My market didn’t carry mussels in the summer – those months without an r. Their frozen muscles were gone before the end of May. It was a long summer without those tasty morsels. When I went shopping yesterday afternoon, there were none in the fish case. I asked if there were any in the back. John went to check.
If you are good to the meat market guys, they are good to you! I am always good to the meat market staff! John brought out a new box, opened it and hand picked a pound and a half for me. He did very well. Only two of sixty-something mussels didn’t open.
I made a broth of sautéed leeks, garlic and unsweetened coconut milk with Madras Curry. The curry was mild, even though I doubled the recommended amount. It made a deliciously rich broth. A chopped cilantro garnish was the right touch for the mussels and curried broth. Next time, I’ll use a more potent green curry power from my arsenal.
Since my grocery had no naan, I served a thin flatbread instead. Steamed chard was a satisfying side for the mussels.