“The only kind of seafood I trust is the fish stick, a totally featureless fish that doesn’t have eyeballs or fins.”

The morning is cold. Only the back door is open so Henry can go out to the yard. I put on my sweatshirt. My arms were cold. The prediction is clouds all day and a thunderstorm later this afternoon. 70˚ will be the high.

When I wake up, I sometimes have to figure out the day of the week. They all seem to run together now, but when I was kid, each day had an identity. Sunday was the quiet day. It was church in the morning and a family dinner in the afternoon. Once and a while in the summer we went to the beach on a Sunday. We still had church in the morning, but on those rare beach Sundays it was hurry home, pack the car then head off to the beach. My mother made the sandwiches while we were at church. She filled the picnic basket and the tartan cooler. The basket had sandwiches, chips, cookies and fruit. Zarex was in the cooler. I remember carrying that cooler and hearing the clinks of ice cubes banging against the thermos. We stayed all day at the beach. Sometimes, on the way home, I fell asleep. Fun was exhausting.

I just cooked some quahogs so I can make baked stuffed quahogs later. My neighbor gave me a bag of them. I promised her some of the ready to bake quahogs, but I have to go to the store to get a few ingredients. Well, actually, I need most of the ingredients. I’ll make them all and probably freeze some. I remember my father quahogging. He’d bring home a basketful, and my mother would stuff them. She’d freeze a good many and later pull them out for appetizers. They were always a surprise treat.

When I was growing up, the only fish we ate came in sticks, the starter seafood for most kids. We had them on Fridays, the no meat day. I don’t remember when I had fresh fish or steamers or any fried seafood for the first time, but I do remember those fish sticks. I liked that they were finger food and crunchy. I’d dip them in tartar sauce. Usually my mother served French fries with the fish sticks. It was a favorite dinner of mine.

I don’t eat much seafood at home, but I do eat it in restaurants and take-out. I don’t eat Β salmon, sardines, mackerel or canned tuna. I do eat most other fish, and I love shellfish and crustaceans like crabs, shrimp and lobster.

Steamers are one of my all time favorites. My mother used to steam them for my father and me and melt the butter then she’d leave the room. She thought eating steamers was disgusting even just to watch. This from a woman we called the seagull because of the foods she’d eat like a cold hot dog and cucumber sandwich.

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16 Comments on ““The only kind of seafood I trust is the fish stick, a totally featureless fish that doesn’t have eyeballs or fins.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    A bit too chilly here in the morning but the day turned out to be quite nice with a bit higher than 68F.

    Oddly enough my mother refused to give us fish sticks. I mean that since she actually couldn’t cook food that would have been the easy choise to make πŸ™‚ Instead she rather buy fresh fish those times we had it and it was quite often. We also had fish balls quite often, which is the second easy choise to make and to be honest there isn’t much fish in them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Today I never saw the sun. I was watching the baseball game in Boston, and they had sun. Unfair!!

      I think it was liking fish sticks which got me to try fresh fish. My mother made great fresh fish dishes. She had a fish/shrimp dish which was scrumptious.

      Living near the ocean is wonderful for the freshest fish.

      Have a great evening!

  2. Bob Says:

    I love all kind of seafood but I have never heard of quahogs. I love seafood fried, steamed or broiled. Like you my mother bought fish sticks but we did go out for better fish. Today, fresh seafood is shipped by air to every part of the country. My better half is from Chicago and they considered Lake Michigan trout seafood. Regardless of air shipper seafood the best is still found along the coast. Cod and lobster from Boston, Dungeness crab from San Francisco to Alaska and red fish and oysters along the gulf coast.

    Another clear hot day which we are spending at Nortpark mall.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Quahogs are hard shell clams. usually bigger than clams for steamers. You don’t dig them but find them in the salt water. I used to feel with my foot for them when I qua-hogged. They are best when stuffed but also good for chowder.

      I get the freshest seafood. Sometimes I just go to the pier and can buy them from the boats. Lately I have been enjoying scallops and clams.

      Damp, cloudy and chilly all day!

  3. Birgit Says:

    KTCC, the educational blog πŸ™‚ Quahogs and steamers today.
    I miss the ocean…

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I’m glad to introduce you to new words. Steamers are wonderful. Steam clams dipped in butter, Yum!!

      I am spoiled with the abundance of places to buy fresh seafood and with so many restaurants with seafood on the menu.

  4. Coleen Burnett Says:

    OK…I’m having an attack of the stupids today. What is a quahog? The steamers I understand.(and love to eat). But a quahog? Gotta be from New England, I guess….

    Waving,

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Hi Colleen,
      I’ve missed you though I do keep up when you post on Facebook.

      A quahog is a hard shelled clam. They are used mostly for that baked stuffed I mention and also in chowder. They are not found on the flats but in water.

      Waving back!!

  5. Hedley Says:

    Is a Quahog something to do with Harry Potter ?

  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Fish was never a favorite of mine when I was a child. I don’t remember that my mother ever served fish sticks. We had a lot of clam chowder on Fridays. I’d eat that. I’d eat clams, fried or steamed, and lobster, too. I didn’t learn to like fish until I was 19 or 20 and someone introduced me to sashimi. I wouldn’t eat cooked fish but I would eat it raw with a good dipping sauce. πŸ™‚ Now I’ll eat canned salmon, tuna, and sardines and regular fish and shellfish if I’m at a restaurant.

    I’m a day late again. No matter, the weather is pretty much the same except cooler. The dogs and I just came back from a short walk. We got halfway up the dirt road and had to turn around when the cold wind came up and the rain came down.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I think that was it for fish until I was in high school. My father smelt fished in the winter, and I loved smelt. Some people think of it as a bait fish, but it is quite tasty, just small.

      I don’t eat any canned fish. I don’t like salmon or sardines and I had so much tuna on Fridays when I was in school that I’m tuna-ed out.

      I had plans today and did nothing except around the house small stuff. I have no choice tomorrow as I need a couple of cans of dog food. Chewy will be here later in the week.

      Have a great evening!

  7. Rowen Says:

    Cold hot dog and cucumber sandwich? Wow.

    • katry Says:

      Yup, Rowen, that was the creation which earned her the moniker of seagull. I know hot dogs come already cooked but eating it cold, yuck!


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