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It’s so fresh, it makes noises

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I finally got the courage to cook fresh mussels…

Yes, it is pretty weird when you are scrubbing away the shells and you can see the remaining ones opening and closing as they wait for their turn, but all that squeamishness is worth it.

The difference between already prepared and frozen mussels and fresh ones is insane!

The recipe is simple…

  • 1 kg of Scottish Live Mussels
  • 1 onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 100 ml of double cream
  • 1 glass of white wine
  • 1 tbsp. of butter

Fry the diced onion and garlic on a little butter, and once browned add the wine. Bring to the boil and add mussels and cream, pop a lid on and allow to steam away for around 5 minutes. Any shells which do not open need to be thrown away!

Season the sauce to taste :)

Calories, this is a difficult one to calculate, but this portion is for two therefore it is around 300 kcal per portion.

Love, S

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Brussels Mussels

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When in Brussels, get yourself some of these…

Once you actually manage to get past all the restaurants which desperately try to get you in for dinner, and decide on a place, make sure the first thing you order are mussels.

Brussels is a great place for food; unfortunately I enjoyed it a little too much and came back with an extra kilo :( I’m not panicking though, getting back to counting calories will quickly get rid of it, that’s the amazing thing about my diet. It is very easy to get back onto it :)

Anyway, back to mussels, let’s start with price. The best deal we managed to find was 10 euros for a huge bowl of mussels (I don’t think this photo gives the size of the portion any justice), with a side of chips and a drink of choice, in our case beer. Fairly decent I think, and they were absolutely yummy :D

So the calories, a single mussel has about 7kcal, but of course no one expects you to count them individually and then work out the values in the garnishes. So I think a 120kcal value for a serving (around 15 mussels) including any butter based sauce is appropriate. This is definitely a dish that can be enjoyed guilt free, and if it is a lunch date then try not to order a side of chips and stick to a diet coke.

However, regardless of the calories, if you are going all the way to Brussels to try these then this is a dish where calories are really not a problem, I will even let you overlook the chips and beer ;P

But for the most of us stuck in cold London, I suggest a pack of frozen or chilled mussels from the supermarket, they are tried and tested by myself and I guarantee deliciousness!

Enjoy!

Love, hellotummys xx