I am a big fan of eating seasonal and it is interesting to do so when you live in Iceland. In October all food blogs and food related websites are filled with recipes with pumpkins. We do not grow pumpkins in Iceland. Lately they have been imported and when available at the supermarket it is very very expensive.
In season in November for us is mussels, and best of all you can go pick it yourself FOR FREE! Since my house is by the sea it takes me a minute to go to the shore to get mussels. We go quite often when it is save to pick them, that being any month that got the letter R in it. That is basically from September to April.
I have cooked mussels many ways. My favorite is a simple recipe with cream and Dijon mustard.
The trick when cooking mussels is to let them steam rather than boil. Put very little water to the pot and cover it with the lid, bring to boil. Then add the mussels. When you see they have opened they are ready to eat. It takes no more than 5 minutes.
Mussels with Dijon-Cream sauce
- 1 onion
- 1/2 L heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup White wine (and another for steaming
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 3-4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
Heat the skillet on medium heat, saute the onion, then add crushed garlic. Add cup of white wine, the cream and mustard.
I steam the mussels in a cup of white wine, you can also use water.
Put the wine or water in a pot, cover and bring to boil. Throw in the mussels, put the lid back on and steam until they open up, about 5 minutes.
While eating the mussels there is nothing like dipping a slice of fresh sour dough bread in the Dijon-cream sauce that´s left on your plate.
Another easy recipe is heating oil on a skillet, add garlic, chile and ginger, then you add a can of coconut milk. Steam the mussels as before, throw them on the skillet with the coconut milk. Serve with fresh cilantro.
I have also made pasta Marinera with mussels. Lots of options when you got good mussels, My daughter loves mussels, I have never seen her eat anything with as much pleasure. Her recipe is like that.
Mussels a la Jóhanna
Steam mussels in water. Serve.