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Calamari "Noodles" with black olives and Arugula - 7/20/09


Hoa and I, we are trying to cut back on our daily intake so on the weekend we can eat out with our friends.

  Hoa does not like Salad, so I have to make the salad a bit fancier, and it has to have some kind of meat or seafood before he is considering eating a Salad.  Tonight on the menu is a  Calamari used as noodle with black olives and Arugula.  The tomatoes are ripe and sweet and the Arugula is perfect for this salad.  Arugula is a spicy little leaf, which some describe as bitter and others characterize as having a "peppery-mustardy" flavor.  Because it is so potent on its own, it is often mixed with milder greens to produce a nice balanced salad. It can also be sautéed in olive oil. You can substitute most any green for Arugula, if you do not like the taste of it.

 The colors of this dish is so beautiful!  This is a really tasty dish and it is also healthy.


The Calamari is used as noodle.. I know... what a fancy noodle!


Close up at the dish.


Preparation work..

Cleaning the calamari

The calamari are cut into long strips.

My camera was for some reason set up for Black and white and by the time I realized it it was too late to retake the pictures in color.


Coating the pan generously with olive oil, then smashed garlic and crushed red pepper are added to the pan

Once the garlic is golden brown and very aromatic, the Calamari is added to the pan.

The Calamari is cooked for about 1 to 2 minutes and then it is set aside..

Here I pouring about a cup of white wine to the sauce and then olives are added.

After cooking the sauce for about a couple of minutes the wine was reduced to barely anything then the calamari is added back to the pan.

Before it is ready to be served a bit of olive oil is poured in the calamari.

The calamari are ready to be served.

Adding a vinaigrette to the salad.

Adding the Calamari to the Salad

Mixing the salad...

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