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Squid in american sauce

January 16, 2014 1 comment


I normally have some (canned) preserved food in home for those days I run off of fresh ingredients, or where simply I’m too lazy to cook. A special preserved food I like are the squids in american sauce, if they were lovely canned imagine if you can cook them at home. Well they become gorgeus and a fantastic choice to bring to work/school on a tupper, and even you can preserve them on the freezer.


  • 1 kg squid
  • 1 onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 chili
  • 1 glass of white wine
  • 1 cup of brandy

Start grating one onion, you can wear diving glasses to avoid crying … Then grate 4 tomatoes, cut them on half and grate each part until there is only the skin in your hands.

Cut the squid in rings.

In a pot tall enough add a bit of olive oil and the grated onion, add also a bit of salt, ground pepper and stir some times. Cook until the onion starts to get golden.

Then add the tomatoes, about 5 crushed garlic cloves and some chopped chili if you want it spicy. Keep on fire until the water of tomato is mostly evaporated, and stir frequently. Add one glass of white wine and cook again until is mostly evaporated, adding then one cup of brandy.

3 minutes later add the squid, mix well and add a bit of salt, cover the squid with water and cook about 35 minutes with the pot covered with a lid. If you want the squid softer you can cook them about 45 minutes. Finally remove the lid and cook with the fire at maximum until the sauce gets as dense as you like, stiring to avoid the food get stuck to the pot.

Squid in american sauce

Music played in the video (Airport Lounge) was composed by Kevin MacLeod (, also he is the owner of song’s rights which are released under a CC-BY license.

Chicken with Norway lobsters


This recipe is similar to one my mother used to cook long time ago, so I made it again just following the remember of taste and improvising a bit. The best part of this recipe perhaps is the mix of garlic, hazelnuts and toasted bread, a mix you can use in some other recipe which will bring a great taste.

Ingredients (for 4 people):

  • Chicken
  • 8 norway lobsters
  • 2 sweet onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 100 gr (aprox) of hazelnuts
  • Toasted bread
  • 1 glass of brandy

Put a bit of olive oil in a casserole and when its hot add chicken pieces and salt. Cover the casserole with a lid, set the fire low so the chicken gets well cooked. Turn the chicken from time to time so it gets uniformly cooked, if you like add also some thyme and rosemary. Cook it for about ½ hour.

While the chicken is cooking chop 2 onions.

Add the onions when chicken has been already ½ hour, distribute well, maintain the fire low and cover with the lid. Move from time to time and maintain cooking about 20 to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile on a mortar add 3 garlic cloves, some hazelnuts and toasted bread, grind all with the pestle.

When the water drop by the onions is starting to reduce add the mix done with the mortar, distribute uniformly and add the norway lobsters. Cover with the lid ant let cook for 10 minutes. After that, first be sure to switch off the hood, add a glass of brandy and burn it. When the fire is extinguished the recipe is ready. You need to turn off the hood because maintain it on will cause the fire to be even dangerous.

chicken with norway lobster

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