Mussels are an ideal quick and easy food and they tend to be quite economical. Once they have been scrubbed clean in cold water to remove all sand, they cook very rapidly, announcing that they are ready by opening their shells. Make sure they are firmly sealed before cooking; throw away any that do not close up when poked. Any that do not open during cooking should also be discarded.
Mussels are very much a seafood, redolent of salty tides. They are therefore prime candidates for a