[pchealth] Traditional Scottish Recipes - Scottish Culture

Frances and David fdnokes at hotmail.com
Sat Dec 22 22:05:46 EST 2012

Tis indeed a pricey item...
I once tried some from Upaya Naturals (Toronto area outlet)
but happened to look into it and find that this is the company here: 
As they are American, I believe that you might have better luck re: 
shipping. Still pricey.

My experience with seaweeds is of using kombu for soups, as well as others 
such as dulse.
When it comes to seaweeds in salads, I have used dulse and kelp, but that is 
about it.
Oh, and there is Nori. I have used that one... It is the sushi wrap seaweed. 
It is possible to purchase it raw as well as the standard version.

Yes, soaking sounds like the thing to try, indeed!

Vicarious enjoyment to hear that you are enjoying your own harvest of 

Changing up the diet is what has worked for me over the years. Just keep 
following those nudges, and never expect them to ever end.

Offhand, all I can suggest for salad dressing is substituting the lemons for 
the vinegar!  I highly recommend you try that...
Might enjoy mixing up the salads with some super fine shredded beet and/or 
carrot (and if you're up for it, even apple) in those salads...

Kelp is also a super nice addition to salads, I have found in the past.
I generally try to make food with presence, so that whatever additions I am 
making are conscious. That way, I can follow my senses to natural variety 
and proportion...
Trying slight variations all the time... Taking time to notice. Of course, I 
do not do it this way all the time. And now, traveling, it is trickier... 
That is part of the reason why I look forward to being home again ~ all of 
this becomes possible once again!

Still, we have taken an awful lot with us, and it has been fun. We stayed 
with a couchsurfing host who was a tea connoisseur. Just a young lass, too, 
she is. Does tea reviews. Dave was the perfect foil to her well steeped 
knowledge of tea. He had questions galore, and interest, and took notes. Was 
wonderful to see how well tuned she was to the individual variations of the 
teas. Saw the right way to do up Matcha tea, for instance (with a whisk) and 
learned that the stuff that we had was stale!  (fresh is very bright 
Have also met up with some new eating choices on the road, through friends, 
and health food stores....


-----Original Message----- 
From: venaurafarm
Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2012 6:40 PM
To: Permaculturist Health
Subject: Re: [pchealth] Traditional Scottish Recipes - Scottish Culture

On 12/22/2012 11:05 AM, Frances and David wrote:
> Irish moss is a thickening agent.  It gets treated in a variety of ways
> after harvesting from the sea.
> Carrageenan is derived from it.
> Kelp is highly nutritious and you've probably seen it in plant food.
> I found a source for sea spaghetti, if you're interested. It is lovely in
> soups, I have found.

Yes, let me know the source, if you will. I Googled it and found some
high dollar stuff at Amazon, more weight in the packaging than it the

I can get dried kelp or kombu from the Asian store where I shop. I
suppose I could soak it and slice it into thin strips or do something
with it to make bite size pieces that would blend with the salad below.
This salad sounded so good.

> Avocado and Sea Spaghetti Salad Recipe from Britain
> Origin: Britain
> Period: Modern
> This is a modern British recipe for a classic starter of a salad made
> from a blend of avocado, carrots and currants in a sea spaghetti base
> dressed with basil and olive oil.

Here's another one from the Scottish site that was lucky enough to find:
This is just amazing as is the previous.


     Traditional Scottish Recipes
     - Arran Potato Salad

     Although Ayrshire is traditionally the county where the best
potatoes are grown, Arran Chief is a particularly good, waxy variety,
ideal for salads. Of course, you can use any available variety which
produces a firm, waxy texture when cooked.

         10 waxy potatoes, diced
         4 ounces (100g) shelled fresh peas (or frozen peas)
         4 ounces cooked beetroot (red beets) diced
         Salt and freshly ground black pepper
         Two teaspoons chopped onion
         One teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
         Four tablespoons (60ml) salad dressing or salad cream
         Fresh parsley to garnish

         Boil the potatoes in salted water for ten minutes or until
tender. Drain and pat dry. Cook the peas separately for about five
minutes or until tender and then drain.
         While the vegetables are still warm, mix together and stir in
the chopped parsley and onion and season with salt and pepper to taste.
         Fold in the salad dressing (or salad cream) to moisten, and
garnish with sprigs of fresh parsley.

     Return to the Index of Traditional Scottish Recipes


I think I am going to have to eliminate most if not all meat from my
diet. I will continue to eat eggs and fish, canned or fresh. It is time
for a change. Substitution for protein will include the following:

fermented products such as miso and natto
soy tempeh and tofu

more, larger salads more often
bowls of cut up fruit more often

Do you have salad dressing suggestions?

The default presently is:

red or white wine vinegar
black pepper
a custom mix of dried herbs I made up from bulk ingredients - I use this
natural coarse salt
oilve oil

I am now eating ripe Meyer Lemons from my tree, now indoors for the Winter!

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