Learning how to gut and cook a squid, is one of the most memorable and interesting culinary conquests I experienced, whilst on my dining evening with Yves-the Social Cook, booked through BonAppetour the online Social Platform connecting both myself and Hospitality21.com – the north american hospitality website – to this fantastic cookery lesson.
Have you ever wanted to try squid and felt a little afraid by this weird looking sea creature?
I have, but on this evening, learning to gut & cook it, then the next day being out and about with Victoria Martinez of Barceona Shopping Scouts, on my personalised tour of Barcelona to experience further sea food delicacies – told me I could manage this at home!
I have previously eaten and enjoyed the delicious taste of tapas in Ibiza and during my road-trip which I took in 2012, with my husband and daughter along the coast of mainland Spain. I was also lucky enough to come face to face with an octopus, whist scuba diving off the beaches of Moraira. (at this point I would like to say I do prefer marine creatures alive but am not adverse to trying out new dishes)
and the fabulous food market close to Casa Maca Guesthouse – where I chose to stay for the duration – made me want to come again -book up somewhere to spend time food shopping and cooking a little more of what was on offer!
Although you might think this quite icky – I actually found cleaning and preparing the squid really interesting and I think you could let your kids get involved with this before dinner. An interactive way of including your children when road-schooling or living in community. If you scuba dive you can go from the experiential discovery of diving with squid-learning with the children about its marine environment – hunting nature – food chain – right through to how it is fished, prepared, cooked and ends up on the table. If you can think it – you can teach it!
Instructions on How to Gut a Squid:
I took my squid over to the sink. One bowl was for the parts of the squid ready to cook, another bowl for the parts to throw away. It can be a bit tricky at first but stick with it. The more you do – the easier it gets.
- The first thing I did was to cut off the head. Smoothing the tentacles up into a bunch – because the squid we were using were small – I cut off the head with a pair of scissors.
- Then I felt inside the squid body for the quill. It’s weird – looks like a bit of plastic. The squid version of a skeleton.
- Then you pull out the internal organs – which sounds grosser than it is! and remove the thin layer of filmy membrane and cut off the fins.
- Rinse the squid body in cold water. Inside and out.
- Turn the head inside out so that the squid beak pokes out, then just pop it out.
From the mountains and the sea…
The next day I enjoyed the delicacy of squid rings – eaten at Casa Mari y Rufo in the heart of Barcelona. This time the squid rings were simply fried in olive oil and garlic. What fish food would you like to try on your travels?