A few years ago we had the best mussels in Prince Edward Island after a golf game. Most of the golf courses served free mussels and the only thing better than free mussels is free GOOD mussels. And these ones were so good, we actually asked how they made them. Expecting a lengthy description, we were surprised to find out they were made with 2 ingredients. Beer and steak spice. No kidding. So we made Beer and Steak Spice Mussels at home and they were just as good as in PEI.
Believe it or not, this is a retro shrimp recipe. My grandmother and great aunt used to make this Shrimp Dip, which is interesting because shrimp wasn’t readily available when we were kids, nor was it cheap. Especially up here in the great white north. I suspect that they made it with canned shrimp sometimes. Fortunately, now you can buy frozen shrimp pretty much everywhere if you aren’t lucky enough to live on the Gulf of Mexico where fresh shrimp is plentiful. It’s delicious spread on crackers and is always popular at parties.
I just returned from a trip to St. Jacobs. I hadn’t been to the Farmers’ Market in years. It was a beautiful fall day and there were hundreds of vendors, inside and out. I love the sounds, sights and smells of markets and this time of year is probably the best time to visit one. The fall harvest is in full swing but I didn’t go to buy vegetables. I live in Norfolk County, Ontario’s Garden so I can get fresh local vegetables everywhere. What I was looking for was a nice fresh tuna steak. And I was not disappointed. I couldn’t wait to get home to make Salad Niçoise.
Mmmmmmmussels. Not to be confused with muscles, of which I have none. But these bivalves are so easy to cook and they’re cheap! I mean inexpensive. You can find them at most grocery stores and since they’re harvested year round, they’re always in season. 80% of the mussels sold in North America are from PEI so include some in your Canada Day weekend celebration!
You might be thinking, “What the hell is Crappie?” It’s a fish from the sunfish family found in our waters here at Lake Erie. Right now there are plenty around in the channels. That means you can stand on your dock and catch fish. And it doesn’t taste crappy at all! In fact, it’s a very mild white fish, delicate and delicious.