has come, and with it pollen counts of 5500, which is
the fourth highest count Atlanta has ever suffered.
But I shall not dwell on that - thanks to over-the-counter
Claritin - because Spring also brings Braeburn apples
that are roughly the size of my head. That benefits
everyone, or at least those who like my recipes, because
I have an apple as an afternoon snack, and one of those
monsters will hold me until dinnertime. I arrive
home ready to try cooking something interesting, rather
than in a state of "Hungry! Must eat NOW!
Today's dose of hardcore bento action features garlic butter octopus.
That's a small octopus simmered in garlic butter.
I didn't find a recipe anywhere; I just thought that
since shrimp and snails and other weird little things
taste wonderful in garlic butter, why not octopus? So,
fortified as I was with a Braeburn apple, I gave it
a try. Guess what? Garlic butter octopus is good.
The garlic butter was so tasty that I thawed out
a bunch of shrimp and sauteed them too rather than let
the rest of the butter go to waste. You'll see those
soon, rest assured.
The octopus is perched (upside down) on a forestlike
bed of steamed
broccoli, and below that are some
baked steak fries, because,
well, aren't octopus and fries a natural combo? On the
other side I have a fruit
salad with banana, kiwi fruit,
blood orange segments, and persimmon, and up above that
two halves of a steamed bun spread