Ocean Greens (The Experiment, 2016) by Lisette Kreischer and Marcel Schuttelaar shows food-enthusiasts how they can deliciously incorporate seaweed into their daily diet. Kreischer and Schuttelaar educate their readers on the many benefits of eating seaweed, and offer dozens of recipes to make eating seaweed enjoyable. The following excerpt is their recipe for squash and seaweed pancakes.
Nice thick pancakes filled with pumpkin and layered with seaweed pesto and fresh purslane. Doesn’t that sound exciting? The sweet pumpkin combines well with the briny kombu, and together they truly explode with taste. Bon appétit!
Pancakes• 0.7 ounce (20 grams) fresh kombu
• 1 small hokkaido squash or other winter squash
• 3 cups (350 grams) spelt flour
• 1 tbsp. baking powder
• 1-1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
• 1 tsp. paprika
• 1/2 tsp. curry powder
• 1 tbsp. olive oil, plus more for cooking
• 1 cup (250 milliliters) warm water
• Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Extras• 1 cup Pesto from the Sea (below)
• 3-1/2 cups (150 grams) winter purslane, rinsed and dried
• Extra virgin olive oil
• Lemon juice
• Everything Goes ’Weed Mix (recipe in book)
1. Thoroughly rinse the kombu to remove all the brine. Dab dry and chop. Peel the squash, remove the seeds, and cube the flesh.
2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the squash cubes; boil until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and blend in a food processor into a smooth puree. Separate 1-2/3 cups (400 grams) of puree for the pancakes. If there’s extra, you can freeze it for later.
3. Combine the flour, baking powder, rosemary, paprika, and curry powder in a bowl. In another bowl, mix the squash puree with the oil, kombu, and warm water and then add this to the flour. Whisk thoroughly until you have a thick, smooth pancake batter. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Heat a splash of olive oil in a skillet and pour some batter in the pan. Rotate the pan so you get a small, thick, and round pancake about 4 inches (10 centimeters) in diameter. Cook until golden brown on both sides, about 6 minutes, flipping after 3 minutes. You can use a greased ring in the pan so all pancakes are evenly sized and perfectly round. Keep the pancakes warm by setting them on a plate that’s resting on a pot of simmering water.
5. Top the pancakes with Pesto from the Sea and fresh winter purslane. Sprinkle the purslane with some olive oil and lemon juice and garnish with Everything Goes ’Weed Mix.
Pesto From the Sea
Makes 1 (8-ounce) jar
This green pesto owes its intense and powerful flavor to the use of kombu. It’s such an easy recipe that you can experiment with the ingredients as much as you like. The arugula and basil, for instance, can be substituted with any leafy green of your choice. And the pine nuts can be replaced by any other type of nut, such as cashews or hazelnuts. You can even use sunflower seeds! Serve the pesto on crackers, on a grilled vegetable sandwich, or with a bowl of pasta.
• 1.4 ounces (40 grams) fresh kombu (or a mix of kombu and wakame)
• 1/3 cup (50 grams) roasted pine nuts
• 1 small garlic clove, minced
• 1 cup (25 grams) fresh basil (including stems)
• 1 cup (25 grams) arugula
• 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, with extra for storing
• 1-1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1. Thoroughly rinse the kombu with water, making sure all pickling salt has been washed off. Dab dry and cut into pieces.
2. Puree the kombu, nuts, garlic, basil, arugula, olive oil, and lemon juice in a food processor until the mixture forms a smooth paste.
3. Put the pesto in a glass jar, cover with a layer of olive oil, and store in the fridge for up to two weeks. Always serve with a clean spoon to maintain freshness.
More from: Ocean Greens• Chocolate, Raspberry, and Seaweed Cake Recipe
• Sea Chowder with Shiitake Bacon Recipe
Recipe from Ocean Greens: Explore the World of Edible Seaweed and Sea Vegetables by Lisette Kreischer and Marcel Schuttelaar. © Kosmos Uitgevers Utrecht/Antwerpen 2015, 2016. Translation © Maria M. Reimer and Victor Verbeck, 2016. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold. theexperimentpublishing.com.