A recent NYT article claimed that steamed clams and melted butter were “summertime perfection.” I have to agree. One of the highlights of our trip to Nova Scotia was an evening spent clam digging! Living in London we rarely get these kind of ‘ground-to-table’ experiences first hand and so it was extremely satisfying to dig the clams ourselves and then eat them. We went with a couple of friends and our local clam digger captain extraordinaire, who was a machine at digging (the rest of us were very slow in comparison!).
When it came to cooking the clams, we rinsed them a few times and then soaked them overnight in water. Most of the sand came out and I had very little grit in the end. Then I steamed them. With some butter (add garlic to make it extra tasty), some bread and/or a garden salad, this is a perfect simple and satisfying summer lunch.