Fried squid with salsa -Paistettu mustekala salsalla

Like I mentioned in my previous post I got very excited after having the amazing culinary pub lunch on Saturday. From the pub we walked straight to our huge local supermarket that has a fantastic fishmonger in it and I went and bought the whole squid! I know, pretty extravagant, but I felt like it plus I had never cooked squid before. My first attempt went pretty well in fact and I was rather proud of myself in the end. I sliced the squid I fried it and I served it with mango salsa.

Kuten mainitsinkin edellisessä blogipostauksessani, innostuin lauantain ihanasta kulinaarisesta pubilounaasta niin paljon, että kävelimme rakkaan aussimieheni kanssa pubista suraan lähimpään ruokakauppaan (jossa on muuten aivan uskomattoman monipuolinen kalatiski) ja ostimme kokonaisen mustekalan. Tiedän, se oli hieman hullu tempaus, mutta mieleni teki valmistaa mustekalaa, sillä en ole sitä koskaan aikaisemmin tehnyt. Päädyin siis paistamaan mustekalaa ja tarjoilin sen magosalsan kanssa.

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The whole squid. Kokonainen mustekala.

First you need to gut the squid. You just simply pull the inside of it out but watch out the ink. If you go on too hard you will end up with black ink everywhere. After removing the guts you peal the actual skin such as the flesh is white in colour and smooth. Then you cut it into the slices that you want to serve it in, you can do rings or squares. I did squares with pineapple cut. Pineapple cut looks very pretty after grilling or frying as the skin gets nice decoration on it.

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Mustekalan perkaaminen on hyvin yksinkertaista. Ensin vedät lonkeroista niin, että sisälmykset tulevat ulos. Tee tämä hellävaraisesti sillä mustekalan mustetankki on sen sisällä. Jos olet liian kovakourainen päädyt levittämään mustetta kaikkialle. Pienenä välihuomautuksenä muuten, tiesittekö, että osa fine dining ravintoloista käyttää musteen kastikkeen mausteeksi ja värjäämiseksi -mielenkiintoista! Joka tapauksessa, kun olet poistanut sisälmykset, kuori uloin nahkaosa pois, jotta jäljelle jää kaunis vaalea liha. Voit leikata mustekalan joko renkaiksi tai neliön muotoisiksi palasiksi ja tehdä neliöihin ananasviillot ristiin rastiin. Tämä antaa kauniin koristekuvion kun mustekala grillataan tai paistetaan (katso kuva yllä).

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Gutted and cleaned squid ready for spicing. Perattu ja puhdistettu mustekala valmiina maustamiseen.

For the squid:

3 cloves of garlic (squeezed in)

1 tsp onion granules

1 tsp salt

1 tsp paprika

hint of black pepper

1. Mix the spices with the squid and fry.

2. Use a lot of oil, so shallow fry the squid to get the best result.

3. After frying, dry the pieces on the kitchen towel.

Mustekala:

3 valkosipulin kynttä

1 tl sipulijauhe

1 tl paprikajauhe

1tl suola

mustapippuria

1. Sekoita mausteet ja paista mustekala runsaassa öljyssä.

2. Kuivaa öljy pois levittämällä paistetut mustekalapalat paperin päälle.

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Mangosalsa:

100g mangoes finely chopped (pineapples go perfectly too, in fact could be even better!)

1 red onion finely chopped

1/2 red capsicum finely chopped

5cm piece of cucumber finely chopped

juice of one lime squeezed in

1/2 tsp coriander ( I used the spice but fresh one -maybe 1-2 tbsp chopped- would be better)

1 tbs sweet chilli sauce

(1 tbs balsamico optional)

hint of black pepper

1. Mix the ingredients together.

Mangosalsa:
100g mangoa (myös ananas käy, itse asiassa sopii loistavasti mustekalan kanssa!!!)

