Irish mussels: Mussels with Garlic and Tomatoes


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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7 Responses

  1. Maman Poulet says:

    I was in Donnybrook Fair for the first time yesterday! Wow what a shop (says she who lives in Clondalkin and mussels out in the west suburbs are the kind you find in the arm or the leg!)Anyway the recipe sounds delcious, I too have never cooked mussels but love to eat them – especially with frites and a glass of belgian beer in Brussels.

  2. winds says:

    I love mussels. I hate cleaning them though. I used to live in Brittany where they were pretty much a staple though which is where I get it from. What you did sounds exactly right although I might have used a chopped white onion instead of the tinned tomatoes myself.

  3. barbara says:

    I dislike the large NZ mussels also. I usually search through the bin for the tiniest I can find.

  4. Caroline says:

    D’brook Fair is gorgeous, Maman P, but you just wouldn’t want to be going in there every day or you wouldn’t have much left from your pay packet! Although the mussels are pretty good value…must go back for another kilo and then I could try your recipe suggestion, Winds. A friend also suggested a Thai-influenced coconut milk-chilli-ginger cooking liquor which sounds like it could do with a test run. The green-lipped NZ ones are massive, aren’t they, Barbara? The whole chewy thing really put me off. Can you get the small navy ones at all? They’re small, sweet and absolutly delicious.

  5. barbara says:

    Caroline I’ve never seen the small navy ones in the shops.

  6. Maman Poulet says:

    Coconut milk, chili and ginger and mussels are devine too – and some lemongrass. Now I am hungry. 🙂

  7. Caroline says:

    I know that I’ve seen them on the rocks, Barbara – but no one I knew in NZ seemed to ever collect them. They’d much prefer to get in the boat up the Marlborough Sounds and go hunting for a few from all the mussel farm pots in the area! I know that people eat lots of other shellfish – pipis, tua tua, kina – so why not the wee plain ordinary navy mussel? So sweet and small and easy to cook…think I’m making myself hungry as well, Maman Poulet! When I try the Asian flavoured mussels I’ll let you know how they turn out.

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