Living Leaner. Mussels Diavolo Recipe.
Initially, when the chef & I started this challenge, we were aiming to make dinner every day for ten euros. I thought it would be manageable and we have, so far, come up with a few nice and healthy options and 80% of our consumables are organic. If you want to see a few of the other recipes you can see them right here and from my friend Simones website right here!
We have noticed that our own eating habits have changed a lot of the last three weeks. Mostly because we are watching the prices of food a lot more closely but also because quite a few people felt that they could manage to feed their family on ten euros per day. For everything. This is not something we would be able to do. Even on a good day with just cereal and milk as opposed to eggs and toast for breakfast, or sandwiches as opposed to leftovers for lunch, the cost of feeding a family of six in our house would be at least €15 or more. If you can feed your family for less than ten euros per day, please send me a copy of your meal plan and purchases and I will happily share it with our readers. In the meantime, lets have dinner, shall we?
You get home from work, you are tired. All that is in the fridge is a bag of mussels and a half dead bulb of garlic in the veg box. No need to worry, you have the makings of a great supper all ready to go. A few sprinkles of dried chili flakes and a splash of white wine later, a loaf in the oven and the fire is blazing in the hearth.
Dinner is prepped and ready to go in ten sweet and short minutes. And you will be licking your fingers for the rest of the night. Trust me, it is that good.
Start off by cleaning your shell fish. Scrub them with a potato brush and make sure you de-beard the mussels and knock off any loose barnacles that might be growing on their shells. Pour a little olive oil into a large pot and add in a few shakes of dried chili flakes and a whole bulb of garlic, crushed. The garlic is vital. Do not gloss over this ingredient.
Add in your shellfish (clams and mussels) and pour in a half wine glass full of white wine. Use the white wine sparingly when cooking, you will need to be drinking the rest of it later with your supper.
Now, put the lif on the pot and wait for a few minutes until the shellfish steam themselves open. Add in a half a tin of crushed tomatoes. Mix well with a nice large wooden spoon and finish with a small knob of butter and some fresh flat leaf parsley. If you have a few prawns, (our luxury item this time) then throw them in at the last minute. Do not let them overcook. They need only two or three minutes in the pot to cook and will be lovely and moist and tender when you eat them if you treat them right.
Insist that the bread be eaten warm right out of the oven. Who wants it when it is cold?
Throw your leftover beans from last nights supper into a little vinaigrette with some shopped tomatoes. Now, you have a salad too.
The succulent shellfish and sauce will have you licking your plate for the whole evening. Use the bread sparingly to mop up all the left over sauce. Or, freeze the sauce for emergencies. There will always be an emergency that can be fixed with this sauce.
Ok, so tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the US. Our friends have just arrived to spend an Irish Thanksgiving with us and due to scheduling etc. we are celebrating on Friday. Stay tuned for a few photos and recipes from our Wise Irish Thanksgiving.
Those are all the WiseWords I have for today,
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