seashore foraging with John Wright

posted on June 30th, 2011 by Emma Raczkowski

To celebrate our current Edible Seashores theme and a new competition which gives you the chance to win a fantastic prize from River Cottage, well known forager John Wright has provided one of his favourite seashore recipes…

We are blessed in these islands with a vast and fruitful coastline yet few of us collect for ourselves any of the abundant edible plants and animals that can be found there. It is a very anthropocentric view to consider that the food plants and animals that are left uncollected around our shores are wasted, but it is certainly true that countless tons of vegetables, seaweeds and animals that could be gathered and eaten without any noticeable effect on the populations concerned are left to ‘rot on the vine’. The aim of my book is to encourage the careful collection of some of this bounty.

Happy foraging

John WrightRiver Cottage Forgaing expert and author of the River Cottage Edible Seashore Handbook.

Crispy seaweed

and toasted sesame seeds

This Japanesey mixture makes a great condiment to sprinkle on fried fish. You can also dip cooked Crab, Lobster or Prawns into it if you like.
Makes 1 bowl

Sunflower or groundnut oil for deep-frying
A handful of Gutweed, rinsed and patted dry
3 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp golden caster sugar

Heat about an 8cm depth of oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed saucepan until it registers 180°C on a frying thermometer, or until a cube of stale white bread dropped into the oil turns golden within a minute. Deep-fry the Gutweed in batches: carefully lower into the pan using tongs and fry for 4–6 seconds only, then remove with a slotted spoon and place on kitchen paper to drain while you deep-fry the rest. 

Warm a dry, small frying pan over a medium-high heat and add the sesame seeds. Toast gently, shaking the pan occasionally, for about 40 seconds until golden and fragrant. Tip the Gutweed into a warm bowl, add the toasted

John Wright from River Cottage shares a tasty Edible Seashore recipe

our Cornish friends across the pond!

posted on June 29th, 2011 by sian

Your letters on the Seasalt Blog

As mentioned yesterday we are always delighted to hear from Seasalt fans around the world and we’ve had many people get in touch from as far away as Australia and the US! A lot our Seasalt fans overseas originated from Cornwall and they tell us that Seasalt really does remind them of home and their happy memories of their Cornish roots. After all, Cornwall is a place that’s hard to forget!

This is definately true for a group of Seasalt fans in New Jersey, USA, who got in touch with us recently to tell us all about how they celebrate being Cornish…

The Cornish Heritage Society East in New Jersey is a group of lovely people who are all either from Cornwall or are of Cornish decent. The group get together regularly to celebrate all things Cornish, whether it’s Cornish arts, literature, food or festivals, all with the aim of learning about and keeping alive the Cornish traditions of their ancestors.

Anne Honeychurch Stephens & Margaret Carne, who are both members of The Cornish Heritage Society, got in touch with us to tell us all about the group and also about how much they love Seasalt. They sent us a lovely photo of the group at their latest meeting, proudly standing under the Kernow flags and also prominently displaying their favourite Seasalt Jute Bags! Margaret claims the jutes are perfect for carrying the society’s portable files to and from meetings!

In 1861, the failure of Cornish mining caused about 100,000 people, mainly Cornish miners and their families, to leave Cornwall in search of work. The eastern states of the US attracted many of the Cornish miners, mainly to the work in the Appalachian mines, and so there are many descendents who still live in the area today. The Cornish Heritage Society East formed in 1995 to bring those descendents together with an aim to research, record and preserve the history of the Cornish in NJ, NY and New England.

We find it amazing that there are so many Cornish people spread around the world who not only still hold the place firmly in their heart but are actively trying to keep the Cornish traditions and heritage alive, such as the Cornish Heritage Society East. We are also very touched that a lot of these people love Seasalt too because it reminds them of their homeland of Cornwall.

Thank you to all our fans around the world and if you come back to Cornwall for a visit, make sure you pop into one of our shops to say hello! We’d love to see you!

