I had to think of my maternal grandmother whenever I see mussels. I guess because when I was young, I found mussels or tahong as how we call it in Tagalog, a bit ‘scary’ because of its almost black shells. Scary and yet I always found my grandma’s simple mussels soup (Tinolang Tahong, key soup ingredient is ginger) really good. Well, everything that my grandma made was good
Anyhow, ginger is overpowering in taste, according to my husband…so I am careful when using the root, and would never offer it in his soup. Thanks to those English cooking programs that I always watch, for giving me ideas, learning me not to be afraid to use ingredients & be more adventurous…I came up with an easy mussels soup.
Onion, garlic, chopped vegetables such as carrots, prei, celery, cauliflower, creme fraiche, smoked bacon, fish bouillon, pepper, salt and white wine.
Shells were thoroughly scrubbed and cleaned
so that soup is good enough to fill the stomach…a complete meal in itself.
I was at the local market many weeks ago to buy my supply. When I reached the seafood section, I saw a small commotion where 3 children and their father was involved. The youngest of the 3, perhaps she was about 5 years old was crying while the slightly older brothers were teasing her for crying. She was pretty scared. Daddy’s trying to calm her down.
Well no wonder she was crying. Because in front of her were live crabs which she probably thought were aliens from another planet! Even adult passing by were surprised to see the crabs which isn’t really popular among Dutch people. Usually it’s the Chinese who buy them. And me. I can totally understand why whole crabs aren’t popular among the Dutch since they’re seldom sold in the market because they can be pretty expensive. Normally crabs are offered only in restaurants. Pricey.
still smokin’ ..Crab Curry
Well I came home with 2 live crabs that day. To which my husband was against me buying them because according to him: ‘ ik vind het zielig voor de beestjes! ‘ (I pity the animals) and even refused to see how I will cook them. Even told me once to release them in nearby ponds!
Well, he totally made an 180 degree turn when the smell of curry (one of his favorite spices) starts to fill my kitchen! Ah, there’s truth to the saying that ‘ the way to the man’s heart is through his tummy’.
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