Monday, November 7, 2011

delicious. adventures part 2

I've been looking forward to trying this recipe for awhile but something our suburb lacks is a fish shop. Anyway, I noticed that Coles sold mussels so I thought I'd give it a go. It was fortunate that I checked with Stephanie Alexander (the cooks companion) before starting the preparation otherwise I might have poisoned us all or thrown out mussels that were still alive.

preperation: de-bearding the mussels was pretty self evident. Then while soaking in cold water you need to check if any of the mussels have already died - if any of the shells are already open. But you need to tap on the shell first to see if it will close in which case you can keep it. I think I had to discard 4 or 5 at this stage. Then after they're cooked, take out all the mussels that have opened, but give the ones that are still closed another 5 minutes or so - by which stage we only had to turf 1.... Anyway, the recipe didn't have any of this info, so I'm glad I checked...

recipe: mussels and cherry tomato risotto
you can find the recipe on-line here
source: delicious. August 2011

verdict: Giggi was happy to try a mussel (particularly after having helped me de-beard and tap them in the preparation) and declared that he liked them. Badger ate the risotto so I was happy with that.
I loved it. The mussels were delicious and it was nice to eat a risotto that wasn't cheesy. It was a little more healthy than the average risotto as well. As an oven risotto I thought it worked really well and wasn't very labour intensive at all.

Here's a close up of the beautiful locally grown produce: the truss tomatoes and the parsley are from market.


  1. I love that Giggi liked them! I love mussles but don't cook with them often because of the cumbersome nature of the debearding process. This looks like a tasty meal though! You may have just inspired me to cook mussles for dinner tonight! xo

  2. Yep, the preparation wasn't too bad. And except for the onion everything else should be fm friendly right? Let me know how it went :)