The idle ramblings of a Jack of some trades, Master of none

Dec 1, 2010

Tough Greek

George Pelecanos is a tough writer of tough noir with an occasional nod to his Greek heritage. In A Firing Offense, his protagonist Nicky Stefanos wants to feed his lady some Mediterranean love (and food):
Most of the good fish had been picked over by that time of day. I bought some squid, at one forty-nine a pound, from a cross-eyed salt who was attempting to stare at Lee. We took it back to my apartment. 
After removing the ink sacks and the center bone,  I sliced the squid laterally into thin rings, and shook them in a bag with a mixture of bread crumbs, garlic, and oregano. Then I fried them in olive oil in a hot skillet. 
We ate these with lemon and a couple of beers as we watched the first half of the Skins game. For the second half we napped together on the couch in roughly the same arrangement as the night before. We woke as the afternoon light was fading. I drove her back to her car at the store and kissed her good-bye.


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