Category: sea food

March 5, 2012

Dinner + Dessert



Categories: sea food
March 9, 2011

Mussels in White Wine

if you’ve never made mussels before you are missing out! my husband and i enjoy this meal as a sunday evening appetizer -super simple and fast to whip up and very inexpensive.

1 kg black mussels, thoroughly scrubbed
A third of a white wine bottle, or 250ml
4 garlic clove, minced
2 shallot, minced
2 bird’s eye chili (chili padi)
A bunch of parsley, or 5 stalks
A knob of butter, or 50g
A couple drops of olive oil, or 1 tbs
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat up a large non-stick pan on medium heat with olive oil and stir fry minced garlic and shallot
Add white wine first then mussels and cover lid for 5 minutes
Check all mussels are opened, if not continue steaming with lid on for a couple of extra minutes. Discard stubbornly unopened mussels
Once ready add butter, chili and parsley
Stir fry to coat mussels evenly
Add salt and pepper to taste by testing the broth

recipe and photo via Honest Vanilla

Categories: Appetizer, sea food
February 17, 2011

How to Shuck Oysters & Prosecco Mignonette

i’m a huge fan of oysters…i definitely prefer eating them on the beach on an exotic island. we have no exciting vacations planned this year so i guess my family room will have to do. we buy oysters at Wegmans. they are not cheap, but a fun appetizer for a special meal (i am thinking for our anniversary!)


2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot (from about 1/2 medium shallot)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons Prosecco or dry sparkling wine, chilled
12 freshly shucked oysters on the half shell

Place the vinegar, shallots, salt, and pepper in a small, nonreactive bowl and stir to combine. Let the mixture sit for at least 10 minutes for the flavors to meld. Just before serving, add the Prosecco or sparkling wine. Spoon the mignonette onto the oysters and serve.

photo and recipe via

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