- 1kg/2lb 2oz
mussels, washed, cleaned, beards removed (discard any mussels that stay open after washing)
- 2 tsp fresh
- 250ml/9fl oz Muscat
wine, or similar sweet wine
- 4 x 175g/6oz
- salt and freshly ground
- 1 tbsp
shallots, roughly chopped
fennel bulb, roughly chopped
- 1 small
leek, roughly chopped
- ½ tsp
chestnut mushrooms, brushed clean, cut into quarters
- 25ml/1fl oz pastis or similar aniseed
- 3 tomatoes, peeled,
seeds removed, chopped
- 110ml/4fl oz
- ½ tsp
- 2 tbsp roughly chopped fresh flatleaf
- 2 tbsp roughly chopped fresh
Heat a large lidded frying pan until hot then add the mussels, thyme and 75ml/3fl oz of the wine. Cover with the lid and cook for 2-4 minutes, or until all the mussels have opened. Discard any mussels that have not opened.
Strain the mussels over a bowl, reserving the liquid.
Pick the mussels from their shells, and set aside. Discard the empty shells.
Season the halibut steaks with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Heat a separate frying pan until hot, add half of the butter and all of the olive oil. When the butter is foaming, add the halibut fillets and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until just cooked through.
Meanwhile, add the remaining butter to a separate frying pan over a medium heat. When the butter is foaming, add the shallots, fennel and leeks and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until softened.
Add the curry powder, mushrooms and pastis and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Add the remaining 175ml/6fl oz of the Muscat wine and bring to the boil. Cook until almost all of the liquid has evaporated.
Remove the halibut steaks from the pan they were cooked in. Add the reserved cooking liquid from the mussels and bring to the boil. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon to deglaze the pan and continue to boil until the liquid is reduced by half.
Add the sauce to the pan of leek and fennel mixture.
Add the tomatoes, cream, saffron and the reserved cooked mussels. Cook for one minute, seasoning, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Add the parsley and chervil and mix well.
To serve, spoon the vegetables mixture into four dishes and top each with a halibut steak.