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Get the taste of Clam in a can
on 10 August 2016
I had my first taste of clam chowder from my grandma’s next door neighbour Clara. She used to make it in droves for all the sailors she had through her doors (she ran a B&B in Cockermouth). We used to spend summer with my gran and had many night feasting on ‘Clara’s clam’ as we called it. Back in those days it was a very close-knit and friendly community with no trouble or worry about burglary etc. We used to wander from house to house tasting the various meals from the fishermen’s wives which invariably consisted of fish. You could often tell how fresh the wives’ dishes were depending on the smell of fish emanating from their quarters. Indeed it was often commented that the ‘wives quarters smell very fishy today – the boats must be in’.
Being a small community, stories and other things were often shared, including recipes. Clara’s clam was renowned for having the fishiest taste without being overbearing and people would regularly come for the taste of her clam chowder. Often you could see the stream of seamen coming from her back doors after she’d made a fresh batch and her recipe stands the test of time to this day.
If I was to compare the Spinnaker Clam Chowder to (what I think of the original) Clam chowder it does not have that depth of flavour you had when you tasted Clara’s Clam on your lips – it really was delicious. However of all the tinned varieties this is the one I go back to and it helps me rekindle my youth thinking of Clara’s Clam.