B & G’s Pajama Seafood Shack Extravaganza

1) our little aviator and the table await the PJ Party

G declared Saturday night B&G’s Pajama Seafood Shack Extravaganza … meaning: an all-seafood Saturday night dinner made and consumed while in pajamas. Ok, sounds fun. We invited Blee to join us but sadly forgot to tell her about the pajama dress code (oops!).

Anyway, on the menu:

  • a wonderful blackberry martini;
  • (store-bought) popcorn shrimp with G’s homemade tartar sauce;
  • homemade mussels mariniere;
  • homemade spaghetti al la vongole; and,
  • our first attempt at making skate wing.
2) I prepare the martinis

The skate wing is one scary fish (a relative of both shark and stingray) with plenty of cartilagineous bones that separate the two fillets in the fish’s wings. The wings are the only edible portion of these fish. Cooking this guy I was reminded of my own run-in with a stingray in November 1999, which I promise to post on this week.

We opted to use Canada’s Ricardo Larrivee’s recipes for the mussels and clams. We watch Ricardo’s show, Ricardo and Friends, most nights. Both were great, though we agreed that Ricardo’s step of thickening the mariniere with flour (in our case tapioca flour) before serving just doesn’t work.

4) G cleans the mussels; 5) cooked in good wine … best of all, after you use the 1.5 cups, you can drink the rest

6) Blee plucks the mussels out; 7) yummy


8) mussels mariniere

For the clams, we used Ricardo’s recipe but then decided the course would be much better with spaghetti rather than served solo, which was a perfect decision. This was delicious!

9) rinse your clams several times in water for about 2 hours to rid them of sand; 10) prepare your mise en place: fennel, spring onion, parsley, lemon juice, shallots, garlic, tomatoes and bacon

11) saute shallots, garlic, and fennel then add the tomatoes; 12) toss in the clams and steam for 5 minutes

13) uncover after 5 minutes and viola, you have a wonderful course


14) spaghetti al la vongole

For the skate wing, we turned to one of our favourite Canadian chefs, Rob Feenie. We have been fortunate to dine at his Vancouver restaurants – the swanky Lumiere and the casual Feenie’s on a couple occasions. Sadly, Rob just recently ended up in a nasty tete-a-tete with his financiers and is no longer at either location. Even though Mrs. Kim, our fishmonger, recommended we steam the skate wing, we opted to try Rob’s pan-fried version with a roasted butter and caper sauce, served over a bed of asparagus and fresh edaname.

15) we served this with a too-die for Soave (we’ve had several bottles of this and would highly recommend it)

16) the skate wing; 17) dreaded in flour

18) pan fry on both sides for about 3 minutes then finish in the oven; 19) the vegetables await the wing

20) skate wing just before the sauce is added

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5 Responses to B & G’s Pajama Seafood Shack Extravaganza

  1. jasonbasin says:

    skate is awesome! 

  2. kunhuo42 says:

    wow, looks great! i think the only time i’ve had skate wings is when they’re billed as “scallops”.

  3. CurryPuffy says:

    Such elegant presentations….clams…mussels…skate wings…you guys should be on the Food Network!

  4. ElusiveWords says:

    As usual, the food looks amazing. You folks should open a “private” restaurant.

  5. youniversl says:

    is skate wing a pacific-only fish?  does it taste like any other fish? thx

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