Seaweed Foraging with Lucia Stuart

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Seaweed Foraging with Lucia Stuart

Join experienced forager and chef Lucia Stuart for the Idler Academy’s Seaweed Foraging online course.

In this course Lucia Stuart shares facts and tips for successful seaweed foraging. You’ll learn where to find different types of seaweed and how to prepare them, store them and make them taste delicious.

Making seaweed taste good is essential in my quest to popularise this forgotten food & help slip it onto kitchen tables everywhere,” says Lucia.

Over four video lessons we follow Lucia onto her local beach on the South Coast of England. She shows us how and where to find nine common UK seaweeds. We learn how to pick them, what to avoid, and what you can eat. We identify the three most common families of seaweed – the red, the green and the brown – and and learn the common and scientific names of the seaweeds we find.

In the second part of each lesson Lucia takes us back to her herbariam where she stores and labels foraged dried herbs and seaweeds. Here she explains how to prepare and cook with each type of seaweed.

The Idler Academy Seaweed Foraging online course is accompanied by printable files of Lucia’s recipes and notes with facts and figures. You’ll also receive a seaweed identification guide poster, a fun quiz, and a short “further reading” list.

And above all, you’ll emerge from the course with a sound introduction to seaweeds and the food they can provide. You’ll be keen to get down to your nearest beach, pick your own seaweed and bring it back to cook.

So whether you are a newbie to foraging who has never eaten any seaweed or you’ve done a bit of land foraging but never seaside foraging this course will get you gathering, preparing and eating.

About the Tutor

Lucia Stuart is an artist, cook, forager & author.

Lucia Stuart runs the Wild Food Kitchen on the South East Coast of England, a roving restaurant that combines gourmet feasts with foraging adventures. Lucia takes groups foraging and teaches them how to use the food they find. She has featured on BBC TV, Channel 4, Food Network USA & collaborated with international artists to share her knowledge of nature’s bounty through the seasons.

This winter, Lucia will feature on Arte, European Television, as an example of ‘cutting edge’, 21st century outdoor dining in a documentary about ‘The History of the British Picnic”.

What you Get

Video: four video lessons

Live online session: Meet the Tutor Q&A with Lucia Stuart

Audio: the option to download and listen to the lessons in podcast form

Seaweed Identification Guide: a printable poster with photographs of the seaweeds you’ll identify in the course along with their common and scientific names.

Downloadable notes and recipes: in your printable notes you’ll find facts and figures, a “further reading” list and Lucia’s recipes.

Exclusive course forum: here you can chat and swap tips with fellow students from the Idler community

Quiz: Test what you’ve learned with our fun multiple choice quiz

Certificate: When you pass the quiz you will be sent a personalised Idler Academy Certificate of Completion


Course Outline

Lesson One: Introduction: (6 minutes)

Lucia outlines why seaweed is an important food resource and explains what you’ll be learning in the three following lessons.

Lesson Two: Red Seaweed (20 minutes)

On the beach we find red seaweeds. Lucia shows us where to find them, how to cut them and how to prepare them. You’ll learn why red seaweed is nutritious.  Back in the herbarium of the Wild Food Kitchen Lucia show us recipes for using red seaweeds.

Lesson Three: Green Seaweed (11 minutes)

On the beach we find green seaweeds. Lucia shows where to find them and why they are particularly easy to forage. We learn why green seaweed is nutritious. Back in her herbarium Lucia shows how to make dried seaweed powders and seaweed infusions. She teaches us delicious recipes for green seaweeds.

Lesson Four: Brown Seaweed (11 minutes)

On the beach we find brown seaweeds. Lucia explains how this family is different from red and green seaweeds. She shows the importance of light to this seaweed and the particular nutrient that it is rich in. Recipes include ‘sea soy’, pickles, sauerkrauts and seaweed crips.

Meet the Tutor: This is your chance to meet Lucia Stuart and ask questions (45 minutes)

Everyone on this course along with all Idler Academy members will be invited to a special online meeting with Lucia Stuart at 5pm London time, on Tuesday 25th October. The recording of this event will be added to the course after the event.