As a creature of habit, I love our Saturday morning ritual. We roll out of bed, feed our pup, Taj, and stroll down to our neighborhood farmers’ market in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, all 3 of us eager to see what the season has in store for us. As Taj nibbles on pieces of vegetables and fruits fallen from the stalls, I start putting together a mental list of all the ingredients I want for our next couple of meals.
Inspired by the fair amount of reality cooking shows that I watch, I’ve been toying with the idea of adding “limitations” to my own kitchen to nudge a little more creativity into my meals. So last weekend, I decided to make dinner with ingredients bought almost entirely from our farmers’ market. And as I walked around, I added another stipulation: The meal had to take no longer than 30 minutes to cook. Can you tell I was feeling confident and competitive?
A glistening heap of fresh mussels and a basket of gorgeous cayenne peppers caught my eye, and a recipe for stir-fried mussels took shape. Read more →