Diving for green mussels
was almost always an impromptu event among the boys in the
neighborhood, usually when we wanted to take a dip in the sea and
needed something to partake of later. Mussels were the perfect fare,
it's free, quick to harvest, easy to clean and cook, healthy, and
taste terrific. After cleaning the mussels by washing it with fresh
water, we simply boiled it, adding sauteed ginger, garlic and onion.
Only lately did I learn from a friend that adding a bottle of Seven Up
into the boiling water will give it even a better taste. At times,
we just tossed mussels into an open fire for even quicker cooking. We
build a small fire from scrap wood under some shady spot, behind
either our quarters or our neighbor's. Anyone in the
households who wanted to partake in the feast was welcomed, for there
was more than enough for everyone. They also relished the oysters,
which my taste buds and stomach simply couldn't take, until now.