I love this New England Paleo Clam Chowder. New England- that's the white one! Also known as Boston clam chowder. I actually forget that there is the other kind; the one with tomatoes; Manhattan clam chowder… And I have to look it up every time. But I'll remember this time, because of this article I found talking about New Englanders being so offended by the addition of tomatoes that in 1939 there was a bill making it illegal to do so. Wow. That is passionate.
I developed this recipe for paleo clam chowder, which is legal even in New England, with a friend (thanks Pam!) before Holley and I had even started The Primal Desire. I get funny cravings for things. These cravings… they stay with me, sometimes for weeks or months until they're met. It happens with fish and chips some times. But New England clam chowder is the main one (get it? Maine one? I'm hilarious). I'm pretty excited about how good it is! Legit.
Ok, I have to tell you about something that happened last week. I won the largest prize that I've even been awarded: The Primal Palate (a site run by the fantastic couple Bill & Hayley Mason, the writers of the book on most of our shelves: Make It Paleo and others) had a Fall Fest recipe contest and selected my Curried Pumpkin & Apple with Raisins as the Best Savory Recipe! What an honor to be recognized by such paleo legends!
So I was talking to a buddy last night (it was until 4am – so if my thoughts seem a little disjointed it's cause I didn't get my usual beauty sleep), about all kinds of stuff, but one topic that I found has been sticking with me is time and thought. He told me that when he's driving he doesn't listen to music or the radio (I'm typically listening to educational programming or an audiobook when I'm in the car), but instead he explores his thoughts the entire time.
This got me thinking. How often do I, or most people, sit alone with their thoughts in silence? Even when I'm meditating, I'm trying to clear my head of thoughts. And the rest of the time I've always got something playing in the background: music, tv, the traffic outside my apartment, etc.
That explains why I have so many thoughts in the shower! It's the only time I'm not listening to anything else. By the way, I'm still looking for a shower assistant to take dictations – That sounded much dirtier than it was meant to, haha.
So I'm wondering, do you ever just sit and think? What does that look like for you? When? Where? How often? Mull it over, like we did, over a bowl (or two) of this amazing New England Paleo Clam Chowder!
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 8 slices bacon (paleo- no sugar, diced)
- 4–5 carrots (chopped)
- 3 parsnips (chopped)
- 4–5 celery stalks (chopped)
- 2 cans coconut milk
- 1 cup (approx) clam juice
- 1 L fish or chicken stock
- 2 Bay leaves
- 1 tbsp rosemary
- 1 tbsp paprika
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1.5 lbs white fish (i used cod)
- 1.5 lbs fresh clams (still in the shell? We've got instructions here) or 1 can baby clams (cut into smaller pieces)
- 1 handful fresh parsley (finely chopped)
- In a large stock pot, sautee onions in coconut oil until soft over medium heat.
- Add bacon and cook until browned.
- Add carrots, parsnips, and celery and cook for 5-10 min.
- Add coconut milk, clam juice, fish/chicken stock, Bay leaves, rosemary, paprika, salt & pepper.
- Simmer until parsnips are desired tenderness.
- Add fish and clams. They will only take a minute or two to cook thru. Taste test for seasoning (adjust salt as needed).
- Serve topped with fresh parsley.
Looking for something different to do with leftovers? Try the Clam Chowder Omelette!