Wednesday, December 31, 2008

play with your food

A little more than 20 years ago an ancient Croatian lady, after presenting me and my travel companions with an enormous platter of steamed black Mediterranean mussels, demonstrated how to take a mussel shell and use it as a pincher to pluck the briny, meaty little mollusks from their abodes and pop them into your mouth. It was one of a handful of transforming food experiences that I can clearly identify as a signpost on the road toward my career and lifelong passion for things edible.

Last night we steamed a pot of mussels at home and showed Tiz the drill. She had fun with the exercise and ate more than her share of the mussels. You couldn't have found a prouder papa anywhere.


  1. If you look at these photos at just the right angle, those mussels could be oreo cookies.
    She is the cutest girl in the whole wide world.

  2. Hurrah Tiz! She and her French boyfriend, Max, eat mussels the same way. I think they need a date to show off their mussel eating skills.