William, AKA The Seaweed Man has developed a reputation over the past ten years for exploring local organic and wild foods and creating food that connects us to place and to our rich food culture. Our approach incorporates a modern take on Ireland’s rich often forgotten rich Food Culture. Our ethos is all about sustainability and nutritious food that also celebrates all things wild especially Seaweed. This interest in Irish food was nurtured through learning from my mother. This culinary journey has grown to a multi award winning creative Food – Tourism company.
The on-line cookery school clients will explore Irish Food Heritage recipes with some wild ingredients, especially seaweed to create dishes. On-line classes will also explore dishes from other food cultures. This process allows clients to actively engage in this food conversation so that food dishes created are a real experience and part of the on-going development of new ways to use plants, seaweeds, fish and meat that is sustainable and nutritious. Be part of the conversation around food.
The courses online are time tabled and others are private bespoke bookings.
Our approach to wild food is to make foods accessible to clients and to treat wild ingredients like any other ingredient that you may use in your kitchen. Our on-line classes will be limited to the amount of foraged foods we can use but we will use easily identifiable plants that can be included in your diet that is readily available. This is about the joy of food, reconnecting with real food that nourishes the soul and our planet. This is food for everyday use to incorporate wild foods into our diet, not for survival. This is food that invites discussion around important issues such as food justice and food sovereignty. Its to showcase and respect ingredients and make food that is delicious, nutritious and benefits us and the environment.
We try to show clients how to use all parts of the plants including the seeds, roots, stems, leaves, berries and flowers. Classes include information on how we can grow or use local produce all through the year by preserving them: pickling, fermenting, drying, curing and smoking. We will share with you how to make wild cordials and syrups to boost your health.
The online courses aim to provide you with a new set of skills and knowledge of the rich diversity of food that is available.There are lots of recipes for you to re-create for your friends and family.
If you are interested in organising a bespoke cookery course for a group, please contact William with your enquiry.
Please follow this link for some of the recipes that we use at Wild Strands.
All cookery classes fees include a 10% contribution to enable us to continue our social programme to enable community groups and low income people access our events/classes.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds! I am offering full-passes to people who are facing hardship. Please first make sure that you can attend all sessions of the course and message William at email@example.com in confidence to make arrangements to access class.