Happy Sunday Great Cookies and here's to good food!
So I had these adorable calamari cuties!!! Their eyes were smiling!
And I sliced eggplant, tossed it in grapeseed oil and herbs de Provence and smoked it on my gas smoker, with pistachio shells used as chips - high heat - for 45 minutes.
As I cleaned the calamari, ink went EVERYWHERE, which made me happy! How delicious, fresh and exciting!
After cleaning and discarding the cartilage and viscera, I mopped the rest (below) in grapeseed oil and smoked it up!
This went on lower heat, for 25 minutes...
I meanwhile did chop up raw veggies...
The smoked eggplant came off and smelled INCREDIBLY and had a sweet taste actually - lovely!
I tossed the veggies in Dijon, Tunisian olive oil and black pepper and herbs de Provence,
And I SWEAR it tasted like potato salad somehow! TRULY!!
When the calamari came off, it was so sweet, soft, (no rubber sense at all, like the nitrate induced, sodium laden and blanched junk that is sold in stores en masse), and worth the clean!
I wiped those around that Dijon dressing bowl, just to coat them some...
Inky bowls are happy bowls in my household, as they remind me that something from the sea has been around!
I ground blue Persian sea salt over it all...
And drizzled more Tunisian olive oil over it all as well...
And this was paired with a crisp and cold white Burgundy wine!
And the combo was incredible!
Everything was so succulent and juicy and soft!
The flavor of the squid just came alive, versus the "plastic variety" that I do often buy in stores when craving a quick meal...
The Dijon-Creamy salad just tasted like potato salad and the entire "picnic" therefore, was truly delightful!
Here's wishing everyone a fabulous Calamari Safari and Happy Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for sharing in my day!
Cheers!!!!!! - Leah