Mussels With Tomatoes and Fennel
Category: Main Dishes | Blog URL: http://cookingdownunderblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/mmmm-mussels.html
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Pat Churchill
There have been plenty of tomatoes to choose from lately and the flavour has definitely improved from the sad watery winter ones we were buying a few months back.
I like the smaller firm ones from Doncaster and Adelaide, calyxes still attached. They are not all a uniform red but still have patches of green and yellow and continue ripening quite happily in a basket on the bench. They're great in sandwiches or in a salad.
I'm not quite so picky when it comes to tomatoes that are going to be cooked so I was quick to bag myself some ripe but still firm 99 cents a kilo ones at the market on the weekend for a pot of mussels that night.
I've just planted a herb garden in large pot on the balcony and it's good to be able to grab and handful of fresh herbs when I want them. Along with the common basil, I've put in some Greek basil. The leaves are smaller and the flavour more intense and that's what I wanted for this dish.