Archive for August, 2010

As happy as a clam in a pot of chowder!

August 23, 2010 2 comments
Preparation Time: 60 minutes Cooking Time: 45 minutes Yield: 4-6

Yummy New England Clam Chowder

“It’s not easy to get hold of big clams,” said Claudio. I was chatting to Claudio Paioni, co-owner of Seafood on Sail, during a recent visit in search of some good fresh fish. In the course of conversation, Claudio noted that he had acquired a stock of good quality clams, in shells and they were quite large. “These come from Moçambique, and they’re really nice,” said Claudio.

“Well, now you mention it, I was planning to do a clam chowder,” I said hopefully. “Take a kilo and see what you can do with them,” said Claudio thrusting a package into my outstretched hand. I left with a kilogram of frozen clams and about the same weight in fresh Gurnard fillets (more about them in the near future) clutched to my chest, humbled as always by Claudio’s generosity. Read more…


Sticky Chocolate Pudding & 2009 Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest

Preparation Time: 30 minutes Baking Time: 40 minutes Yield: 4-6

A yummy 'personal' chocolate pud with a sprinkling of castor sugar

Those of you who follow this column with any regularity will know that I am inclined to steer clear of baking, not because I don’t like to bake, but because I find it intimidating. It is a most precise undertaking, where small deviations in quantity or method can have catastrophic results.

Accordingly, I am inclined to find a recipe that works well and stick to it, rather than to “tweak” as I am so fond of doing in other branches of the culinary arts.

Dear Wife Eppie’s Gran, Mary Robertson, hailed from Orkney (oft incorrectly referred to as “The Orkneys”) just north of the Scottish mainland. Interestingly, when Orcadians speak of “The Mainland”, they refer to the largest island in the archipelago, “Mainland Island”, whereas the Scottish mainland is referred to as Scotland. But it’s perhaps understandable, considering that Orkney was only annexed to the Scottish Crown in 1472, having been a Norwegian possession since 875. Read more…