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3 Course Dinner

Who said you need an occasion to make 3 courses?

Starter: Calamari salad with avocado and lemon mayo.

Squid is pretty damn cheap. I got a kilo of frozen squid for $11. The squid you see on these 2 plates cost about $1. Not bad!

Squid rings

Half a squid tube per person (or 1-1.5 whole tubes for a main)
1 tbspn flour
Oil for frying

Ok, I’m terrible with measurements. I don’t measure and neither should you! Learn what feels right. Taste your food and remember for next time.
  1. Clean squid tubes and dry with paper towels/napkins.
  2. Put in a shallow bowl and paprika, salt and pepper generously. Add about a tablespoon of flour for each tube. Mix well and refridgerate until needed.
  3. Heat about 4cm of oil in a small pot.
  4. Carefully lower the squid rings with tongs. They are done after about 2 minutes. Be careful not to overcrowd them. Batches are a good idea!

I’ve read that you should drain/dry on paper towels, but there was hardly any oil excess so I just put them straight onto the salad I was serving these with.

Serve with lemon mayo.

Lemon mayo

1 small lemon
4 tablespoons of mayo

  1. Zest the lemon – make about a teaspoon of the stuff and put into a small bowl.
  2. Add a good squeeze of lemon juice and the mayonnaise.
  3. Mix.
  4. You can add some fresh chopped basil basil if you feel like it too. I’m going to try this with basil tonight.

Main course: Purple mash with Tuscan smoked salmon.

I mashed 1 purple kumara with 2 potatoes. Happy with the colour this time.

Dessert: banana and cinnamon chocolate sauce on vanilla ice cream.

Ok, brown food doesn’t photograph well…

I love the contrast of hot sauce and cold, cold icecream.

Super easy:

  1. Melt 2 teaspoons of raw sugar with a touch of water in a sauce pan.
  2. Add chopped fruit (banana, strawberry, whatever).
  3. Add a handful of chocolate buttons.
  4. A sprinkle of cinnamon if it suits. Pour over ice cream.
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I am Genie, a graphic designer/photographer obsessed with food and bunnies. I live in Whanganui, New Zealand with my husband, The Koala and our two rabbits, Kobe and Bento. I write about my hedonistic ways and I love the mantra "Eat well, travel often". I prefer not to write about myself in third person.

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