A rule of thumb I have when looking at a fishmonger's slab is, if the fish look a bit sad and dull and not very fresh, I go for the mussels; at least you know that they're alive and therefore fresh (unless they're dead of course). In the picture above I am reacting to the fish man's question on how many kilos I want; I never know what to say but am showing him the rough quantity I want using my hands. I think this equated to 2 kg, so good for 2 people (and at only £6, a cheap treat).Mussels are widely grown all around the Kingdom's coasts and yet I don't think we eat enough of them. Perhaps if they weren't such good value we might not take them for granted and could treat them with a little more reverence. These came from Brancaster in Norfolk.