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The Danish Beach - Sea Grass ‘Seafood’ and Salted Herbs

The inspiration for this dish is from my early youth at the beach. Standing in the sea, keeping my diving goggles in the surface of the water and looking at the seabed with its seaweed, crayfish, small stones…catching this unique moment most Danish boys have at the beach. Demonstrated at the 2011 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.


  • Seaweed Mayonnaise

  • 2 pasteurized yolks

  • 35g baby spinach

  • 3g salt

  • 1 tbsp seaweed vinegar

  • 300ml seaweed oil

  • Sour juice from wild apples, to taste

  • Oyster Crème

  • 100g lightly drained junket

  • 20g cream

  • 50g oyster water

  • Salt

  • 5ml lemon juice

  • Seaweed Dust

  • Dried seaweed

  • Salt to taste

  • Cucumber Cut In Tapes

  • 5-10g seaweed vinegar

  • 150g cucumber

  • 20g of fresh seawater

  • Salt

  • Local Seaweed

  • 100g local seaweed (2–3 types)

  • 50g seawater

  • Steamed Oysters

  • 6 large cleaned oysters

  • 50g approx oyster water

  • 100g cottage cheese

  • Fake Beach Sand

  • Malt

  • Finely crushed toasted dark bread (dark bread crumbs)

  • Anchovy oil

  • Salt

  • Malt flour

  • Dried seaweed


  • Seaweed Mayonnaise:

  • 1.

    Blend the egg yolks, spinach and salt until the mixture has turned green.

  • 2.

    Add vinegar and thicken mayonnaise with oil.

  • 3.

    Add salt and sour apple juice to taste.

  • Oyster Crème:

  • 1.

    Combine all ingredients. Add salt and lemon juice to taste.

  • Seaweed Dust:

  • 1.

    Grind dried seaweed in a coffee mill until it turns into a fine dust.

  • 2.

    Add salt to taste.

  • Cucumber Cut In Tapes:

  • 1.

    Cut the cucumber into long tapes.

  • 2.

    Marinate in vinegar and seawater for 5 minutes before serving.

  • Local Seaweed:

  • 1.

    Rinse approx. 100g fresh local seaweed (2-3 types) in fresh water.

  • 2.

    Marinate seaweed in 50g of seawater.

  • Steamed Oysters:

  • 1.

    Steam the oysters for 20 seconds, then return to the cold oyster water.

  • 2.

    Set aside to cool for later use.

  • Fake Beach Sand:

  • 1.

    Combine all ingredients and season so the mixture has the texture and appearance of beach sand.

  • To Serve:

  • 1.

    Arrange all elements so that the dish depicts a beach scene.

  • 2.

    Garnish with fresh horseradish.

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