This is a dish that I thought I would never taste neither cook as always saw it with more than squid. Until I went to Galicia with friends and one day we ate arroz negro in a restaurant. I didnt see anything that could give me an allergic attack, although I wondered later on the day if they had used fish stock… but I survived 🙂
So based on that experience, I decided to try it myself at some point. And that was today. I found a video that matched my expectations of using only squid. I bought a couple of things I missed (nothing special) and already had the squid ink I bought online.
400g frozen squid rings
1-2 tsp of squid ink (or more)
1 bunch of spring onions chopped
1 pepper chopped: I used an orange one.
2 cloves of garlic chopped (I forgot to add it!)
2 tsp of tomate paste
500m of boiling water with a vegetable stock cube
200g aprox (or a bit more) paella rice
1-2 tsp of turmeric
In a hot paella dish, drizzle a bit of olive oil. Add the frozen squid rings. Add a pinch of salt.
Keep stirring until you have crust in the bottom of the dish. Not burn!!! Drop the heat to medium-low.
Add the spring onions and pepper. Mix continuosly, dont allow to burn!
Add the tomate paste and mix.
Add the rice and mix well for 1 minute or so. Dont allow to burn!
Add the vegetable stock with the boiling water. Add a pinch of salt.
Add the squid ink with a bit of boiling water to be sure it is not solid.
Be sure the paella dish is completely black (In my case I should have added 1 more tsp of ink)
Add the turmeric and mix. Taste it! Dont move the rice any more after this.
Increase heat to high for 5 minutes aprox. Be sure you move the paella dish to be sure the heat is spread out evenly so the rice is cooked everywhere.
Drop the heat to medium.
Wait until most of the water is evaporated. With a tsp, try a bit of the rice to be sure it is cooked. You should be able to scratch the bottom and get the extra flavour!
Remove from heat, and let it cool for a minute. Ready to eat!
200ml sunflower oil
2 chopped garlic cloves
1 tbsp of vinegar
1/4 lemon juice
Put all ingredients in a tall glass and use a hand blender.
Blend and taste! Need salt? Lemon?
Put in a bowl and to the fridge
For my first time, really happy, better than I expected! Just add more ink next time 🙂
This is nothing new. I have made gazpacho for several years, it always taste nice but somehow I felt it wasnt as good as the ones I tried back home. And to be honest, I never bothered looking for a video…. I followed kind of the recipe from Simone Ortega.
But yesterday, I did my best by far!!! The difference, just three super ripe and juicy tomatoes!!! They filled nearly half of my jar of the blending machine with juice once I crashed them a bit… So this is just a note for the next time. Buy good tomates, they are a bit more expensive, but they are worth every f* penny Mazinger.
3 super ripe/juicy tomatoes. Peel them
1 red pepper, try to peel it
1 green pepper, try to peel it
1 cucumber, peel it.
2-3 cloves of garlic.
salt + pepper
1-2 tbs of vinegar
100ml olive oil (aprox)
a bit of paprika
splash of water (optional- not necessary with good tomatoes)
Put everything in the blender. Mix until everything is smooth.
I booked a baking e-course for this morning regarding Greek baking. At the end, I had only the instructions and couldnt join the session so I decided to go ahead myself anyway. So it was a nice way to wake up early and start the weekend.
Olive Bread – Elipsomo
400gr strong white bread flour
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
7gr dried yeast
2 tbsp olive oil
75g olives, pitted and chopped
1 tsp rosemary chopped
Pre-heat oven at 80C to help proving the dough later. Let it warm up for 5 minutes and then drop the temperature to the minimum.
Put flour, garlic powder, salt and yeast in a bowl and mix well
In a small bowl, mix water and honey until well combined
Make a well in the center of the flour bowl and pour the water/honey mix. Combine well until a ball of dough is formed.
Put the dough in a table and knead for 8-10 minutes. It should be smooth and pass the “window pane test”.
Then add one tbsp of olive oil in the bowl and spread it around. Put back the dough, let it rest inside the oven. Be sure it is just warm. Let it be until it doubles in size.
Take the dough out of the oven and pre-heat at 220C.
Flatten the dough like a rectangle, add the chopped olives and rosemary. This is the difficult part because I wasnt sure what to do. I tried to make a ball again but it started breaking with the olives. Anyway, once shaped in a ball, let it rest for 5 minutes. I need to find a video to see clearly this part.
Prepare a baking tray with paper and put the dough. Coat the dough with the last 1 tbsp of olive (I forgot this 🙁 )
Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden.
This is the result!!!
Clearly, I didnt spread the olives properly… It tastes good to be honest. Maybe next time I will try with a mix of white flour and rye.
100gr brown sugar
125gr extra virgin olive oil
150gr self raising flour
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp baking powder
2 medium eggs
1 tsp vanilla paste
Preheat oven at 200C
Put sugar, honey, olive oil and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil gradually and simmer for 2-3 minutes. I didnt get a syrup, it was still “quite” liquid. Remove from heat and let it rest
Put flour, cinnamon, cloves and baking powder in a bowl and mix properly.
In a cristal bowl, put the eggs and vanilla, whisk well. Then pour the liquid mix slowly always keep whisking.
Then add the flour mix to the liquid mix. Mix well, and taste it!!!
Pour the mix into a tin (with baking paper)
Bake for 30-40 minutes. It is ready when you poke with a skewer and comes out clean. It has to be moist!!!
Let it cold down
And not bad result. Very moist and tasty!
You can add some icing after the baking but I thought it was not necessary.
Bread is my favourite food and with water, I could live anywhere. I mainly bake sourdough with rye flour based starter. And never managed to get big open crumbs although I have watched many videos, I stick with the recipe I learned.
This weekend I decided to try a recipe for a loaf that looked easy to get open crumbs. I am not sure if it is really rustic but it liked the video and it was easy to follow.
500gr strong flour (13% protein)
3gr dry yeast
In a bowl with the flour, make a well in the middle and add the water.
Add the yeast to the water and mix. Then mix everything for a bit
Add the salt and keep mixing until everything is fully combined.
Let it rest for 1h. Cover it with a shower cap and towel.
Fold the dough from the corners several times. Wet your hand with water so the dough doesnt stick too much. Let it rest for another 1h.
Pre-heat oven at 250C
This is the “difficult” part. In your work surface add flour, and pour your dough over it. Spread the dough in a rectangle. From the top side, start “wrapping” the dough. Then wrap the dough from one side until you have kind of a small square.
Flat a bit the dough, and wrap it again starting from the top seam. Then again, fold it from one side. With your hand try to give a rounded form to the dough.
Move the dough to a lightly floured tray with baking paper. Rest for 15 minutes
Again, flour your surface, pour the dough, form a square and then fold again starting from the top seam. Pinch the sides and main seam to it looks “locked”.
Move to the tray again and rest for 5 minutes.
Score your dough with a razor
Bake for 20 minutes at 250C and 30 minutes at 220C (or as much brown you want)
Let it cool down and enjoy!
Unfortunately, the open crumb wasnt as good as in the video so a bit disappointed. So not really sure what I did wrong. At some point I will try again.
Taste wise, it is different from my sourdough loaf. I think I should have left it in the oven a bit longer.
In general it is a good bread, if one day I forgot to have my sourdough ready, I can have a fresh baked loaf in around 3h.