Thursday, May 13, 2010
I can recommend this for serious gastromomic impact and actually very little hassle. And it was good for disposing of leftover squid and rice and stale bread. A win all round.
Soften one small fennel bulb, large spring onion, 1/4 of a jalepeno, and some green bell pepper in a little olive oil. Low temp, lid on. Meanwhile crumb a large slice of stale bread, add an egg, some leftover rice, and salt pepper and thyme. Add in the softened veggies - put the sausage-meat-like mix into the squid tubes with a teaspoon (do NOT try this with really tiny squid that a teaspoon doesn't fit. I have been this stupid... once) close them off with a toothpick - or if like me tonight you can't FIND a toothpick until dinner is finished, with a piece of dried spaghetti. It worked very well - and could be eaten. Put the stuffed squid into a small pot, add some chopped tomato and a little thickening, season - but remember it will reduce so not too much. Put to simmer on the slowburner, and then get on with writing for the next 20 minutes. Any leftover stuffing can be fried in little patties as a side dish. And then serve.
Now I shall return to my battle of the wills with the new label on the tall green olive bottle. Every five minutes I stick it down. Go back to the Hellespont in the book... Then the other side comes off. Soon there will be superglue!