On the rocks…near Sever’s Punt.

Charl and Julian collecting black mussels fresh from the sea, at the bottom of the cliffs near Sever's Punt.

Charl and Julian collecting black mussels fresh from the sea, at the bottom of the cliffs near Sever’s Punt.

We have a friend we love dearly, who can trace his ancestors back to the Huguenots that settled in Franschoek. His great-great grandfather escaped from religious persecution in France with the family bible baked in a bread. He is one of our oldest friends and were delighted that he chose to spend this weekend with us.

Returning with bounty from the sea.

Returning with bounty from the sea.

It was the perfect day for a walk on the cliff paths and we spent the morning talking, taking photos, collecting mussels and enjoying nature. When we got back we had a braai. As a starter, Charl cleaned the mussels and put them in the weber for a few minutes. He made a sauce of fresh lemon, butter, onion and garlic, and herbs (garlic and herbs, parsley and sage and salt) which he zapped into the microvawe for a few minutes. He put the cooked mussels in a bowl and marinated them with the sauce, allowing it to stand for a few minutes.

I can honestly tell you that mussels made like this and fresh from the sea are absolutely heavenly. Well done my friend, and please come visit again soon. We wait in expectation of your next seafood, braaimaster delight.

Charl's absolutely divine, black mussel dish.

Charl’s absolutely divine, black mussel dish.

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2 thoughts on “On the rocks…near Sever’s Punt.

  1. The mussels look and sound so delicious but sadly it is just one of those things I cannot get myself to eat! Silly me 😉 Have a great week Sam xx

    • Hi Colleen. How are you? The months seem to pass so quickly. My eldest son would agree with you on the mussels, He is not much into that either.

      As for the rest of us we have had mussels before but never as yummy as this. What I find amazing is that you can walk down the road to the sea and come back with food, just like the Hottentot (Khoi) peoples of yesteryear, who inhabited this coastline and probably did the same thing in their day. They probably prepared it on a fire also. What a privilege to take a walk in historical footsteps. Its like a reverberation in time. Love the continuity.

      We have been up the mountains and you still find shells in the caves and on the mountain-side from abalone, arikrickle and white and black mussels.

      Have a lovely week further. Sending you much love Sam xxx 🙂

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