Before we found the townhouse here in Sens we were house hunting in Brittany. We booked a hotel in the walled city of St. Malo for 2 weeks, thinking that we would also take in the regional sights, vacationing a bit. Actually we ended up doing all vacation because it was bitterly, winter cold in the middle of July and while we loved eating, drinking and sightseeing there, we no longer wanted a summer house in Brittany.
But the seafood was marvelous! It was in St. Malo that we first had mussels Mediterranean style and they were good! I tried to duplicate the recipe for lunch today and served the mussels with garlic rubbed country bread.
1 onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
3 tbsp olive oil
2 quarts fresh mussels
1/4 cup white wine
3 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
Cook the onion, pepper and garlic in the oil on medium flame until the onions are soft. Turn up the flame to high and add the mussels. Pour in the white wine and stir for about 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes, cover and cook for 5 minutes until all the mussels have opened.
Serve the mussels in large bowl with the broth and garlic toast.
Wine suggestion: Bourgogne Aligote