I’ve found a new item to add to my quirky list of edibles. It’s been around for ages and finally has found it’s way to me! I wasn’t told about it nor did I read about it in some Dr. Doozy list of “top miracle health products nobody has ever heard of”. I was walking the isles of the local Massy (a popular chain grocery store here) snooping like I do, when something caught my eye.
Take a look at that package… I’ve never seen seaweed look like this before! (Make sure you read the previous sentence with a high pitched sarcastic tone).
STEP 1: Stare at the package again… for the instructions.
STEP 2: Rinse and soak
STEP 3: Remove from the fridge and hold it up to the light. Inspect the curious looking monster in the container that you’re supposedly going to eat.
STEP 4: Boil for 20 min and strain. This is when the recipes can vary a bit. My minimal research shows that some of the more popular dishes are sweet and aim towards a pudding desert-like substance. I’m going to make a veggie cake(ish) creation, so bare with me.
STEP 5: Blend it up with enough water until there are no lumpy plant chunks. Note, it expands during this process!
STEP 6: Put this mess aside and bring out your other ingredients. Here’s what I’m playing with today: butternut squash, sweet potato, egg, coconut milk, kale, vanilla, turmeric, ginger, ground flax seeds, cayenne pepper, himalayan salt and a splash of palm sugar.
I have no measurements for you as I generally just pinch here, dash that, pour more and finish with a shoulder shrug. I suppose if I master a phenomenal flavor, I’ll then post a proper recipe.
STEP 7: Combine everything together with no method to the madness. Just shove the ingredients in a blender and let ‘er rip!
STEP 8: Realize you forgot to preheat your oven and rush over to get it started. Then lightly oil a baking dish and poor in the mixture.
STEP 9: Bake until you can stick and remove a clean toothpick from the center. If you’re like me, this is when you should crank up the heat to brown the edges a bit more.
Final step is to remove the strange looking green cake-like dish and let it cool. You don’t have to worry about anyone sneaking a bite because well, look at it.
If you choose to eat it warm out of the oven, I suggest pouring a bit of coconut milk (or your milk of choice) over the top and eating it like a pudding. You can see the texture of the warm version in the top photo.
If you put it in the fridge, the seamoss will set up and turn the dish into more of a brownie texture (in the bottom picture).
A few other of my favorite edibles can be seen in Coconut and cashew, yes please and My favorite Cambodian dish. Cheers to the open road, new flavors and a creative kitchen!