Tuatua (Clam)

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drive on the beach with 4WD car as entrances of this beach are rutty

I went gathering shellfish at low tide.

In contrast to what I remember that, long time ago in my childhood, I gathered shellfish with a rake on a beach,

here, we splashily walk into the water till it is  about our knee height.

Then we dig the sand by our sole and toes... feel the shell, and pick them up.

Sometimes I came across 'um, this is quite distorted', picked it up, and figured out it was a crab.

Because of the waves, our waist and shoulders also get wet.

At the beginning, I was careful to minimize the 'wet damage' by putting hands down in between the waves.

But once the big wave caught me, there's no problem being drenched any more!

What we can gather here is bivalve shells called Tuatua.

It's a kind of Clam.

The law regarding gathering Tuatua is 150 shellfish per person per day.

Clam Chowder is our dinner.

I made preparation for French bread,

separated the clam from the shell after boiling with bouillon,

fried up bacon, onion, potato, carrot, leak, celery etc with butter,

added flour,

clam, strained clam soup, milk and cream,

and finish with sprinkles of parsley from our garden.

Yummy!

 

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drive on the beach with 4WD car as…
drive on the beach with 4WD car a…
beach made of white shells and sand
beach made of white shells and sand
the next to the bucket is filled w…
the next to the bucket is filled …
tuatua (clam)
tuatua (clam)
Tuatuas steamed with sake
Tuatuas steamed with sake
Tuatuas de-shelled
Tuatuas de-shelled
preparing French bread
preparing French bread
Clam chawder and freshly baked Fre…
Clam chawder and freshly baked Fr…
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