forage not pillage

What appears to be a trailing hand along the face is actually a frond of laminaria digitata. High in nearly every essential vitamin and mineral, this fingered help is abundant in the Northern Atlantic region, among other similar latitudes. Although prime harvest season ended in May, I suspect the early July upwelling brought this generous chunk to the surface, along with a 14 degree Celsius drop in water temperature. Brrr.

Candied Kelp

12 inches dried kelp
¼ cup honey
½ cup water
1 cup sesame seeds

1. Soak kelp in water until very soft. Cut into desired shapes, enough to fill ½ cup.
2. Bring honey and water to a boil.
3. Reduce heat, add kelp, and simmer uncovered until almost all liquid has been absorbed or evaporated (1 to 1½ hour). Check frequently, adding a dash of water when needed and stirring occasionally.
4. Arrange kelp pieces on sesame seeds, turning to coat.
5. Bake on a clean cookie sheet at 300°, 25 to 30 minutes. Halfway through baking, turn over the pieces, being careful not to scorch the sesame seeds.
Note: Maple syrup may be mixed with the honey for a different taste. You may also replace sesame seeds with ground almonds, pecans, walnuts, or peanuts.

Maine Coast Sea Vegetables
Franklin, Maine

Way more info here.

Post Script Rant: The first 2 issues of SBC Surf contained informational foraging articles contributed by ____ Bruhwiler. Inspiring and original to say the least, matched with a large variety of national content and an overall grade challenging TSJ quality, this publication was destined for longevity. Somewhere between generating ad revenue, keeping up with the Jones’ and maintaining a virtually irrelevant website, these guys lost me as a reader and subscriber. Small market. Small ad revenue. Exec’s with big pants and big wallets make big decisions? So it goes. Near Bay Street. Or perhaps the Transworld Surf Media model is representative of the Canadian scene?

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