The mint jelly that my family used to serve with the lamb had nothing to do with the real thing and I remember to this day the horror in Doug’s eyes when I served it the first time! Since then, I have tasted lots of different mint sauce & jelly and I would like to share my favourite recipe.
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 !
The soup that I am going to introduce you to, attends to all the senses: the chewiness of the mushrooms and the crunchiness of the beans; the red of the seaweed against the different browns and the green of the spring onions; the aroma of the mushrooms and of course, the nourishing rich taste. Several of the ingredients are considered super-foods in their own right; consequently, this nutrient-rich broth feeds the body as well as the soul.
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 !