Calamari!

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Don’t you just love calamari, this versatile seafood has always been a popular choice for starters and main meals in pubs and restaurants for years. Fried, crumbed, stir fried, sauteed, salt & pepper style or on pizza or in a pasta, we love it. I regularly have some in the freezer as it’s super cheap, supermarket delis sell squid rings cleaned and prepared for about $10.99 kg! I seem to be on an Asian theme with vegetables at the moment which is probably because I want to lose about 10 kilos, I cook all day long sometimes, a nibble here, a nibble there, makes for a slightly overweight foodie.  Most of my ingredients are low in fat and low GI, also I cook as close to natural as possible and you may have noticed I am not a fan of processed products except maybe pasta, rice and some breads but meat, fish, seafood and grown unprocessed products are best for you any day of the week! Anyway back to the squid, I thought I would put this together for a light and healthy dish you could serve for lunch or dinner and I feel the need to add the tomatoes and coriander were grown in my garden and as I type I have my own Bok Choy growing which I hope to use in a few weeks!

What you’ll need……..

A large wok

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp fish sauce

1 tbsp Mirin seasoning

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp water

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 red chilli, seeds removed and thinly sliced

150 gm button mushrooms halved

300 gm squid rings, rinsed well

8 Bok Choy leaves, rinsed

8 chinese broccoli leaves, rinsed

8 cherry tomatoes

bunch of coriander

How to make it……

Heat sesame oil in the wok , add garlic and chili and stir for a few minutes, add the fish sauce, the Mirin seasoning and the soy sauce. Then throw in the button mushrooms and cook until soft, add the squid rings and toss around for another minute, add the cherry tomatoes and water. With the Chinese broccoli and Bok Choy lay the leaves on top and let steam and wilt for a few minutes. Serve in a large bowl and finish with some of the left over sauce in the wok and a bunch of coriander on top. I really enjoyed this dish, it has the little zing from the chili but the sweetness of the Mirin with the salty soy is delsih!

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I also indulged a little further this evening with one of my favorite el-cheapo supermarket wines, Warburn Estate Gossips Rosé, as the label states a vibrant and elegant Rosé with fresh raspberry and red apple fruit flavors  Clean and refreshing on the finish , Ideal for any occasion. I have to say this is true, it’s lovely drop for only $5.99 a bottle I couldn’t recommend a better wine for less than $10!

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