Moules et Praires Provençale, mussels & clams with tomatoes, garlic,olive oil & wine – Nadia Graves

Nadia Gravess Moules et Praires Provençale, mussels & clams with tomatoes, garlic,olive oil & wineNadia Graves’s Moules et Praires Provençale
mussels & clams with tomatoes, garlic, olive oil & wine

Nadia says: “Serve with warm baguette and a nice chilled glass of white or rosé. You can do the recipe with just mussels or use a combination of mussels and small clams. Remember that clams take a little longer to cook than mussels so add the clams first if using.  Serves 4 as an appetizer or 2 as a main course.”

Moules et Praires Provençale

750g fresh mussels or half mussels, half clams
250ml dry white wine
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 bay leaves
4 shallots, chopped
1 can 794g tomatoes, drained
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Scrub, clean and beard the mussels and clams. Discard any open ones. In a large pot, add the wine, garlic, shallots, bay leaf and bring to the boil. Add the clams, cover and cook until the clams open, about 3  minutes. Add the mussels and cook another 2 to 3 minutes until the mussels open. Remove from heat.  Remove the mussels and clams , discard any that did not open and keep warm. Strain the cooking liquid to remove any traces of sand.  Return the liquid to the pot and add the tomatoes and red pepper flakes.  Bring to the boil, cook for 5 minutes.  Stir in the olive oil.  Return the mussels and clams to the pot and give it all a good shake. Sprinkle with parsley

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I have always had a passion for food. Growing up in South Africa with a French mother who loved travel and was a great cook, I developed very early on a love for cooking and eating. I started off my career as a Chartered Accountant working in the accounting world, hospitality, and entertainment world before moving to Paris in my mid twenties. This was heaven for a foodie like me, daily trips to my local market, glorious food everywhere.

While pregnant with my daughter, Nicole, now 22, I attended courses at Le Cordon Bleu. A few years later that included a stint in Copenhagen, London and back to Paris, my ex-husband, daughter and I moved to Los Angeles, for what we thought would be two years. Well, 17 years later a lot has happened. I changed careers to being an educator and worked in a private girls school, got divorced and then met the most wonderful man, my husband, Stuart. We married in January 2015. All the while, I continued my passion for cooking and food. Loving nothing more than trying out new recipes, experimenting in the kitchen and of course, eating. I have taught small group and private cooking lessons for 20 years now and as we embark on a new life in France in July 2015, I am so excited about the experiences awaiting us.

I look forward to discovering new foods and wines from every region of France and especially the Dordogne.

Food and life is about sharing and I can’t wait for you to join me in my adventures in my home and kitchen!

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