Add a side salad to your ragout
Start with mesclun greens tossed with roasted red peppers, sliced cucumbers and bottled Japanese dressing. Serve with crusty Italian, French or garlic bread. End with a selection of cookies and squares, or scoops of sherbet with fresh raspberries.
For a fast flavour boost, in place of fresh mussels, add two 454-g packages frozen mussels in butter garlic sauce. (They are sold in the seafood freezer section in most supermarkets.) Then continue cooking as above.