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    Healthy Maine Seaweed

    Seaweeds are beautiful and so much more.  Seaweeds happen to be the oldest family of plants and are an integral part of a healthy marine ecosystem.  Seaweeds are not just good for the planet- seaweeds happen to be very good for you.
    Maine seaweeds are good for you.

     

    Seaweeds are a great source of essential vitamins, minerals and fiber.  Try adding seaweeds to soups, salads and even baked goods.  At Dulse and Rugosa, we have two seaweed infused desserts.  Dulse brownies are the traditional brownie with an ocean twist.  Our “True Love” cake is perfect for a special occasion.   I happen to love recipes that include an unusual ingredient which adds a health benefit and a taste twist.  

    A quick and easy way to get seaweed into your diet is to purchase Maine Coast Sea Vegetables Dulse flakes.  The dark purple flakes look almost like coarse ground black pepper.  Sprinkle on potatoes, pasta or add to a bowl of Raimen.  Carly makes a “wicked good” Raimen bowl by replacing the flavor packet with dulse flakes and spices.

    I’ve been reading quite a bit about Furikake (pronounced foo-ree-kak-kay).  This seasoning originates from Japan as is used the way we use salt and pepper.  It’s toasted sesame seeds, nori and sea salt blended together.  I think with a bit of nutritional yeast this would taste great on popcorn

    I’ve put in some great links to help you add seaweed to your diet.  Your body, especially your taste buds will be thanking you. 

    http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/2011/08/09/homemade-furikake-japanese-rice-seasoning/

    http://www.blisstree.com/2013/03/08/food/seaweed-recipes

    http://vibrantwellnessjournal.com/2013/03/08/what-do-you-do-with-seaweed/

    https://www.seaveg.com/

    The Sweet Life in Maine

    The Sweet Life in Maine

    It's sugar season In Maine.  I love driving and spotting buckets hanging from trees.  An added bonus is it's a sure sign of spring.

    Collecting sap in Maine

    Maple syrup is quite versatile.  I love it baked with winter squash and curry powder.  But by far my favorite way to eat maple syrup is with pancakes.  Pancakes are our favorite breakfast out on Gotts Island.  Saff, the wonder dog always get the first one- the gridle is usually not hot enough.  The last couple of batches are saved for snacking.  Cold pancakes taste great with peanut butter or jam. 

    There are so many great pancake recipes.  I like to use a mix of grains, buckwheat, cornmeal, whole wheat, oats.  If you use 2 cups of flour, try 1 cup white flour and 1 cup a mix of grains.  I love cornmeal and island blueberries.  Grated apples and buckwheat.  Another great trick is to separate your eggs and beat the whites gently.  You are not looking for a stiff meringue.  Fold the whites in right before adding any fruit.  This makes a super fluffy pancakes.  Yum- can't wait for coffee and pancakes.

    What's your favorite way to use maple syrup?