Monday, 3 October 2011

Picking mussels in the mist

Do you recognise our mussel picking spot?

Shhh....lets keep it to ourselves, its Misty Cliffs in Scarborough.

Low tide was at the unfriendly hour of around 8 am, by the time we grabbed coffee and took the long drive it was a more respectable 9.30 am - which meant we would most definitely get wet prying those tasty molluscs from their rocks.

An hour later and dripping wet we climbed the many stairs triumphant, knowing that lunch would be a feast.

A quick stop on the way home at the Foodbarn deli for some freshly baked ciabatta- a must to mop up those sauces.

Stone stairs down to the beach

Wooden stairs before the stone surrounded by delicate flowers

Our stash below, all freshly scrubbed and washed waiting to be cooked....

We were divided between a Tomato, wine sauce and a Cream, wine sauce ......obviously both had to be done.

A long slow lunch, feasting on these delicious treats from the sea, all the tastier for our hard foraging, beers in hand and the sun on our backs.

freshly scrubbed and cleaned- the anticipation!

Chop onion, garlic, fresh and tinned tomatoes, add  wine, salt, sugar and simmer

Chopped onion, garlic, saute in butter, add wine and cream and simmer


  1. I'm not a fan of mussels, but I would have loved to have gone along on the acquisition bit.

    Lovely pictures.

    xo Jane

  2. Thanks Jane! You're quite right half the fun is in the forage!

  3. That's our spot, too! Reminds me to get my new permit.

    I sometimes have sand issues with these, but perhaps because I pick too low down? And once we found 6 little brown pearls...

  4. Hi Marie- its the only spot we know!

    Only had one pesky little guy that surely spitefully swallowed a mouthful of sand- the rest were great.
    We haven't been for a couple of years and this time I noticed a strange flat grey coral spreading over the rocks where the mussels used to be- hope it doesn't take over completely?!


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