Part of the things that make blogging so much fun for me is the interaction I get to have with everyone else.
Because in reality, I don’t think I’m a people person, way too impatient for all that, yet I love how effortless it is to build virtual friendships with other bloggers.
Actually getting to know folks by their real name. Communicating outside of the blogging world.
That’s why I love About pages 🙂
Besides giving me a bevy of inspiration, a lot of you guys are just a fucking riot.
Seriously…scroll through the comments section.
Genie said the other day she’d roll around in tar and feathers with me…
Anyway, a couple weeks ago, Marta of Plate du Jour, made a comment that we choose a dish we both like and post our interpretation of how to create it.
I thought that was a brilliant idea because if you haven’t ventured over to Plate du Jour yet, Marta can fucking throw DOWN.
And she’s funny as all hell.
A fucking challenge.
Multiple, multiple emails later…the first 33 were just us shooting the shit and bitching about work, we settled on Mussels & Fries as our dish with only one rule: post on the same day, at the same time and somehow tie into each others post.
So Mussels & Fries it is.
Also known as Moules Frites.
Another classic food combination, widely popular in Europe but more so in France I think.
I say so because I actually first had Mussels & Fries only a couple years ago in France.
It was absolutely incredible…
My best friend Amy & I were vacationing in Cannes for a few weeks at Isabellas apartment, and spent the first 5 days in Paris.
Our first night in Paris, she goes, “DANA!! YOU’VE GOT TO TRY MOULES FRITES!!”
Amy has a very loud personality..
“Whaa? The hell is that?”
“OH MY GOOOOOODDDD, DANA!! Ok, THAT’S IT!
I’M TAKING YOU TO THE CARNIVAL. THEY’RE KNOWN FOR THEIR MOULES FRITES. IT’S ALL THEY SERVE!!”
“But Amy we literally just walked in the hotel, can a bitch get a shower first?”
“NOPE! HERE’S YOUR METRO PASS!!”
We got dressed.
I accepted my fate that the first night, which coincidentally was a Friday, was meant to go from 0 – 100 real quick.
And it did.
But I’m only talking about the food part here so don’t even try it.
And the funniest thing?
Even though Marta and I have been planing this for a couple weeks now, I was still unprepared.
Prior to cooking this, I had about 4 hours to grocery shop, cook, take the pictures, mull over what I was going to wear, do makeup and get out the door to this fashion show I had to be at later in the evening.
I’ll post pictures soon.
When I made mention of all that to Marta, she just laughed at me and told me her neighbor tried to get in her door last night.
I told her, I’d love to have those problems, but we up in here workin’.
Mussels & Fries
What I Used.
1 cup dry White Wine. 2/3 Rosemary Stalks. 3lbs fresh Mussels. 5/6 Russet Potatoes. A large handful Cilantro. 2 large Shallots. 1 tbsp minced Garlic. Olive Oil. Salt. Pepper. Red Pepper Flakes. Garlic Powder. Olive Oil Cooking Spray.
What I Did.
Right, so pre-heat oven to 425F and those potatoes.. you want to slice them 1/2″ thick.
In a separate bowl, mix an equal portion: salt, pepper.
Give a quick shake of garlic powder.
Throw in some rosemary.
Put the sliced potatoes in a large zip-locked bag, add in the bowl of seasonings and shake vigorously to coat.
When things look properly seasoned, spread the potato slices on a baking rack, previously sprayed with cooking oil.
Try and keep each piece apart.
Bake for 25 mins or until golden brown.
It took one batch of my shit to burn before I figured I ought to pay attention to time.
Time matters here.
Set the cooked fries aside somewhere warm when done.
Cook the mussels by first cleaning them, like here.
Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pot and saute 1/2 cup diced shallots and 1 tbsp minced garlic.
Cook until fragrant.
Then pour in 1 cup dry white wine.
Bring to boil and let simmer until it is reduced to about 1/2 cup.
At this point, add in the mussels.
Cook, covered, for about 8 mins or until shells open.
When the mussels have opened, stir in 1 cup of roughly chopped Cilantro and a few shakes of red pepper flakes.
Using a slotted spoon, serve the mussels on side of the fries.
STOOPP eating all the fries.
Donk the fries in the mussel broth and try to have a meaningful conversation with someone.
Then go look at Martas version of this.
Her pictures are fanstastic.
Hate that bitch..