Friday, August 15, 2008

Happy as a Clam v. 2.0

When clams are fresh, as are these littlenecks that we picked up on our way from the beach yesterday, all they need is a quick steam over a bath of white wine, shallot and garlic...

...and a loaf of crusty baguette with good Danish butter.


Some lemon zest and chopped parsley to finish, and you're laughin'. Serve with copious amounts of Sauvignon Blanc (we had Brander 2006 Early Release - acidic, lemon juice on a paper cut, with a hug and kiss-it-make-it-better of sweetpea florals and quince).

...and still no pussy jokes. Sorry, Syd.

So I made my five posts this week. Yay for me! I made coffee ice cream today, and I might save it for next week or I might go ahead and post it this weekend. Dunno.

29 comments:

Manggy said...

I forgot to comment on the Extras reference you made a few posts ago, but was that a Jamie Oliver reference you made just now? :) Awesome pics. I love shellfish!

Peter G said...

Simple and delicious presentation Heather...the pics are just delightful. And I'm glad you use Danish butter on the bread!

MrOrph said...

I heart clams!!!

Your pix are making me hungry!

Tom Aarons said...

The "steam.. bath" bit wasn't a joke? :)

Terri said...

This makes me long to live on the California coast again. Big buckets of clams, white wine, off shore breeze. And, your photos are beautiful, by the way.

Bellini Valli said...

Your photos make me want to "dig" right in Heather.

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

Forget Happy Clam - Happy Cathy!! This really looks great and of course once you teased us with the amazing bread and butter, that was the icing for me!! Looks excellent!!

Brittany said...

Oh yum, I can see the chunks of garlic!

glamah16 said...

I could eat that bowl up. Greatr job this week. Now if only I could get motivated.Staying tumed for ice cream.

Heather said...

Mark - You win the Very Observant Reader Award! It was an Extras joke before. I wasn't intentionally summoning Jamie Oliver this time, but I do base a lot of my English slang on what I hear on his show.

Petah - Danish butter is the best! Well, Irish butter is pretty good too. So's French.

Donald - Clams are a tasty little bivalve, aren't they?

Tam - No, it wasn't a joke. But if you thought it was funny then yes, it was totally intentional.

Terri - Thank you! West coast living is pretty sweet, I must admit.

Valli - Awwww, for that, you oughta be punished! :P

Cathy - Bread and butter is hell of old school.

Brittany - I left big slices of garlic so they could be spread on the bread with the butter.

Heather said...

Courtney - Thanks, I tried my best to keep up. Next week, I'm gonna try to not write everything ahead of time just so I can keep up. :P

Syd said...

Beautiful clams. And your "90% less bearded" response to my last comment, more than covers you for pussy jokes. You funny little minx.

Helen said...

I'm wanting to know what's goin on with heather and Syd. I'm sensing chemistry....

Heather said...

What's going on is, Syd has a girlfriend, whereas I'm just hilarious.

Syd said...

[snicker]

Emiline said...

Love these pictures! Beautiful.

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Love the clams Heather! They look so big and meaty.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Perfect, Heather! I wish we had good clams around here.

Nilmandra said...

Mmmm clams in white wine and garlic... Works a charm for mussels too. And lobster. And crab. Heck, just more shellfish! *drool*

Btw, I have an award for you over at my blog :) Not sure if you're into that sort of thing but just want to acknowledge a brilliant blog!

Lo said...

Oh, YUM. These have me wishing I was having clams for dinner.

Love the fresh simplicity of this, Heather. And you're not a flaky friend... you've been busy posting five posts this week! You go, girl!

cook eat FRET said...

claaaaaaaams!!!

yes, that's the way
right there
yessiree

and i love the danish butter - it's got that whang that's just about right.

as for the wine.... you and cookblog.... damn those adjectives.

kittie said...

A perfect and perfectly simple dish, ummmm...

Heather said...

Em - Coming from you, that's pretty nice. Thanks!

Judy - They were very meaty bivalves.

Jen - Sometimes it's good to be in a coastal state. :)

Nilmandra - I really can't get enough shellfish. Thank you for the award!

Lo - Just three more weeks to go! :P

Claudia - Whang is a pretty good adjective, too, I must say.

Kittie - With shellfish, less is more.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Mmmm... clams.... mmmmm.....

matt wright said...

This is easily one of my favorite dinners ever. Great with mussels too. Fantastic stuff.

Brittany said...

On a bit of a clam-kick myself....
I could dive right into that.

Congrats on your posting marathon! DAMN! It was getting hard to keep up witchyoo.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Just fabulous, Heather! I love it! Clams are so great plain and simple.

peter said...

Whang is totally a noun. You should know that. Claudia knows that. She also knows good wine writing.

Heather said...

Sketti!! Why can't I look at your blog anymore? I'm not invited?

Matt - I prefer mussels, actually, but I just happened upon these buttery little acorns instead. :)

Brittany - Now that it cooled off today, aren't you dying for a good bowl of chowdah?

Jenn - Good ingredients don't need no fuss. :)

Jube - Oh snap, I pwned myself there. Some grammar nerd I am. I've decided that I can only drink wine synesthetically from now on.