Irish Seaweed Christmas Kitchen

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Christmastide by the Coast.

191 pages of a delicious food fairy tale with recipes that are designed to help you to keep your food healthy and well prepared in the days before Christmas when time is short. There are clever ways of integrating seaweeds into more traditional menus for Christmas Day. Mince pies, puddings and desserts get a delicious seaweed twist, as do the vegetarian offerings.The book takes us right through the New year and on to the Women’s Christmas with quiet nostalgic reminders that food is a tradition that links us all together, no matter what time of year.

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Honouring traditions. That’s what the Irish Seaweed Christmas Kitchen is about; honouring the customs of Christmas as we know them along the coast, culinary and otherwise, and fusing them with the even more ancient rhythms of the turning seasons and the use of edible seaweeds.

The recipes inside are designed to help you keep your food simple, healthy and well prepared for the days before Christmas when time is short, and also offer clever ways of integrating seaweeds into more traditional menus for Christmas day. Mince pies, puddings and desserts get a delicious seaweed twist, as do the vegetarian offerings. Lazy brunches get an exotic make-over, and go-to Christmas drinks and cocktails stun with the addition of simple seaweed sprigs.

Feeling ambitious enough to tackle your own sourdough bread or fermented carrots over the days of Christmas? Step by step instructions get you easily to the point where you can.

For the less ambitious, the book is packed with simple, delicious ideas, guaranteed to make your table a healthier place in minutes, seaweed pesto, nori butter, and seaweed chocolates coming instantly to mind.

Equally impressive is the section on making practical inexpensive gifts, even a face cream.

Part of the charm of Irish Seaweed Christmas Kitchen is the care with which Prannie inserts memories and insights with the preparation of food. The book slowly unfolds like a delicious food fairy tale with all sorts of good spirits leaping through the pages and a happy ending within your grasp. Many will recognise a custom, or a dish from their childhood, or remember a long forgotten Christmas kitchen smell.

Quiet, nostalgic reminders that food is a tradition that links us all together, no matter what time of year.

Have a wonderful Christmas.

Reviews

Clodagh McKenna – Chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and broadcaster

I have been a fan of Prannie’s work and passion for seaweed for years. No one knows more about sea vegetables than Prannie. She creates the most mouth
watering recipes that make me so excited about cooking with seaweed. This book is going to be a staple in my kitchen!

Ole G. Mouritsen – scientist and author of Sushi, Seaweeds, Umami and Mouthfeel

Prannie’s beautiful book seamlessly incorporates seaweed cookery into every facet of traditional fare, creating new Christmas traditions with every turn of a page.

Darina Allen – Ballymaloe Cookery School

Prannie was the seaweed pioneer. This festive collection has some wildly exciting new ideas to try...

Sue Quinn – Food writer, journalist and cookbook author, Guild of Food Writers 2018 British Food Writer Award

This cook book is completely delightful. Snippets of seaweed knowledge and wisdom are scattered throughout, and the recipes are absolutely delicious. For anyone unclear about how to incorporate seaweed into their diet, this lovely book is the answer.

John McKenna author of Ireland The Best

Prannie’s deep-rooted knowledge of seaweeds allows her to sprinkle the magic of the ocean’s superfood into every corner of the festive season table. The Irish Seaweed Christmas Kitchen will transform your festive cooking.

JP MCMahon, Chef, Author and Founder of Food on the Edge

Prannie has been a seaweed champion for many years and has influenced my own thinking on seaweed. It's great to see our national vegetable getting pride of place in her great new book.