Cornmeal Crusted Salmon with Basil Mussel Broth
- serves 4
A recipe is merely words on paper; a guideline, a starting point from which to improvise. It cannot pretend to replace the practiced hand and telling glance of a watchful cook. For that reason, this is also an account of what happens when I make this dish, so you’ll understand each step. Of course when you cook it once, it becomes yours, so personalize it a bit. Add more of an ingredient you like or less of something you don’t like. Try substituting one ingredient for another. Remember words have no flavour, you have to add your own!
Mussels are widely available and yield a wonderfully rich broth when steamed; they travel with their own sauce! The broth can be flavoured with just about anything – basil in this case – and makes a perfect accompaniment for any other fish. Cornmeal makes an easy crisp crust for salmon that won’t fall off.