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We took my father in law out for dinner yesterday to our favorite Italian joint. I had two appetizers for supper (I often like to do that): Carpaccio, and the steamed PEI mussels in Green Harissa.
Well, that harissa/mussel broth was the tastiest new flavor I've tasted in a year. Wow. Luckily for me, there was no cilantro in it (I am among those for whom cilantro tastes like gasoline).
There are many variations on Green Harissa - you can google them. It's not meant to be overly hot, just tangy. As best I can tell, this one contained jalapenos, garlic, mint, scallions, black pepper, salt, flat-leaf parsley, olive oil, lemon zest, a little sugar. Some water. No spices, because the mussel broth had plenty of good flavor. Mix raw in blender or immersible blender.
For vegetables or fish, you might want to use some of the spices the recipes suggest.
"Supper"! Thank you. It has always been supper for me. But since I moved to the West coast I say "Dinner", so that the locals won't be confused. On Sunday our mid-day meal was Sunday Dinner. During the week when just us kids were at home the noon meal was "dinner" or "lunch" but the evening meal was Supper. In our house Supper was served when my father got home. Sometimes he got home just after 5:00pm and sometimes we waited an hour or so but Supper wasn't served until dad got home.
In Texas, Dinner is so termed by being the main meal of the day. On ranches, historically Dinner was served just after mid-day, after a hard morning's work, and then followed by siesta during the heat of the day. And then, back to work until dark; in the evening, after work was done, there was supper. So it really depends upon the timing of the day's main meal. Nowadays it's more common for dinner to be served in the evening.
BD: Every recipe I can find for green harissa includes cilantro. Would you please tell us what restaurant you were visiting, or try to find a recipe for Harissa that you think is close to the one you enjoyed. There is a recipe in the San Antonio newspaper, but you have to subscribe to the newspaper to get it !