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Homemade Calamari? Yes Please!

Calamari is one of those things that people typically order at a restaurant and think they would NEVER make at home.  I am here to tell you, it REALLY isn’t that hard.

YDFM has a great seafood & fish (& lunchmeat, and meat, and cheese, etc) section.  They have squid rings for under $6/lb.  I was craving homemade calamari Sunday – for some odd reason – and so I went to YDFM and got squid ( and lunch from the YUMMY restaurant that I took to eat with Wes) to make salad and homemade calamari for dinner.

1 lb squid rings, precut – which I drained and dried on paper towels

3 bowls – 1 with flour (flavored with s&p, garlic, curry, red pepper), 1 with 1 egg w/1/5 T water, and 1 with panko bread crumbs – which I just kept adding to and didn’t really flavor.

So you toss in the flour, then the egg, then the panko and then put in a fryer.  Now I know that most people don’t have a fryer, but you can also use a dutch oven  – the lid is KEY in this process, b/c the oil pops.

I have a fryer that I put peanut oil in with a basket – TFal – that was fairly cheap and comes apart to clean and works really well

 

 

 

 

 

So you just do the “3 part process’ for the breading and I put the calamari in the basket before I drop it in the oil and then cook it for about 5 minutes or so until it is brown.  I then drain it on a BROWN PAPER BAG – paper towels make things SOGGY!  and I sprinkled with S&P and some curry powder.

Put them in my warming drawer in a glass casserole dish and then made a ‘marinara’ with parsley, garlic, onion, balsamic, sugar, and tomato sauce and heated that up.  (I also recommend Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili Sauce – in the little white bowl)

We had a salad and this and it was YUM!

You can do it!  I know you can!

 

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my new talent? one-armed cooking!

As many of you may or may not know, Wes and I often ride bikes.  I have 2 bikes – one is  a street bike for faster/long distance riding and the other is a Cannondale mountain bike with street tires.  The latter is what I ride when we head to Johnny’s, the Brake Pad, Oz Pizza, or local places in the area on a quick and more casual ride.

Sunday night, Wes suggested Johnny’s Pizza after a day of riding mini bikes with Josh and the boys in our backyard.  On the way home, he suggested we ride the bikes on the mini bike trail.  So instead of dismounting the bike and walking through the gravel/rocks on the side of our house like I usually do, I (very stupidly) made the decision to ride – “BIG MISTAKE, HUGE” – through the gravel.  Bike tire slipped out and I fell to the left and landed on my left palm with my arm straight…..which resulted in a trip to S. Fulton Medical Center, a jarred elbow and a splint and sling.

Yesterday, Wes had to work and then study.  It was crappy weather, and I had made an historic one-armed cart wrangling trip to YDFM where I bought lots of yummy things, including squid rings (pre-sliced, of course).

Last night, was craving a random July 4th dinner of NOT hamburgers and hot dogs, but Fried Calamari and Cucumber Soup (we have tons of cukes from our garden, so that facilitated the soup craving).  Aside from needing Wes to pour the peanut oil in fryer and juice the lime into blender for the soup, I think I did pretty well cooking with one arm!

The soup was 3 c buttermilk, 3 peeled and deseeded cucumbers, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, juice from 1.5 limes, 2 large avocados, 1 tsp salt -mix in blender and serve chilled

And after tossing the calamari in cornmeal, then egg whites, then panko I had some yummy fried calamari to go with it!

Served it with little tomato sauce and some spicy chile sauce and had a nice light dinner – all made with one arm (and a little help!)

**I have also learned I am a decent one-armed blogger too – though this is MORE of a pain than cooking! 🙂