Joans Muscles (using 7 Seas Spice)

6 May 2015

“I remember catching a show on the ‘box’ that featured diet tips from a well known English actress, Joan Collins. Expecting not too much, I was pleasantly surprised by the setting, being the South of France, and the fact that dear Joan had a personal chef. They shopped in the abundant markets of Nice and prepared an interesting muscle recipe. Their version had no fat whatsoever.

“That was some time ago and I have cooked the meal a number of times since, each time improvising and embellishing the basic recipe according to what ingredients were around at the time.

“I hope you find this version, necessarily enhanced to our taste using your excellent  Screaming Seeds ‘7 Seas Spice’ mix, to your liking.”


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 small brown onions, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 2 small banana peppers, de-seeded and cut into lengthwise strips
  • 1 small lime, cut in half
  • 3 small tomatoes, cut into 1/8 pieces
  • 8 mushrooms, finely sliced
  • 500 g spaghetti
  • 200 ml fish stock
  • 50 ml balsamic vinegar
  • 2–3 tablespoons Screaming Seeds ‘7 Seas Spice’
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 750 g fresh muscles (small Australian)


  • 1 lime, cut into ¼ wedges
  • fresh coriander sprigs


  1. Heat the oil in a large shallow pan. Add onions and garlic and cook until golden (about 3–4 minutes). Be careful not to burn
  2. Add peppers. Place the lime halves face down in the pan (this will enhance extracting of juice later). Add tomatoes and mushrooms. Reduce heat to simmer
  3. Meanwhile bring a pot of water to the boil and add spaghetti. Cook until el dente, drain and cover to keep warm
  4. Add the stock, vinegar, Screaming Seeds ‘7 Seas Spice’, coriander, juice of the lime and muscles to the simmering vegetables
  5. Place a lid on the pan and cook for another 5 minutes
  6. Serve on a bed of spaghetti and garnish with coriander and wedges of lime

Recipe kindly donated by - Steven Szalay

....  For this recipe, if I don't have  '7 Seas Spice' in my pantry, what other SCREAMING SEEDS spice blend could I use instead?

Why not try .....  

Virgin Island Mix
Southern Cajun
Moonlight Dreaming
Rainforest Season
Kashmiri Krush
Bengal 5 Spice
Desert Cajun Rub
Outback Blend

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