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Coastal recipes

It will come as no surprise that the UK is an island and is therefore bordered by a vast and
magnificent coastline and beyond that, the ocean.

I imagine that most of us were introduced to the seaside as children, where many timeless hours of innocent fun were had, exploring rock-pools & coastal caves, racing imaginary horses (unicorns?) along and through the fringes of the tide mark, eating ice-cream, partially burying your favourite yet annoying sibling and sculpting them into strange creations adorned with various coastal debris & tucking fish n chip dinners, complete with the random obligatory grains of sand that somehow find their way in no matter how carefully you attempt to fend off their incursions - magic!

I've always been fascinated by the coast and the majority of my childhood holidays were spent at various locations around the UK - I deem myself very fortunate to have experienced those times and locations. Our seas, for the majority are within easy reach (I've heard on the grapevine that no matter where you live in the UK no-one is more than 80 miles from the sea and you don't require a car to get there, just a bit of planning and organisation - make it as hard or as simple as you like.

As I journey further down the foraging path, the more I feel myself connected and drawn to the energy, elements, wonder, mystery and abundance of our natural environments. For me, the sea is the best of both worlds, where ocean meets land, a truly great combination. High tides, low tides, spring and neap tides, estuaries, salt marshes, mudflats, cliffs, caves, shingle, sand dunes, harbours, piers, jetties the list goes on... and each of these habitats provide a unique and varied species range of wild edible treasures!

All this aside there are many things we just don't understand about our oceans and that is very much reflected in the way some of us treat it, as an infinite source of food (there to be exploited), be a dumping ground (sewage, chemicals, litter - whether we are aware of it or not). Our oceans - as with all natural environments deserve and require our respect - if we can't offer the support it provides us, it will stop supporting us. If we can learn and practice mindful harvesting and care of the oceans on a global scale, the very experiences we had as children will be there for future children to experience.

I hope this page will inspire a desire to connect or deepen our connection with the ocean/coast and it's many lifeforms, rhythms, energies, mysteries and I hope to explore the ways in which our culinary experiences can facilitate this. I'll be hosting some coastal residential weekend foraging courses in 2017. The courses will cover everything from sea fishing to seaweeds to coastal plants and will feature natural cooking, preserving techniques such as dry curing, fire baking & pickling. If you're interested in attending the coastal weekend events or would like to learn more about coastal foraging you can contact me at: edible.leeds@gmail.com  or on 07899752447.

Coastal Recipes


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