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Octopus in a Stew – O foods.

♫ Put your head on my shoulder ♪, hold me in your arms ♪…. ♫ Octopus ♪! Specially dressed by Paul Anka (turn the player on to get the real feeling). Could a potatO ask for more? A love story of hugs and hOt desire! The ultimate embrace… lOve is in this dish!

This is my entry for O Foods. Please read hereunder for information. I first heard about this Event at the Leftover Queen and have seen lots of recipes already in the blogosphere starting with O or ending with the same vowel. If you feel like joining us, please hurry, today is the last day.

O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of Gina DePalma, author of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen and Executive Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante in NYC, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy, Jenn of The Leftover Queen, and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso are asking you to donate to the:
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and then, out of the goodness of your hearts and to be eligible for the OFoods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Contest, please do the following:

Post a recipe to your blog using a food that starts or ends with the letter O (e.g., oatmeal, orange, okra, octopus, olive, onion, potato, tomato) and include this entire text box in the post;
If you’re not into the recipe thing, simply post this entire text box in a post on your blog to help spread the word about the event and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Then send your post url [along with a photo (100 x 100) if you’ve made a recipe] to ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com by 11:59 pm (Italy time) on September 30, 2008.
We will post a roundup and announce prize winners on October 3.
1 Recipe Prize for best “O food” concoction: $50 gift certificate to Amazon;
1 Awareness Prize for only publicizing event: Copy of Dolce Italiano cookbook.
From the
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund:

* Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women; a woman’s lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 67.
* The American Cancer Society estimates that 21,650 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S. in 2008 and about 15,520 women will die from the disease.
* The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose.
* There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect ovarian cancer when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms.
* In spite of this patients are usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% survive longer than five years. Only 19% of cases are caught before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region.
* When ovarian cancer is detected and treated early on, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92%.
Please donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and help spread the word!

I’m also sending the recipe to Elly from Elly says Opa! and her musically perfect event: Eat to the Beat. This time I must be the last one, sorry about that!, hope to be there earlier the next time :D.
Elly asks us to write a little story about the connection between the dish and the song and in my particular case…
* The sight of an octopus head doesn’t remind me of Paul Anka.
* I have never been eating this dish while Paul Anka’s song was playing in the stereo…
* It’s only that while I prepared the dish for the picture and saw the head of the octopus laying over the potatoes… the song came to my mind!!!

Ingredients for 4 servings: 8 octopuses (about 18 cmts each), 2 big red onions, 2 garlic cloves, 1 glass of water, 1 glass of dry white wine, 4 medium potatoes, some olive oil, some salt, black ground pepper and 4 romesco tablespoons.

  • If you freeze the octopuses before cooking them, they will be more tender!
  • Defreeze. Take a casserole and put the octopuses in, cover with the water and wine. Boil until it reduces completely.
  • Chop the onion in small dices and add to the casserole, turn heat to the lowest and let it sweat with a bit of olive oil.
  • When the onion starts getting some golden colour, add the peeled and minced garlic and when fragant, add the potatoes (peeled, cleaned and cut).
  • Cover with water and cook at low heat until potatoes become tender. Taste and add salt and pepper to fit your taste. Add the romesco, cook for 30 seconds while shaking the casserole in order to avoid breaking the potatoes and it’s done!

Serve it hOt baby!


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09/30/2008 · 11:27 h by Ivy

Never had octopus with potatoes but it sounds delicious. About the song, maybe you were afraid that the octopus would squeeze you..

Put your hand on my shoulder
Hold me in your arms,
baby Squeeze me also tight…Show me
Show me that you love me too ..

09/30/2008 · 12:19 h by Peter G

I love octopus Nuria…and whata fantastic way you have prepared…con patatas!

09/30/2008 · 12:40 h by Darius T. Williams

So yea, I’m loving these flavor combos and the presentation is stunning!

09/30/2008 · 13:07 h by Judy@nofearentertaining

Great entry Nuria!!! Love the presentation!

09/30/2008 · 13:09 h by Núria

He, he Ivy :D. I wouldn’t mind this small octopus would hug me… but the huge ones living in deep blue sea oceans…. Yessssssss, I would be so scared!!!!

Peter, Patatas are my perdición (lost) would you say that? I love patatas!!!!

Hey Darius! Thanks so much… I try to do my best ;D

09/30/2008 · 13:25 h by Bellini Valli

Only you could make the octopus into a thing of beauty with photos Nuria. I know they taste divine and I am sure they are exceptional with potatoes:D

09/30/2008 · 13:29 h by Bellini Valli

This is a great tribute to Penny’s Noodle Shop:D

09/30/2008 · 18:18 h by JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

Tanks for your participation Nuria! Make sure to send your entry into ofoods[at]gmail[dot]com !!!

What a beautiful presentation!

09/30/2008 · 19:41 h by glamah16

I wouldnt think to pair with potatoes but this looks wonderful. Perfect for the event.

