Sea of Vitality Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:00:55 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Our Recipe Leaflet Mon, 13 Jul 2015 21:06:43 +0000 We have put together some tasty recipes that were kindly given to us and some useful information about seaweed and how to use it in a handy little booklet. Simply print onto A4 paper and fold into Recipe Leafletquarters.

We would like to thank Dr Prannie Rhatigan, Sally McKenna and Lilly Higgins for their kindness in sharing their recipes


Download the leaflet here Recipe Leaflet

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Is seaweed key to combating disease? – BBC News Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:17:13 +0000

Is seaweed key to combating disease? – BBC News

Seaweed could hold a vital key to fighting diseases that are resistant to antibiotics, scientists in Wales say.

Source: Is seaweed key to combating disease? – BBC News

Decadent Chocolate Brownies Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:31:25 +0000 This is a slight variation on a recipe by Domini Kemp of her version of a recipe of staff meals from the very best restaurants called Eating with the Chefs. The recipe was from Noma, the famous Danish restaurant and is full of dark chocolate.

Our variation is to add seaweed..of course!!. Seaweed works very well with chocolate because it gives a lovely savoury, slightly salty flavour as well as intensifying the taste. Seaweed also keeps these brownies lovely and moist.

This is a lovely treat for children because of the added nutritional value added by including seaweed in the recipe.

Ingredients & method of baking are taken from Domini Kemp’s column “Eat in” which appeared in The Irish Times Magazine on the 27/9/14.


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150g    Unsalted Butter

350g    Dark Chocolate

4          Free Range Eggs

320g    Muscovado Sugar

125g    Plain Flour

125g    Roughly Chopped Walnuts

½ tsp   Ground Kelp

½ tbsp Milled Dillisk



Preheat your oven to 160° C & line a baking tin (20x30cm) with parchment paper.

Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl over a pot of simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water which will cause the chocolate to curdle)

When completely melted remove from the heat and allow to cool until it is close to room tempreture.

While the melted chocolate is cooling whisk the eggs until pale and thick, about 7 to 10 minutes. Gradually add in the sugar, dillisk & kelp while whisking.

Next fold in the melted chocolate into the egg mix….be gentle!

Now sieve in the flour in stages folding gently into the mixture.

Add the chopped nuts and turn out into the tin and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool fully before serving.

Hope you enjoy this choccy treat.

Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:53:36 +0000 This is a great heart-warming soup for those chilly days. Full of goodness, flavour and character that is made more nutritious by the addition of Sea of Vitality award winning Seaweeds.


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2 tbsp      Extra Virgin Olive Oil

½          Onion chopped

½          Garlic Clove chopped

500ml  Chicken Stock

200g     Tomatoes

½tsp    Thyme

½tsp    Tomato puree

1tsp     Paprika

1tsp     Lemon Juice

½tsp    Ground Kelp and/or 1tsp Milled Dillisk



Pre heat the oven to 200C/Gas mark 6.

Cut the red pepper, remove the seeds, place the pepper skin side up in an ovenproof dish, splash with olive oil and roast for 30/40 minutes OR Grill for 8/10 minutes until charred. (take the pepper out of oven/grill and put it in a sealed plastic bag for a few minutes – this way the skin can be peeled off easily and added to the rest of the soup below.)

While the Pepper is roasting/grilling, heat the Olive Oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and fry for about 3-4 minutes until soft. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the peeled roasted red pepper and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Blend the soup to an smooth texture and enjoy..


Kelp & Dillisk work great in all soups. Simply add a  teaspoonful of Kelp or Dillisk or both!!.


Salmon Fillet with Herb & Seaweed Crust Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:07:32 +0000 Salmon Fillets with Herb & Seaweed Crust

This recipe is nice and quick and adds a lovely zesty crunch to salmon or any other fish fillet. We would normally use white breadcrumbs but occasionally if there is some of our Irish Wholemeal Bread left over (which isn’t often !!) we would use this.

The curry powder adds a nice bit of warmth to the dish. You could use your favourite spice if you prefer.  There are no rules !!

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2           Salmon Fillets

50g      Breadcrumbs

¼tsp    Sage

¼ tsp   Thyme

½ tsp   Sea of Vitality Milled Dillisk

Zest of ½ a lemon

1½ tbsp Mayonnaise

½ tsp Curry Powder (optional)



Preheat the oven to 200°C or Gas Mark 6

Place the Salmon Fillets in an ovenproof dish. Spread the mayonnaise over the fillets. Next combine all the other ingredients and sprinkle over the mayonnaise and pat down gently.

Bake for 18-20 minutes until the crust is golden brown.





Why include Seaweed in your Diet? Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:39:56 +0000 Have you ever eaten Seaweed before? If you have, or do so regularly, then you’re obviously feeling good. If not, then let us tell you a little bit about this wonderful vegetation. We say a ‘little bit’ because if we tried to cover all of seaweed’s wonderful benefits this blog would be the makings of a book! So here’s just a taste..pardon the pun.

seaweed2Our Ancestors instinctively knew the benefits contained in seaweed. They used it as a food source and as a medicine. Today, through modern science, our ancestor’s instincts have become scientific fact. Seaweeds are increasingly being recognised as powerhouses full of vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids.  Scientists are having a field day at the moment discovering the amazing benefits that seaweeds have to offer.

Heart health is an area where seaweed is showing great potential. Recent research here in Ireland and in the U.K. has proven that elements contained in Dillisk/Dulse, a red seaweed common in Irish waters, has the ability to inhibit the process that results in high blood pressure.  This seaweed is also an excellent source of Protein and Vitamin B12 – both essential for vegetarians and vegans, in fact, everyone. Dillisk is also rich in Iron, which is essential for carrying oxygen to all the cells in your body, Calcium which builds healthy bones and teeth and Magnesium which helps maintain normal heart rhythm.

Kelp, a brown seaweed, is nature’s richest source of Iodine. Iodine is essential for healthy thyroid function, and for brain development in young children. A healthy thyroid means an efficient metabolism – an efficient metabolism gives you more energy – more energy burns off those calories. Seaweed also contains insoluble dietary fibre which promotes effective food digestion.

Cooking with Sea of Vitality couldn’t be simpler. Because, we present it in milled or powdered form there’s no need to rinse it, chop it or rehydrate it. The only kitchen skill required is how to use a spoon. Add our seaweed to your existing recipes whether they are sweet, savoury, gourmet or rustic.

Use it as a salt substitute for salt when seasoning. Seaweed works great as a salt substitute because of the lower sodium content.

Brown seaweed such as Kelp enhances the flavours of food because of the presence of a natural occurring Glutamate and also Mannitol which is a natural sweetener (without the calories). Kelp also gives food a luxurious richness and body to food. Dillisk is also really flavoursome when added to cooking. It works well with any dish especially chowders, fish pies, stocks, breads and scones. As well as all of that, and keep this to yourself.. add either seaweed to your children’s treats i.e chocolate brownies, rice crispy buns, cakes etc., they’ll never know because they won’t taste it. Is that a sneaky way or a clever way to get nutrients into your kids or what!

Try our Irish Wholemeal Breadmix as a healthy nutritious alternative. Like our dried seaweed, the breadmix is really simple – just add buttermilk, an egg and a drop of olive oil – takes about 4 minutes to prepare. We don’t add even a pinch of sugar or salt to our breadmix which makes it Very Low in Salt and Low in Sugar. And of course due to the Kelp it is high in Iodine. The bread has no nasty additives or preservatives and it’s only gorgeous!

The only limitation on how you use Sea of Vitality Seaweed is your imagination, so have fun with it and let us know how you get on.

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