Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Am I ever lucky to be living here!

Yah, I know I bitch like crazy about the horribly oppressive heat here, but I have to say that after 16 years here it's not that you get used to it (no one gets "used" to 90+ degrees every day) it's that you just learn how to best deal with it. Before I had kids I spent all summer inside. Either my car, my house or my place of work. With kids it's a bit harder but at least we have the pool and plenty of out door water type things to do. This is really not what this post is about so I'll get on with why I am so lucky to be living here...

Check this out!!!

Steamed clams with a garlic, herb sauce...It really doesn't get much fresher or better than this!!!

Yep...more of that great tasting corn!!!

We got these incredible looking clams from my favorite fish market Andy's Island Seafood. Click here to read my post about them! The fish is always excellent and this was no exception. We originally went in to get some fish for T. and I for dinner. The girls were having some friends in to sleep over and we would be ordering pizza for them but we knew that wasn't what we here eating. For our dinner we got 2 Hogfish. But my youngest daughter wanted some clams in the worst way. We left with Hogfish and clams!!!

I didn't get any good pictures of our Hogfish meal as I had a houseful of screaming little girls watching Disney's Camp Rock...It was true chaos!!!

Remember the teeth on the Mangrove Snapper? These are even worse!!!
Now check out the way it's jaw hinges!!! That is one scary fish!!!

As Always...

Happy Entertaining!!!



Larry Newman said...

Those clams look mouthwatering! :P

Very well presented blog, by the way. I shall take heed! lol

Anonymous said...

Beautiful clams!

A Scientist in the Kitchen said...

The clams caught my eye too!

Anonymous said...

Judy, I am so in to clams right now! Those look amazing. Lately, instead of steaming, I have been washing them and throwing them right on the grill. About a min and a half and they pop right open. No mess or smell in the kitchen, no water to boil. Why no one told me about this before, I'll never know! BTW, my 3 year old son just said - 'eew, that is a scary fish'!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I'm jealous--that's a great haul!

Peter M said...

Judy, despite living in Canada I feel for ya. I go on holidays to Greece and it can it at times (the heat) be unbearable.

As for the clams and fish...you know I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff...it's fish porn to me.

Also, now I know what really happened to your toe...you stuck your foot in that mangrove snapper's mouth! lol

Brittany said...

Camp Rock AND clams! I am salivating!

Danni said...

Oh Judy...steamed clams are one of my most favorite things on this planet!! My husband has been known to travel great distances to find his gal some yummy clams! Mmmmm....nice pictures, too! :-)

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

That looks great - I am ready for a clambake as we speak!!


Kelly said...

great blog! i live in 90+ heat every day too, but i don't get fresh seafood like the those clams - YUM!

Susan @ SGCC said...

Those clams look out of this world. I am a total clam freak! And hogfish! That is our favorite fish. We grab it whenever we can get it!

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

What is hogfish and what does it taste like? I'm very curious.

The clams look lovely.

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Thanks Lawrence Newman!

Thanks Ann!

Thanks Gay!

Hi LMcC-What a great idea. I never thought of throwing them on the grill. We use a huge steamer outside hooked up to propane but that idea is great!!!

Oh Mike-you are so close yet so far away! You need to drive to the left or the right to get to the shore! Ocala is just right in the middle!

Hey Peter-Yah...I feel for you when you are on vacation in Greece???!!! I did think of you when I was posting these though! Isn't that fishes mouth huge!!!

Hi Brittany-Too funny!

Hi Danni-You have a great hubby to do that for you!!! And put up with roosters!

Have fun Cathy!

Hi Kelly-We are pretty lucky!

Hey SGCC-Isn't it nice having access to such fresh food?

Hi Eating Club-Hog fish is in the snapper family. It's texture is similar but the meat is sweeter.

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domestic deconstructor said...

oh nummers! I'm so getting some clams. In Portland, OR we can get some nice ones, but we don't get that heat as often! I like just pouring in a bottle of wine and chunking up some garlic to steam my clams - thanks for the reminder. it's been years. as far as smell - I'll just use the burner on the side of the propane BBQ - but I love the comment idea of bbq-ing the clams themselves.

There's an actual rock'in'roll camp for girls in Portland (and NYC and...a few others). I highly recommend if your girls are interested. I know a board member and have done volunteer work for them - they're a great organization.

I look forward to reading more from you!

Danny Escabarte said...

Nutritious and delicious clams i love. I remember Grand Ma telling my father to prepare and cook clams soup for my mother days after my younger brother was born.
It's good for mothers who breastfed little babies.
Oh not only good for mothers but fathers as well. After a tiresome work or exercise, clams soup strengthens weakened muscles and joints. Ideal for lunch with grilled tuna belly and spicy fish curry.

Rockin' Chains said...

I agree..it's mouth watering!

J.R. Adams said...

Great blog, clams don't do it for me though. Where do you live?

Thistlemoon said...

That is one mean looking fish ya got there Judy! I don't know where you come up with these guys! LOL!

Those clams look absolutely heavenly!

Captain Mary said...

Hogfish is not in the snapper family it is in the wrasse family. The flavor well who could describe this superior flavor, these fish eat crustaceans thats why their meat is so sweet. I can't think of a fish thats tastes better.

Anonymous said...

Hello! I got here thru the Blogs of Note and I have to say I LOVE YOUR SITE. I'll be trying some of your recipes for sure.

Clams are one of my favourite and man look at those hogfish. Scary indeed. Keep on entertaining!

Jepoy said...

those clamps looks good..i'll try to cook one of those. yumyum!

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Anonymous said...

Those claims are very mouth watering . lets see

David said...

Looks delicious. I love garlic and my mouth is watering just thinking about this dish.

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talk3talk4 said...

I love steam clams and seafood....in short, I love to EAT..

Proud Italian Cook said...

I wish I was picking the meat out of those clams right now, Wow!

Anonymous said...

These are pretty big claims , lets see what happens.

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Shizuoka City, Japan!
Those clams look very much the same they are traditionally cooked here!
Next time, try and steam them with japanese sake!
Expect more visits and comments!