Sea Grapes are called “nama’ in Fiji and are harvested in shallow waters near the reef. Nama is often seen in markets or on the buffet tables in resorts. It is said to have anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and they are a fantastic alternative to caviar. Here is an easy recipe that will take you back to tropical Fiji !
Most people’s first experience of seaweed is sushi. These little bite size morsels are considered ‘fast food’ in Japan. Although they are a delicious way to start appreciating the taste of nori, seaweed wraps are often over processed and glazed with flavoured salty mixtures to make them shiny and resistent to the ambient moisture. The recipe below won’t result in a sheet that is as crunchy as the traditional sushi wrap but it is much more resilient and contains far less sodium and other additives. Another advantage is that any seaweed leaf can be used to produce wraps of various colours and flavours. The flavour can also be enriched by soaking the seaweed in a liquid of your choice (a juice, herbal tea or stock) and adding herbs, seeds or spices to the mixture. Read on to find out how easy it is !
I have found that Sea Lettuce pairs really well with fruits. I like to work with the leaves, their bright colour never fails to lift the look of a dish and their delicate taste doesn’t need strongly flavoured seasoning. This surprising combination is visually stunning, super easy to prepare and really pleasing to the taste buds ! Try it next time you entertain…serve it as a canapé, in individual spoons as shown here, with a glass of sparkling wine !! This recipe is sure to impress !
The first time I tasted Sea Grapes was 2 years ago when I visited Atutaki for a holiday. It was served very simply at a buffet table, fresh and without garnish in a big wooden bowl. People would throw some on their plate amongst the other food, just like you would do with tomatoes or another vegetable. I thought […]