"Seaweed has long been a staple of Irish coastal diets, but Dawn Hourigan’s parents cooked it more eclectically than most thanks to a shared interest in nutrition and her Israeli mother’s exotic culinary background. ‘We’d go down to Man o’ War cove to collect seaweed and mussels and then Dad would make his seafood chowder,’ Hourigan, 29, remembers fondly of her childhood in Co Cork. ‘When I moved to London in 2011, though, I could scarcely find seaweed anywhere."
Take seaweed: it smells and tastes just a bit too much like, well, weeds you find in the sea. As with all British seaside experiences, however, the secret to enjoyment is simply getting the dressing right and taking the plunge.