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|She shells shea shells by the shee shore... shorry, offisher.|
So delicious when you buy them down at the seafront. Boiled then seasoned with malt vinegar and white pepper, they can be bought from seafood stalls, alongside mussels, whelks, jellied eels, crabs and shrimps. But what else can you do with them? Well, they are popular in both Western and Eastern cooking. Boiled cockles (sometimes grilled) are sold at many hawker centers in South East Asia, and are used in laksa, char kway teow and steamboat. Cockles are also available pickled in jars, and more recently, have been sold in sealed packets (with vinegar) containing a plastic two-pronged fork. A meal of cockles fried with bacon, served with laver bread, is known as a traditional Welsh breakfast.
Bara Lawr (Laver Bread) is a traditional Welsh recipe for a classic dish of purple laver or nori seaweed that's coked down to a paste.
400g laver (seaweed)
60ml orange juice
salt and black pepper
The best thing is to get fresh laver from the sea shore (though shop-bought will also work). If using fresh soften by plunging in lightly-salted boiling water and cook for about 40 minutes, or until the laver begins to break down. Drain, allow to cool then wring in a tea towel. At this point melt the butter in a pan and when hot add the laver and fry for about 8 minutes. Add the orange juice, season and allow to heat through before serving.
Cockles and bacon served with laver bread
100g cockles per person
5 slices bacon
1. De-shell and thoroughly wash the cockles. Place into frying pan and cook at a medium heat for 5 minutes.
2. Fry 5 slices of bacon. Serve the cockles, bacon and laver bread on a plate, like so: (you can add sausages, too, as pictured here).
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