Rainy days call for something warm and filling, and best of all, comforting. Here’s one of my favorite comfort dishes of all time, guaranteed to chase those blues away.
Ingredients: 1 kg big squid, ½ white onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 red bell pepper, ½ cup mirin, 1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes, 10 leaves of basil, 2 sprigs of thyme, 1 sprig of oregano, 1 bay leaf, ¾ cup green peas, 1/3 cup flat leaf parsley, salt, black and cayenne pepper to taste.
1. In sauce pot, saute minced onion and garlic and thinly sliced red pepper for 1 ½ minutes. Add in the squid cut into rings and saute for another 1 ½ minute.
2. Deglaze the pot with mirin, add in the tomato paste and crushed tomatoes. Add in the herbs (except the parsley leaves) and season. Cover and simmer for 2 hours or place in the oven for 2 hours.
3. Add in the peas and simmer for 3 more minutes. Garnish with the chopped parsley leaves.