California Mussels (Mytilus californianus) of the open coast
Anyways, Alex and I dug a secret local spot on superbowl Sunday and had 50 steamer clams each in less than an hour!
So, not wanting to waste the rest of such a beautiful tide, we headed up the coast a few minutes to our favorite California mussel spot and we were not disappointed!
At this point, we should remind our readers to ALWAYS CALL THE BIOTOXIN INFORMATION HOTLINE BEFORE HARVESTING SHELLFISH IN CA (CRAB INCLUDED) AS THEY CAN BE DEADLY POISONOUS DURING CERTAIN TIMES OF YEAR! Go ahead, don't be shy, program this number into your phone...800-553-4133... it is a recording so you don't even have to talk to anyone! IT'S NOT WORTH YOUR LIFE, SO JUST DO IT!
Alex and I have been harvesting mussels here for decades (check previous posts on this blog for proof), and we decided this day to honor the tradition and cook some on the beach.
Even though the mussel ramen was awesome, there was too little light for photos or video. So, after I came home, I cooked up a Thai-style red curry with mussels for me and Diane.
Rich coconut milk infused with curry paste, lemon grass, kafir lime leaf, and ginger...it was awesome to say the least!
So, even though the mussels were an afterthought of a quick logistical forey to our steamer clam spot, the subsequent meal was absolutely astounding!
Check out our Youtube channel Catch N Cook California for the full video!
Keep the old ways alive!