When the Tide Goes Out the Forager's Table is Laid.

Fi Bird | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
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Some foragers sprinkle salt over the tell tale keyhole marks that razor clams leave in sand but seasoned foragers will leave noisy kids and dogs at home and quietly grab their razor clam. As with so many things, patience and practice help to perfect the skill.

Cooking With Seville Oranges and Seaweed

Fi Bird | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
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This year I've made my marmalade on the mainland, on an Aga without the aid of the fierce, controlled gas flame available from my Island kitchen cooker. The first rolling boil of the marmalade season can often be a hit and miss affair and this year was no exception.

Stir up Sunday With a Hint of the Sea

Fi Bird | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
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The last Sunday before Advent is the traditional time to make the Christmas pudding. It is often referred to as Stir Up Sunday, a reference which comes from the collect from the Anglican Church's Book of Common Prayer.

The Truffle of the Sea - Pepper Dulse

Fi Bird | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
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I'll hazard a guess that Pepper Dulse, a ruby red seaweed with branching fern-like fronds was a favourite with Victorian ladies who added seaweed to their 'fern-mania' collections. It's strong in flavour, and when dried and finely ground is one of my stalwart store cupboard ingredients.

Outer Hebridean Canapés and Wine

Fi Bird | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
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One of my favourite seaweeds to cook with is dulse. It is a ruby, red seaweed, which dries to a deep pink, and turns green when cooked. Dulse grows on rocks in the subtidal zone or sometimes grows as an epiphyte. It often hitches a ride on kelp.The pretty fronds resemble fingers and its stalk (stipes) are short.

Foraging Black Caviar on the Seashore

Fi Bird | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
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Seaweeds unlike some fungi aren't toxic. Some species of seaweed don't taste very nice but an amateur seaweed collector, armed with a decent guide wil...

Beauty From the Ocean Floor

Fi Bird | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
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Children who live by the sea bath can collect seaweed at low tide and enjoy an excited bath-time. Seaweed will naturally colour warm bathwater green or brown depending on the species gathered. Popping the air bubbles on bladder or knotted wrack is much more fun then popping bubble wrap.

A Tried and Tested Potato and Seaweed Partnership

Fi Bird | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
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As autumn creeps upon us, the Island nights are drawing in. Soon the cows and sheep will return to the machair (fertile land by the sea) and so, local crofters are lifting their crops before the animal are put back to graze.

An Appetite for Arsenic

Fi Bird | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
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I was once asked if I worried about my arsenic intake due to the amount of seaweed that my family and I eat. It was one of those supermarket aisle co...

The Art of Foraging With a Disability After a Super Moon

Fi Bird | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
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Low tide is of course, when it all happens for the seaweed forager or for that matter the hunter of razor clams. The tides when there is less differentiation between low and high tide marks are called neap tides. These occur a week after spring tides and are of less interest to a seaweed forager.

Spaghetti Island, Somewhere in the Outer Hebrides

Fi Bird | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK
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Don't be greedy, leave some seaweed for others to enjoy too. There is an increasing number of artisan purveyors of seaweed to supply the hard working, landlocked or both.

'Seaweed Helps Lose Weight By Preventing Body From Absorbing Fat', Research Suggests

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Fat-busting seaweed could be the future of weight loss, new research suggests. Scientists have identified a natural seaweed fibre that prevents the...

A Review of "Extreme Greens: Understanding Seaweeds" by Sally Mckenna

Fi Bird | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
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After a very long walk on an Outer Hebridean beach, where I exhausted my chagrin by pulling dulse from storm-wrecked tangle, as it glistened in the late autumn sun; I mustered up the courage to order Sally McKenna's Extreme Greens, Understanding Seaweed.

Homemade Salt Flavoured With Seaweed

Fi Bird | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

The condiment salt is referenced throughout the Old Testament, not only as an essential preservative but for its useful flavourings in food (Job 6:6). In Genesis 19, Lot's wife is turned into a pillar of salt for disobeying the angel's warning and looking back to Sodom as they fled to Zoar.

Sea Lettuce Ice-cream

Fi Bird | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

Foraging the sea lettuce for this ice-cream was hard work. The weather was inclement but this rarely deters your hardened forager.

Chasing Sea lettuce From the Outer Hebrides to Cornwall

Fi Bird | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

I travelled on to the South West of England where the gorse was blushing a second bloom and Cornish seawater a tad warmer.The carrageen was certainly less shy, I found it in rock pools higher up the lower shore than on The Hebrides.

St Columba, Seaweed and an Oatcake Recipe From South Uist

Fi Bird | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
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This week, my local beach has been unusually busy as crofters gather storm-damaged seaweed. Traditionally seaweed has been collected on the western coastal areas of Ireland and Scotland and used as a fertiliser, but in Scotland it also has a rich industrial history.

Chewing the Dulse

Fi Bird | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

It is said that whilst coastal Irish and Scottish cows chewed the cud, the farmers chewed the dulse. Raw dulse requires considerable chewing but dried and stir-fried, as in this recipe, it becomes a rather moreish nibble.

Seaweed 'Could Fight Tooth Decay'

PA | Posted 04.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Microbes found on seaweed could provide an unexpected weapon in the fight against tooth decay, scientists have said. They used an enzyme isolated f...

Why Eating Seaweed Is Better Than Going To The Gym

The Huffington Post UK | Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 23.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Scientists have discovered that seaweed enriched bread burns 178kcal per serving – more than a 30 minute workout at the gym. According to researc...