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Re: calamari (yes, a food thread!) #127627
04/21/04 08:45 PM
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Sorry Musick, I completely misread your post (gotta be the cold medicine, the Benylin or the NeoCitran) I read just "crosswise" and didn't see "ring"

Actually, the rings are the head and body of the squid, emptied out and cut. If you look at a squid, you'll see that the head & body look a little bit like a missle (bomb) and the tentacles stick out the flat bottom into a point when they swim. They are quite cute in the water.




Re: calamari (yes, a food thread!) #127628
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Having handled and cleaned squid, I thought the rings came from the body. Above the eyes and tentacles. As for the taste, I'm pretty sure that I could tell the difference between calamari and octopus, but they both taste more like each other than chicken.


Re: Octopus: Can you count to ten? #127629
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One numeric way you can tell a squid from an octopus is a squid has ten rather than eight tentacles, but you have to be able to count to ten.

I think of calamari as a battered form of squid and something I'd find in Italian and Greek restaurants. I often order the calamari appetizer as a meal at certain local restaurants because the serving is substantial.

However, as Faldage knows, I prepare a dish a Bostonian lady taught me how to cook--but we called it fried squid, not calamari. It wasn't battered, but, instead, was simply fried in butter with parsley and served over toasted French bread. Without the batter, you really have to be a squid lover because there is no disguise.


Re: Octopus: Can you count to ten? #127630
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>. Without the batter, you really have to be a squid lover

Or a squid-hater, depending on your perspective.


Re: Octopus: Can you count to ten? #127631
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Oh, when I take my batter off, it is very evident I am a squid lover!


Re: Octopus: Can you count to ten? #127632
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> it is very evident I am a squid lover!

It's likely I've been whooshed, but I shall bite anyway. My thought was that squids would probably consider eagerness to eat them as being typical of a squid-hater, rather than a squid-lover.


Re: Octopus: Can you count to ten? #127633
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Or, as Churchy Lafemme so aptly put it, "You loves me. With pot likker an black-eyed peas you loves me."


Re: calamari vs squid #127634
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Wordwind says: I think of calamari as a battered form of squid...

So do I. In fact, that's why I brought this up. To me, calamari means the squid's been battered and fried. I have a friend who's opening a restaurant and calamari is on her menu. But it's not battered and fried, so I just want to get an idea of what y'all'd expect seeing "calamari" on a menu.


Re: calamari vs squid #127635
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According to the dictionary, calamari is squid used as food. I'm used to eating it as musick describes - miniature complete squids plus 'o' rings presented in a light lubricant. Can't ever remember having it in batter - or fried for that matter.


Re: calamari vs squid #127636
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Let's not be so quick there. Battered and fried calamari will be an appetizer on the menu. I'll also be using the rings in paella. Dual service.


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