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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…

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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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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.

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Wild wind and wild food.

Summer is here in full swing. And by full swing, I mean its full on windy. We have had a howling south-easter blowing for days. Causing havoc in the gardens, drying out the soil, whipping up our summer skirts, blowing sand in our faces and flattening out the surf. For days.

But the elements did not stopped us from having two more amazing Coastal Forages.

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Gathering food along a windswept beach only made us even more hungry for the feast we prepared…

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Coastal ForageFeast!

It was an even more blustery day for the second group…

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Coastal forageMussel pot – infused with thyme and the memory of the sea.

A taste so fresh you have to eat it to believe it.

There was a satisfied silence as we tucked in around the table. Only punctuated every now and then by grunts and sighs of appreciation from the hungry hunters.

We will be repeating this Coastal forage course next year and would love you to come and join us.

Happy Summer living!

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 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!

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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!