Pasta

Linguini with cockles or clams in a lemon butter sauce

Cockles with samphire.

Cockles or Clams? ‘One can definitely say that cockles are clams, but one cannot say that clams are cockles’.

 

Cockles or Clams?‘One can definitely say that cockles are clams, but one cannot say that clams are cockles’.  http://www.diferencebetween.com

Clam is a broad, general term for small edible bivalves.   But whilst cockles are clams they are a distinct species in the family Cardiidae.  Cockles have rounded shells with radiating ribs. They are found in sandy sheltered beaches throughout the world, living and feeding in shallow waters and burying themselves in the sand while the tide is out. The traditional harvesting technique involves raking  through the sand to dig them up. Continue reading

Fresh Basil Pesto

 

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Fresh Basil Pesto

I have just updated my cover photo on Facebook to be a bit more seasonal and I thought I had better share the recipe with you.  This is a delicious pesto. I use it to pep up minestrone soup, to top roasted pepper bruschetta, and our family favourite is to crush hot boiled new potatoes with 1 tablespoon of butter and 2 tablespoons of pesto.   Continue reading