Laverbread is a seaweed. A traditional and popular food collected for consumption by communities on the Welsh coast. As a child and early teens, I enjoyed meals consisting of freshly gathered cockles and laverbread with newly grown vegetables. Even to this day, my first choice for a meal would be prawns, cockles, and laverbread.
My Welsh family is from the South Gower Peninsula. Rhossili Bay was my playground. The South Gower is a beautiful vista of vast golden sands, high dunes, and soaring cliffs. Within those cliffs are the most ancient prehistoric caves in Britain. One is a 4000-year-old Neolithic burial chamber. Another find was the skeletal remains of The Red Lady of Paviland from the upper palaeolithic era. However, the Red Lady proved to be a male whose bones were dyed in red ochre. As a child, I used to play near that cave.
I cherish the memories of living some of my childhood in this incredible coastal area. I remember my grandparents going out at dawn with their cart and horse to gather the cockles. My grandmother would then cook them in a cauldron over an open fireplace. I was at first startled by the whistling noise coming from the black iron cauldron as the cockles cooked. My grandmother told me it was the cockles singing to us. Later I realized it was the air escaping from the shells.
My childhood in Wales was a delight of sea, beaches, climbing towering dunes, and exploring ancient caves with my friends. I was always fascinated to watch the small herds of wild horses racing along the golden sands. I think it shaped my love of history and nature and my love of seafood. Now, when walking along the promenade, I think of the cockles singing as I buy a pot of them.
How to Eat Laverbread
This is a highly nutritious variety of seaweed. Read more information on Wikipedia by clicking here. It is rich in minerals, vitamins, protein, and very low in calories. It is easy to find on the internet and on Amazon. The seaweed can be cooked fresh or from tins.
Cockles and mussels can be added. It is your choice. Bacon, eggs, and fried bread are an alternative. A little vinegar can be added for taste.
For this recipe, I use the tinned variety. The full recipe to cook laverbread from fresh takes hours!!
You may want to cook cockles and mussels separately or in the same pan. But do be careful not to overcook the laverbread.
As I spend my time writing or dog walking, I use this quick and nifty way to enjoy it.
So have your frying pan ready.
- Open the tin of laverbread.
- Heat a little oil in a frying pan, and then add the laverbread.
- Some people cook the bacon in the same pan, but that is your choice.
Cook the laverbread until it is sizzling and then plate it.
Add fried egg, bacon, and fried bread to your choice.
Now, have lovely glass of red or white wine and enjoy.
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Katy lives on the South coast with her husband and a loving hyper friendly dog who likes to greet and lick everyone on sight. She has a BA Hons (Psych) BA Eng.Lit. MA in Religion and Mysticism and a Hon Dr. Science for research into pain control.
She was a psychologist and hypnotherapist before changing direction for full time creative writing, Her main genres are historical romance, crime and science fiction.