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For The Love Of Cuttlefish...

Discussion in 'Non-fish Seafood' started by leah elisheva, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. Happy Wednesday to all!

    Today's simple cuttlefish lunch, was pan seared  (versus smoked) and then just layered over a hot pot of simple amaranth with onion, as seen right here:

    Often I do SMOKE these though, and/or grill them, tangle them in pesto, pasta, or whatever quickie random meal it be.

    And so, in the fashion of my "Octopus" post from last Thursday, I thought I'd send some midweek cheer, and by sharing today's humble meal, and too, a couple of my cuttlefish simple lunches with you.

    I do seem to quite regularly rotate between octopus, cuttlefish, and snails, (again and again), as my little "go-to quickies," to merely throw together and devour on many a day throughout the week; and then opt for other things when able.

    In any event, I do love that trio, and so here's to eating what we each enjoy!

    Meanwhile, Happy "Thanksgiving Eve," and/or first night of Chanukah to some, and one VERY RAINY WEDNESDAY to those of us here, on the New Hampshire Coast! Smiles.

    However, "We bring our own sunshine" in this great world, I do believe. So here is a huge CHEERS to that! Enjoy!!! - Leah

  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    That's bunch of Cuttlefish dishes! I'll take them all, extra tentacles please! 
  3. Thank you Dirtsailor!!! Yes, I do love grabbing life by the tentacles!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!! Cheers! - Leah
  4. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That looks great, Are you having some kind of fish for Thanksgiving also?? Those look like great dishes.

    Happy "Tentacle" Day  LOL No really happy "Turkey Day"
  5. Thank you dried stick!! And happy tentacle or turkey day to you!!!

    As for food, I am celebrating the holidays each day now, and so it starts with a simple smoked frogs' legs sample today, and then moves into some oysters, smoked alligator, and some other fish related fun over the next few days, and then right on into the new week ahead too! So stay tuned!

    Meanwhile, happy Thanksgiving, and fabulous Thursday to you and to all!!!! Cheers! - Leah
  6. Happy Wednesday all!

    Here's today's super simple lunch, (just finished devouring it), of spinach, paprika, olive oil and luscious smoked cuttlefish! I figured it was worth adding in thus, to this previous thread.

    Cheers to all! - Leah

  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Looks great Leah! Our local Pho shop has a great seafood gumbo, Bun Man that has cuttlefish in it. They also make a cuttlefish salad, Goi Muc that's tasty!
  8. Well thank you tons dirtsailor!!!! Your PHO SHOP sounds fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheers! - Leah
  9. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks great as usual.

    Octopus prices a bit strong ,probably because its salad season.

    Jumbo model must have been 3 kg!

  10. MAN does your fish market look OUTSTANDING! That's it, I am moving to Australia!!!

    The octopus looks incredible! And are those tiny octopus cuties in the background (another love of mine) and then red mullet fish near it too?  It all looks so amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing!!! You're so very blessed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cheers to it all! Thank you!!!!!!!! - Leah
  11. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Largest fish market in Australia,wholesale /retail .Its about 4k away as the pelican flies. Normally there are 3 sizes then some imported stuff which I  don't buy.

    The ones from Tasmania are my favourite,cold water ,skin a better texture. Aussies are gearing up for the traditional seafood binge at Xmas.Market trades 24 hours x2 days until Xmas day. Better suited to the climate.
  12. Wow Mick, your Christmas must be perfect! All the fish one wishes for, without the snow!!

    So wonderful!!!

    Meanwhile, here's to today! And to little tiny octopus delicacies too! (I love those).

    Cheers! - Leah
  13. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sydney gets seafood from the colder south ,warmer / tropical north & New Zealand.
    So there is a huge range of product. That red fish was ruby snapper ,northern. We do get red mullet exact same, fish as Eu..rope .
    Sydney is the biggest,oldest city we have & the gateway to the rest of the country.
    It's a very diverse city,culturally,ethnically ,arts,opera house,the harbour. THE FOOD
    I have a mixed relationship with it , come & see it I will give you a tour.
  14. That sounds so amazing, and I would love that!!! The food even, sounds so exceptional and the access you have, is incredible!!!! You're very blessed! Cheers!!!!!! - Leah
  15. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Aussie's at Xmas if they have access to it will eat a stack of cooked prawns(shrimp) served cold. Then its depends oysters maybe, what we call "bugs" shovel nose sand creature(I will post a photo) ,maybe a poached salmon(farmed) whole baked snapper or whatever suits.Ethnic variations of course.

    People grill seafood a lot.Sure there are still turkey & ham devotees but thats often served cold as well.

    My neighbour down the coast sold 700 x dozen oysters the day before Xmas in a town of 1200 people!He is just one out of about 5 oyster shacks.

    Its hot,people are wearing shorts & t shirts the kids are in the pool ,nobody wants to be sweating it out in the kitchen over a turkey & trimmings. 
  16. Just that lineup Mick, and your pal's quite massive oyster doings; bring such delightful imagery into the day!!! Happy weekend to all!!!! Cheers! - Leah
  17. Happy Wednesday Great Cookies Of The Smoking World!!!!!!!

    I just finished lunch - pan seared cuttlefish today and with a simple Greek "Marouli" (green) salad, of chopped romaine, green onions, and fresh dill! It was AMAZING!!!

    While these photos today are dark, blurry etc.; and I don't 'photoshop' or fix my pictures and so what's there is there, one can still hopefully get a glimpse of this very simple albeit healthful and wonderful meal! (Or to me anyway). Smiles. WOW do I just love cuttlefish so much!

    While all cuttlefish is superb, (smoked, grilled, and so forth), I think what I do love about the pan seared, is that they didn't shrink down as much and thus some big ones remained, which I just adore, and also I can "under cook" them some, just searing for seconds, and thus have them super soft and savory, versus cooking too much on the grill etc. (I'm excited to make cuttlefish ceviche next time)!

    OK, forgive the blurry pics, but please do indeed find the joy (I hope) nonetheless! And happy midweek to all - make today's hump day so grand that even the lobsters start dancing and just right out of the sea!!!

    Cheers!!!!!!!!! - Leah

  18. Leah...

    Shouls you ever consider to start a restaurant , pls let me know !
    I'll start saving for a ticket to the US !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Shouls = should...

    My chubby fingers, sorry.
  20. Oh FrankBe, you're so very kind! Thank you tons! You must just have cuttlefish GALORE right where you are, yes?

    And no worries on the typo! I understood it the first time and indeed speak "Typoese" (being the queen of some major ones daily myself)!!!! A sign of an active and great thinker, right?

    OH - and my cuttlefish today were from Thailand actually! So there you have it!

    Thank you again!!!!

    Cheers!!!!!!! - Leah