Raw dishes

Seaweed Tartare, a Colourful & Tasty Garnish

Today is about “Tartare” a word spelled a couple of different ways and used in diverse contexts. What we will be talking about here is the French use for it in culinary circles. Tartare spelled this way refers to a mixture of finely chopped or minced raw ingredients often combined with onions, capers, fresh herbs and seasonings.Seaweed Tartare is a local specialty in Brittany – France where it is served with many of the beautiful seafood the region is renowned for, but it has many other applications…read on

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New Zealand Gravlax Cured with Manuka Smoked Natural Sea Salt

In Scandinavia GRAVLAX refers to the medieval practice of curing heavily salted raw fish by burying it above the high tide level. During the Middle Ages, gravlax was made by fishermen, who salted the salmon and lightly fermented it by burying it in the sand; the word gravlax comes from the Scandinavian word grav, which […]

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Sea Grape Salad from Fiji – A Preview of Summer!

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 !

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Start Your Morning in High-Gear with Seaweed & Other Raw Ingredients

For me, making smoothies dates back to the 1980’s in Canada, when I suffered fom exhaustion and decided it was time to clean up my act. My Natural Health Practitioner had recommended a daily diet high in sprouts (especially sunflower and buckwheat) and other superfoods, made into smoothies. Now that I live in New Zealand, I do not have my chosen sprouts year-round… but I have discovered more about seaweed. Working with it everyday for the last ten years has opened my eyes to its variety & versatility. I haven’t stopped making smoothies, using various powdered seaweed as a key ingredient. But I hear you say… I don’t think I can handle it in a smoothie ! Well, that is because it is often assumed that seaweed has a strong taste or limited ability to combine with land food…nothing is further from the truth!….read on 🙂

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Sea Lettuce Leaves with Roasted Pineapple Chunks

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 !

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Sea Spaghetti & Kale salad with fresh Ginger

The truth is that I have always struggled to find tempting recipes using kale. Kale is incredibly nutritious and that it has a reputation for being full of cancer-preventing compounds, so it is well worth eating it ! The Sea Spaghetti adds colour, a whole host of different nutrients and a flavour that complements the greens & the ginger wonderfully.

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