The secrets of seaweed

saffronbunny-food-blogger-cornwallSeaweed is my new condiment of choice. Forget salt. Not only is The Cornish Seaweed Company making its own seaweed salt (a healthier, tastier alternative) but a scattering of sea salad flakes onto and into anything from soups to omelettes, risottos to mash, adds an umami oomph that I often crave from a slug of soy sauce or a teaspoon of Marmite.

A few pinches of seaweed in food is the culinary equivalent of juicing a lorry load of goji berries, diving into a swimming pool of acai or blitzing a thousand blueberries. I exaggerate somewhat, but the nutritional benefits of what is essentially a neglected ‘weed’ are enormous (and anathema to the over-priced health food industry).

For more on the under-rated nutritional benefits of this hugely versatile plant, go to saffronbunny at Cool Places to read my interview with Tim who owns The Cornish Seaweed Company.

Photo courtesy of Shayne House




3 Hungry Boys’ Thom Hunt is open for business in the woods

Philosophy and the outdoors have a long-established bond. From Thoreau to Jack London, D.H. Lawrence and Hardy to Tolstoy’s musing peasants, streams, fields and manual labour are as much about how to live as they are a way of life. A  day with Thom Hunt at his new business in the woods – 7th Rise – will teach you not only how to hunt, shoot, fish, forage and cook, but also to pluck, gut and consume ideas about life, living and humanity. Read More

Foraging feast at the Porthminster café

Last week saw me sitting down to blinding sun and a ‘sunglassed’ lunching companion overlooking  St Ives’ Porthminster beach. Memories of camping just outside the town with university friends, living on a shoestring but managing to indulge in spider crab, white wine and cream teas (not all together of course) came flooding back. Read More