>> Saturday, March 27, 2010
While waiting for one of the SU March Madness games to start last week, my friend FosterDad2 and I were talking about how much we each like seafood. It was probably prompted by my twitpic I had posted of a lobster tail that I had broiled a few days before.
I mentioned wanting to do an authentic New England Clambake and was slightly surprised he knew *exactly* what I meant... sand pit, stone heat, rockweed and all! Yaay for Fosterdad! I think he got a kick out me telling him one of the men behind the counter at Price Chopper's Seafood Dept, knows me by sight. I have gone there so often I call him my fish monger. ;)
Of course, this would be a work of art in the making, with several hours of outdoor fire-pit and food prepping that involves everyone coming together to make this work. It really is a group effort/activity that is shared, an event, not simply your typical BBQ.
To continue in the same tradition, as common-place in many Eastern Coastal beaches, the prep of this all-day feast must include a large simmering pot of Freshly made New England Clam Chowdaw to start with, to tide people over, to be washed down with many icy bottles of ice-cold beer. (And you damn well better call it Chowdaw too!) :)
I SOOO want to do this.
Below is the "Traditional" way of doing this clambake, and the video below that one is a 'Revamped' modified version for us city folk. :)
The Traditional New England Clambake:
I of course, would alter the variety of seafood from what they show above.
I'd replace the
This is a much easier, less labor-intensive, also less of a work of art...
The Backyard New England Clambake:
I would probably do a variation of the Traditional one in the first video. Because I'm fairly certain none of the beaches around here would allow for us to make a fire on, though it would be very neat to do something like this with a local backdrop of this:
The Chimney Bluffs of Lake Ontario.
Some other photos that I took of this beautiful place can be found here: ZZ's Photos.
I think I recall a picnic area when there last summer. I'll have to take a trip up there, again with camera in hand, and see if I can indeed discover a place to be able to do a bake.
I did find an instructional site that uses a galvanized wash tub that's set on top of an open fire here.
Mmmmmm...... I wonder if I can entice a few of my friends to do this??
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