These recipes appear in The Spice Kitchen, by Michal Haines, Interlink Publishing Group, 2009.
Spiced Spanish Squid (Serves 6 - 10 as part of a tapas feast)
1 pound squid, cleaned and cut into pieces grape seed oil for frying 2 1/2 cups ground almonds 2 teaspoons Spanish smoked sweet paprika 2 teaspoons salt 2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds, toasted and finely ground 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 2 teaspoons whole allspice berries, finely ground zest of 2 limes 2 eggs, beaten
1. Pat dry the squid.
2. Heat a deep fryer to 350 degrees F. Alternatively, heat enough grape seed oil in a frying pan for shallow frying.
3. Combine the dry ingredients and lime zest in a bowl or plastic bag. Place the beaten egg in a separate bowl. Dip the squid into the beaten egg, a few pieces at a time, then into the dry mix. If you are using a plastic bag, add all the squid and then shake the bag about to evenly coat.
4. Fry the squid in small batches for about 2 minutes, taking care not to overcrowd the pan, until brown and crisp.
5. Drain on paper towels and serve with an aioli as part of a finger-food experience.
1 1/2 cups good quality dark chocolate, finely chopped 6 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces 3/4 cup superfine sugar 3 free-range eggs at room temperature 7 cloves, toasted and finely ground 1 teaspoon whole fennel seeds, toasted and finely ground 2 teaspoons whole caraway seed, toasted and finely ground 3/4-inch piece ginger root, peeled and finely grated 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup roasted blanched almonds, crushed finely grated zest of 1 lemon 1/2 cup milk 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine the chocolate and butter in a bowl and position it over a saucepan quarter-filled with water over medium heat. Make sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl. Heat until the chocolate has melted and there are no lumps. Stir occasionally to avoid overheating (which is easy to do if you don't keep an eye on things). Set aside to cool.
3. Beat together the sugar, eggs and spices in a large bowl until thick. Add the chocolate butter mix and beat for 2 minutes. Sift in the flour, salt, and baking powder. Fold in the nuts, lemon zest, and milk.
4. Pour into a well-greased 9 1/2-inch tart pan with a removable base and bake 25-30 minutes for a softer, fudgelike tart or 45 minutes for a firmer, crisper result.
5. Allow to cool completely before removing from the tart pan.
6. Cut into thin slices or thick wedges, as desired, and serve with whipped cream.