Crispy Fried Calamari

It was reported this week that Royal Baby Princess Charlotte cried at her christening; one assumes that if she were smiling, the Daily Express wouldn’t be interested in reporting the story, and it’s cheerful readership would have no enthusiasm for reading about it.

The dish always guaranteed to make me smile, is crispy fried calamari, or Kalamarakia Tiganita as they call it in Greece.

Mix the salt, pepper, paprika, oregano, and both flours in a bowl; add and coat the Calamari rings, shaking off any excess. Pour enough vegetable oil into a pan, heat and then deep fry for about 2-3 minutes until golden. Enjoy with a last minute squeeze of lemon.

Over in Greece I’m amazed more people aren’t bawling their eyes out.  The new Finance Minister turned up to the most important financial meeting of its country’s history, with nothing more than bullet points scribbled on a complementary hotel notepad.

For me this is a short trouser approach to a long trouser issue.Rumor has it he tried to bribe Angela Merkle with chocolates taken from his pillow, and that his wife’s got a new set of bathroom towels. One wonders if new treasury boss Euclid Tsakalotos will make it past the metaphorical Christening stage of his job, and if he does, whether he’ll spend the career-landmark sobbing like a two-month old Princess.


Serves 4 as a starter



4 x medium Calamari, cleaned with the quill/head removed, and sliced into rings

100g plain flour

50g Semolina flour

1 tbsp cracked peppercorns

2 tbsp salt

1/2 tbsp paprika powder

1 tbsp oregano powder

vegetable oil for frying