Tag: coastal forage

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.

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Seaweed salad

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Kelp sushi rolls

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Seaweed coleslaw

Mussel pot with tomatoes and thyme

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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!

Foraging with MasterChef SA

Episode 15 of MasterChef SA aired last week on MNET, and the top 5 contestants were told they had to forage for their main ingredients from the beach, Fynbos and forest floor.

It was such a great experience to meet them at Scarborough beach and take them to the inter tidal rock-pools to forage for mussels, periwinkles and edible seaweed and then on to Good Hope Gardens Nursery for a Fynbos forage for herbs and aromatic to compliment the harvested sea ingredients. The contestant were a charming, friendly and super enthusiastic group and I could see recipes running through their minds as they discovered a whole range of new flavours in the wild.

Foraging at Good Hope Gardens Nursery

Click on these video links to see more of what we got up to

Foraging with MasterChef SA

With the rising trend of foraging, concern for sustainable foraging is high, and with the fantastic platform of national television, I stressed this point as best I could.

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After foraging in the Deep South, they went to meet mushroom guru Gary Goldman in the forest and was guided by his passionate expertise and foraged some choice specimens.

Mushroom foraging with Gary

The contestants did well in the kitchen and created beautiful dishes with their foraged goods.

The top two recipes were Sipho’s Polenta lasagna filled with fried mushrooms and mussels and Roxi’s wild mushroom mille-feuille with hazelnut sauce.

Delicious! Heres hoping this post will inspire everyone to get creative and go wild.

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To find out more about our Fynbos and coastal foraging courses email roushanna@hotmail.com

WIN with ILUNDI and GOOD HOPE GARDENS NURSERY

Summer is here!

And its competition time….

Join our Facebook competition and stand a chance to win an ILUNDI signature sling

PLUS

2 x tickets for a Coastal Forage with us!

Click HERE to enter.

Good luck!!!!

Win an Ilundi signature sling plus Coastal Foraging tickets

Febuary coastal foraging

On the 1st of Feb we had another really fun Coastal Forage.

Awesome people, fantastic conversation and scrumptious food!

Amongst all the awesome people on the course, Cape Nature botanist Rupert Koopman and his beautiful wife Florence De Vries also joined us. Florence took all the stunning photos in this post. Thank you!!!

coastal foragingThese boots were made for foraging…

Coastal foragingA little bit if info shared,

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Coastal foragingMmmmmm mussels!

Coastal foragingWrack it and stack it. On my plate please….Wrack seaweed coleslaw. A thing of beauty and taste.

Coastal foragingApplying a seaweed face masks for amazing health and cosmetic benefits.

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Coastal forageAnd ultimate bliss.

Coastal ForagingRustic ingredients for a gourmet meal.

The 1st of March and the 31st of March – both starting at 9am – are our next Coastal Forage dates.

Join us as we play like kids and eat like kings, and learn a little bit along the way too.

Contact roushanna@hotmail.com for more info or to book.

Stunning Coastal Foraging photos

I have to add another post on our Coastal Foraging that took place two weeks ago. Why? Because of these amazing photos taken by the talented Christopher List.

We were lucky to have him and his journalist wife Melissa join us on our forage day. They are big adventurers – having traveled for 9 months on scooters through South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique generating awareness about sustainable lifestyle.

Check out their website here and like their Facebook page here

Now take a look at these beautiful images!

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It makes you kind of want to get involved and go on one of these courses, doesn’t it?

Of course it does!

And you can – just email us at roushanna@hotmail.com for more info on our next Coastal Forage.

Well its low tide now and I’m off to the rock pools to pick some seaweed for perfecting some new recipes – I will show you the results here soon.

So happy Summer everyone, let’s go to the beach!

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 3000km  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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 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!