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Grassland
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Jellyfish Invasion Amuse-Bouche

Shredded jellyfish coated in a choice of two dressings on a crunchy vegetable base

method

For Jellyfish

  1. Prepare one litre cold water in a bowl and another in a saucepan​
  2. Heat the water on high​
  3. As soon as bubbles appear, add the rinsed jellyfish and stir, blanching for around 20 seconds​
  4. Place in cold water for two mins, then squeeze out excess water​
  5. Place the jellyfish into a mixing bowl and cut into bite-sized strands

For the Base:

  1. Dice the red pepper and cucumber into small cubes, being careful to first remove the seeds​
  2. Mix together in a small bowl and set aside

For the Asian-inspired dressing:

  1. Prepare 1/2 - 1 tsp of grated ginger and mix together with sesame oil and coconut aminos in a large bowl

For the African-inspired dressing:

  1. Heat oil over medium, add a pinch of cayenne pepper and toast for 30 seconds until fragrant​
  2. Add in the tahini with a little water to bring smoothness to the texture​
  3. Add in tomato paste​
  4. Cook on low for a few minutes and season with salt​

Sources:

Gershwin, L. (2013). Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.​

Saibante, C. (2015). In Praise of the Jellyfish, from Menace to Resource. Fine Dining Lovers. Available from: https://www.finedininglovers.com/article/praise-jellyfish-menace-resource (Accessed on 31 October 2021)​

Thompson, A.  (2007). Oldest Known Jellyfish Fossils Found. Live Science. Available from: https://www.livescience.com/1971-oldest-jellyfish-fossils.html  (Accessed on 31 October 2021)​

Tucker, A.  (2010). Jellyfish: The Next King of the Sea. Smithsonian Magazine. Available from: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/jellyfish-the-next-king-of-the-sea-679915/ (Accessed on 31 October 2021)​

Ingredients

  • 120-200 grams shredded jellyfish in brine

For the dressings:

Option 1: Asian-Inspired Sesame Ginger Soy Dressing

  • 1 piece ginger
  • sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp malt vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp gluten free soy sauce
  • 1 tsp honey

Option 2: African-Inspired Peanut Dipping Sauce

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (natural, not sweet)
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup water
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • cold-pressed oil of choice.
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