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I’m Black, I’m Black

Special dressing: Michael Jackson (turn the player on)

Just wanted to make a silly joke on the Black Rice and the music “I’m bad” since it sounds so similar I felt like playing with the words. ;-)

I’ve seen a lot of people interested in the former Black Rice recipe and I found another one which caught my eye inmediately. The method and ingredients are a bit different, but the flavour… I tell you, it’s sooooo good.

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First of all you will need a White Fish Stock. The following is really easy to perform:
•Prepare a big pot with water, 2 garlic cloves, 3 smelling cloves, 5 black pepper grains, half onion, 2 dry bay leaves, 2 olive oil spoontable, and let it boil softly. After 5 minutes low down the heat and add a bit of salt and half head of monkfish or any other fish, also some fish bones. Obviously the fish has been previously cleaned under tap water and it should be fresh.
•If you want to use frozen bones then let it defroze and when it has taken away all the water, clean and add to the boiling pot.
•The cooking time should not be more than 20 to 25 minutes since it starts boiling again and it should be a gentle boil.
•After this time, turn heat off and add a bunch of parsley so that infusions with the fish stock.
•Before using this stock, first strain and let it cool down. Always boil before another use.

•Ingredients for the Black Rice 4 servings: 4 cuttlefish, 100 grs. of onion, a bunch of parsley, 1 zucchini, 400 grs. of rice, salt and olive oil and white fish stock.

Get the cuttlefish prepared: It should be done the day before. Clean and rinse under water, separate the body from the rest, leave the inks aside and the inside juices also aside.
•Roll the bodies of the cuttlefish and place them in the frezzer.
•The day you perform the black rice have them out of the frezzer and cut the thinniest you can.
•I could have done it better this time!!! The point in having thin slices is that when you add to the heated pan they twist and look like ringlets. It’s a stetic matter.

•Chop the onion and place in a pan with some olive oil. The heat should be low.
•When the onion gets this colour (golden) means that it’s done.
•Cut the zucchini in small dices,
•Prepare a big pan with some olive oil and when it heats,
•Add the zucchini and stir until it changes the colour
•When it looks this way means that is nearly cooked.

•In a small pot with some water place the legs of the cuttlefishes and all the other parts (not the main body). Turn the heat on and have it very low. Make the cuttlefish sweat with the pot covered. When the meat is tender, put away from the heat.

•Add the onion to the zucchini when it has also become golden.
•Stir and then add the rice. Let it get all flavours, stir a bit more and in 2 minutes
•Add the cuttlefish legs and its water. Turn heat high.

•Now it’s the time to add the white fish stock. Add to the rice when it’s boiling. If we had 2 glasses of rice (400grs) we should add 6 glasses of fish stock to start with. If it gets too dry you can add more after.
•Inmediately after, add the ink we have reserved from the cuttlefish (to dilute it, use some hot stock). Add some salt and the cuttlefish juice. Stir. The rice should cook for 15 minutes, being the first 5 high heat, and the rest medium. Let it rest for another 5 when the heat is off and with the casserole covered.

•Have a pan with some olive oil and when it heats throw the cuttlefish in threads.
•When it changes its colour add a bunch of parsley that you have previously cut in small pieces and some more olive oil, also a pynch of salt.
•Get a kitchen tin and do the shape with the rice. Place the cuttlefish threads on top and
•Ready to eat!!! Enjoy it!


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11/15/2007 · 23:05 h by Peter M

Nuria, I’m Greek and I’ve yet to use squid ink. I’m encouraged by you to try it!

11/16/2007 · 10:23 h by Núria

Hi Peter! My suggestion is that when you buy the cuttlefish to the fishmonger ask her/him to separate the ink so that you don’t get all stained. I hope I can upload the powerpoint soon… it’s easier if you see the pictures.

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