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MY FAVOURITE THINGS: Holiday Nibbles & Edible Gifts Ideas with Seaweeds

Finding gifts for some people may be a difficult task. Offering food can be a nice solution especially if you prepare it yourself and the presentation shows an investment of time and creativity. ‘My Favourite Things’ features Home-made gift ideas and nibbles with a difference for entertaining during the Holiday Season. Making your own gifts really transforms the gesture of giving into something much more personal…isn’t it the meaning of the Season ?

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Puff pastry Sticks with Furikake, the Seaweed Seasoning mix

I have been on a quest to present healthy snacks for the summer season. This is a moorish little nibble that takes minutes to prepare and is sure to be popular with your family and guests. These pastries are a departure from the traditional ‘cheese stick’ is that they boost some good nutrients without losing […]

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Chocolate Fondants with Karengo & Crystallised Ginger

I am asked many questions when I give Seaweed Preparation Workshops, but one that seems to be on many people’s mind is whether seaweed can be used in desserts. Some of you may think that ‘Seaweed’, ‘chocolate’ and ‘ginger’ are words that don’t really belong in the same sentence, let alone a recipe. Yet the pudding below is scrumptious, without so much as a whiff of seaweed about it. So Karengo (NZ nori) with chocolate & ginger, one of the best taste combination I know for dessert, rich, intense and flavourful. Try it !

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Make Your Own Seaweed Wraps, It’s Easy !

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 !

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Charred Orange Tart With Agar Filling

I absolutely love cooking with agar. I like that I have lots of control over the resulting texture and that I can transform most dishes to suit a vegetarian or vegan diet or special diets with low sugar or ow fats. In this recipe, the custard could have been made with eggs but here, I achieve a similar result using New Zealand agar to create the creaminess. This tart is the perfect balance of the crunchiness of the pastry, the warm creaminess of the custard and the sweet caramelised chewiness of the oranges. It is a good recipe to make at this time of the year when the orange season is in full swing and we are in need of comfort food.

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