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Ideas for Samphire
Sun 17-Jul-11
7:01 pm
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mike.
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I was away last week at a conference (got back late on friday night but I then had to drive to Bath yesterday so I've only just got back on-line). Anyway, during a free afternoon I went for a walk along the estuary (River Kent at Arnside) and spotted some samphire. Now this is the first time I've seen it growing in the wild (you don't get much of it in Coventry!) so I picked a few handfuls and now I need to find something to do with it.

A few years ago I remember it being quite fashionable and celebrity chefs such as Rick Stein were talking about it and calling it things like 'Sea Asparagus'. I'll have a bit of a google to see what I can find but does anyone here have a favourite recipe for it.

Cheers.

And here's a picture I took of one of the clumps of samphire, looking a bit like a miniature cactus patch:

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Sun 17-Jul-11
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Sorry, never tried it. Are you not supposed to treat it like asaparagus

Mon 18-Jul-11
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Rinse it well and steam gently.  Serve with butter and black pepper.  No salt!  Serve with fish or scarf the lot on its own. chef Yum!  Enjoy. wave

Mon 18-Jul-11
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Cheers Ruth. I did a bit of a google and also read the entry for it in Richard Mabey's book. The general consensus seems to be simmer for a while then toss in melted butter so that's what I'll do. The melted butter part seems to be important because everywhere seems to mention it i_am_hungry We're having a roast chicken tonight so I'll serve it as the veg alongside.

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Mon 18-Jul-11
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I like to fry it in a little butter and then put it with any kind of sea fish especially scallops (my favourite of all) with double cream, but what normally happens is I eat most of it on the way home, fry what's left in butter then eat that as I'm dishing up the fish.  it's not asparagus, Stein it's a plant in its own right.  It really gets my dander up when we try to compare wild food with cultivated stuff, celebrity chefs pah, what was it that Antony thingy Thompson said?  Eat hen bane when he meant fat hen, they'll kill us all.  Just cook the stuff and let foragers do the education bit.steam

Sorry, don't know what came over me there must be tired I'll put my toys back in my pram and go for my nap.

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Tue 19-Jul-11
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Well said Tim!

I'll try that again!

Wed 20-Jul-11
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I'll post a quick update on the samphire. I boiled it then tossed it in a bit of melted butter and had it with the roast chicken. It was in the water for longer than I intended because the phone rang and it was a few minutes before I could get back into the kitchen. Even after the boiling, it was still very salty but it made a nice change from having peas all the time.

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Sat 23-Jul-11
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Thank you TA I hope I didin't annoy anyone with my little rant

 

Not tried it with chicken yet.  I've just got back from a late one with the Explorer Scouts, shower them how to cook a fish in a burdock leaf, sea bass crying out for some samphire but not very common in the New Forest.roll_eyes

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Tue 26-Jul-11
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Yeah, Tim, that's the problem living in Coventry too. Not many salt marshes around. Funnily enough on Saturday I was at the RHS Tatton flower show and one of the food stalls was selling samphire at £3 for a small tray which looked like it contained roughly the same amount I harvested.

The stuff I picked was a bit too salty for my liking but if I ever see any again I'll probably pick more to try just in case the first stuff was more salty than normal.

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Mon 8-Aug-11
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Just back on Saturday there was a fella selling rock samphire on Salisbury market no less.  The trouble-and-strife brought some home and had to take it away from me before I munched the lot.  We shoved it in some sea bream and fried the rest in butter, it was fantastic, the Litt' luns tried it but Max didn't like it though Evie did.  I made the oldest's boyfriend try some (he doesn't like strong flavours) just to see his face! Sorry forgot about the strong flavour thing.  Tee hee

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Sun 4-Sep-11
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I've had a lot of marsh samphire this year, and there maybe one more lot before it goes over.

 

I either chop it up raw and fold into folded avocado and prawns, or simmer it for a few minutes and having as an accompaniment to fish, though I reckon it would go very well with lamb.

 

On to do list.

 

I prefer simmering to steaming, to avoid it being too salty, and add knob of butter.

 

I've tried rock samphire a few times. Maybe it would be good as Ray Mears said, stuffed into a baked fish, but even the young tender spring shoots I would describe as famine food, rather than as a delicacy to seek out, which marsh samphire certainly is.

 

David

Sun 4-Sep-11
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I love samphire. I eat it in stir frys tho and don't cook it too much. I've even been known to add it raw to a bean salad.

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