(1) Fresh mussels , also known as poor man's oysters for their cheap abundance, are marvellous at this time of year.(2) Press the shells of any open mussels together with your fingers; if they don't close, throw them away.(3) Why couldn't they be farmed, like oysters, or grown on ropes, like mussels ?(4) To this she added most of a can of tomatoes and a touch of cream, and the mussels were put in to steam.(5) Think of molluscs and chances are it is shellfish such as limpets, whelks, scallops and mussels that spring to mind.(6) Remove the heads and shells from the prawns and shell the mussels .(7) Meanwhile Andrew lived simply on a diet of mussels and whelks and the occasional boiled crab that bubbled in the pot.(8) We ate fish soup, mussels , oysters, skate in brown butter and my aunt's tomato salad.(9) When cool enough to handle, slip the mussels from their shells and set aside.(10) Shell the mussels , watching out for any reluctant beards, and discard any that aren't open.(11) Four or five minutes later, add the clams, then the mussels and prawns, and stir in the saffron strands.(12) Extract the meat from most of the mussels and discard the shells.(13) Remove the mussels with a draining spoon and transfer to warm bowls.(14) I actually like rocks because you can find lots of stuff in them like mussels and crabs and shellfish.(15) When everything is boiling, put in the bag of mussels and boil for 2 minutes.(16) Add the vegetables, watercress and shelled mussels and clams to this, season to taste and serve.