4 cloves garlic, finely chopped2 tsp fennel seeds, coarsely ground1/3 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra, for drizzling¼ tsp dried chilli flakes2 large ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and finely chopped1½ tsp fine sea salt400 ml dry white wine500 gm clams (vongole), soaked in salted water for 1 hour, rinsed well1 kg mussels, scrubbed, bearded and rinsed2 tbsp aged red wine vinegar To serve:toasted sourdough bread, drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil
Place garlic, fennel seeds and parsley in a mortar, and, using a pestle, pound to a fine paste.
Heat olive oil in a heavy-based casserole, add garlic paste and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Add chilli, tomatoes, sea salt and wine and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook for another 5 minutes or until tomatoes are soft. Add clams and mussels and cook, covered, for another 5-8 minutes or until shellfish just open, stir in vinegar and season to taste. Serve immediately, with toast passed separately.