Steamed mussel pot
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The Real Meal Revolution

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The Real Meal Revolution


Steamed mussel pot

Recipe By Jonno Proudfoot , Sally-Ann Creed , David Grier , Prof. Emer. Tim Noakes
Photographs By Craig Fraser


1.5kg black mussels
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tbsp butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 sticks celery, finely chopped
1/4 bunch fresh thyme
1 cup white wine
200ml cream
1 handful basil, roughly chopped

In South Africa, this is an absolute classic. It is usually cooked in a cast iron pot on the coals, but you can do it in anything you like.

Cooking Instructions

  1. Rinse the mussels under cold running water. Remove the stringy mussel beards and discard any open mussels or those with broken shells.
  2. Heat the olive oil and 3 tbsp of butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, celery and thyme and cook for about five minutes.
  3. Add the white wine and bring to the boil. Add the cream, bring to the boil again and add the mussels.
  4. Close the pot with a lid and steam over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, until the mussels open. Stir occasionally so that all the mussels are in contact with the heat.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with basil and serve immediately.

About the Author

Well-known chef Jonno Proudfoot trained and worked in a five-times rated Top 10 restaurant and spent time at a variety of food and wine establishments before finding his passion in Paleo and LCHF (low carb/high fat) cookery. He is co-author of the wildly successful book The Real Meal Revolution. Since the birth of his interest in performance food and nutrition, he has co-hosted 52 episodes of the award-winning children’s cooking show What’s Your Flava on SABC3. Furthermore, he has appeared as guest chef to cook without carbs on the breakfast show Expresso (SABC3) on numerous occasions.

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Sally-Ann spent most of her life sick with chronic asthma, sinusitis and panic disorder, undergoing many sinus operations and spending 13 long years suffering from panic disorder and agoraphobia. Thanks to an adjustment in her diet, she regained her health and qualified as a nutritional therapist (Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition, Australia). Having found that food and supplements could dramatically change her life, providing the quality of life she’d always dreamed of, she decided to study so that she could help others experience the same results. Her story is relayed in her bestselling book Let Food Be Your Medicine – an easy to understand guide to healthy living.

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The renowned South African adventurer David Grier is not someone to rest on his laurels. He has run the length of the Great Wall of China, run a smile round the coastline of South Africa, paddled from Mozambique to Madagascar and then run the length of that island. He went on to run the length of Great Britain, run across Cuba and, in this book, traversed India. He does all this for the charity Cipla Miles for Smiles, which performs life-changing surgery on kids with cleft palates. A former chef, Grier also co-authored The Real Meal Revolution, a bestselling, record-breaking book that endorses low-carb, high-fat eating – an approach he uses to fuel his endurance running.

David is a trustee and ambassador for the ‘ Cipla Miles for Smiles Foundation’, raising funds through adventure for Operation Smile, South Africa, who perform corrective surgery on children born with cleft lips and palates.

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Professor Emer. Tim Noakes is a highly respected South African professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town. He has run more than 70 marathons and ultra-marathons and in this field he is the author of the books The Lore of Running, Challenging Beliefs and Waterlogged. Moving on, Tim entered the dietary sphere, challenging the science behind obesity, coronary heart disease and heart attacks with the groundbreaking book The Real Meal Revolution. Tim has now dedicated his life to opening people’s eyes to the myth of low fat eating and the nutritional and environmental crisis it has created. In this book, Tim unleashes the science behind the research and studies into the benefits of the low carb/high fat (LCHF) lifestyle. The book has been a phenomenal success, with 200 000 copies sold to date and still counting.

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