Clams, Charcoal, Smoked Roe and Pickled Spent Lettuce

Method

I love the burnt, smoked campfire characteristics of this recipe. We don’t use a lot of whole fish at Biota but I do love creatures in shells: they come to us in their own little environment, contained in their own tasty juices. We use the charcoal here to mimic the dark sand of the shoreline where the clams are found. The samphire on the plate is also foraged from the same shoreline. Buy mirror dory roe sacs at the fish markets or order them in from your fishmonger. Alternatively, ask your fishmonger to track down whatever fish roe is in season; the whiter the better, although this recipe will also work with trout or salmon roe.