If you’d like to find out more about the Cornish Heritage Society East, NJ, visit their website here!

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letters from Europe

posted on June 28th, 2011 by Emma Raczkowski

Your letters on the Seasalt Blog

We are always thrilled when we receive a letter from someone who is thoroughly enjoying their Seasalt products and even more so when we hear how well traveled fans of our clothing are. One such letter came to us from Ellen:

We had a glorious weekend in Padstow about 3 weeks ago! Rick Stein cooked well, the weather was quite decent, the lobster hatchery was fascinating and the raincoat I bought at your shop has since proven itself to be TOTALLY waterproof in our quite showery post-spring/pre-summer season here in Zurich, Switzerland.

Not only that, it looks great! I love the yellow lining under the dark blue.

I will be taking it with me to the USA in 3 days – you never know when you need a good raincoat!!

If you would like to let us know about your favourite Seasalt product or would like to let share something with us leave a comment on this blog or contact us by email

Our wonderful wellies are worth a mention!

posted on June 27th, 2011 by sian

It’s hard not to notice that the festival season has well and truly kicked off, especially with all the buzz and excitement around this year’s Glastonbury festival.

As well as enjoying all the live music and fun-loving atmosphere, we also delight in the fact that it’s just another reason to wear our favourite Seasalt wellies! With the ever growing popularity of music festivals teamed with the unpredictable British weather, it is no wonder that wellies have made a come back in recent years as a bit of a fashion accessory. 

We think our lovely range of bold & bright natural rubber wellies are the perfect fashion statement! But don’t just take our word for it, Grazia think so too….yes our wonderful Seasalt wellies feature on their website in a fabulous article about ‘Ethical Festival Fashion’ –  Take a look here!

Pirates set to conquer Penzance this Sunday!

posted on June 24th, 2011 by sian

Yes, you heard right! This weekend it is forecasted that Penzance will be swarmed by Pirates in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record.

The pirate record breaking stunt is being organised as part of the annual Golowan Festival which takes place in Penzance from 18th-23rd June and this year the theme of the festival is, yes you guessed it, Pirates!

Everyone is invited to take part, all you need to do is dress up like a pirate and turn up at Penzance Promenade at 1pm this Sunday, the 26th June. There will be a £1 entry fee to take part which will go towards raising funds for the Golowan Festival, Golowan Maritime Festival and the Jubilee Pool.

The Pirate record count will take place on the Promenade at 1pm and there’ll be lots going on to entertain the masses. The Golowan Maritime Festival’s Parade of Sail, consisting of local, traditionally built wooden boats, will be unfurling their mainsails as they sail across the bay giving the spectators & pirates an authentic pirate view. There will also be live music on the prom, lessons in Pirate Speak, funny photo boards and pirates firing real muskets and cannons, all to keep everyone in the pirate spirit.

Currently the Guinness World Record for the most people dressed as pirates in one place is held by Hastings with a gathering of 6,116 pirates, but as Penzance is famous for its pirates, the town believe they deserve the title! So grab your hat, eye patch, sword, hook, parrot, whatever pirate-like props you have and get down to Penzance on Sunday! Let’s show the world how the Cornish do it!

If you’re stuck for ideas, why not follow our guide to making a Pirate Hat here.

Day of the Seafarer

posted on June 23rd, 2011 by sian

This Saturday marks the International Day of the Seafarer where the International Maritime Organistaion have asked the world to help raise awareness of the vital role seafarers play in the world economy, and of career opportunities at sea. But most importantly it is an opportunity for everyone to say “Thank you Seafarers”.

To mark this special day, the IMO have asked everyone to get involved online by joining  their dedicated Seafarer Day facebook page –  Just visit the facebook page and click ‘like’. The IMO are also urging people to show their support byposting a simple “Thank you Seafarers” message as their facebook status on Saturday.

Catch Me Quick! SALE SHOP

posted on June 23rd, 2011 by sian

Seasalt Sale - Catch me quick

Visit our Catch Me Quick Sale Shop NOW!

