So Friday kinda snuck up on me again.
Before you know it, it’s Friday and nope, still hadn’t made this week’s French Friday assignment.
This week I was actually pretty glad I didn’t make it before everyone else had started posting about it because there was a kilogram of fresh, organic and the largest mussels I have EVER made at home in my fridge that needed to be cooked up into, well… something… and with the odd pairing of tomato puree, the Chinese Five Spice, noodles and shrimp just seemed to lend itself well to a sauce base for mussels.
Most of the Doristas didn’t like this one anyways and this could be a great sauce for mussels.
Turns out it wasn’t half bad.
Due to the lack of spice that was described by some of the others, I went ahead and doubled the amount of 5 Spice… a bit hasty I think… it was a little strong for me. Maybe that’s why my stomach is a bit upset now? Meh, Emily has had a little stomach bug in the past day so I’m not sure if it was the mussels or something else entirely but I find it somewhat coincidental.
Once the onions and mushrooms were done (I went with Shiitake, no Chinese Ear mushrooms to be found here), I dumped in the crushed tomatoes (instead of puree) and let it come to a “boil” before I tossed in the shrimp and mussels and covered it, letting the shrimp cook through and the mussels open up to soak up the Chinese – French “fusion” sauce.
For the noodles, although I had the vermicelli noodles, the only ones I have are a HUGE package that we usually boil for pho so I used Japanese harusame noodles instead and mixed with the tomato sauce they were pretty good!
I’m glad I tried this but this is certainly not going on my “make-again” list. It was full of flavor and surprise but just not amazing – and the tomato sauce with the sesame oil flavored noodles wasn’t weird at all either, I was actually pretty thrilled with it! This didn’t go over too well with the other Doristas, but to see how it went over for them, click here.
If you would like to join in our cooking adventures, check out the French Fridays website here! You just need some enthusiasm, an appetite and a copy of Dorie Greenspan’s “Around My French Table!”