Pieday Friday – Salt ‘n’ pepper squid


Today I’m sharing a surprisingly simple recipe that the author of London: The Cookbook, Cara Frost-Sharratt, has kindly sent over for all my Pieday Friday readers to enjoy. And that’s not all – I’ve also got two copies of this newly released book to give away to 2 lucky readers so be sure to enter the giveaway below! Who knows? You could be whipping up these famous signature dishes yourself, if you get lucky in my competition 🙂Today’s recipe is a seafood dish that I’ve always shied away from in the past. Sure, my husband loves a spot of calamari, but I always thought that squid would be difficult to cook, so have never even attempted it at home. But this recipe, made famous by restaurants across London’s Chinatown, breaks it down and makes it so easy that you could just throw it in a pan and create a super-impressive starter in minutes. Here’s how it’s done:

Ingredients (serves 4): 450 g (1lb) baby or medium squid, 2 tbsp coarse salt, 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper, 2 tbsp rice flour or cornflour (cornstarch), vegetable or sesame oil, for frying, 2 limes, halved

  1. Prepare the squid by pulling the head apart from the body. Sever the tentacles and trim. Pull out the backbone from inside the body sac and then clean the body inside and out, removing any skin.
  2. Slice the squid into rings, then pat dry and place on a dish with the tentacles. Mix the salt and pepper with the flour, tip it over the squid and toss well to coat evenly.
  3. Heat enough oil in a wok or heavy-based saucepan for deep-frying. Cook the squid rings in batches, until they crisp and turn golden, about 1–2 minutes.Cook the squid quickly so the batter is crispy but the squid remains tender.
  4. Drain on kitchen towel and serve with lime to squeeze over.

Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? I think I’m going to give it a go myself and see how it compares to ‘the real thing’ in London’s Chinatown. Well, I’ll give it my best shot, anyway! In the meantime, here’s a little more info about London: The Cookbook, and read on to enter the giveaway below…

This isn’t just a straightforward cookbook. Oh no, it’s more like a compilation. With 50 step-by-step recipes and all the local knowledge you’d expect from a London cabbie, the book is part-cookbook, part-travel guide. Which makes it equally handy when you’re taking a trip to the capital as when you’re trying out a new dish at home. Ever fancied trying out The Ivy’s famous shepherd’s pie? You can find their secret recipe in this book. But it’s not all Michelin restaurants and famous chefs…

If you want to try your hand at making street food (or even just picking up a tasty lunch from one of the capital’s markets) this book will show you how to recreate it at home and where to go to try it ‘in real life’. It contains the signature recipes of 30 key London eateries and street food stalls, and breaks them down into simple yet delicious dishes that you can recreate at home. Yum!

I really enjoyed the photography in this cookbook because it’s not just about the food. Of course, the recipes look amazing but, as you’ve probably gathered, I’m a big fan of interiors and architecture, so it’s lovely to have the best of both worlds in one book. There are plenty of lovely locations (and a sneak peek inside some of the most exclusive restaurants – as you can see from these photos of The Ivy above!) that have been captured in photos that have a feeling a life and excitement to them.

And now, here’s how you could get your hands on a copy of London: The Cookbook for yourself. I’ve got two brand new copies of this hardback cookbook to giveaway to two lucky readers. All you need to do is enter via the rafflecopter below and be sure to leave your contact details so that I can message you if you’re chosen at random as one of the winners. There are plenty of ways to enter the competition so get tweeting/instagramming/facebooking or commenting right now. Good luck everyone!

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Giveaway is open to UK residents only. Two prizes to be won. Competition runs from 12th May – 28th May 2017.

Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.


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  2. I love Wagamama’s food!

  3. I like Italian so L’Artiste and Zinco are my favourite places

  4. a family run Greek restaurant in Primrose Hill called Lemonia
    they do the most amazing meze and we go on special occasions

  5. My favourite place to eat out has to be a place called Tony Macaroni

  6. Theres a church just behind Borough Market and I love getting something nice to eat in the market then going to eat it there and let my thoughts just wonder away – it’s what I did yesterday in fact.

  7. I love Miller & Carter

  8. Cafe Rouge 🙂

  9. The warehouse cafe in Birmingham, lovely veggie food

  10. Zizi’s

  11. Small local independent restaurants

  12. Love Eds Easy Dinner.

  13. I love Chaophraya! Thai food is my favourite!

  14. The local pub!x


  16. i have lunch in a local independant coffee shop every day, the food is delicious and healthy too

  17. we go to our local pub alot

  18. That’s a difficult one! For a chain, I like Cote. There’s a country pub called The Gamekeepers near to here which is absolutely wonderful. But I like to go to a variety of places, so i’d be hard pushed to say my favourite, it depends on the mood I’m in
    Jane Willis

  19. We love Jamie’s Italian, Carluccio’s, Five Guys, Nando’s, Pizza Express, Spaghetti House, Wagamama and Zizzi.

  20. Mexican menu based

  21. My favourite place to eat out is Eds Easy Diner – I love their milkshakes!

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

  22. I don’t eat out unfortunately I’m not well enough to go but I do treat myself to take away’s sometimes

  23. Family friendly restaurants such as TGI Fridays and Chiquittos!

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