We’ve added a brand new selection of ‘Catch Me Quick’ special offers in our sale shop today with up to 40% off selected products from our SS11 range! But ‘Catch them Quick’, these offers will only be available till Thursday 30th June. There’s a fantastic selection of our favourite Womenswear, Menswear and Kidswear from this season’s range on offer so hurry to our sale shop to grab a Seasalt bargain!

Make sure you also check back again next week as we’ll be adding a new selection of products to the sale shop!

lately we have mostly
been shooting SS12

posted on June 22nd, 2011 by Emma Raczkowski

Way back when we were having a summer, yes right now it does seem like that’s all the sun we are getting, we decided to venture outside for a SS12 photo shoot.

This time around the chosen location was Castle Beach in Falmouth where, with our models, make-up artist and trusted photographer, we mingled with the tourists enjoying a bit of the Riviera life!

In an attempt to prolong memories of those hot sunny days, and to also provide a behind the scenes look at the Seasalt SS12 Collection, we thought we would post a few photos for you to enjoy.

Until the sun returns once more…

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edibles from the seashore

posted on June 21st, 2011 by Emma Raczkowski

Once again our shop front windows have taken on a suitably sea theme to them. This time around we are celebrating the Edible Seashore, all those delicious things we find in and around the seashore.

With a rainbow of coloured seaweed, nets and some fantastic lobster pots they are well worth a look if you are near one of our stores. The star of the show is surely some cleverly folded origami crabs that are spread across the display.

And of course to compliment another great window theme there’s the lovely clothing. Highlights this time around are the pamper cardy with a pistachio vest top and kismet 3/4 trousers and for the Seasalt Nippers there is a RNLI grommet tee with the fun striped piglet pant.

If you aren’t able to visit one of our stores or simply can’t wait to have a peek you can view photos of the windows on either our Facebook group or Flickr site.

Seasalt Shop Window Theme - Edible Seashores

it’s a pirates life for me!

posted on June 17th, 2011 by Emma Raczkowski

Everywhere you go people are talking about pirates these days. There are regular appearances of Pirates of the Caribbean movies, modern day pirates hit the news now and then and even Doctor Who wielded a cutlass down in Charlestown, Cornwall. So would you take up the offer to sail on a Pirate Ship?  Well guess what? Lucy, Seasalt’s Head of Production, did just that! Ahoy There!

If you have a house full of Pirates and adventurers then there is a must do if you’re visiting Cornwall this summer.

I was fortunate enough to have the experience of a life time, a day sail aboard the beautiful Earl of Pembroke tall ship. A real life Pirate ship! Arriving in Fowey on Saturday and seeing her moored out in the harbour was truly a sight to behold! With the promise of adventure in the air we were taken out to the ship. Even the overcast sky couldn’t dampen the spirits of the excited guests. The fearless crew scaled the rigging, set sails and we departed Fowey harbour for the high seas!

Guests helped the crew hoist the sails and a brave few climbed the rigging for the best view on board of the spectacular Cornish coastline, what an amazing sight we must have been at full sail from the shore!  After time at sea, tea and chatting to the crew about their recent voyage on The Earl of Pembroke across the Atlantic (truly inspirational- make sure you ask the crew about it, they even had chickens!) It was time to head back to Fowey, sleepy from the sea air (it was nothing to do with rum!!) and very very happy with my days adventuring!

Huge thanks to Square Sail, Dave Redhead and the Crew of the Earl of Pembroke for an unforgettable day.

There are spaces left for various day sails on the Earl of Pembroke and the other 2 boats in the square sail fleet, Kaskelot, and Phoenix ( as seen in Doctor who!) and longer trips if you have your sea legs! Check out the square sail summer 2011 sailing program on their web site for all details and availability.-  book quickly, this is not to be missed, and don’t forget your peg legs and best pirate hats!

Aboard the Earl of Pembroke