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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Irish Moss Seaweed - Tastes Better Than It Looks!

Happy Sunday blogger friends! It is another overcast rainy day here at www.FloridaHerbHouse.com located in "Rainy Florida"! It seems the recession is showing some signs of relief as our sales are up about 15% this month from the previous month. We have decided to fight the recession by doing the opposite of most and expanding our herb store with over 200 new and exciting products. We have added four new seaweeds to our shelf and cooked up a fresh plate using our fresh dried Irish Moss seaweed last week.
If you are like me then try not to relate the look of food to its taste. I must say the salad we made using our Irish Moss was a delightful treat! Without exaggeration I will also admit a sense of enlightened energy and well being after 2 days of eating this exquisite salad (ate the leftovers next day).
We found the recipe online and used about 1/4 cup Irish Moss seaweed for the salad. You are actually creating a jelly type substance from the seaweed which is used in the salad. This is a rather interesting salad where the jelly is made from the agar in the Irish moss (also known as carragheen) which is then diced, mixed with the other salad ingredients and served on a bed of lettuce. Below is the ingredients which we used.

1/4-1/3 cup fresh Irish Moss
juice of 2-3 lemons
organic lettuce leaves
organic spinach leaves
250g celery, finely diced
2 apples, cored and peeled, then dice
3 tbsp organic mayonnaise
parsley, garlic, salt, pepper to taste
chopped organic walnuts, topping

Pick over the Irish moss then wash thoroughly to remove any excess salt. Place in a bowl and cover with hot water then set aside for 5 minutes.
After this time drain the seaweed then place enough of it in a clean bowl so that it can just be covered by the lemon juice. Set aside for several hours (after this time the Irish moss will have dissolved and the mixture will have set to a yellow jelly). Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for at least 150 minutes.
Take four chilled salad plates and arrange a few lettuce leaves on these. Dice the Irish moss jelly and arrange in the centre of the lettuce. In a bowl combine the apples, celery and mayonnaise. Divide between the salad plates then garnish with chopped walnuts and serve.

Please post comments to your custom Irish Moss salad recipe so we can try it! Thanks for all who shop us online at www.SharpWebLabs.com and www.FloridaHerbHouse.com for your specialty and organic nutrition needs!


Stephen C. Sharp
Florida Herb House