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Mussels and Veg

I usually go to the farmer’s market by myself on Sundays, both because I like to go early and beat the crowds, and because I enjoy this solitary bit of my weekend routine. Occasionally though Andrew will decide to come with me, and I like that too. It’s nice to have company when shopping, and for some reason, when we shop together we almost always end up coming home with something a little different in our bag.

I only had to point out that the fishmonger’s stall had mussels yesterday when Andrew decided we should get some. At this point I only had five pounds left in my wallet, but it was enough for a kilo of my favourite shellfish. When we got home we rolled up our sleeves and got to work, despite the fact that neither of us had ever cooked mussels before. They made for a delicious Sunday lunch, cooked with tomatoes, garlic, herbs and white wine, and tossed with spaghetti; the recipe we followed was a loose interpretation of this one.

The rest of our haul was somewhat more usual; butternut squash for an autumnal risotto, parsnips for some yummy dumplings in broth and Brussels sprouts for a fresh and tasty slaw. I also plan to do some baking this week; it’s finally cold enough for some winter-like treats, so I might make my favourite gingerbread.

What are you trying this week? Anything new in your kitchen?

4 comments

  1. Sam Durkin says:

    It’s time I actually tried out some of the recipes from Yotam Ottolengh’s Plenty that my sister bought me for my Birthday, the black pepper tofu one looks particularly exciting.

  2. Alana Fiks says:

    your hauls from the market are always so enticingly photographed!
    makes me want to buy mussels and beautiful parsnips!

  3. elizabeth says:

    I haven’t made mussels in a LONG time! Usually I just steam them open and throw them in some broth with veggies and white wine. I think I know what I’m making next weekend now…