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    February's recipe of the month, chosen by Rick and taken from Rick Stein's Seafood Odyssey, courtesy of BBC Books. 


    "La Mouclade is testimony to the ability of the French to take a foreign flavour, curry, and make it seem as though it has been French forever with the judicious addition of cream and saffron. I am looking forward to seeing it on the menu at our Beer & Mussel Festival in March." Rick Stein

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    Serves 4


    Good pinch saffron strands

    1.75 kg mussels, cleaned

    120 ml dry white wine

    25 g butter

    1 small onion, finely chopped

    2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

    ½ teaspoon good-quality medium curry powder

    2 tablespoons cognac

    2 teaspoons plain flour

    200 ml crème fraîche

    3 tablespoons chopped parsley

    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    French bread, to serve




    Put the saffron into a small bowl and moisten it with 1 tablespoon of warm water.


    Place the mussels and wine in a large pan, cover and cook over a high heat for 3-4 minutes, shaking the pan now and then, until the mussels have opened. Tip them into a colander set over a bowl to catch all the cooking liquor. Transfer the mussels to a large serving bowl and keep warm.


    Melt the butter in a pan, add the onion, garlic and curry powder and cook gently without browning for 2-3 minutes. Add the cognac and cook until it has almost all evaporated, then stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually stir in the saffron liquid and all except the last tablespoon or two of the mussel cooking liquor (which might contain some grit). Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the crème fraîche and simmer for a further 3 minutes, until slightly reduced. Season to taste, stir in the parsley and pour the sauce over the mussels. Serve with plenty of French bread.


    ( Last Updated: 12-02-2013 )