09/30/2008 · 21:35 h by Bren@Flanboyant Eats

yo no como esto pero se ve tan rico! Dios mio, las cosas que hay en el mundo para probar! :)

I’m going to spend a whole day on ur site looking thru recipes!

09/30/2008 · 22:44 h by [eatingclub] vancouver || js

I’m completely sold on the ideas of octopus and potatoes together. Delish!

09/30/2008 · 23:08 h by Elly

Nuria, I don’t even like octopus – at all – and you have managed to make it look appetizing to me. And potatoes are always an A+ in my book. Thanks for participating!

10/01/2008 · 1:11 h by Dee

Lol, I also hum the oddest things when I’m cooking :) Thank you for the tip about freezing the octopuses before cooking them! And also the very kind words on my blog.

10/01/2008 · 2:43 h by Peter M

I never met an octopus I didn’t like and you’ve got me hungry for it!

I like that you’ll try & eat almost anything and octopus for you and I are a delight.

10/01/2008 · 4:12 h by Hunter Angler Gardener Cook

Funny. I just made a Basque seafood stew with baby octopi this week. Great minds and all that…

I like that you kept him whole.

10/01/2008 · 7:30 h by Núria

Hola Val! Thanks for your encouraging words :D. I knew you would love this one… with potatoes in it ;D

A great pleasure Jenn :D

Thanks Courtney :D. It matches perfectly with potatoes… give it a try ;D

Hola Bren! Sí… cuantos más blogs de cocina veo, más cosas aprendo!

Hey Eating Club! Tell me about it… there were no left overs! ;D

Elly… a pleasure to be part of Eat to the Beat! Thanks :D

Hola Dee :D, happens the same to you? There must be something in the air ;D. Got to look the nice side of life :D

Ai Peter! Cheese is the only exception. Do you know Asian are experimenting with jellyfish now? Would you eat that?

Hola Hunter! Those tinny ones are soooooo dam good! Buen provecho, chico!

10/01/2008 · 7:56 h by FoodJunkie

I love octopus, but its head in the photo reminds me of the ovaries and it kinda freaks me out….

10/01/2008 · 8:59 h by tigerfish

I’ve never cooked octopus before. Thanks for your good tips :)

10/01/2008 · 11:58 h by michelle of bleeding espresso

This looks fabulous! I love octopus, and I look forward to trying this :)

Thanks so much for participating!

10/01/2008 · 12:52 h by chou

Beautiful photos–I’ve never cooked with octopus, but it is the perfect O food :).

10/01/2008 · 15:03 h by Maryann

He’s scaring me a little bit..but I’d eat him anyway! ;)

10/01/2008 · 16:53 h by Heather

Pulpooooooooo! With potatooooooooooo! I would love this. Very lovely entry into a worthy event. :)

10/01/2008 · 17:14 h by Núria

Ai Judy, sorry, I missed you!!! Thanks for your kind words :D

Hola FoodJunkie, are you serious? ;D

Hola Tigerfish :D. My pleasure!

Hola Michelle! Welcome to Spanish Recipes and thanks for your warm words :D. It’s been fantastic participating in such event!!!

Thanks Chou and welcome to Spanish Recipes! Octopus has a delicious meat…. c’mon and try it ;D

Maryann, don’t worry darling… it’s dead ;D

Thanks Heather! Still working with your hairstyle???? ;D

10/02/2008 · 1:52 h by giz

Great entry Nuria and such a great cause. In Canada the statistics are very similar to the U.S. and I suspect that internationally OC is very high on the list.

10/02/2008 · 2:26 h by Mallory Elise

mmmmmmmmmmmmm octopus, i think the first time i had octopus was in barcelona! and then i fell in love with it in portugal. hey! my little sister is living in Copenhagen now for a few months and she is going to go visit Barcelona next month! i pressured her into it. hehe.

10/02/2008 · 7:39 h by Núria

Hola Giz! Thanks! Don’t know about Spanish statistics but fighting against cancer is always a good cause!!!!

Dear Mallory! You know I’m here for anything she needs!!!!! If she wants to contact me and meet or go for a walk to Las Ramblas or have a coffe…. anything… please feel free to use my mail. I’ll be happy to help/meet her :D

10/02/2008 · 13:17 h by Jen of A2eatwrite

Lovely entry, Nuria! I love your photo, too. I always found octopus rather chewy, but this sounds delicious!

10/09/2008 · 8:21 h by kittie

A deserving winner! :D

I didn’t know frozen octopus is more tender. I can’t get it fresh here – but my fishmonger has some frozen, I must try it!!

10/17/2009 · 9:32 h by Abdul Mannan


Great Post, it is looking fabulous! I love octopus too but I didn’t cooked octopus myself till now, i like Spanish Foods. Thanks for your good tips, now i will cook it in weekends. thx again and great blog..

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