Seaweed has become the superhero of Irish foods. Broccoli would genuflect in its presence.
This recipe has been passed through neighbours, family and friends for 20 odd years. It’s swinging with crucial trace minerals and seems to be anti-viral plus anti-bacterial. (Then again, the placebo effect can still stimulate healing with up to a whopping 48% improvement. So either way, it’s our go-to!)
I totally understand that seaweed sounds gross. That’s why Oprah calls it ocean-veg. And like Oprah, all the finest dames are horsing into it.
Makes 2 mugs
Carrageen is a type of Irish mossy seaweed available in loads of Irish supermarkets like Supervalu, and certainly in all good health stores.
Roughly 20g packet of Carrageen moss
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
Crack of black pepper
Other citrus fruits
1 teaspoon minced turmeric root, or dried turmeric
1. Soak the carrageen in water for 30 minutes to rehydrate it. Remove, discard liquid, and rinse under the cold tap. Boil the carrageen in a large saucepan with the cloves and around 750ml of fresh water. Secure a lid on it.
2. After 20-30 minutes, strain the “ocean veg” brew and allow the liquid to cool to lip temperature before stirring in the remaining ingredients and optional add-ons.
3. The brew will set like lemon curd once cooled. If (or when) this happens, gently re-heat. If your cough is particularly chesty, make several batches with added ginger zest and sip all day, with the aid of a couple of Woody Allens.
Add extra honey, making sure it’s locally sourced. Administer by the spoon to help with their bark! A few teaspoons a day is plenty. Not suitable for babies.
Taking the hell out of healthy.
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