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Day 2 at Clonea Strand. Big crowd for the 2nd seaweed forage of the West Waterford Festival of Food. Marie will be holding a cookery demonstration at The Tannery Cookery School this afternoon.
Summer has arrived and The Sea Gardener is out and about, leading foraging walks and talks.
Into the west……come and meet Marie at the Kenmare Food Carnival on Sunday July 14th where she will lead the Seaweed Safari.
Next event is a Seaweed Foraging walk at Loftus Hall, Hook Head at 5.30pm on Saturday May 4th. Marie will be based at Loftus Hall from 2pm in the afternoon with seaweed tastings etc. Book for the forage directly via Loftus Hall website.
Marie will be at Ardkeen Quality Food Store on Saturday March 23rd 11am – 1.30 pm – to talk to customers about her book – The Sea Garden.
Come along for a chat about seaweed cookery and foraging and taste some
recipes from the book!
Winter is here and I hope you got to dry and store your foraged seaweeds to use throughout the season, until new growth next spring. If not, you can buy most varieties in your local health shop or quality supermarket.
Carrageen is one worth having in the store cupboard. Known also by the names Carrageen Moss, Irish Moss, it is often sold bleached to a creamy white.
Some of the comments by participants:
“Thanx to both yourself & Kevin for a marvellous, natural experience. We brought a load of seaweed home & found it very easy to identify each type – once we had stretched it out & used your book as a guide. I loved it but kinda knew that it’d be class. The big thrill for me was seeing the kick that my family got out of it.”
We went to Kenmare Food Carnival this year – a first – and took the Sea Safari boat from the pier to Dromquinna Manor where we disembarked to forage for seaweed along the shore and an insight into rock shore ecology. Thanks to Karen, Natalie (who took these photos) and Una, the boat crew and the couple who gave us delicious chanterelles from the local woods afterwards!