December 27th, 2010


The christmas roast : Pacific North West Tree Octopus

My dear friend mr_snips is a big fan of vegetarian meat. However, he's never seen why those places whih offer the sweet flesh of the vegetable (we're looking at you, Pink Giraffe, with your vegetarian crispy duck pancakes) should restrict themselves to the usual, tedious rounds of pork, duck, beef, chicken. When you're starting from an undifferentiated substrate, surely, anything might be built. Giraffe for example. Tiger!

So it is that I often find myself creating a grand roast creature for mr_snips at Christmas. At one time it was largely mythical creatures like unicorn, phoenix or My Little Pony. In recent years he's moved on to endangered species, and this year suggested the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus.

You know how it is with land-dwelling Cephalopoda. The fishmonger sends you to the butcher, the butcher sends you back to the fishmonger, then they start suggesting the Chinese supermarkets... anyway. I finally sourced one, and here it is in all its glory:

Potted North-West Pacific Tree Octopus Cooked Octopus

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