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Campfire Cockles on a Winters Day


Did you think I had forgotten you all? Were you beginning to think I wasn’t cooking anymore?

Quite the opposite, as those of you who follow my Facebook page will know, I have been baking tons and tons of pastries, pies, tarts, quiches and desserts for my Pop Up Patisserie in Waimauku which opened at the beginning of this month. It’s been a busy but fun three weeks, meeting lots of new people in my neighbourhood, getting used to my new kitchen, experimenting with new recipes and eating lots of  what I make! There just wasn’t enough time to sit down and write about it all.

A day off on Sunday, the sun was shining so hubby decided he was cooking dinner and he were going to eat al fresco. We headed down the coast, foraged for our own dinner of cockles and set up camp along beach river inlet. A few other ingredients we had brought along to jazz up our foraged cockles; lemons, coriander, salt & pepper, a bit of chili, a big wedge of sour dough and a bottle of vino. A beautifully simple dinner, cooked on a little camp stove, watching the sunset whilst sipping vino and dunking hunks of bread into the cockle juice. Life is good, it may have been a mid winters day and I had a blanket to keep me warm (even though the Kiwi hubby had a t’shirt on as he doesn’t seem to feel the cold like most Kiwis) but it certainly beats sitting indoors. I am sure you will agree looking at the photos.

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No specific recipe for this just enough cockles or clams to feed whoever you are cooking for. 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1/2 lemon thinly sliced, salt & pepper, 1 glass of white wine, 1 small chili chopped, handful coriander and bread to mop up the juices.

Heat the olive oil in a pan with the lemon slices over a low heat for  a few minutes, Throw in the cockles, wine, chili, salt and pepper and cover pan with a lid. Cook for 8 minutes. Remove lid, add the coriander and serve. You could use parsley if you don’t like coriander.DSC_0070 (1)

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. A lovely slice of NZ life – and even though they’re having a hot summer in the UK, we can still enjoy the beach in mid-winter 🙂

    July 22, 2013
  2. Sounds like an absolutely perfect day! And the cockles look mighty tasty.

    July 22, 2013
  3. Gorgeous pictures!

    July 22, 2013
  4. What a goregous place! So peaceful and beautiful.

    I’ve never had cockles…



    July 22, 2013
  5. What a wonderful way to spend a day – sounds & looks amazing!

    July 22, 2013
  6. Delicious and always nicest when hand picked 😉

    July 22, 2013
  7. While suffering under Berlin summer heat, I love to read the word “winter” and feel immeadetely refreshed. Wonderful pictures…

    July 23, 2013
  8. Lovely hope to experience something similar next week when we are on the beach. Fresh air and fresh food, heavenly

    August 2, 2013
  9. Got to do this sometime soon as well, I love cockles in Asian stir fry noodles

    August 11, 2013

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