Friday, 5 November 2010

Meeting up with a Fellow Blogger and a Recipe for Squid with Lemon and Garlic

Today I met my  blogging friend Anne for the first time. Take a look at her interesting blog, which is mainly about France; she has some stunning photos.  

It is amazing that after following each other's blogs for several months, we discovered that our homes in the UK are in the same village. We are just walking distance from each other!!  Over a cup, or 2, of coffee we chatted away for ages.  It was so good to be able to just talk and find out more about each other.  We will meet again.
Anne and myself  meeting outside the local tea room, which was unfortunately closed for kitchen repairs!!  We went back to Anne's home and had our coffee there. Thanks Anne. I see I have the same jersey on as my blog photo, I promise you it is not the only one I own :-)

While out shopping the other day, I saw squid marked down to half price, I always love a bargain so I thought I would give it a try.

Squid with Lemon and Garlic.


Ingredients: for 2 people

500gr (abt 1 lb) small squid, cleaned and ready-prepared
1 large lemon, grated zest and juice
3 cloves garlic, grated
75ml olive oil (abt 3 fl oz)

2 to 3 heaped tblsp chopped fresh parsley
salt and freshly milled black pepper
I lemon cut into quarters to squeeze over when served

Method

Pull out the little tentacles and wash, dry with kitchen paper and put aside for later. Cut the body section into 1 cm (½ inch) rings and wash them under cold running water;  pat dry with kitchen paper. Place them in a small dish, adding the reserved tentacles. Squeeze the lemon juice over the squid pieces, toss and leave it for 10 minutes. Drain the squid through a colander and shake well to remove excess liquid.

Heat oil in a large, non stick frying pan, add the garlic and lemon zest while cool, allowing the oil to get hot. When it is hot, add the squid and fry it, stirring it all the time so it just slightly takes on a little colour at the edges – it cooks very quickly, a maximum of 2 minutes.

Then add the salt, pepper and parsley and serve it straight away from the pan, with lemon wedges to squeeze over.
In the pan
and on the table.
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I served it with couscous and mange tout and I was very sorry that I had not bought more squid and frozen them!!

When cooking couscous I chop up a few vegetables that I might have in the fridge. This time I used 1 carrot, 1 onion, a clove of garlic and a small pepper. After chopping them quite small, I add a little oil to the saucepan and cook the vegetables gently.  When the vegetables are soft, I add 400 ml (14 fl ozs) of water, with a teaspoon of chicken stock powder, and bring it to the boil.  I then add 200gr (7 oz) of couscous, stir well, put the lid on the pan and allow it to stand for 5 to 10 minutes.  Mix well with a fork and serve.

Enjoy

48 comments:

  1. Diane, what a thrill for you to meet a fellow blogger...and one who lives so close. I am going over to Anne's site right now!! By the way, the squid look wonderful. I would so enjoy eating them..unfortunately it does not go over big in the US. Can't find it much at all.

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  2. Hi Susan, hope you enjoyed Anne's site, some of her French photos are excellent. I have not seen squid here before, but maybe because I heve not looked for it!! Diane

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  3. What a coincidence, finding that the author of a blog you read lives so close by!

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  4. Jan it just goes to show what a small world we live in:-) Diane

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  5. How nice to meet a cyber-friend! That red color is very flattering on you; you should own a bunch in that color!

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  6. Oh I wish I could meet up with a fellow blogger as well, and keep hoping that someone will fetch up close to visit me eventually. But that squid! Sorry, but I don't 'do' squid, but hope you enjoyed it.

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  7. Marjie when my hair was much redder I seldom wore red, now it is fading with age I seem to be able to get away with it:-) It was great to meet Anne. As soon as life settles down a bit here we will meet up again. Diane

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  8. Vera that squid was delicious :-) You are not that far from us. I plan to meet up with Roz when I get back to France and you just may have me on your door step in the not too distant future. Diane

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  9. I have been lucky to meet up with some of my blogging buddies too. How nice it is to meet them. What a coincidence that Anne stays so close.

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  10. Oh how fun to meet a fellow blogger.

    Recipe sounds good. Squid isn't something I see around here much, sale or otherwise.

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  11. Joan it is really nice to meet up with people who have become friends through the blog. It was very strange though that Anne and I live so close. Diane

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  12. Gaelyn it was fun to meet Anne. That squid was good, I have not bought it since we left S.A. so it has been a long time! Diane

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  13. I think it is such fun that you and Anne, got to meet up, it certainly is a small world. The squid sounds absolutely yummy, something we enjoy here, not sure if you saw the photo I posted on BW towards the end of last month.

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  14. Hi Diane and all....

    Yes so much fun to find someone who actually came from my village but also from France :-) and all connected through blogging. Small world!!

    Just like my friends in Paris,we all met through blogging too.

    It was fab to meet up with Diane, we had a wonderful few hours, and hope to meet up again very soon.

    Squid looks great , oh it has always been available here, just never tried it, I know you have to be careful when cooking otherwise it goes so rubbery and a bit tough. I hope your was tasty :-)

    Take care Diane see you soon hopefully once all is sorted out with the family..

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  15. You are right, Diane, Anne's blog is great! My mouth is watering after looking at your food pics, I will have lunch now! :-)

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  16. Diane, how exciting, it sounds like such fun! I was able to meet up with a few fellow blogger this past summer. It is alway so nice to meet someone in person.

