Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Lazy Saturday Lunch with octopus salad

Octopus salad with chilli & red onion

We love late week-end Summer lunch , usually with cold cuts and nice green
salad and nice crunch bread.
This week I found nice fresh Cornish octopus were in the fish corner, have to buy.
We love octopus, specially Italian style with red onion. red chilli, lemon zest, juice
extra olive oil.
But how do you cook octopus?

If  you do not cook properly it can be very chewy and hard to eat.
Put water into the large pan to cover octopus, onion cut in half with brown skin on, 1 carrot, half celery stick, 7 pepper corn, small piece of ginger, 2 covers of garlic and 1 glass of red wine , 1 dry chilli ( small), salt 1 tsp.
Add octopus and let it boil for 2 minutes and simmer for at least 30-45 minutes ( depends on the size of octopus) and check.
If octopus is tender still got a bite , take out and keep leave them to cool.

Slice 1 red onion very thin.
1-2 red chilli ( not bird eye chilli, long ones) cut thin.
1 tbs extra olive oil, one lemon zest and juice
mix together ,Season with salt.
Cut the octopus bite size and mix with onion, chilli mix and season .

Our family love this octopus salad in Summer season, I make spicy octopus stew with Korean spices when the weather is cold.
Hope I can find octopus often at the fish corner specially Cornish one is not too big , easy to cook.
I love grilled octopus as well, if I can find big ones.
I do not know why a lots of people in Britain does not cook octopus at home, the meat texture is just like chicken thigh.
I think too many people eat fish looks pretty, squid, octopus look weird or just does not know how to handle.
Do try at home !
Our dessert was juicy white peach, they are strangely beautiful to look and taste even better. 

White peaches

Lazy Saturday lunch

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