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Welsh Laverbread FOOD & COOKING

Welsh LaverbreadLaverbread, also known as Bara Lawr, is a traditional Welsh food made from seaweed, regarded as a Welsh delicacy. It has been a staple of the Welsh diet for centuries and its popularity has spread throughout the UK and beyond. While some might be hesitant to try a dish made from seaweed, Laverbread is a nutrient rich food that is both tasty and versatile.

The main ingredient in Laverbread is Laver, a type of seaweed that grows on rocky shores. Laver is high in protein, fibre and a variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12, iodine and iron. In fact, Laver contains more iron than any other vegetable, making it a great food for vegetarians and vegans.

Laverbread is typically made by simmering Laver in water for several hours until it becomes soft and pulpy. The seaweed is then mashed or puréed and mixed with oatmeal or another type of grain to give it texture. The resulting mixture is formed into small cakes or patties, which can be fried or grilled and served with a variety of accompaniments.

One of the most popular ways to serve Laverbread is with breakfast. It pairs well with eggs, bacon and sausages and is often served as part of a traditional Welsh breakfast. Laverbread can also be used as a filling for sandwiches or added to soups and stews for added nutrition and flavour.

While Laverbread may not be a common food in some parts of the world, it is available in some supermarkets and health food stores in the UK. If you are feeling adventurous and want to try making your own Laverbread, here is a recipe to get you started:

Laverbread Recipe

Ingredients

200g Laver seaweed
100g medium oatmeal
1 small onion, finely chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon butter or oil, for frying

Method

  • Rinse the Laver seaweed in cold water to remove any sand or debris. Drain and chop into small pieces.

  • In a large pot, bring 1 litre of water to a boil. Add the chopped Laver seaweed and simmer for 2 - 3 hours or until the seaweed is soft and pulpy.

  • Drain the seaweed and allow it to cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor and pulse until it forms a smooth paste.

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the Laver paste with the oatmeal and finely chopped onion. Mix well and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Form the mixture into small cakes or patties, about the size of a small hamburger. Heat the butter or oil in a frying pan and fry the Laver cakes for 2 - 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crispy.

  • Serve the Laverbread hot with your choice of accompaniments, such as eggs, bacon or sausages.

Laverbread is a delicious and nutritious food that is a great addition to any diet. Whether you're looking for a new breakfast dish or want to try something different for lunch or dinner, Laverbread is a versatile food that is easy to make and full of flavour. So why not give it a try and discover the taste of this traditional Welsh delicacy for yourself?

A few further recipes to try:

 

David Jenkins
Hub-UK

Photograph courtesy of The Fish Society

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