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Laura’s Seaweed Oatcakes and Moules Marinière

Laura has been foraging to collect seaweed and mussels on the shore near her home. With 1-1 support from Michael Smith- head chef at Loch Bay Restaurant, Laura has developed her own recipes for seaweed oatcakes and her take on a classic Moules Marinière using locally foraged mussels.

The seaweed oatcakes 

Ingredients 

4tbs seaweed- For this I foraged seagrass on the shoreline.

300g of oatmeal and extra to add to hands and workbench 

Pinch of salt

Pinch of bicarbonate of soda

2 pinches of garlic salt

1 and a half tbsp of butter or fat 

Water

  1. Wash your seaweed very thoroughly and prepare. To prepare mine I lightly fried it till it was crispy.
  2. Add to a bowl 300g of oatmeal, a pinch of salt, 2 pinches of garlic salt, pinch of bicarbonate of soda. 
  3. Stir together and set aside.
  4. Add the seaweed into a pan with 1 and a half tbsp of fat or butter and a splash of water.
  5. Stir until melted together before adding the oatmeal.
  6. Slowly work all the ingredients in together until you can form a ball.
  7. Dust your hands and surfaces in oatmeal- this will help prevent it from sticking. Roll your mixture out cutting it into circles or whatever shape you would like.
  8. After you have cut them place them into a hot frying pan or girdle. Keeping an eye on them.
  9. After 5-10 minutes flip them and give the other side 5-10 minutes 
  10. Remove from the heat and allow them to cool before enjoying.

Moules marinière

Ingredients 

Mussels 

5 garlic cloves

Quarter cup of dry white wine 

Knob of butter

Heavy double cream 

Lemon juice 

Parsley 

  1. Clean and de-beard your mussels.
  2. Add a knob of butter to a pan, once melted add 5 minced garlic cloves- cooking lightly.
  3. Add the mussels and the white wine and cover with a lid, steaming for 4-5 minutes until they are all open- if any are still closed, discard them.
  4. Once reduced add a cup of heavy double cream- leave this to slowly simmer for 5 minutes. Be careful not to bring up to the boil.
  5. Add a squirt of lemon juice, chopped parsley and season to taste. 
  6. Then serve 

Our CLIMAVORE Apprenticeship programme continues in Summer 2020 with adaptations in response to Covid-19. Meeting every week over video chat to discuss sustainable aquaculture, CLIMAVORE ingredients, foraging and test recipes, the apprenticeships continue as a paid opportunity for young people and a series of 1-to-1 sessions.

Using learning from previous workshops in Portree High School’s Hospitality and Practical Cookery course and their own local knowledge, the apprentices have been developing recipes to be published in a new CLIMAVORE Recipe Book this Summer.