MUSSELS would have to be one of the easiest and quickest dishes to prepare and that makes me a happy clam.
SIMPLY clean them under some cold water and rip out their beards. This is particularly therapeutic if you pretend you are pulling out that chin goatee thing some men keep insisting on wearing.
DICE some chilli, tomatoes and crush some garlic. We’ve had an abundance of beautiful Roma tomatoes in the garden this summer.
FRY your chilli and garlic in a heavy-based saucepan before adding the tomatoes.
ADD some white wine and turn up the heat to boil off the alcohol (or not). You can also use beer. I like a Hoegaarden myself.
WHILST the heat is high, close the lid for a few minutes to steam the mussels open. Throw away any that refuse to come to the party and open up.
DISH it up in a bowl with plenty of broth. Add some freshly chopped parsley and some crusty bread and you’re done.
SUBSTITUTE the tomatoes, wine and parsley with ginger, lemongrass, fish sauce, brown sugar and coriander for an Asian style broth.