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Deep Blue / Middle C

The making of the Deep Blue / Middle C was a passion project on a grand scale – a group of the most creative people at the top of their game, putting their heart and soul into this surf culture documentary set on the West Coast of South Africa – the result? A little bit of magic and whole lot of love.

The world premier will be on the 3rd of June 2017 at the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival screening details are below:

Cape Town
World Première Screening
Cinema Nouveau, V&A Waterfront
Sat 3 June
8.15pm

Johannesburg
The Bioscope
Sun 4 June
7.30pm

Cape Town
Cinema Nouveau, V&A Waterfront
Fri 9 June
6.45pm
(post screening Q&A)
Durban Screenings to be confirmed

Take a look at the trailer below…

Deep Blue / Middle C official trailer from Fly on the Wall on Vimeo.

Deep Blue / Middle C
An ode to the weskus (west coast)
“I don’t have a tribal dance,
there are no manhood rituals for me.
Sitting round this fire with my friends,
surfing these West Coast waves,
This is my culture.”
– J’ bones / ‘ the dronk kreef ‘
A genre bending documentary – a personal project from director Bryan Little he describes as
“A glorious home video from an alternate reality, that is to be a surfer living and breathing on
the west coast of South Africa – to this sanctuary we make pilgrimages, to wash off the dirt of the world.”
For 10days&10nights we made a studio on the beach, from it our little community of surfers, artists, musicians, chefs, mystics and foragers made music with our true selves. Exploring the greatest force on earth : we ate our fill from the wilderness.
With themes of the ocean, spirit, biology, identity, and our natural place in the world,
Deep Blue / Middle C is an interwoven story where fiction and non-fiction co-exist; as do memory and dreams.
A wise man recently told me;
“The qualities of the steps to getting somewhere are the same as the qualities of being there”.
FB: facebook.com/DeepBlueMiddleC/
Insta: @deepblumiddlec

Deep Blue / Middle C
An ode to the weskus (west coast)

“I don’t have a tribal dance,
there are no manhood rituals for me.
Sitting round this fire with my friends,
surfing these West Coast waves,
This is my culture.”
– J’ bones / ‘ the dronk kreef ‘

A genre bending documentary – a personal project from director Bryan Little he describes as
“A glorious home video from an alternate reality, that is to be a surfer living and breathing on
the west coast of South Africa – to this sanctuary we make pilgrimages, to wash off the dirt of the world.”

For 10days&10nights we made a studio on the beach, from it our little community of surfers, artists, musicians, chefs, mystics and foragers made music with our true selves. Exploring the greatest force on earth : we ate our fill from the wilderness.

With themes of the ocean, spirit, biology, identity, and our natural place in the world,
Deep Blue / Middle C is an interwoven story where fiction and non-fiction co-exist; as do memory and dreams.

A wise man recently told me;

“The qualities of the steps to getting somewhere are the same as the qualities of being there”.

FB: facebook.com/DeepBlueMiddleC/
Insta: @deepblumiddlec

 

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Summer 2017 with Veld and Sea

 

 

COASTAL FORAGING

Sunday 26th March 9am – 1pm

This half day 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 the Veld and Sea classroom in Cape Point (a 5km drive from the beach) with our foraged food to prepare and create an outdoor lunch banquet.
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.

More info on our website HERE

Cost: R550 per person/R2000 for a group of four. Children under 17yrs R200, Children under 2yrs free. Full payment will secure your booking as spaces are limited.

 To book: Please email roushanna@hotmail.com

WILD LOVE DINNER

Tuesday 14th Feb 6pm

Come and experience this once-off pop-up event dedicated to sustainable cuisine that will tantalize all of your senses.

The meal will be created by Roushanna Gray of Veld and Sea, using fresh seasonal ingredients and locally produced products, transforming them into delicious foods.
Vegetables, herbs and wild foods will be picked and prepared on site that day from the Good Hope Gardens vegetable gardens. Indigenous edibles, seaweeds, floral foods and local artisan products will be used.

Quality not quantity is to be observed and that means limited spaces! There will only be 12 seats available at this pop-up so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

The Wild Love dinner will be held in the Veld and Sea classroom at the Good Hope Gardens in Cape Point on Tuesday the 14th of Feb at 6pm.

Tickets: R500 per person

Included: Four course meal, 1 large botanical cocktail, 1 small gift. Guests are welcome to bring bring own wine, corkage not charged.

Vegetarians and Vegans options available!

To book contact Roushanna Gray at roushanna@hotmail.com

 

BOTANICAL COCKTAIL WORKSHOP 

Saturday 18th of Feb 11am-3pm 

 Join Caitlin Hill, co-owner of Mothers Ruin, Gin Bar on this exciting wild alchemy, botanicals and floral food filled day.

