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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Oh Darn, Seaweed in the Kitchen

I've posted before about darning socks here and mending things, but I haven't mentioned that it is actually therapeutic (for me anyway). There is something positive about making something broken whole and usable again. 
Sitting by the fire this week, I wanted to mend socks, but my darning egg, which was my great grandmother's, was over in the studio - a short walk in the rain. 

Pokerworked by my mother on the inside it reads "Belonged to Sarah Bell 1848 - 1942 

Instead I reached for this emu egg which did the job perfectly. Some people use a lightbulb, but even a bottle will work, as a darning egg.

This week in the post I received a parcel, which had newspaper packing. In it was an article about foraging for, and using seaweed for cooking.
It so happened that our beach was awash with seaweed this weekend so I chose a piece that had no dog footprints around it and gave it a good wash in the tide. Apparently all seaweed in New Zealand is edible and can be used fresh or dried. It is packed with vitamins and minerals, specifically sodium balanced with magnesium.
The seaweed can be used fresh thinly sliced or ground to a powder after drying in soups, stews or stirfry. Or dried pieces can be soaked and added to meals.
I ate a piece raw, and it was ok, but a little tough. Derek wasn't impressed with his piece, so I'm thinking it might need to be powdered here.

I've hung my bunch in the covered outdoor area, which gets breeze and sunshine. An interesting experiment. 
Another two huge bags full have gone around our fruit trees.


  1. I buy powdered kelp to put on my garden and our food for its vitamins, minerals, and iodine. It looks like what you show in your photo (before pulverizing). Is yours kelp? It's expensive to buy. How lovely that you have a source to get your own.

    1. Yes, it's kelp. I used some, very finely chopped, in a stirfry last night and it was totally acceptable.

  2. A darning egg! I've never heard of one or seen one, aren't they cute and practical! I guess it's easy to see I've never darned a sock, but I can see how much easier it would be with an egg. What a bonus having the seaweed there for the taking, and it is so good for you!

    1. I must admit - I've never seen a darning egg for sale - it must be a bit of a lost art these days.

  3. I wish I had taken my grandmother's darning egg when she offered there's nothing like family history to make you smile while you mend.

    1. So true. It feels great to still be using something from all those generations ago.


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