We kicked the January blues into touch with a massive thump this weekend and hopefully set people on their way for a much happier blue Monday! Through the cold, miserable snow you wonderful people trekked the length and breadth of London to enjoy our mussels, be merry on our wine and…lose heavily to Captain Bobs mighty thumbs. Thankfully his honour was predominantly kept intact with only 3 defeats and even then they got lucky!!!
An so to 2013 and where we’re hopefully heading. Next up is Brew 4 Two in Hackney Central. An amazing wee cafe owned by one of my friends. A different vibe to our pop up home for the last 6 months Fabrica, but equally enchanting and the perfect next step. We’re keen to make this a weekly thing going from great venue to great venue, from east to west, from north to south spreading the joy of mussels and prosecco! We’re after any suggestions so it would be amazing if anybody out there knows of an amazing space crying out for some Mussel Men love. If you want us to come to you send us suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re also keen to get some interest in this months sauce special. Tweet us @mussel_men with your opinion polls:
1. Bloody Mary
2. Lychee and Coconut
3. Chorizo and heritage tomatoes
For tickets and updates on our latest events follow us at @mussel_men or check availability at www.musselmen.bigcartel.com
My blogging is comparable to the life of a hermit! Over the last year we’ve been banging and blowing and making as much noise as possible on the streetfood scene. We weathered the storm of a miserable summer and ended it with a nomination for Best Streetfood of the Year. Not bad but next year we’re out to win it!!!
So whats new you might ask. Well after catching one too many colds on the street side we’ve taken our operations inside but still on the road. We’re building a Mussel Men pop up road show with our wonderful wine loving friends Selezione Zanotto. Currently operating once a month out of the fabulous Fabrica on Kingsland Road we’re on a quest to spread the seafaring love north, south and west as well. We’ve found a few cracking venues but are still looking for some great places and people to team up with across London and beyond…please send any ideas our way.
This month we’re taking on the January Blues and in particular that miserable day thats been branded the worst day of the year, Blue Monday!!!(21st Jan 2013). Instead of getting down we’re partying hard with mussels and prosecco ahoy. To bring even more joy, good old Captain Bob himself is there to kick some ass(thumb) challenging any willing contestant to a thumb war to the death. If you beat him a fine Mussel Men T-shirt is yours to gloat with! If not knock back a few of our 7 Seas Mermaid Rum Punch to party on into the night! Find our more HERE.
To tickle your taste buds heres a wee moules recipe that we’ll be serving next weekend.
Mussels served with chilli, lychee and coconut -
2 shallots finely chopped, 1 birds eye chilli finely chopped
A handful of fresh or 1/2 tin of lychees
500g mussels(blue shell Scottish mussels are the best and most consistent all year round in my opinion)
A wee glug of dry white wine and a half a tin of coconut milk
Parsley roughly chopped
First rinse and debeard the mussels. A tip to check for any dead mussels is to tap and close the mussel between your fingers. if the mussel remains shut its fine to eat, if not chuck it. Any broken shells should also be discarded.
Over a high heat place a wide based pot and allow to get very hot. Add a small dollop of butter and the shallots and chilli. Add the mussels, coconut milk and a splash of wine, immediately put on a tight fitting lid and leave for a few minutes until the shells have opened. If there are any mussels that remain shut discard.
Finish with some chopped parsley and get some nice bread ready then dive in and enjoy. To enhance the experience pop on this classic shanty to make you feel truly amazing!
I promise not to be such a stranger and will surely wash ashore again very soon.
A summer of press ups and ‘Mussel Offs’ have turned us into body builders!
We had a fantastic summer of festivals and frolicks taking us far and wide across the UK. It’s been the first year the Mussel Men have properly hit the road and the reaction we’ve had has surpassed all expectations.
Whether rain or shine, central London or a field on the Isle of Wight, the lovers of fine food and just plain good fun flocked in numbers to enjoy our fayre. We’ve had a interviews with the BBC(Great British Food Revival, BBC2 2/11/11 8pm!), Paul Daniels and Debbie Mcgee in cooking a quick pot, some great reviews, and most of all great fun!
We want to thank everybody who came and enjoyed a pot of mussels or an energising oyster and are looking forward to next summer being bigger and better where we’ll hopefully see you all again.
Keep an eye on our blog where we’ll be making sure you’re looked after with delicious recipes for a long winter. Also we’ll start letting you know where we’re going to be in 2012 and how you can get involved. Also any updates will be flying through our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/TempleandShian.
The Mussel Men
Join us this weekend at The Big Feastival for food, fun, music and lots of laughs.
We’ll be serving up delicious moules frites, devine clam chowder and to die for oysters. Let our Mussel Men entertain and enthuse you while you take in the sounds and sights of the Cuban Brothers and The Mystery Jets.
Challenge our Mighty Mussel Man
We will be running 2 daily ‘Mussel Offs’ to find the strongest fellow in London Town. 3 lucky and plucky challengers will be chosen(at each contest, bring a good strong man tag line/fact/trick/stunt to be in with a chance) to face our Mighty Mussel Man in 3 gruelling challenges. At the end one winner will prevail and be rewarded with a fabulous lunch for 2 at our amazing restaurant The Worship Street Whistling Shop.
Mussel Off times:
- Friday 1st July – 4pm and 7pm
- Saturday 2nd July – 3pm and 7pm
- Sunday 3rd July – 3pm and 6pm
Even if you don’t want to compete please come along to support the intrepid challengers and gawp at the raw strength of our Might Mussel Man! And obviously there’ll be amazing food there too!!!
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The Big Feastival 1-3 July 2011
The Mussel Mens first summer 2011 outing is just round the corner. The Big Feastival, an event incorporating food music and fun, has been created by Jamie Oliver with the Jamie Oliver Foundation at its heart.
Combining restaurants such as Benares and Trinity together with bands from the Bees to the Charlatans, the Big Feastival brings together the best of both worlds – a summer party and some of the best food in London.
Along with a ferris wheel, Romany caravan, allotments, artisan market and more, the Mussel Men brings another level to the event. Continuing with the intriguing and exciting atmosphere we’ll be serving up our delicious moules frites, secret recipe chowder and our family farmed energy inducing oysters! Not to be out done by the merriments elsewhere our hourly Mussel Off(press up comp) will pitch our in house mussel man against a plucky contender to win a free pot of mussels.
Get you tickets now and visit us for some fantastic seafood related fun! - www.jamieoliver.com/thebigfeastival
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