We will start with a foraging master-class in the Veld and Sea classroom, followed by a walk where we will gather wild herbs and edible flowers to be used in the drinks. You will learn the basics of cocktail making – the ingredients, techniques and equipment plus a special introduction to gin as well as how to make two classic gin based cocktails. Discover the world of tincture making and create your own bitters and infusions. A light floral inspired lunch, cocktails and refreshments will be served. Leave with a herbal bouquet and your very own wild booze creations.

Venue: Veld and Sea classroom, Cape Point

Cost: R650 per person. R600 per person for a group of four

To book: Please email roushanna@hotmail.com

FERMENTATION WORKSHOP

Saturday 4th of March 10am – 2pm

Fermentation workshop led by Zayaan Khan.

Join us for a session in wild fermentation!  We will learn about chopped veg fermented in its own juice (such as sauerkraut), whole ferments in brine (such as pickles), and layered ferments (such as kimchi).  We will taste various ferments as well as condiments, mustard and ketchup and discover how to make them.

We will discuss the scope of fermentation and learn the basic understandings to build a community of fermenters and begin to revive the pantry.
We will discuss starters, jars and fermentation time as well as eat delicious lunch using fermented flavours.

Bring: Glass jars and bottles. Any sad looking or surplus vegetables, even that heart of lettuce at the back of the fridge! Please bring any fermented drinks or cultures you may want to share.

COST: R500

INCLUDES: Fermentation Guide, New Skills, lunch and refreshments.

Venue: Veld and Sea Classroom, Cape Point

To book: Please email roushanna@hotmail.com

WILD FLAVOUR

Fri 24th March & Fri 31st March    and repeated on

Sat 8th April & Sat 15th  April 

This is a two part introductory session in discovering wild flavour around us and in your own gardens, led by Roushanna Gray. Discover the delicious world of seasonally available indigenous plant flavours, aromatics and fragrances, wild herbs, edible weeds and flowers and their culinary and medicinal applications.

Includes an intro, walk and talk, snacks and notes.

Time: 9.30am – 12pm

Venue: Veld and Sea classroom, Good Hope Gardens Nursery, Cape Point.

Cost: R250 per class or R400 for both.

To book: Please email roushanna@hotmail.com

Summer events with Veld and Sea

Join us for some deliciously exciting workshops this season – We are heading back to the beach for the much anticipated return of our coastal forages, plus there are some new and exciting collaborative workshops featured in the lineup which we are very excited to share with you!
To book for any of these events, please email roushanna@hotmail.com

COASTAL FORAGING 2017

Saturday 7th Jan 10am – 2pm

Saturday 21st Jan 9am – 1pm

Saturday 11th Feb 9am – 1pm

Saturday 25th Feb 9am – 1pm

This half day 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 the Veld and Sea classroom at the Good Hope Nursery in Cape Point with our foraged food to prepare and create an outdoor lunch banquet.
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.

More info on our website HERE

Cost: R550 per person/R2000 for a group of four. Children under 17yrs R200, Children under 2yrs free. Full payment will secure your booking as spaces are limited.

BOTANICAL COCKTAIL WORKSHOP

Saturday 26th Nov 11am-3pm

 Join Caitlin Hill, co-owner of Mothers Ruin, Gin Bar on this exciting wild alchemy, botanicals and floral food filled day.

We will start with a foraging master-class in the Veld and Sea classroom, followed by a walk where we will gather wild herbs and edible flowers to be used in the drinks. You will learn the basics of cocktail making – the ingredients, techniques and equipment plus a special introduction to gin as well as how to make two classic gin based cocktails. Discover the world of tincture making and create your own bitters and infusions. A light floral inspired lunch, cocktails and refreshments will be served. Leave with a herbal bouquet and your very own wild booze creations.

Venue: Veld and Sea classroom, Cape Point

Cost: R650 per person. R600 per person for a group of four

To book: Please email roushanna@hotmail.com

FORAGED WREATH WORKSHOP

Saturday 10th Dec 2pm-5pm

Join us for this fun and festive wreath making workshop at the beautiful home of artist and singer songwriter Amy Ayanda. A day of dreaming and creating, learn to use natures symmetry and design in two beautiful wreaths to take home. Led by foraging teacher Roushanna Gray, there will be a demo and introduction followed by a wreath making session with summers wild flowers, fynbos and foliage. No experience necessary and all equipment will be provided. Enjoy floral inspired snacks, home-made kombucha and botanical cocktails.

Spaces are limited to 10 participants.

Cost: R500 per person or R450 if you bring a friend.

KIDS HOLIDAY WORKSHOP

Monday 12th Dec 10am-1pm

Tuesday 13th Dec 10am-1pm

Kids are natural foragers. Remember growing up looking for Soursucks (Oxalis) in the winter and cape honeysuckles (Tecoma) in spring? It all comes very naturally! So imagine how fun a morning of gathering and tasting different scented leaves and edible flowers would be! The kids will learn fun facts about which plants the birds and butterflies love, get to meet the farm animals, create some artwork, make and eat delicious pizzas or scones with the foraged and harvested ingredients to enjoy with yummy Fynbos iced tea, and have fun in the playground with new friends.

