I still have to write up my little holiday in Cornwall, but I thought I’d share this simple but delicious recipe with you first. We had access to such fresh seafood over there and were glad to be in a self-catering apartment so we could cook up some of the amazing fish and shellfish we bought. These clams were from Stevenson fishmongers who are based in Newlyn. Their stall at the Falmouth Oyster Festival was making a roaring trade and people must have felt as compelled as we did to buy and cook their lovely seafood. Big bonus, they kept your fish in the fridge so you could come back and collect it at the end of the day.
This recipe has been minimally modified from The Guardian. G and I love our spice so I doubled up the chilli and used the same recipe to serve the two of us instead of four people.
Enough spaghetti for 2 people
2 tbsp sunflower oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 red chilli, chopped
100ml dry white wine
15g parsley, chopped
Zest and juice of 1/2 a lemon
- Rinse the clams and scrub them if needed. Place them in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Salt generously and leave for an hour. They will spit out any grit or sand. To be sure, I also drained, rinsed and soaked them twice again in cold unsalted water for 20 minutes each time. Fresh clams should be closed when uncooked, so discard any clams that are cracked or remain open when tapped.
- Boil the spaghetti in salted water until two minutes under the recommended cooking time. Drain and run under cold water for a few seconds to stop the cooking process and prevent them sticking.
- Heat up a pot on medium heat and put the oil and half the butter in. When hot, fry the chopped garlic and chilli until soft but not brown.
- Add the clams and turn heat up to medium high. Add in the white wine and cover to cook for a couple of minutes until all the clams have opened. Discard any that are still closed.
- Add the spaghetti, remaining butter and lemon zest and toss well to mix. Remove from the heat and squeeze in the lemon juice and sprinkle with parsley.