Party Soup with Mussels / Selskapssuppe med Blåskjell

A quick soup recipe found in “Mat for Travle” (Food for People
in a Hury) utgitt av Hjemmets Kokebokklubb i 1982

Party Soup with Mussels / Selskapssuppe med Blåskjell

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Mussels in Apple Juice and Coconut Milk / Blåskjell i Eplejuice og Kokosmelk

A delicious and different mussel recipe found on kiwi.no
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Mussel is the common name used for members of several families of bivalve molluscs, from saltwater and freshwater habitats. These groups have in common a shell whose outline is elongated and asymmetrical compared with other edible clams, which are often more or less rounded or oval.

The word “mussel” is most frequently used to mean the edible bivalves of the marine family Mytilidae, most of which live on exposed shores in the intertidal zone, attached by means of their strong byssal threads (“beard”) to a firm substrate. A few species (in the genus Bathymodiolus) have colonised hydrothermal vents associated with deep ocean ridges.

In most marine mussels the shell is longer than it is wide, being wedge-shaped or asymmetrical. The external colour of the shell is often dark blue, blackish, or brown, while the interior is silvery and somewhat nacreous.

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Belgian Mussels and French Fries / Belgiske Blåskjell og Pommes Frites

A classic Belgian bistro dish found on joker.no
Belgian Mussels and French Fries / Belgiske Blåskjell og Pommes Frites

Moules Frites is charming Belgian bistro food. It can also be a fun family meal where anything can be eaten with your fingers! Follow this recipe to make delicious Belgian-style mussels with deep fried potato wedges and if you want to make it completely Belgian, mayonnaise as a dip for the potato wedges.

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Cozze Gratinate – Gratinated Mussels / Gratinerte Blåskjell

An appatizer recipe found in “Ganske Enkelt – Italienske
Oppskrifter” (Quite Simple – Italian Recipes) published by Notabene Forlag in 1995

Cozze Gratinate – Gratinated Mussels / Gratinerte Blåskjell

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Insalata di Mare – Italian Seafood Salad / Italiensk Sjømatsalat

A delicious salad recipe found in “Ganske Enkelt –
Italiensk Kokebok” (Quite Simple – Italian Cook Book)
published  by Notabene Forlag in 1995

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If you are as fond of seafood as I am, this salad is heaven sent. It contains all the goodies from the  sea one can think of. And sprinkled with parsley, lemon juice and olive oil. The Italians really know how to put seafood on the table.

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Mussels In Dressing / Blåskjell i Dressing

A simple quick and delicious starter recipe found in “Forretter” (Starters) published by
Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1980

Mussels In Dressing / Blåskjell i Dressing

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Mussels in Dill Sauce / Blåskjell i Dillsaus

A recipe for a cold shellfish dish found in “Alt om Urter”
(All About Herbs) published by Den Norske Bokklubb in 1985
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Most Scandinavians are crazy when it comes to shellfish of any kind and I’m noe exception. I’ve posted lots of recipes for mussels already. Here’s another one – Ted 😉

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Curry Mussels / Blåskjell i Karri

A hot shelfish recipe found in “Carl Butlers Kokebok – Fortsettelsen” (Carl Butler’s Cook Book – The Continuance)
published in 1991

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Nordic cookbook history was written in 1974. That year a bunch of foodie friends published a cookbook that would become one of Scandinavia’s most popular, Carl Butler’s Cookbook. With folded corners, patches of pie dough, tomato and French mustard and an unmistakable scent of herbal spices and garlic it can be found in hundreds of thousands of Swedish, Finnish, Danish and Norwegian homes. The book put for the first time coq au vin, moussaka and paté on our tables.

For all Scandinavians who like me love this cook book it took 17 years before we could hurry to the book shops to buy the continuance. It was simply called “Carl Butlers Kokebok – Fortsettelsen” (Carl Butler’s Cook Book – The Continuance). This recipe is from that book – Ted

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Mussels Salad with Cheese Sauce / Blåskjellsalat med Ostesaus

A shellfish recipe found on Norsk Ukeblads “Store Salatbok”
(Big Salad Book) published in 1985

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Marine mussels are abundant in the low and mid intertidal zone in temperate seas globally. Other species of marine mussel live in tropical intertidal areas, but not in the same huge numbers as in temperate zones.

Certain species of marine mussels prefer salt marshes or quiet bays, while others thrive in pounding surf, completely covering wave-washed rocks. Some species have colonized abyssal depths near hydrothermal vents. The South African white mussel exceptionally doesn’t bind itself to rocks but burrows into sandy beaches extending two tubes above the sand surface for ingestion of food and water and exhausting wastes.

Freshwater mussels inhabit permanent lakes, rivers, canals and streams throughout the world except in the polar regions. They require a constant source of cool, clean water. They prefer water with a substantial mineral content, using calcium carbonate to build their shells.

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Shellfish In Hot Cream Sauce / Skalldyr I Skarp Saus

A recipe from “Forretter” (Starters) published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1982

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Medieval Monday – Muscules In Shelle / Blåskjell

A medieval recipe found on One Year and Thousand Eggs

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About Eva GrelsdotterEva Grelsdotter writes: This very easy recipe and very similar to modern mussel soup recipes. Preparing the mussels for the dish takes some time because you have to clean them separately and remove their beard. Never use mussels that are open (or does not close their shells when tapping them gently with a knife). because they are dead. And never eat the mussels that are not open after cooking! Otherwise you might get a bad food poisoning.

Original recipe from Harleian MS. 4016, Volume II: Take and pick fair mussels, and cast them in a pot; and cast them to, minced onions, And good quantity of pepper and wine, And a little vinegar; and as soon as they begin to gape, take them from the fire, and serve it forth with the same broth in a dish all hot.

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