The best laid plans …pointless to continue as I’ve laid as many brilliant plans as I have eggs. Brilliant planning is not in my remit. I am passing through this vale of tears flying by the seat of my pants which, I give you, is an unusual way to travel. Yesterday the sun was shining in a very unoctoberish way which bode well for my “plan” to photograph seafood for an unforgiving on line client. At the poissonerie I carefully selected some sweet moules de bouchot, a trio of langoustines and a handful of coques. The French are mad for coques, which may not be the hottest news, but I thought I should enlighten those of you who were unaware of this predilection. I was remembering how interested I was on first seeing groups of Frenchies scrabbling for coques on summer beaches. They would declare, that in those summer months, nothing was more pleasing at lunchtime than several glasses of white wine followed by plenty of coques. The Spirit of Benny Hill could carry me along this course for a while yet but the light was fading creating a contradiction in the conjunction of daylight and photography. Flash and coques go together like 6 months community service and indecent exposure, so that’s the route I chose. Fruits de mer, like fruits from a tree, are the fastest of foods. They need no embellishment or cooking – they are stomach ready. On the other hand I love coques and mussels ( you can see why Molly Malone changed the words) cooked in their own juices with just the addition of some oil, shallots and thin strips of red pepper.
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Good God, that’s beautiful Roger! I can taste them!
Glad to hear it. I hope my client likes them as much:)
Mussells my favourite
So….ticks all the boxes:)
Wonderful picture, my mouth is watering uncontrollably.
Glad I’ve got you dribbling:)
Pretend I am your client. Air express should deliver them while they’re still warm! I’ll set the table right now!
All sold out:)
Beautiful picture and a worrying nation – fixated with coques and suppositories…
As long as there is no confusion with coques and suppositories:)
“6 months community service and indecent exposure.” Just one of the jewels in this one, Roger.
And, as for the food, I could eat that every day. In fact, living on the coast, I do have clams at least once a week. (They look like coques, though the word “coque” translated “shell’, so I don’t know.) One of my friends is a Master French Chef, and he makes the best clams with kaffir lime broth. He can’t take it off the menu at his restaurant because of me, and every time he tries to change the recipe, I whine so much that he always changes it back.
The clams and kaffir lime sounds blindilngly good. I think that although coques translates into shell in French, it translates into johnson in English:)
I had to come back and tell you that your post inspired me to buy two dozen clams from the fish market this afternoon. 🙂
Such a pity! Had I seen this photo a mere 24 hours earlier, I would have dined on similar fare last night. Yesterday was fish market day and I only need the slightest of urging to purchase mussels or vongole or both. Oh, well. Guess what I’ll be dining on next Thursday night?
Glad I’ve jogged your memory
That’s one gorgeous dish! I’m still laughing at the six months community service comment :D!
You have to be careful with your coque:)
Loved the line about community service. Those colors are gorgeous on black!
They look strong don’t they:)
Who’d have thought a coque could look so appetising in such close-up?
Who’d have guessed:)
Methinks you have told a much better coque tale here than Benny Hill ever could or would 😉 !
What a cocktail:)
This almost makes me want to use the dreaded “LOL.”
But thank God you didn’t:)
Oh. My. God. I love this photo.
Thanks for that – glad you liked it:)
Somehow cockles and mussels rolls off the tongue a little easier 🙂
And with less chance of a musunderstanding:)
I love mussels!! They look beautiful and delicious 🙂
Which they are and were:)
Dish ’em up – I’m ready for a serving! Excellent photo 🙂
Glad you like them – the Pacific’s full of them:)
I laughed and laughed.
You do tell ’em, Roger. And you caught that light just right.
I’m flattered, Kate. Thanks:)
Never in my life have these old eyes caught sight of a more alluring bowlful of …. well, anything that comes in a shell! A truly stunning image Roger (and another laugh aloud post!)
Thank you very much, Antoinette:)
OMW and I ruined it by having stir fry mussels at a chinese restuarant in Thonon today…yours look much better!!
Is that Thonon on Lac Leman? If so, what a lovely spot.
I’m sure you client was very pleased…a wonderful photo on the black plate.
Hope the trip is going well, and that the weather has improved:)
Thank you Roger…the weather has improved. It is nice to know that the sun really does exist.
Roger.. who got to eat these? I’m totally jealous now, of you, your wife and anyone else who got to sample. This is a glorious photo!
I managed to eat most of them whilst doing the picture:)
The last in series would have had one little one left on the plate:D