Sensational Seaweed!

I’ve only recently realised the astonishing potential of seaweed: its an incredibile source of minerals and nutrients when used in cooking, it has regenerating antioxident properities for beauty products, it is a fabulous organic fertiliser…the uses of this seriously undervalued natural resource are endless!

I’ve been trying to find ways to use seaweed in my life and so far have collected seaweed at the beach and after a good washing, popped it into some old tights [you could use a muslin bag also if you have one] and poured hot water over it for a bath. [Dont do this if you’re very sensitive to iodine]. If you are short of time or landlocked, there are lots of seaweed bauty products available in your nearest healthwise.

I put a big bag of unwashed seaweed around my vegetables and plants as a organic mulch. This will eventually rot down and in winter you can dig it into the soil. You can also put it into your compost bin as apparently this speeds up the composting process, so I will be doing that as soon as I get more seaweed.I’ve heard you can make a liquid fertiliser out of seaweed also which is very good for lawns and roses so might try finding out how to do that next!

I baked Carrot and Dilisk bread today and to my surprise it actually turned out really nice and has an attractive appearance. I got the receipe from the Irish Seaweed Centre  at NUIG. Here is a copy of the receipe if you’d like to try it yourself or you can visit their webpage at http://www.irishseaweed.com

Jim’s legendary Carrot and Dillisk Bread

25g Dillisk, soaked in fresh water for 5 mins
110g Melted Butter
1 Large Carrot Grate
4 Eggs
50g Caster Sugar
Pinch Of Salt
250g Plain Flour
1.5 tbs Baking Powder

Pre-heat oven, temp 140 ºC /274ºF
Take dillisk out of water and pat dry with a kitchen towel and chop finely.
Brush the inside of the loaf tin  with a little butter.
In a mixing bowl combine remaining butter, eggs, dillisk, carrots and salt.
Fold in sieved flour and baking powder
If the mixture is a bit dry add a little drop of milk.
Fill tin with mixture and bake for 40-50 mins.
Cool before turning out and slicing. Serve with some REAL butter…. and a bucket of tea!!

I’m hoping to find other ways to incorperate seaweed into my life, as its so good for you, its wildly abundant and best of all its free! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Sensational Seaweed!

  1. Wow, you have been busy between the gardening and baking, have you any free time. That’s a very interesting tip with the seaweed, using it in the garden. You also see loads of beauty products out there with seaweed in them and they cost a load. Worth a try in the garden instead of spending loads of money on fancy fertilisers. Also your Carrot and Dilisk looks very nice. Hope you had a slice with a cup of Camomile tea. 😉

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