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Laverbread, cockles, bacon, sausage. How it's traditionally served. Sometimes with a fried egg, too. Overloaded with cholesterol!!


I wish Richie was up, cos he could have taken pictures.. :D

I fancied a laverbread sandwich for lunch. Laverbread is, in essence, boiled seaweed - see pic. It is a Welsh delicacy, and a very acquired taste. Ask Lady Sunrope - it got as far as inside her mouth and was disposed of into a tissue. Enough said. But I LOVE it! It's thick, black, gloopy, very sticky, dries harder than cement, and is very hard to manage between two slices of nice wholemeal bread.


Here is a list of the things that got covered with laverbread during this exercise.

1. Wok, inside and out.
2. Counter tops and stove - 3
3. Utensils - 4
4. Plates - 2
5. Kitchen roll - six sheets
6. Tissues - 4
7. Me. As in all over my face. Did I say it's gloopy?
8. Kaftan.
9. Hands
10. Computer desk.
11. Keyboard.
12. Mouse.
13. Backscratcher - don't ask.
14. Purse. Ditto.
15 Banana - oh, my!!
16. Typing pencil.
17. Hat - yes, it gets weirder!
18. Cup I put my pills in
19. Insulin pen
20. Comb
21. Drinks bottle

Oh, I DO wish you could have seen it all! Never mind - next time I'll have it for supper and Richard can snap it all. Oops! More on the keyboard. It lingers, y'know? :D xxxxx

Date: 2010-03-11 02:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arabia764.livejournal.com
Laverbread is one thing but cockles??? Oh yuck, nasty little horrible things. My nan used to eat them all the time. Do you have them cold or hot?

Date: 2010-03-12 10:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ismenin.livejournal.com
I went off cockles when I was a child and found out they were little critters. Yuck! So I don't have them at all. But Laverbread...mmmmm! ;D xxxx

Date: 2010-03-11 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laeliacatt.livejournal.com
Good Lord, it got into/onto everything, didn't it? :D I think I'll just imagine what it tastes like, thankyouverymuch! ;) The bacon and sausages look yummy.

Is laverbread fishy tasting? Since it's seaweed, I wonder. When I eat sushi, I find the nori fishier-tasting than the fish!

Date: 2010-03-12 10:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ismenin.livejournal.com
No, it's not fishy at all, and it depends who's made it whether it's salty or not. The one I had yesterday was VERY salty. Funnly enough I cannot bear the thought of sushi. To each his own. :D xxxx

Date: 2010-03-11 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] primula-baggins.livejournal.com
I've had seaweed before, but not boiled. I've had it as the outside of Sushi. It's not my favorite taste, but I wouldn't spit it out. And it's supposed to be good for us! They use seaweed in various products such as lipstick, too.

Date: 2010-03-12 10:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ismenin.livejournal.com
It's very good for you! Has lots of vitamins and minerals in it. Richard Burton (who was very Welsh, as you kinow) used to get it flown to the states from Swansea. I wonder if Zeta Jones does, too? Or Tom Jones? Giggle ;D xxxx

Date: 2010-03-11 04:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mews1945.livejournal.com
Good lord, it's too bad Rich wasn't up to take pictures. I'd love to see them.

Date: 2010-03-12 10:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ismenin.livejournal.com
It was indeed. He also got laverbread all over himself washing the wok, and some on his milk container, and I got more on a letter. It's insidious in its machinations, I tells ya! ;D xxxx

edited to remove abberrant apostrophe. :D
Edited Date: 2010-03-12 10:41 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-03-11 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rakshi.livejournal.com
Looks great! But I wouldn't eat anything that was overloaded with cholesterol.

*hugs*

Date: 2010-03-12 10:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ismenin.livejournal.com
Well, it's not, if you dry fry it, of course. Only the sausage. But I eat my laverbread au naturel, in a sandwich, with vinegar, so it's full of healthy goodness. Besides being as good as glue if you need to stick things together! :D xxxx

Date: 2010-03-11 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] janejanejane.livejournal.com
Heheheee... It certainly got spread around!

