Monday, August 22, 2011

Showing some mussel

Only two weeks to go until Naughty in Nice comes to a bookstore near you.

And I'm continuing my month of French fun and facts with some thoughts on French fast food: Brittany is one of my favorite regions of France. My sister in law has a cute little house there and I love the low key life there, and also the food.  The first time we visited her she took us to a worker's cafe and we ordered the favorite fast food lunch--moules et frites (mussels with shoestring fries). The mussels come simmered in wine and herbs, the fries in a paper tube.

We learned immediately that there is a right and a wrong way to eat them. We picked up our forks. Sue leaned across the table and whispered, "Please don't embarrass me. Watch."  And she picked up an empty mussel shell and used it as pinchers to extract the next mussel. Soon we were old pros and the combination of flavors is incredible.  Easy to cook too, if you don't mind scrubbing and preparing mussels.

Mmm. Now I'm hungry.


  1. I didn't know you were _supposed_ to eat mussels that way. I'm from the midwest U.S. -- far from the coasts, so I'm not used to any seafood but fried lake perch.

    When we had some great steamed clams at one of our local Chinese restaurants, I found that even the chopsticks were too fat and round to get a grip, and it was easiest just to use the shells as tongs to get the meat out.

  2. Only the french would have a workers' lunch of seafood simmered in wine and herbs. Beats a Big Mac all over the place.

  3. I want to test some fast food from France , I have never been in France , But I have heard that the food there is awesome !