How dare the End of Summer creep up on us sooo quickly?
We have been playing on the beach, riding our bikes and swimming in the sea, but every time I listen to the radio or read a newspaper I am told that autumn is here.
It officially starts tomorrow...…
Not here, it doesn't!
We may have got the lobster pots in from the sea, and brought the boat ashore, for a clean and tidy, but we are still in summer mode.
Yesterday, my husband went on a clam dig, as there was a very low tide. Look at all the beauties he returned with (I didn't join him as I had my taxi driver hat on, and was taking our elder son to the airport!)
The first time we had fresh clams I wasn't sure what to do with them, fortunately I had been inspired (by Amazon!!!) To buy "The Martha's Vineyard Cookbook" which is full of useful seaside recipes. (I often think that the East Coast of the USA is a reflection of the West Coast of Europe....Mirrors on the Atlantic!)
Our local French neighbours seem to prefer stuffing the clams with butter, garlic and parsley, and freezing them, making delicious snacks for visitors in the forth coming winter months. I however, only have 5 days of holiday remaining, so prefer to use the clams in an "instant" meal.
Steamer Clams is the answer. I use the recipe found in "The Martha's Vineyard Cookbook," though I substitute white wine for vermouth. I also add a little extra garlic, and a squeeze of lemon juice, rather then the lemon butter. (Which is really not to European tastes!)
The whole meal is wonderful, reminiscent of Moules Mariners! (Particularly wonderful for me as I am allergic to mussels and really miss them every summer in Brittany!)
|The most delicious clams|
|I soak them two or three times in sea water, to remove the grit.|
|Simple but perfect ingredients|
|The clams are the most stunning colours|
|Rince in cold running water, |
to wash away any remaining grit
|Aren't these beautiful?|
|Making the herb and wine 'soup'|
|Warm the clams and add the 'soup'|
|Serve, (with bread, if you really need it....)|
|WOW! These are fantastic!!!!|
I do hope you get a chance to cook these wonderful fish! Superb! MMMMmmmm!