Seven Seaweed Samurai

mendocino coast

By Heidi Lewis On these stormy days when sunlight flickers behind the clouds, creating contrast of noir shadows and daggers of harsh light, it’s a perfect time to review some classic black and white films. How about dinner and a movie? A little seething Peter Lorre to go with the soup? Some hard-boiled Bogart and [...]

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Beach Bounty: Seaweed a healthy addition to the bowl or the bath

miso soup

My daughter’s eyes flare open like she’s seen a ghost. “It’s okay honey, it’s me mom.” I quickly pull the rubber octopus from my shoulders and smooth down the teased towering green hairdo. She looks relieved. As a wee tot she had a frightening encounter with Disney’s version of Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid. “Sorry, [...]

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Simple Miso Seaweed Soup

Makes one cup. Ingredients 1 cup boiling water 1 tablespoon miso 1/4-cup sliced Dulse or Wakame seaweed 2 tablespoons minced scallion 1 tablespoon grated ginger 2 tablespoons cubed tofu (optional) Preparation Add miso, ginger, and seaweed to 1 cup of boiling water. Stir gently. Add tofu and scallions.

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Seaweed Gomasio

A protein and mineral-rich condiment for soup, toast, eggs, rice, salad, or anything. Ingredients 4 tablespoons sesame seeds 2 tablespoons seaweed, dried Dulse or Nori, crumbled very fine Preparation Toast the sesame seeds in a skillet over low heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let the mixture cool and combine with seaweed. Store in a jar in [...]

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Spicy Stir-Fried Tofu

Adapted from INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon dried arame or hijiki sea vegetables 12 oz firm tofu, drained well and cut into ½ inch cubes 1 tablespoon olive oil 3/4 cups chopped scallion 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced 2 portabella mushrooms, base removed, cut in half and thinly sliced 2 [...]

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A Seaweed Story: Harvesting Sea Vegetables


SONOMA COUNTY, CA– It’s 5:30 a.m. and I’m driving toward the coast. An orange sun is rising in my rearview mirror and through the windshield I can see a full silver moon sinking, pulling the veil of fog off the verdant hills. The gorgeous view is like the opening shot of a movie filmed in [...]

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