Foraging on the beach

Foraged asparagus salad

One of my favourite things to do is to go for a walk on the beach. It feels like the sky is a little bit nearer and nature is, well, all around you. No matter how often I go there the beach is different, sometimes it is full of shingles and the next day it can be all sand.

The other day we got a blanket, the newspaper and the dogs and headed off to the beach for what felt like the first summers day.

 

dogs on the beach

 

The dogs love the beach, the little one, the black one, runs like crazy and wouldn’t stop chasing butterflies.

 

The sea mist came in after a while, it came with the tide.

 

sea mist on the beach

 

It wasn’t cold but it made us move and I decided to see if I could find anything to forage on the way back and I found quite a lot.

 

The sea kale is plentiful.

 

sea kale

 

Wild asparagus

 

wild asparagus

 

Rock samphire

 

rock samphire

 

Rock samphire used to be very popular and according to the stories I heard poor people used to spplement their income by risking their life picking it, hanging over the cliff edges as it often grows on the side of the cliffs.

Luckily I didn’t have to risk my life as this grows on the beach. Rock samphire has a strong flavour that reminds me a little of Ajwain seeds. I thought it would go well with chicken so I roasted some chicken, steamed some rock samphire and served with with an asparagus salad and some steamed sea kale on the side.

 

I had some bought asparagus in the fridge already and I used both the foraged and shop bought ones as I wanted to use up what I had in the fridge as well.

 

Wild aspargus and herb salad 

preparation time 10 minutes 

cooking time 0 minutes 

serves 2 as a side salad 

Ingredients

  • 6 “fat” asparagus stalks, peeled and lightly steamed
  • 2 asparagus that just went over the top and started to grow shoots (the decoration), the shoots, kept raw. Steam the remaining stem and serve on the side
  • Chive flowers, to taste or just some chopped chives
  • Marigold petals
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Wild fennel fronds
  • Steamed rock samphire
  • Coriander oil
  • Rice wine vinegar, a sprinkle
  • a pinch of sea salt

Put the salad together and serve. I love the combination of dill and coriander but use your favourite herbs.

 

Foraged asparagus salad

 

I love foraging, there is something so lovely about being so close to nature, picking the most delicious foods if you are lucky. My friend Nick at The Oast Smokehouse in Sandwich is running foraging courses and I highly recommend going to one if you are interested. The sights around here are beautiful, Nick is so knowledgable and funny, all the components for a great day out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments
8 Responses to “Foraging on the beach”
  1. mistimaan says:

    Lovely pictures

  2. How exciting to find wild asparagus! Our dogs love the beach, I enjoy watching them run and swim. Looks like your own are the same.

    • petra08 says:

      hi Liz
      The dogs will only have a paddle if it is really hot but they love the beach! The wild asparagus is delicious and it has a slight salty flavour 🙂 Have a great weekend.

  3. Laura says:

    I share your love of beach walks Petra – did you realise that there are so many benefits of doing it barefoot? Check out beach ‘earthing’ or ‘grounding’ for more info….

  4. Hilda says:

    Great foraging pictures, and lovely creations! How I would love to have a beach like that nearby.

    • petra08 says:

      hi Hilda
      Thank you! The beach is amazing, one of those places that I think are just good for you! And I am sure you would find lots more to forage 🙂

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