During our holidays with the handicapped people in Liguria in April our friend Mättu asked me whether I have any experiences with preparing octopus. I had to say no as I am only experienced with the preparation of squid.
It was during the same holidays when I, while we were drifting through the alleys of Sestri Levante, discovered the book "Vissi d'amore e di polpo" (I lived for love and octopus). The title itself made me mad! With the question of Mättu in mind I rushed in the shop, bought and presented it to him. Mättu was delighted as there were many recipes (135 to be precise) how to prepare octopus as well as many interesting and humorous stories about Rudi Cufficari's life. Wonderful pics of ancient Sestri Levante make it a true treasure.
Rudi Cufficari owns a restaurant in Sestri Levante which is called "Polpo Mario" (Octopus Mario). The restaurant is well-known throughout the world as a temple of fine dining, hence, many famous people have visited it. Next time I am in Sestri I'll make sure not to miss it!
|Rudy and one of his beauties...|
We have our own Rudy Cuffari here in Berne - in fact even better: His name is MÄTTU!
He is a gifted cook and last night we were invited to try the octopus! He prepared a marvelous, light and incredibly delicious salad (among other tasty goodies as the following pics prove):
|Delicacy with sugar peas, lentils and red currants|
|Wraps with ricotta, garlic, herbs|
|Smoked fish tartare: Awesomely tasteful!|
|Chorizo and blue cheese from Spain and a Swiss cheese from the Alps - DELICIOUS!|
I felt blessed to sit and eat in their charming garden:
|♥ Thank you Maja and Mättu|
Life is so very good to me -
I am truly grateful!
♥ Emilie's daughter ♥
PS. Danke, liebi Sibu, dass du mine Blog immer bsuechsch!