In my opinion, fresh Mussels offer up a complete sensory food experience. For a start they look really cool in their elegant, black, shiny shells. Then there’s a slightly rhythmic sound when they are being gently shaken in the pan and poured into a large bowl and then you get to breathe in that amazing sea-fresh aroma before extracting the succulent mussels from their shells and enjoying all their wonderful, gutsy flavour. If that wasn’t enough, the best is still to come. After cooking you are left with an intensely rich, tantalizing cooking liquid that offers up the most incredible taste sensation and as you soak up the delicious, fragrant broth with pieces of crusty bread, you come to the realization that nothing else tastes quite the same.