1 punasipuli

5cm pala kurkkua

1/2 punainen paprika

1 limen mehu puristettuna

1/2 tl korianteri maustetta (1-2 rkl tuoretta korianteria on parempi!)

1 rkl makeaa chilikastiketta

mustapippuria

hieman balsamicoa (ei pakollinen)

1. Pilko ainesosat hienoksi silpuksi ja sekoita yhteen.

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I served the fried squid on the top of salsa with a tiny bit of chilli jam on top.

It was super tasty! Enjoy!

Tarjoilin paistetun mustekalan salsan päällä ja koristeeksi ja mauksi lisäsin hieman chilihilloa. Jam! Oli niin herkullista! Nauti!

Caribbean feast- Karibialainen ruokafesti

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Last weekend I had an amazing Caribbean influenced meal for lunch. I got so excited about those flavours that yesterday I decided to make my own version of this delicious meal. I was amazed how good our local supermarket was when I went to hunt some Caribbean ingredients, they had everything I needed for the jerk sauce and even a ready Jamaican jerk spice too. The supermarket had fresh pawpaws and mangoes and even plantains (cooking bananas!!!). Unbelievable!  Have to give points to English supermarkets after that! By the way, don’t get too worried if you cannot find cooking bananas, use regular ones.

My mum always keeps on telling me how different my taste buds are from hers as I love sweet meals and particularly I love mixing sweet and savoury flavours together. I know this is the case. If my dear Aussie husband goes and orders an English breakfast I choose always sweet continental breakfast for myself. I rather pass the savoury English breakfast and drink only coffee instead if I cannot get my muesli or croissant with some jam.

Caribbean cuisine is something I highly admire and adore. The flavours are fresh, sweet and unusual for Western palate. I have been quite hesitant to try to cook any Caribbean at home as I am not very  familiar with cooking it, only eating it. After last night’s feast I realised that in fact it is not hard at all. Some research online needs to be carried out but after that you can combine your own Caribbean meal. Here is mine: Jerk chicken, fried plantains, mango pawpaw salsa and chunky chips. I hope you enjoy it. My dear Aussie husband certainly did as I got requested to cook another one tonight!

Serving for two:

2 chicken thighs

Jerk Sauce:

3 spring onions roughly chopped

1cm size of fresh ginger

1 garlic clove

1/2 onion

1 red chilli deseeded

1/2 lime (juice)

2-3 tbs vegetable oil

1-2 tbs BBQ sauce

1 tbs dark sugar

1 tbs fresh thyme chopped

1/2 tsp all spice mix

1. Put all the chopped sauce ingredients into the food processor or blender and mix well.

2. Rub the sauce on chicken thighs and let marinade for 1-2 hours.

3. Cook in the oven in 180 celsius degrees in a baking dish on the top of the foil for 30min or less if cooked through. The last 5min raise the baking dish higher so that the skin gets crispier.

Mango Pawpaw Salsa:

1/2 pawpaw cut into tiny cubes

1 small mango cut into small cubes

1 red onion chopped

2-3 tbs balsamico

1 tbs sugar

1. Chop the ingredients and mix well together. Let sit in the fridge for 1 hour or so. The salsa gets sweeter!

Chunky chips:

3-4 big potatoes sliced to chip shape with skin on

4 tbs vegetable oil

1 tbs paprika

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp white pepper

1 tsp black pepper

2 tsp onion granules

1. Mix together in a bowl and bake on a baking tray in 180 celsius degrees in grill section for 15-20min. The last 5min raise the temperature to the highest available degree (for me 240 celsius degrees) and cook for an extra 3-5 min to get really crunchy chips.

Plantains:

1 plantain

1. Slice the plantain and fry in oil on frying pan.

See the difference between ripe and unripe plantain. The darker the plantain and the more you see black spots the better and sweeter it will be!

plaintain ripeness

Serve the Caribbean feast by setting chicken thighs, chips, salsa and plantains on the plate.

ENJOY!