Summer Holiday Mussels

Summer Holiday Mussels

Just got back from a lovely long weekend down in Cornwall staying in a tiny cottage in Trevone is just a few miles from Padstow , Having done a walk around the headland from Trevone to Padstow home of the Rick Stein empire ( 7 businesses and counting ) we pretty covered in mud and sand but did manage some fish and chips in the Stein chippy, have to say the Magpie at Whitby is better and more fun… but I might just be being picky.

Flying Cornish Pasty

We had some delicious pasties as well … but for me seaside means one thing .. mussels .

Trevone Beach

On my family holidays we would always gather mussels from the rocks at Saunton North Devon . However it being November the tides are much higher and mussels only exposed for a few hours so we only managed to get to them on the last day.

Mussels at Trevone Bay

Heading home with a bag full of mussels did make me very happy and I figured I would do them the same as we used to when I was little you might know it as Moules mariniere , for me it will always be Summer Holiday Mussels

Summer Holiday Mussels

My dad would always soak freshly picked mussels overnight in a bucket with a little flour . I think this removed an impurities which given the state of the British beaches in the 1980 when sewage was pumped directly onto them it might have been sensible .

Nowadays If you have picked your own mussels you will need to remove the little beards , and rinse them well no need for soaking but you also need to remove any mussels that have opened & after cooking you should not eat any mussel that has not opened.

Summer Holiday Mussels

1kg of mussels
1 medium onion finely chopped
5 cloves of garlic finely chopped
2 glasses of wine
1 tbsp of butter
3 tbsp of fresh flat leaf parsley finely chopped

  1. Lightly fry the garlic and onion a in a large lidded saucepan
  2. Add the mussels and wine and bring to a simmer and cover
  3. Cook for 5 minutes or until all the mussels have open
  4. Sprinkle over fresh parsley and ladle into bowls with plenty of the cooking liquor
  5. Eat with plenty of bread for mopping up the cooking liquour


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2 Responses to Summer Holiday Mussels

  1. Ginger says:

    I love mussels. We cooked them on Friday for the first time in ages, we didn’t manage to pick them ourselves though!

  2. Pingback: Not at all Cornish Pasties | Girl Interrupted Eating

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