Fish Tales

06-22-2015 Fish Tales - Thai Style MusselsBeloved Food Lovers,

As a weekly practice I write down all of the good things that happen to me throughout the week.  This past Monday I was especially excited about a dinner date.  I spent the weekend contemplating what to make.  First, I thought I would make one of my favorite French dishes, Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic but then decided that would be too heavy for a hot summer night.  It was hard to know what to make because this is a person that I am just getting to know and I haven’t discovered his “favorites”.  I love to spoil people with their “favorites”.  Then, out of no where, the idea popped in my head to make mussels.  Last summer a fellow food blogger and colleague of mine posted a recipe for “Thai-Style Spicy Mussels“, as I recalled, it sounded and looked fabulous but I never got around to testing his recipe, so I headed over to Gotham Home Table to refresh my memory.  I took a chance that the guy liked seafood and went to town creating one of my famous seduction suppers.  Everything came together nicely, the ingredients for the broth inspired wonders, I pulled together a beautiful tablescape based on the coconut milk, ginger, pineapple chunks, hot peppers, lime zest and cilantro infusion. 06-22-2015 Fish Tales - Thai Style Mussels - Close up

Earth tones and a beautiful orchid, symbolic of the vanilla orchids that grow wild in Thailand brightened up the table.  I placed a wonderfully rich homemade vanilla cake right in the center, between the setting for two and it looked divine.  Just as I buttered the bread before putting it in the oven, I received a text message, “May have to take a rain check baby girl.  Give me a call momma.”  All I could do was laugh.  Really.  There I was all dolled up, with a yellow flower in my hair and an amazing dinner that I spent two days planning and had just about completed.  Of course, I did not immediately reply to him nor call him.  I took a shot of the cognac instead, yes, Hennessy, it was to be used for the special drink that I had planned for the evening, named “What the Hell??”, and appropriately so.  “What the Hell??” is a concoction of ginger root beer, a splash of apple juice, cognac and lime slices.  I proceeded setting my table and toasted my bread.  I couldn’t let this upset ruin the good thing I had going on.  The sounds of Lhasa Del Sela in the background were as soothing as they were sexy and I wanted to stay in that groove.  After I made up my mind not to express any disappointment, I called.  No answer.  I left No message.  I proceeded.

06-22-2015 Fish Tales - What the HellAs I settled into dinner, I looked at the empty place setting beside me and said, “There must be a VIP reservation for you” and allowed my feelings to flow from my mind to my hand and on a piece of paper in my journal.  I didn’t much feel like dessert, feeling a little too gingerly after drinking for two.  I laid my game down and slept like a baby.  Yes, even a culinary seductress will get stood up.  But like ol’ boy said, “everything happens for a reason” and it’s all good.  Duly noted. 06-22-2015 Fish Tales - Diary

Sensuously yours,

Honey L’Amour

P.S. Do not let this deter you from trying the Spicy Thai-Style Mussels, they are better than good!!! …And I did get a follow-up text message and call.  More on that later.


06-22-2015 Fish Tales - Dinner Table


♥ Love is always the first ingredient in amorous cooking ♥


From the Gotham Home Table kitchen comes this slightly modified sweet and spicy twist on a classic recipe for this delicious Thai-style broth to steam (or flex) your mussels

1 (8-ounce) coconut cream (Gotham’s kitchen calls for coconut milk)

1 (8-ounce) can pineapple chunks, with juice

1 shallot, diced

2 jalapeño peppers, diced (Gotham’s kitchen calls for serrano peppers)

 1 inch piece ginger root, diced

2 pounds mussels, de-bearded

Fresh cilantro, garnishing

**See Gotham Home Table for cooking instructions.


6 ounces ginger root beer

1 ounce apple juice

2 ounces cognac (Hennessy)


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