Our haricot beans have done better this year than ever before, with the second sowing (end of April) almost catching up with the first sowing (end of March), and today I noticed that there were enough beans ready to pick for a first meal. There’ll be a lot more in a few days’ time too, and I must remember to sow some more soon.
With most of our planting done now – 70 tomato plants, 70 pepper plants, 15 aubergines and numerous courgette, pumpkin, cucumber and melon plants of different varieties – we were able to relax a bit in the garden today. We bought a kilo of mussels from the producer’s van that comes to the village from Bouzigues every Saturday morning and we cooked them on the barbecue – la brasucade de moules as it’s called in French.
Once the fire was going well I cooked some lardons, pieces of bacon, then added a chopped sweet onion and cooked that for a couple of minutes, and then some chopped garlic and sprigs of rosemary and savoury.
Then I added the mussels (about 500 gm per person) and cooked them until they had all opened – about 10 minutes.
This isn’t a dish to be polite with – we just put the pan in the middle of the table so that everyone can help themselves. Serve it with crusty bread, for dipping into the juices, and a glass of chilled wine, white or rosé.