OYSTERS, CLAMS, AND COCKLES!
I can feel the excitement in the air—we made it to premiere day! In case you missed it, Evelyne of CulturEatz and I teamed up to bring you Game of Thrones inspired recipes all week long in anticipation of the new season. We started Monday, and traded off days, creating 3 recipes apiece, and culminating with both of us sharing a recipe today with our chosen theme.
Why do it like this? Well, it basically sprung from the fact that every month when we reach each other's Food 'n Flix posts, we find ourselves commenting about how we almost made the same thing...something similar...or something inspired by the same part of the movie as the other did that month. So, we decided to purposefully choose one scene/instance/theme from a chosen flick/show as inspiration, and see how similar (or different) our recipes wound up.
This was a couple of months ago, so once we decided that we'd cook from Game of Thrones in the week leading up to the premiere...and then to do a week's worth of recipes...we thought a chosen theme would be the perfect way to cap things off. Hence, a recipe from each of us today.
Our chosen inspiration comes from Season 5 Episode 8, when Arya, now in Braavos training under Jaqen H'ghar to become a faceless girl, takes on the identity of Lana, an orphan with an oyster cart. With her watchful eyes and sharp mind, she pushes her cart through the canal streets, repeatedly calling out "oysters, clams, and cockles!".
Now, being on the sea, Arya's oysters and such are fresh ("best in the city"), I don't often have access to really good quality fresh ones, so I chose to used canned ones in my recipe. As Arya pushes her cart through the streets, smoke can be seen rising from fires of other vendors, so I created the flavor profile of this dish from what I imagine those streets smell like—smoky and briny.
I couldn't actually find any cockles locally (and waited too long to order them online), so I've included a substitution in the recipe in case you can't either (extra clams). This dish is super simple, but it's packed with flavor and we devoured it as greedily as the captain did his oysters with vinegar.
I hope you enjoyed this week as much as I did! I'm so ready for the premiere. Tell me—are you creating any Game of Thrones inspired food tonight?
Game of Thrones Food BattleEvelyne – July 10: Blackberry Galette with Red Wine Sauce for a Red Wedding
Heather – July 11: Honeyed Chicken
Evelyne – July 12: Anglesey Eggs for House Banefort
Heather – July 13: Bran Muffins
Evelyne – July 14:
Mother of Dragon Fruit Salad & a Mojito
Heather – July 15: Blackberry Wine Slushies
July 16 (theme: Oysters, Clams and Cockles): Evelyne's Sauteed Clams, Oysters, and Snails with Sea Greens and Heather's Smoked Oysters, Clams, and Cockles Linguine
Check out all of the recipes inspired by Game of Thrones on All Roads Lead to the Kitchen. I'm also sharing this with Baking Mischief's #AFeastofThrones linkup with Fandom Foodies!
Yield: serves 2-4Author: Heather Schmitt-GonzalezPrint Recipe
Smoked Oysters, Clams, and Cockles Linguineprep time: 10 MINScook time: 22 MINStotal time: 32 mins
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 large garlic cloves, smashed and roughly chopped
- 1 1/2 cups clam juice (or fish stock)
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 (3.7 ounce) tin medium smoked oysters, drained
- 1 (5.4 ounce) jar pickled cockles, drained and rinsed (SEE NOTES)
- 1 (3.66 ounce) tin baby smoked clams, drained