles growing along the road.

Mesembryanthemum crystallinumIce Plant – Mesembryanthemum crystallinum

Trachyandra falcataVeldkool – Trachyandra falcata

Tetragonia decumbensDune spinach – Tetragonia decumbens

Inspired by the local wild food, we were delighted to secure a Sunday lunch booking at Oep ve Koep.

On our way to Paternoster, millions of bright yellow Oxalis flowers greeted us from both sides of the road as far as the eye could see.

Oxalis pes capraeSuring – Oxalis pes-caprae

Hungry, late and apologetic – we entered Die Winkel op Paternoster. For people who love farm products and wild food, we Had Arrived. We were served with the most amazing meal – the freshness, the detail, the involuntary roll of our eyes with each mouthful.

Wow.

Thank you Kobus van der Merwe – you are a wild food gastronomy alchemist.

Menu at Oep ve KoepUm….one of everything please.

OystersOysters with apple, wild sage flowers, wild fennel, ice plant and sea lettuce.

Chenopodium chapatisImifino chapatis with pickled veldkool and yoghurt.

Shoreline soupShoreline soup.

White fish pickle, Ice plant, citrus and fennel .Ice plant, white fish pickle, fennel and citrus.

Farm breadFarm bread and fresh herbs.

Farm butter, fish pate and orange preserve

Farm butter, fish pate and preserved orange.

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 Springbok, limpets, heerenboon, winter greens.

carrot bobotie

Carrot bobotie, pomegranate pilaf, peach mebos.

Come on, really now. Isn’t that just the best thing you have ever seen?

Seduced by the charm of the sleepy fishing village, we decided to stay the night and explore a bit. We went to the beach, for lots of walks and of course, to the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve.

Paternoster beach

Paternoster beach

Dimorphotheca pluvialis

Dimorphotheca pluvialis in white blossom.

Cape Columbine lighthouse

The Cape Columbine lighthouse.

And all around us…winter greens. A veritable landscape of food.

Wild asparagus

Wild asparagus

Veldkool

Veldkool.

Chrysanthemoides incana

Chrysanthemoides incana.

Malva

Pretty Mallow.

Wild sage

Wild sage.

What beautiful and tasty biodiversity we have in our country. Hand in hand with sustainable harvesting, food security has a fragrant light at the end of South Africas wild food tunnel.

Rise up Indigenous food revival – you are delicious!

2014

Happy 2014!

Here we are. In the future. The 2000’s – a world of robots and information at the touch of a button, food supplements in a pill, romance through a computer screen and commercial space travel.

But scratch at the surface  and discover we are all searching for a balance….

Yoga. Meditation. Detox. Me time. Time out. Book club. Fight club. Wine club? Outdoor festivals. Indoor exercise. Gardening. Chocolate. Hiking. Bach remedies. Extreme sports. Green juice. Journaling. Nut milk. Tantra. Scrapbooking. Sleep.

Happy, healthy, body mind and spirit.

Trying to get back to nature and live a lifestyle as organic and as healthy as we can. Back to basics, the Slow movement, reconnecting with our food, connecting with our community and being in the moment.

If you’re reading this, you have probably had too much screen time already today. Straighten your back, roll your shoulders and remember to go for a walk barefoot after reading this. Maybe just first quickly check your Facebook and your email.

And obviously have a glance at your phone. Oooh a new WhatsApp message!

Our lives are crazy. Things are so busy and exciting and tiring all at once and screen time is at an all high. A Pinterest board for groceries? No seriously now. Maybe they just lost their pen and paper.

So just chill out man. Like fully.

Come on a Coastal forage and have fun and meet great people and eat good food…..

A big thank you Loubie Rusch from Making Kos who took a break from creating her amazing food and joined us to snap all these amazing photos at our last Coastal Forage.

Coastal foraging

Coastal foraging

Coastal foraging

Coastal foraging

Coastal foraging

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Kelp - Ecklonia

Coastal foraging

Ulva - sea lettuce

coastal foraging

Coastal foraging

Coastal Foraging

Coastal foraging

Coastal foraging - face mask

Coastal foraging

Coastal foraging

Coastal foraging

Coastal foragingYum.

New 2014 Coastal Foraging dates:
Dates: Saturday the 1st of Feb – 10am
Saturday the 1st of March – 9am
Sunday the 31st of March – 9am
Price: R300 per person

The reason these courses are only once a month is because the dates and times are organized around the low tide at new moon (spring tides) to ensure maximum enjoyment in the rock pools as this is when the tide is out the furthest.
Please email roushanna@hotmail.com if you would like to book or have any questions and we will send you further details.

Hope you can join us!