My family went to Nantucket last week and it was a blast! I'll add pictures once I combine my shots with the ones that Grandpa took, but for now I'll grace you with the pictures of Jake's clam bake. The man was on a mission. He wasn't going to leave that island without killing little sea creatures, and no one was going to stand in his way. Luckily, he got the lobsters pre-cooked so I didn't have to watch them meet their boiling demise. I would make Jake write-up a post about his clam baking endeavor, but based on past experience I know that he'll never get around to it. He's an engineer, so the post would probably look something like:
((Onion + butter + heat) + potatoes + ((corn - husk)/2) + wine² + leftover champagne + clams) ^6 ≈ happiness
And there would certainly be one of these ƒ and one of these ∞ in there. Because engineers just throw random functions and symbols around to confuse the rest of us.
I'm not really a seafood eater, and this whole pregnancy thing has made me especially sensitive to the idea of picking apart an animal carcus, so I mostly stuck to the corn and potatoes and watermelon. The safe foods. But everyone else loved it, and based on the lack of leftovers, it was a grand success.
Live clams and dead clams:
Nonnie helped by cutting the biggest watermelon slices of all time. This is no camera trick. It's a whole lotta juicy goodness.
And here's the final carnage. See those lobsters? Dan decided that it would be a good idea to throw the heads into the woods outside the house for the animals of Nantucket to feast on. But he didn't really notice the fact that I was standing right next to him when he went to throw them, so I ended up covered (and by covered I mean a few drops ended up on my clothes) with disgusting lobster juice. I almost threw up. Jake found the whole situation hilarious. Which led to threats of sleeping on the floor. Luckily for him, I have a forgiving soul (ha!).
Overall, the trip was a lot of fun and hard to come back to work from. Nantucket was so different from what I expected. More details on that to come...