day in Apalachicola. Worked all morning and spent the afternoon on
the BEACH! For a girl who grew up near
the water, living most of the time in landlocked Indiana comes with a considerable psychic
cost. Walking on the hot sand, floating
in the Gulf, and listening to the waves hit the shore is bliss.
the way back we stopped at a seafood house in Eastpoint. We were looking for some smoked fish but they
didn’t have any, so we decided to buy some mullet and grouper and smoke it
ourselves. Of course, we don’t have a
smoker, so that was the next stop and by then it was pretty late so we’re
saving that food adventure for tomorrow.
the shop had some Alligator Point clams, which Jer loves (me, not so much.) So
I made them for his dinner – borrowing loosely from a recipe from epicurious
for steamed clams with red pepper and cilantro. You can visit epicurious here for the precise recipe, if you cook that
way. In this case, precision doesn’t
matter too much. I melted some butter in
a deep pot, sautéed ½ onion, chopped, and a couple of garlic cloves, chopped,
and a red pepper, also chopped. Added
some hot red pepper flakes and a handful of cilantro and about 2 cups of white
wine, some salt and pepper. When it had
had time to meld a little, I added a dozen clams, scrubbed. Clamped the lid on and let them steam about
10 minutes til they popped open. Served
the clams and their spicy, fragrant, brothy broth on spaghetti. The whole house smelled wonderful, and Jer
was a happy boy.