French import Béa Peltre of La Tartine Gourmande reminds us of her mother’s autumn adage (a common one with many French mothers):
“Shellfish (les fruits de la mer, literally the fruit of the sea), like mussels or oysters, should be eaten during les mois en “r” (the months in “r”). September, October, November, December would be the best months indeed.”
Béa's coconut milk mussel soup caught our eye, as it makes use of the seasonal mollusks and evokes the warm autumn hue of burnt liquid gold. When it comes to mussels and oysters this season, make like the Walrus and the Carpenter, and eat every one.