NYC- We are in the middle of the summer, the sun is shining and the hot weather is giving us no respite! Obviously we don’t want to be doing the cooking, so often the best solution is to eat something simple and quick. A great option, that is delicious and healthy, is the Seaweed Salad suggested by fashion designer Katie Gallagher.
Katie Gallagher currently lives in China Town, NYC but grew up on a farm in rural Pennsylvania. Childhood memories of a rural environment and nature are inspiring themes of her collections. “When I was young I hated wearing clothes and I always wore my cat Thomas on my head.” She states. Fashion to her is not about the clothes but about the people who wear them: “I don’t believe that fashion is the end goal; stories, personalities, moods, ideals, and attitudes are. Fashion, when executed successfully, communicates these attributes quickly and eloquently”.
“Red Red Blood” SS12
Katie graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, and has been working on her own since, establishing the Katie Gallagher fashion brand.
Her designs have captured the attention of Vogue Italia, Elle, Interview magazine, Refinery 29, and New York based magazines. The New York Times Style magazine “T” labeled her as one of its “magnificent 7” in 2009 , and New York magazine included her in their list of the top six New York designers. In Refinery 29, she was awarded the title of “Coolest Freshman/Best New Designer” and also identified as one of six designers to watch. Her designs have also been featured in the Avant Guardian Portfolio of Surface magazine.
While Katie was sharing her background and upcoming collection, I was enjoying the preparation of her Seaweed Salad, obviously very curious to try for the first time!
“Seaweed salad is one of my most favorite dishes” Katie commented- “Home-made versions are good because you can leave out ingredients that a lot of stores and restaurants use like sugar. Seaweed has a bunch of great health benefits as well…it apparently aids in digestion, boosts your immunity and burns fat…but most of all it tastes good! I like to eat it with steamed kale, steamed broccoli, and a steamed carrot, topped with raw cashews and almonds and sometimes a bit of steamed seitan for extra protein”.
Here below are ingredients, preparations and Katie’ s recipe suggestions.
Seaweed Salad Ingredients: (can serve 4 people)
1 ounce dried red dulse seaweed
1 ounce dried green wake seaweed
2 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar
2 teaspoons grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon wasabi powder
2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon worchestershire sauce
1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil
juice of one lime
pinch of sea salt
1 small carrot, peeled and extremely thin sliced
4 red radishes thinly sliced
1 teaspoon toasted white sesame seeds
1 teaspoon toasted black sesame seeds
2 green onions, slivered
1.) Put the dulse and wake in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Let soak 5-10 mins. until soft. Drain and pat dry and place in a serving bowl.
2.)Dressing: whisk together rice vinegar, ginger, wasabi powder, soy sauce, worchestershire sauce and sesame oil in a small bowl.
3.) Spoon half the dressing over the seaweed, add the lime juice and toss. Add the small pinch of salt. Surround the salad with the carrots and radishes. Season them with the remaining dressing.
I can confirm that the dish exceeded my expectations. She obviously has a future in food should she ever grow tired of fashion. Of course, all of us who enjoy her fashion vision hope that never happens. Joking aside, thank you so much Katie, for sharing this recipe with Ronnie Spirit and I can’t wait to see on the runway your Katie Gallagher SS13 collection during NYFW!