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Recipe: Asparagus and mussels

10 May 2016 at 10:51


Asparagus and mussels cooked with turmeric and coconut cream

This is the time of year when British asparagus is in season, it’s a very short season, but it’s the only asparagus worth eating!

The process seems quite complex but if you treat cooking mussels as one part which can be done as and when, and cooking the asparagus as another as it can be reheated. And the final assembly.


  • 1 kg mussels, washed and de bearded
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • stick celery, finely chopped
  • tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2tsp turmeric
  • 150mls Chapel Down Bacchus
  • 4tblsp cream
  • 30g grated creamed coconut
  • tsp chopped chervil
  • 20 spears of asparagus


  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and sweat the onion and celery in it
  2. When soft add the turmeric, and stir for a few minutes
  3. Add the mussels and stir in to get the vegetables mixed through
  4. Pour on the wine, cover and steam over a low heat until the mussels all open - a few minutes.
  5. Strain off the liquid through a sieve and return to the hob.
  6. Reduce by about a third, then add the cream and coconut cream and simmer to combine, set aside.
  7. Remove the mussels from the shells maybe keeping a few still in the shell for decoration.
  8. Cook the asparagus. This is best done keeping the asparagus in the bundles you buy it in. Use a pan in which the asparagus will lay flat when loose, trim the stalks off if they are a little wide. Put water in to the pan so that it will come half way up the asparagus when upright. Add salt and bring to  the boil, place the asparagus in the boiling water bases first keeping tips above the water, simmer for 1 minute, cut the bands holding the asparagus to allow the spears to fall in to the water and simmer for another 2  minutes until you can just pierce the stems with a sharp knife. Remove and drain.
  9. Take 4 hot bowls and strew the mussels over the bottom
  10. Place the asparagus in the bowls
  11. Reheat the sauce, add the chervil and pour over the asparagus