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Mussels with Garlic, White Wine, Tomato & Basil

This recipe comes from a time in Langkawi, Malaysia, when we visited a nearby island to smoke some fish. Deciding that a big bowl of mussels and some crusty bread would be the perfect thing to accompany our crisp white wine, we sailed to Pulau Singar Besar. There, there is a small shelter with a table and a fireplace. We lit a fire to cook on, and as our fish smoked away, I cooked up the yummy mussels.

We love these days, cooking on the fire, the beach to ourselves, wine and entertaining ourselves with a game of cards. Yes, some days, you do feel you are in paradise.

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Ingredients

2 Tbs olive oil
6 Large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2-3 large chillies, sliced
1 1/2 cups of white wine
2 cups of fish stock
1 cup of small grape tomatoes, halved
salt and pepper to taste
1kg of New Zealand green-lip mussels
6-8 spring onion, finely sliced
1/2 cup basil leaves, finely shredded

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Method

Wash the mussels, scrub the shell and remove the bearding if still present. Set aside in the fridge until ready to use.

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and add the garlic and chilli, cook for a couple of minutes. Add the wine and simmer to reduce a little. Then add the fish stock. At this stage, I add a few of the tomatoes to allow that to help flavour the broth and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for five minutes.

Add the mussels cover and cook for about three minutes.

Add the spring onions and tomatoes, toss well to incorporate, cover and cook for a couple of minutes.

Then add the basil, toss well, cover and cook for another minute or two.

Divide mussel and tomatoes between two large bowls, pour over the broth and serve with crusty bread. Yummo!

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Pina Colada

This Pina Colada was the celebratory drink that I made on our first afternoon in Thailand waters. We had arrived at a little island called Koh Chuku and the water was crystal clear.  As soon as we dropped anchor we jumped into the water for a snorkel. It was beautiful, clear and full of fish. Heaps of them; big fish, small fish, barracudas, parrotfish, wrasse, you name it we saw it… we even swam through schools of tiny baitfish. Then we got to work scrubbing the bottom of the boat. After our swim and our scrubbing, this Pina Colada was just perfect!

PINA COLADA, fresh pineapple, malibu, white rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice
Pina Colada

For two tasty Pina Coladas I blended the following;

2 shots of Malibu Rum
2 shots of Bacardi Rum
fresh pineapple (a thick slice of pineapple)
coconut cream
pineapple juice
ice

Poured into two tall glasses, garnished with pineapple and a lime slice and voila…. yummy!

Purple Dragon

This dragon fruit cocktail was made for sundowners one afternoon as we sat at anchor in Telaga, Langkawi. Having just returned from duty-free shopping (they have the cheapest alcohol), I decided to make cocktails using the tropical fruit I had handy, and a few of the many differing alcoholic beverages we bought!

Purple Dragon Cocktail!, vodka, tequilla, dragon fruit, cointreau, lime

Anyhow, this is what I did to make two cocktails…

Ingredients

2 shots vodka
2 shots tequila
2 shots Cointreau
1 dragonfruit
Juice of one lime
Lime slices for garnish
Ice

In a blender, I blended the flesh of red dragon fruit with ice, vodka, tequila, Cointreau and the juice of one lime, and garnished with sliced lime.

Delicious!

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