VENUE: Veld and Sea classroom in Cape Point

COST: R280 for one, or bring a friend and each pay R220

TO BOOK: Please contact roushanna@hotmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: This is a small holiday class – please book soon to avoid disappointment. Any kids under the age of 4 require a parent/guardian to accompany them.

COASTAL FORAGING + HAND PLANE WORKSHOP

Saturday 17 Dec 9.30am

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 the Burnett Wood Surfboards workshop for a coffee and a snack before starting on your handplane creations under the expert guidance of Patrick Burnett. This handplane course offers the opportunity to make a functional and beautiful surfcraft out of wood in one day. Participants will learn about the enjoyment of bodysurfing, the design dynamics that underpin handplanes and the pleasure of shaping something out of wood. Participants walk away with their own self-crafted handplane. Learn more about Patrick and his craft in this beautiful video clip HERE

WHAT IS INCLUDED: Wild food snacks and drinks, a delicious three course lunch based on ingredients foraged 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

BONUS: Collect seaweed to take home and preserve in methods learned on the day.

PRICE: R1200 p/person. Full payment will secure your booking. Please note, this is a small workshop and only 6 spaces are available, so book soon to avoid disappointment.

TIME: 9.30am

VENUE: Scarborough beach + Burnett Surfboard Workshop

TEACHERS: Patrick Burnett and Roushanna Gray

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SUMMER 2016 with Veld and Sea

Join us for some deliciously exciting workshops this season – We are heading back to the beach for the much anticipated return of our coastal forages, plus there are some new and exciting collaborative workshops featured in the lineup which we are so excited to share with you!
To book for any of these events, please email
 roushanna@hotmail.com


COASTAL FORAGING

  • 29th Oct 9am-1pm

  • 13th Nov 9am-1pm

  • 3rd Dec 10am-2pm

  • 30th Dec 10am-2pm

This half day 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.
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.

More info on our website HERE

Cost: R550 per person/R2000 for a group of four. Children under 17yrs R200, Children under 2yrs free. Full payment will secure your booking as spaces are limited.

NATURE ART WORKSHOP

  • 5th Nov 2pm-6pm

Join artist Janet Ranson for a Nature Art immersion workshop.
We will meet at the Veld and Sea classroom for an intro to Nature and Land art with historical and contemporary examples plus introductory demo’s and exercises. This will be followed by a walk through the fynbos to a ridge above the nursery, where each participant will find a site to start their land art piece. We will end with a discussion over soup, salad and a botanical cocktail back in the classroom.

Janet Ranson is a painter, educator and nature artist with a passion for art and the beautiful Cape fynbos. She finds inspiration all around her. She works from and in the natural environment, walking, sketching, creating temporary land art installations and collaborations – and using all these to inform her energetic paintings. Bold gestures suggest growth, movement and the flickering light of a windswept mountainside, with succeeding natural phases reveled in washes and layers of paint. For more information on Janet Ranson and her beautiful art, please take a look at her website HERE

Cost: R350 per person

BOTANICAL COCKTAIL WORKSHOP

  • 26th Nov 11am-3pm

Join Caitlin Hill, co-owner of Mothers Ruin, Gin Bar and foraging teacher Roushanna Gray on this exciting wild alchemy, botanicals and floral food filled day.

We will start with a foraging master-class in the Veld and Sea classroom, followed by a walk where we will gather wild herbs and edible flowers to be used in the drinks. You will learn the basics of cocktail making – the ingredients, techniques and equipment plus a special introduction to gin as well as how to make two classic gin based cocktails. Discover the world of tincture making and create your own bitters and infusions. A light floral inspired lunch, cocktails and refreshments will be served. Leave with a herbal bouquet and your very own wild booze creations.

Cost: R650 per person. R600 per person for a group of four.

COASTAL FORAGING + HANDPLANE WORKSHOP

  • 17 Dec 10am

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 the Burnett Wood Surfboards workshop for a coffee and a snack before starting on your handplane creations under the expert guidance of Patrick Burnett. This handplane course offers the opportunity to make a functional and beautiful surfcraft out of wood in one day. Participants will learn about the enjoyment of bodysurfing, the design dynamics that underpin handplanes and the pleasure of shaping something out of wood. Participants walk away with their own self-crafted handplane. Learn more about Patrick and his craft in this beautiful video clip HERE

WHAT IS INCLUDED:
Wild food snacks and drinks, a delicious three course lunch based on ingredients foraged 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

BONUS:

Collect seaweed to take home and preserve in methods learned on the day. 

PRICE:
R1200 p/person. Full payment will secure your booking. Please note, this is a small workshop and only 6 spaces are available, so book soon to avoid disappointment.

TIME:

9.30am

VENUE:

Scarborough beach + Burnett Surfboard Workshop

TEACHERS:

Patrick Burnett and Roushanna Gray

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

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