I love Google Translator.
Also, French food.
The star of tonight’s dinner was my latest impulse HMart purchase (I swear, the only thing I enjoy shopping for- and do with any regularity- is food):
Awesome things about this:
1. Mussels are delicious
2. These mussels are especially delicious- I sampled one at Hmart!
3. The word “sustainable” makes my heart go pitter-patter, and Eating Well’s section on sustainable seafood last month gave special props to mussels
4. 2 pounds for $3.99!
I opened the bag and they were HUGE- some were seriously like three inches (not including the shell)
I used this recipe, with white wine, lemon, onions, garlic, and parsley. Since the mussels were frozen, I steamed them longer- for eight minutes. The pan juices were rockin’ and I was mad I hadn’t thought to make bread!
Since one of my fave restaurant combos ever is mussels and frites, I decided to do the Cooking Light method with which I’ve had a lot of success- oven fries!
Just slice potatoes into fry shapes, put on a greased baking sheet, spray with cooking spray, sprinkle with salt, and bake at 450* for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
I am obsessed with this bowl. I will probably be serving everything in it from now on.
And a very French-approved way to round out the meal, a simple salade of Arugula, mushrooms, and my mama’s homemade parsley-dijon vinaigrette.
Another thing I love about the french is their word for grapefruit. Behold, un pamplemousse~
This was a great one, super sweet, no sugar needed. I luuuuuuuuuurve grapefruit. Why don’t I buy it more? Note to self: buy grapefruit more!
Actually, and another thing I love and should buy more!
Loverly wheat puffs. They’re so nice when you just want to sit and chomp on a massive volume of food.
When I said I liked ‘em, I meant it. They’ve figured prominently in multiple meals!
Including today’s lunch, which was my favorite kind- maximal dishes, maximal food groups, placemat and nutrition overload.
More pamplemousse (in an adorable bowl!)
More yogurt ‘n puffs (plus cinnamon!)
A cute lil tasting plate of Trader Joe’s chickenless nuggets and ‘cado, with hot sauce for the nuggets.
And finally, more Trader Joe’s, a bowl of butternut squash bisque.
And then the avocado just looked perfectly dipper shaped, and this happened…
So good. No lie.
Finally, mon cadeau (does that mean “my giveaway”? Any French speakers?)
I used random.org to randomly select one of 20 comments I received. Here’s what it said:
That means congratulations are in order for Michal, who said
Happy belated blog-aversary! :) I wish you many more years of happy blogging. This is such a generous giveaway thank you so much for sharing this with us.
Hmm... if I had to pick my last meal I think it would have to be some type of hummus/falafle/pita combo with a vegan blondie on the side!
Congrats Michal! Email me your address at email@example.com!