Another of the things occupying me since we returned from our trek through the northeast was the annual family clambake out in West Wareham, Mass.Technically Terry and I are not members of the family (The Westlakes), but we have been pretty much adopted.
We try to get out there the day before The Bake because that's when Bruce leads an excursion to Buzzards Bay to do some quahogging. These are mostly clams to be used in the chowder but the smaller ones end up either being eaten raw or grilled Friday night. Tides weren't really the best this year so Bruce, his brother and sister got out there on Thursday and got themselves three pecks of clams. We still went out again on Friday and got another three. We also harvested some sea weed (fucus) to use in the baking process.
|Thursday night's snack before broiled chicken dinner on the grill.|
|Bruce opens a clam on the beach of Buzzards Bay|
|Gotta sample the product!|
|Clams placed in coolers for cleaning.|
|Clams in sea water|
|Working on the chowder.|
|Veggies getting peeled and diced.|
|Preparing the bed of coals on which the bake will cook.|
|With the bed of coals hot, the metal cover goes on and then a layer of sea weed. The Bake Box goes on top of that.|
|Shade was at a premium. People moved around all day trying to find some and stay in it once they had.|
Saturday was the day of The Bake and the clan gathered from far and wide.