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Crazy- Amazing Stuffed Squid

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As much as I love to write about cooking, I myself am a professional cook in my everyday life (which explains why I almost never have time to post).  One of the many amazing things about my line of work is the incredible people I have met along the way.  Don’t get me wrong, the industry is crazy, and has plenty of downsides– but more on that later.  Most cooks are just people who are so obsessed with cooking that they have dedicated their lives to learning more.

One of the best ways to learn is through others– and with that, I need to explain how this beautiful recipe fell into my lap.

This is Helen.

Helen!

Pictured here casually with celebrity chef Scott Conant

She’s just as lovely on the inside as she is on the outside, trust me.  She’s a cook that came to the game after already pursuing another career– and as a result, has amazing skills cooking many of the dishes she grew up with, and pays homage to her Vietnamese heritage. While she learns French cuisine along with the rest of us, she has an amazing trick up her sleeve.

Normally, Helen doesn’t do much to bring attention to her delicious recipes– just simple Instagram posts and casual dinner parties for fellow cooks and family.

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Like this beauty; aka “casual dinner”

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Or this gorgeous dish. She does this on her days off, people.

Her food should definitely be celebrated– the depth of flavor in her dishes and thoughtfulness to the detail is so necessary to honor a cuisine that is notoriously complex.  So, after at least a few hours of begging her while prepping at work, Helen agreed to share one of her recipes with me, and the world  suddenly seems like a happier place.

Ingredients

  • 20 small to medium cleaned squid with tentacles.

Pork Stuffing

  • 1/2 lb ground pork (80/20 fat is best, but any will work)
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 3 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 shallot (minced)
  • 1-2 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  • 3 stalks green onion (minced thinly)
  • 1/2 cup bean thread noodles (soaked in warm water for 10 min, drained then chopped)
  • 1/3 cup wood ear mushrooms (soaked in warm water for 10 min, drained and chopped

Instructions

  1. Combine the pork, fish sauce, ground pepper, white pepper, garlic, sugar, salt, shallot, green onions, bean thread noodles and wood ear mushrooms.
  2. Let the pork mixture marinate for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Stuff the calamari using a small spoon or a piping bag. Seal the calamari by threading a toothpick at the end.
  4. In a frying pan on medium high heat, add the stuffed calamari with 1 tablespoon of water. Cover the pan with a lid and steam the calamari for 10 minutes. This will evenly and perfectly cook both the pork and calamari without drying them out.
  5. Then, remove the lid, cook uncovered with tablespoon of oil and tablespoon of oyster sauce until golden brown.
  6. Slice to the desired thickness and serve.

 

Hopefully I’ll be able to pick the brains of more of my fellow chefs– and share it all here.

Thanks, Helen!

-L

 

 

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Some Favorites for the Holidays

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My favorite holiday is tomorrow.
Yes, it’s thanksgiving. I don’t think anyone is surprised. I know it has some pretty sketchy roots, but I just love the idea of a holiday that celebrates eating and drinking. I’m also off from school for a few days, giving me time to relax and restore a little. I’m quite happy.
A friend asked me last week if I would be writing about thanksgiving, and while I have been so busy I haven’t had much time to cook outside of school (see previous post), I’m always on the lookout for cool holiday recipes. I’ve found a few from some of my favorite blogs. Thought I’d share.
So I love turkey, but sometimes cooking a whole bird can be a little much, if you’re not having a big gathering, or turkey can be easy to overcook. When I have my first thanksgiving away from home, I’ll probably make something like this instead:

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That’s a turkey roulade from No Spoon Necessary , and I think it’s a great way to have turkey and stuffing but save on time and wasting product (I feel like the turkey usually sits in the fridge til Christmas).
I love potatoes, and Jody Adams (of Rialto and Trade in Boston) does them serious justice in her blog, The Garum Factory. The blog is shot by her husband and features incredible striking shots of food. These potatoes are sliced thin and baked with onions and topped with cheese.

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Thanksgiving is anything without cranberry sauce. I found this incredible recipe on Chocolate and Marrow that uses Pinot Noir, which just happens to be my favorite wine. Coincidence? I think not.

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The holidays would be just another day without something sweet to finish the meal. I couldn’t decide between pumpkin cheesecake bars from Serena Bakes Simply from Scratch and butterscotch pudding from Chocolate and Marrow, so here’s both.

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Don’t forget something to wash it all down. Thanks, BuzzFeed.

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These recipes can inspire for some delicious additions to this years table, or just upgrade classic recipes.
Happy Holidays!
-L