Mussels are ludicrously easy to work with. Steamed mussels can be made ready in as little as 10 minutes, and we can think of very few ways to create such a delicacy that involves so little work. They are also quite inexpensive at about £5.50 per kilo. So there’s no excuse not to buy good quality mussels, ideally from a fishmonger. This ought to be easy in the UK, where you’re never more than two hours from the coast. To cook, simply steam in beer, wine or cider until they have all opened and eat whilst hot!