Dear northern hemisphere readers,
It has rained here once in the last 8 weeks – in a place where it usually rains twice daily. It has been a time to go camping up north, surf every day, read Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood Bones & Butter, and to learn to appreciate Campari and Soda. Not so much a time for indoors and cooking.

A la Basque. As per the poulet and the poisson there are bell peppers, onion, garlic, white wine and butter. Mussels here are a couple of bucks for a bag full and this one is cheap and fast. I maintain the opinion that moules à la portugaise and moules marinières are the best in the book though. I suggest checking out – mostly for the dialogue – Keith Floyd’s take on cooking moules.