    I saw some nice squid at the market last week, I wish I would of bought some now!

    I finally cleared up my lable list, thanks to you! I did the archive one right away when you said it took seconds! Thanks for all your help!

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  17. Hi Lindy, yes it was good to meet up with Anne, very strange we are only walking distance away from each other!!
    I had not seen your picture, but just had a quick look. I am struggling to keep up with BW, there are so many photos and for that matter I have little time for anything much at the moment.
    It has just taken us the whole afternoon to vist Nigel's aunt in hospital, the traffic was terrible! I am very much a country girl, I hate citys! Diane

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  18. Thanks Anne for the comments. It was so good to meet up. I will be in touch ASAP, hopefully things will calm down soon:-) Diane

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  19. JM, Yes Anne has some lovely photos on her blog. The squid was very good, hope you enjoyed your lunch :-) Diane

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  20. Lyndsey it was really fun to meet up with Anne. I hope I get to meet some more bloggers in due course.

    If I see squid again, especially at half price, I will certainly buy it. Diane

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  21. I have never eaten squid! I'm sure I would try it but highly doubt I would buy it and make it. I'll have to come over for dinner!

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  22. Debbie you are welcome, let me know when you are on your way. Wait till I get back to France though at the end of March, the UK house is too small. Nigel calls it the rabbit hutch :-) DFiane

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  23. I agree; it is really lovely to meet a pen friend!
    Great recipe! i love squid!
    We picked and cooked some wild mushrooms yesterday and ate them with a couple of friends! Lots of fun!!
    Have a great day!

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  24. Noushka you are braver than me! I do not know which wild mushrooms are edible and which are not!!!
    You have a great day also. Diane

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  25. How fun to meet up with a fellow blogger! I'm glad you ladies had a good time! The squid dish looks delicious -- really bright and full of flavor!

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  26. It is always wonderful to meet a fellow blogger. Blogging has such a wonderful way of bringing people together. Awesome!!!

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  27. Faith it was very good meeting up, we will certainly meet again soon. The squid was very yummy. Diane

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  28. Velva, It almost makes one wonder how we ver met anyone before computers and blogging LOL. Diane

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  29. Hi Diane/Anne--

    WOW!! That's SOOOO BRILLIANT that you two got to meet and that you live so close by to one another.. I remember when Anne first told me-- mind blowing!
    Well, I think it's lovely-- Maybe you two can take trips to Oxford and London together! How fun!

    I'll stay tuned and in the meantime-- SOoo glad to hear you met!
    Leesa

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  30. Leesa it was amazing to meet up with Anne, she could not live much closer!! I hate cities, you will not get me to go to London or even Oxford, I am very much a country girl!!! We will certainly meet up again soon though once things have settled down in my life here Elderly family health problems! Diane

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  31. That is a really bizarre coincidence - as the disney song goes - its a small world after all! xx

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  32. Diane you are so right, it is a very small world!! Diane

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  33. diane...how much fun to meet a fellow blogger. i haven't meet anyone in person yet...but am looking forward to the day i do.
    that squid looks wonderful too...

    happy to see you at Farmhouse, my friend

    kary
    xxx

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  34. Kary, thanks for the visit. It was great fun meeting Anne and I am sure we will keep in touch nad remain friends.

    That squid was delicious, I am now looking for some more! Diane xx

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  35. I keep wanting to meet up with other bloggers but haven't so far. It looks like you guys had a great time together. I never buy squid even though I love it... you are inspiring me to get some~

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  36. Hope the health problems will be resolved.
    How nice for both of you to meet. Now you have someone close by that can truly understand your longing for France. Kismet

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  37. How wonderful to meet a blogger friend - to turn an online friend into a 'real life' one too.
    And your squid looks delicious - and sounds nice and light...

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  38. I am visiting your blog for the first time... I benefitted to a large extend... My best wishes..!

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  39. Oh my I love squid. Meeting a blogger is always a delight!

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  40. lostpastremembered it was really fun meeting up with Anne and we will certainly keep in touch.
    The squid was so easy to do, if you like it, then give it a try. it was delicious. Diane

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  41. Mya yes you are right, Anne does understand my longing for France. It will be great if she comes and visits me there as well. Re the health issues, sadly Nigel's aunt passed away quite suddenly yesterday so he has lots to sort out as she was a spinster.
    Have a good week. Diane

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  42. Indie.Tea it was such fun meeting up with Anne, and what a surprise to find we live so close!
    The squid was a very light meal but we both felt very full afterwards! Hope that you are feeling better. Diane

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  43. Pranavam Ravikumar thanks for your visit, I am glad you had some benefit from my blog. Hope to see you back some time. Diane

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  44. chubskulit I had forgotten how much I liked squid until I bought this one. It was yummy.
    Yes it was amazing meeting up with a fellow blogger. Especially one who lives so close and who loves France. Diane

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  45. That's awesome meeting up with a friend for the very first time! The lemon garlic squid looks good! I'll try that soon!

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  46. Lani we had the same recipe again last night it was just as good!

    It was great fun meeting up with Anne and as she lives so close we will certainly meet up again. Diane

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  48. Thanks Steve for joining my followers. Hope to see you back soon. Best wishes. Diane

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