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    Default Octopus!!

    Some would say I'm lucky to have an adventurous DD who likes to try lots of new things...however on this occassion!!I tried to sway her more towards the trout but she insisted the octopus looked far more appealing!I've never tried it myself,let alone cooked it,but thought as mum it would be wrong of me to turn my nose up to something I've never tried!
    So!!Thoughts anyone?How's the best way to cook it?& is it as to eat as it is to look at??!!
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    From Rick Stein:

    I have managed to buy some octopus, but I have no idea how to cook it.

    Rick Stein: Octopus needs some sort of pre-cooking. Either poach it gently in salted water for 45 minutes or so until tender, or cook it in a low oven with whatever flavours you like e.g. olive oil and thyme or spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, for about three hours until tender. Then slice it and serve it warm or in a salad. You can also stew it gently with red wine, garlic, olive oil, red onions and herbs for an authentic Mediterranean octopus stew!
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    it's ok till the suckers stick to your tongue

    i did have squid once ..... was gross.

    have fun
    Last edited by lynda66; 27-10-2008 at 12:55 PM.

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    Cheers Wayne!...& Lynda...thanks!!
    Must admit it's not a dinner I'm particularly excited about!!(& what's the betting I get a phonecall from Andi at 5ish saying he'll pick something up from the chippie on the way home?!
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    lol ..... you're welcome

    funnily enough, i'd be getting something from the chippy too

    have you thought about adding garden snails as a starter ??

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    We're actually soon off to the lottie...so maybe I could set the kiddies on a slug hunt!DD's also a dab hand at catching crickets(I do try to discourage her!),but maybe we could have a loverly selection of delectable grub(s) in a rather tasty stirfry!
    Yum-yum!!!(just a shame how tiddly the frogs are!!)
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    Here's a nice recipe- they even explain a bit about the preparation!

    Marinated Octopus - Htapothi Xythato - Greek Food - Greek Recipes


    I have memories of the Greeks defrosting blocks of frozen octopus by floating it in the sea for a couple of hours and then tenderising it by literally scrubbing it into the rocks- bit like the old washer-woman style of rubbing clothes onto a scrub-board.

    I've never prepard it myself but if you like squid, then you should like the octopus
    Let us know how you get on....there are loads of whole,uncooked ones in the freezer sections of French supermarkets, and I've often been tempted!


    Don't let it go to waste- they are really intelligent creatures and it would be sad to think it was discarded into the bin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andi&di View Post
    We're actually soon off to the lottie...so maybe I could set the kiddies on a slug hunt!DD's also a dab hand at catching crickets(I do try to discourage her!),but maybe we could have a loverly selection of delectable grub(s) in a rather tasty stirfry!
    Yum-yum!!!(just a shame how tiddly the frogs are!!)
    ooooo yum, reminds me of when i was in thailand, in a bar ...... turned round and came face to face with a huge plate of deep fried bugs ...... and of course i ate them all

    *thinks andi will leave home at the prospect of deep fried crickets*

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