Thursday, October 30, 2008

That would be something

In Oysterville, Washington, there are definitely more mollusks than people. Empty shells are mounded up into chalky mountains along the swampy edges of Willapa Bay.

A waft of smoke from a chimney today reminded me of roasting clams and oysters on a grate over the beach fire, toes cold and sandy, the burn of sun and wind on our faces, our arms tired from digging in the clam beds. The thick grey-green oyster shells sizzle over the flames, then pop open in the heat, the smell of the roasting oysters mixed with woodsmoke and sea breeze creating a special aroma. I like them with a little white wine and garlic butter, but this spicy recipe from Epicurious looks super sexy -- grilled oysters with mango pico de gallo and red chile horseradish. If I could get my hands on some oysters and build a little fire in the backyard firepit, perhaps we could get summer and autumn to hang out together for a few hours. The Fourth of July and Dia de los Muertos all rolled into one. That would be something.

"If you think that the red chile horseradish looks too spicy, don't worry, for the sweet mango provides just the right cooling sensation."

Mango pico de gallo
1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and finely diced
1/2 small red onion, finely diced
1 jalapeƱo chile, finely dicedJuice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Red chile horseradish
1/4 cup prepared horseradish, drained
1 tablespoon ancho chile powder


Craig Sorensen said...


Jeremy Edwards said...

perhaps we could get summer and autumn to hang out together for a few hours

Are you going to invite spring, too? But I guess then you'd have to invite winter, so it didn't feel left out. That's starting to sound like a big party.

Neve Black said...

I'm buying a plane ticket today. Please save me a place at your dinner table, or around the fire pit.

What can I bring? We have something called a Walleye that lives in the lake here. Would that work?

I'm with Craig, YUM.

Kirsten Monroe said...

Wow --you all must be hungry!

Jeremy -- invite all the seasons? Why not? How about St. Paddy's Day and Summer Solstice? They'd be fun to take to the beach.

Neve -- just bring yourself. We'll take the dingy out in the bay and catch something fresh -- you don't even need shoes!