Apr 092017
 

Carrageen moss is a delicacy of the Irish people and their traditional food.  It got its name from the Carrageen village where it was the most flourishing industry.  It’s a colourful food as its tiny fans of purple, pink and cream colours are enough to attract people towards it.  Carrageen is  gathered from the southern and western coastal lines for its marketing value and to enjoy it as a nutritious and delicious food item. It can be used in varied forms preferably in soups, stews and puddings.

In past times many people living on the coastal areas were using Carrageen Moss for its medicinal value having it with hot milk and honey as a treatment for the sore throat however this trend is still going on as they are taking it for curing several stomach problems and sleepless nights.

Now people are less enamoured with this variety of seaweed but in the places like Ballyandreen, carrageen moss recipes are still favourites and you can find carrageen drying in their homes.  It is still very much a part of their tradition.

However for many of us who still love to have carrageen for its taste and its nutritious value, you can order from us here at www.DulseOnline.co.uk and can also read below the simplest carrageen moss recipe (carrageen moss pudding with Blue berries) to prepare at home.

Carrageen moss Pudding with Blue berries

Essential Components:

•    850 ml milk
•    8 grams of dried Carrageen moss
•    One Egg
•    1/2 table spoon vanilla essence, pure preferred
•    One table spoon of Caster sugar
•    Blueberries
•    soft ice cream or soft whipped cream
•    soft brown sugar

Procedure:

Keep the carrageen dipped in water for ten minutes, drain the water and put the carrageen in the saucepan along with the milk. Bring the contents to boiling point and simmer it well with the lid for a complete twenty minutes.  Now separate the yolk from the egg in the bowl, mix it with the sugar and vanilla essence and whisk the mix for a few seconds.  Now pour that hot carrageen and milk mix on to the egg yolk mixture through a strainer but keep on whisking all the time.  You will soon find carrageen swollen and oozing out jelly.  Sieve the jelly via the strainer and beat the same into the milk.  Test it in a saucer for its softness.  In the case it is a little too soft then add a little more milk and put more carrageen through the strainer. Whisk stiffly the white portion of the egg to make a fluffy top and fold it in the gentlest way into the milk mixture with a whisk. Now let it cool down and then chill it until it gets set. But just before it is ready to serve, crush the blueberries, sprinkle caster sugar and then mix them well. Then serve the carrageen along with the berries, and cream and sprinkle the same with the soft brown sugar for different flavours.  Yum!

Now your carrageen moss pudding with Blue berries is ready to serve.  Delicious.  You can experiment with different carrageen moss recipe to fully utilize its value as the most delicious and nutritious food.

Comments?

Have you tried this recipe?  How was it?  If you have any variations you made please let us know below.

Mar 192017
 

One of the vegetables that I am very fond of is seaweeds. I love it not only because of its taste but because of the many nutrients it can deliver to our body. Seaweeds have always been part of the staple diet of Asians who lived near the sea. To the seaside residents, it is one of their secrets to a long and healthy life. Even non-Asians do fall in love with seaweeds as these have become a distinct vegetable delicacy.

Seaweeds have good nutritional value, but different varieties offers different nutrients. See for your self what you can get from varied types of seaweeds:

  • Dulse – a reddish brown seaweed that is high in sodium. This seaweed can be eaten with milk and water;
  • Nori – commonly sold in flat sheets and is usually roasted and wrapped around pieces of sushi. This type of seaweed is rich vitamins (A, B1, B2, C, E and K), minerals (iron, magnesium, potassium and iodine) and protein
  • Wakame – this seaweed uniquely shows anti-obesity properties with its high amount of essential fatty acids called EPA.

Generalists speak so kindly about seaweeds saying they do does so much more for health than just delivering nutrients. According to them, seaweeds helps you with the following:

  • Regulate activity of thyroid (with Iodine)
  • Give satiety as a plant food and thus help control obesity
  • Support bone health (with Vitamin C, K, and Magnesium)
  • Aid in giving heart protection (with Potassium)
  • Deliver immunity protection (with Vitamin A, C, E and Iron)
  • Contribute to normal brain developments (in children – with Iron)
  • With its phytoestrogen content called lignans, seaweeds are known to have anti-cancer properties

Although not scientifically-based, others testify that frequent consumption of seaweeds reduces menopause symptoms like hot flashes and fatigue. Now because we cannot belittle the many nutrients we can find in seaweeds, it would then be a good practice to regularly include seaweeds in any possible opportunity. Here are some recipes you can try:

Merry Seaweed Salad

Ingredients:

2 pieces carrots sliced; 1 cup celery; 1 cup seaweeds, soaked for 2-3 minutes in water then sliced

Mixing Procedure:

Put water in pot and boil. When water boils, reduce temperature to low and add carrots (just blanch, until it is bright and still crisp). Remove carrots and put on plate to cool, just reserve the water. Bring back the water to boil and do the same with celery; drain carrots and celery, then mix together with seaweeds. Enjoy it naturally.

Deep Water Soup

Ingredients:

3 pieces onions (chopped), 2 tablespoons olive oil, 6 pieces potatoes (cubed), 2 parsnips, 1 cup sliced canned shiitake mushrooms, 1 cup dried seaweeds, 12 cups of water.

Cooking Procedure:

Saute onions in oil until brown. Add all other ingredients and cook until vegetables are done. Adjust seasonings

Voila!  If you have any comments please leave them below.  Tried the recipes?  What did you think?