Friday, February 27, 2009

Weekday Dinners: Moules Mariniere, Chickpea Frites, and Dukkah!

We love our freezer. It holds such goodies like black cod, back ribs, homemade spring rolls, and on this particular occasion, frozen New Zealand mussels!

I know that fresh mussels are always better, but M and I are usually too busy on the weekdays to shop for an assortment of food other than fresh vegetables or such, so this was handy to have around.

I also had been looking for an excuse to prepare Sara's Chickpea Fries. What else goes with mussels? Fries of course!

I had prepared the mixture for the chickpea fries ahead of time, and fried them prior to preparing the mussels.

For the mussels, I simply sauteed shallots and garlic in a pan, deglaised with white wine, deglaised with a small amount of seafood stock, added the thawed mussels and some diced bell pepper, covered with a lid, and allowed to cook for another 3-5 minutes. I then removed from the heat, stired to bring up all the juices and cooking liquid, garnished with chopped parsley, and plated.

The cooking rich liquid was later added to a seafood soup. Yum!

The dukkah recipe I used was from Allrecipes. It actually tasted a little bland the first day, but after storing in a jar in the fridge for a day, the flavours developed and tasted really good with leftover chickpea fries, in meatballs, and on tortilla chips dipped in a little bit of olive oil!

Photos can be found at my flickr photo set.

Related Sources:
Allrecipes Dukkah Recipe.
Sara's Chickpea Fries.


  1. Those mussels look insanely good! Wonderful preparation!

  2. I wish my freezer held such goodies! Mine is very boring in comparison to yours :) Just today I saw some Live Mussels being sold in a NZ supermarket (I'm here on holiday) and I was thinking I wish I had a kitchen and now I'm wishing I could make your recipe :)

  3. Did you like the fries? I was just thinking earlier today that I need to make some more!

  4. Whoa, your weeknight meals look ultra fancy! Chickpea fries, how interesting!


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