Sunday, 11 October 2015

Cooking My Catch, Finally ― Pasta with Calamari [With Video and Recipe]



Ein el Sokhna, Red Sea - Egypt, 2015

Since I quit eating red meat and chicken about a year and a half ago, seafood is the only life form that I have been occasionally consuming. Fishing is a heck of a meditative activity that teaches patience like nothing else. So being on the beach by the Red Sea in Egypt these days, I thought it would be a cool idea to go fishing for squids. My sister agreed to come with me and we headed to the pier by sunset. 

Maybe 10 minutes through, my sister caught a medium-size squid. Another 15 minutes she got another. Then finally I caught one. But we had to leave soon after because it got too windy.

We went home and cleaned them up and decided that since there wasn't much, we should leave them in the freezer for the next day when we could hopefully catch some more. During the action, I noticed some flashes on the skin of the calamari so I thought I would get it on film. This is the video of this peculiar sight. And it was after being decapitated and about one hour after we caught them. I also found other YouTube videos where the same is shown.




We went again to the pier the next day, but the wind made it impossible to fish. So back home I was left with little calamari, and decided that the best way to make them would be on top of some pasta. As usual, I consulted the Internet to skim through some recipes before finally heading to the kitchen to create my own version.

What made this meal quite special to me is the fact that it's first time to cook my own catch. It is actually something I have been meaning to do for some time. During fishing trips as a teenager, I had caught some fairly-big, edible fish but there was always someone to cook them for us on the boat. As I came to find out, there is something so wild and innate about the experience; it is probably why I felt somewhat happily compelled to eat those squids, since I wouldn't want to just kill them for no purpose.

What's noteworthy is that even though I'm here using the two terms interchangeably ― simply because I do not know which is which ― squid and calamari are two different animals; squid is cheaper and tougher while calamari is more tender and expensive. After some thorough Googling, I found that due to language differences, geographical location, and misunderstanding, more often than not squid and calamari are confused. I leave you with this Link if you want to know the real difference.


Anyways, back to our recipe. Enjoy!


  • Start cooking pasta.

  • Add butter or 2 tsp olive oil to a saucepan over medium heat.

  • Add chopped green onions and mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes or until onion softens. You can always substitute golden/white onions; and garlic, caper, anchovies, crushed red pepper/red chili, dry white wine, pine nuts can always be added for variety.

  • Add tomato sauce and 2 tsp of Dijon mustard. Bring to a boil then reduce to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Add the calamari to the mix and cook for 3-4 minutes until it becomes tender, then remove from heat. 

  • Add parsley, basil, rosemary, Herbes de Provence (savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, oregano), salt and pepper.

  • Drain pasta, add the yummy mixture, and toss lightly over low heat until warm.

 Buon Appetito!



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