I've never tasted cockles or laverbread, but the bangers and bacon look yummy in that picture ;-9

Can't imagine what laverbread tastes like. Is it salty or similar to anything else?

Thanks for the chuckle anyway :-)
XXXX

Date: 2010-03-12 10:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ismenin.livejournal.com
It's not like anything else I've tried. None of the boys like it, but they've gone past having to go out whilst I fry it! :D

No cockles for me. I went off em as a child when I discovered they were wee critturs. Yuck! ;D xxxx

Date: 2010-03-11 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ourdramaqueen.livejournal.com
*giggles* You're not allowed to make laverbread again unless Rich is available to take pictures! ;D

Date: 2010-03-12 10:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ismenin.livejournal.com
I must remember that! Don't get it often, these days, as I don't go to town much any more. But - watch this space! ;D xxxx

Date: 2010-03-11 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verangel.livejournal.com
OH GOOD GOD! That green stuff looks like duck poop! *shivers* I am used to eating some strange stuff since my mom is French but *shivers whole body* that looks so gross. hugs you my love xoxooxo v

Date: 2010-03-12 10:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ismenin.livejournal.com
It IS gross if you're not used to it, like everything. I don't think you'd like it - but who knows? ;D xxxx

Date: 2010-03-13 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verangel.livejournal.com
I love collard greens (spelling is probably off) bigtime. I love anything green but brussel sprouts (nasty sour little buggers that my mom made constantly). I am a green girl! But this is so slimy looking. I think, that seeing it on my plate woudl be different and with lots of salt I could swallow it and think. (does it really look like that on the plate?)
*gulps*
love you girl xoxoxo v

Date: 2010-03-12 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hanarobi.livejournal.com
I read your description of laverbread over the phone to my next door neighbor and she stuck her head out the window between our houses just so I could see the horrified expression on her face. This is my neighbor Angie. Next time you talk with LSR, tell her that Angie says hi!

Date: 2010-03-12 10:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ismenin.livejournal.com
I will do that thing! :D And it's lovely....really...erm. :D xxxx

Date: 2010-03-12 03:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abalene-0262.livejournal.com
Not sure I could ever eat that, I am usually pretty good about
trying things, whatever are cockles? Wasn't that from a song or
something? anyway I really try not to eat near anything important
as I am a slob...I think your meal was trying to take over!
I do hope you enjoyed it though, sounds like you did!
abbie

Date: 2010-03-12 10:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ismenin.livejournal.com
Cockles are little sea critturs that come in shells. I don't like em. :C
'
You're thinking of the song Molly Malone' who went through the streets of Dublin, crying - 'cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O! Not for me! :D xxxx

Date: 2010-03-13 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abalene-0262.livejournal.com
Your right that's the song, am I showing my age??!!(the horror!)
I not much for shellfish can take it or leave it. I like most fish
though. but am glad you enjoyed!
abbie

Date: 2010-03-13 06:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] itstonedme.livejournal.com
It's amazing the things one learns here on LJ. Never heard of laverbread, although we used to sell dried kelp in bags here years ago, for people who chewed it to boost thyroid activity and fight osteoporosis as they aged. The iodine in it, I think. As for cockles -- I haven't tried them, but I've tried enough other clammy things to know they must be an acquired taste, kind of like chewing elastics, I imagine. :)

Date: 2010-03-13 09:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ismenin.livejournal.com
True! Cockles are VERY rubbery - one of the reasons I don't eat 'em. But laverbread is delish - if you like slimy black goop. It is full of iodine and all good stuff. But not to everyone's taste, obviously! ;D xxxx

Date: 2010-03-14 01:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pattilovesviggo.livejournal.com
When we first got married some 30odd years age, Hubby used to take his motorbike into town to the market for bacon, sausage, lavabread and cockles, we had cast iron stomachs in those days, but I do love lavabread, hot with vinegar, although I`ve not tasted it for years, due to dicky stomach...I`m glad you enjoyed.
Happy Mother`s Day today, but still not wonderful these days without our missed loved ones around ((((hugs)))

Date: 2010-03-14 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ismenin.livejournal.com
I had a nice day, today. without laverbread! :D Hope you did, too. Hugs back. xxxxxx

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