Sunday, January 30, 2011

Now with more tentacle!

It never would have occurred to me to cook an octopus.


But, you see, I read this last week.

Still, I wasn't really intending to do it ... at first.

But it turned out that the grocery store had frozen octopus, so what could I do? (They didn't have couscous, but octopus was no problem.)

It thawed quite nicely in the fridge overnight.

And curled up nicely in the boiling water.

I left out the olives because I forgot to buy them and the fennel because I don't actually know what that is. Instead, I added mushrooms. Wanda doesn't actually like mushrooms, but I didn't really think that was going to be her biggest problem with this dish.

When it was ready, I popped it in the oven and watched half of a season of The Good Wife did very productive things.

Wanda had to gear herself up to eat it, but even she had to admit that it was good (once she picked out the tomatoes and mushrooms).

And today, for a change of pace, I made bread.

I need a bigger bowl.


  1. I am admiring, amused, and just a wee bit repulsed (though I am quite sure it was delicious - except for the mushrooms!)

  2. I may never sleep soundly again. I am extremely gastrically conservative...that octopus freaks me out!

  3. Good for you! I'm pretty sure octopus is NOT on my list of foods to cook :-)

  4. I completely understand - it's definitely an adjustment to see a tentacle your food.

    A quote from the original recipe: "Now does that look like a monster to you? Hardly at all. I mean, other than the tentacles and suction cups, but just train yourself to look at that and think, “Dinner!!” instead of, “Oh god, SAVE THE CHILDREN!” and you’ll be alright."

  5. Colette - How seriously pumped was I that you made octopus??? I'm actually getting really hungry looking at those luscious curling tentacles in your picture....hmmm....again, awesome and thanks for giving seamonsters a whirl!