When in France eat like the French and what meal comes more to mind on the northern coast of Normandy than Moules Mariniere?
On visiting the beautiful town of Honfleur all of the restaurants lining the Vieux Bassin offer Moules mariniere with pommes frites and un verre de vin blanc, now that is music to my ears.
When shopping in the local hypermarket or the fish market on Honfleur harbour, the choice of fish and shellfish is out of this world, live crab and lobster, Cabillaud (cod) snails and tons of moules. We decided to buy some mussels and have a go at the French recipe.
The fishmonger advised half a kilo of moules per person and the first thing to do when you get back home is to clean them making sure all the seaweed is pulled from the shells. A good rinse under cold running water and you’re ready to go.
Chop a small onion and a clove of garlic and sweat it in a large pan that will hold all of the mussels.
Add a glass of white wine and bring to the boil.
Add the mussels to the liquid and cover for 3 – 4 minutes
Throw on a generous handful of chopped parsley and stir
Serve with fresh bread
Some of our holiday photos of Honfleur, Normandy France – more to come
The beautiful Vieux Bassin in Honfleur and a family portrait.