I first discovered fritto misto on the east coast of Italy in 2004 and what a discovery it was. For around eight months after the lovely Liz Jones and I cooked up calamari that we got from the Italian equivalent to Lido, the name of which escapes me right now, in our flat in central Bologna. This was a little different to eating a fresh plate of deep fried calamari, prawns and baby octopus on the shores of Marina di Ravenna but pretty darn good.
It's now 2010 and I happen to work close to WholeFoods - an treat for any food loving girl. The vegetables are displayed in a rainbow fashion and are intermittently sprayed with a fine mist making them irresistible. And the fish department is my idea of Seaworld - with trays of fresh calamari, prawns and octopus at affordable prices (not like all items in the supermarket!)
So, here's the recipe I cooked up tonight for Jules, a housemate after my own heart when it comes to eating fish and seafood.
salt and pepper
Heat a mixture of olive oil and sunflower oil in a wide based frying pan. Coat the seafood in the egg and then dip in a shallow bowl of flour, seasoned with lemon zest (of 1 lemon), salt and pepper.
When the oil is hot put the the coated seafood in the frying pan, coat in oil and cook for a few minutes, tossing to make sure everything is cooked through.
Serve with salad, ideally rocket and wedges of lemon. Enjoy.