Squid with Burst Cherry Tomatoes

“Clocks slay time… time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels;

only when the clock stops does time come to life.” – William Faulkner

When we arrived to open the Cape house a few months ago, we noticed that the kitchen clock had stopped working.  This wasn’t terribly surprising, since it had been around for quite some time.  To fill the empty space, a platter in the shape of a fish was propped up against the wall.  Eric and his brother like to joke about it. “Hey, what time is it?” one asks… to which the other replies “I think it’s half past a fish.”

It never gets old.

I’ve grown to really appreciate the absence of the clock.  So much of my day is spent scheduling that to be in a place that doesn’t have a visible clock is refreshing. Somehow life slows down in the most miraculous way when you aren’t always checking to see what time it is.   Eating when you want to.  Drinking when you want to. Napping when you want to.  It’s a wonderful thing.

  • August 7, 2013 - 12:46 am

    Belinda @themoonblushbaker - Such a refreshing salad which uses only uses the bare necessities. In a era where the clock often our dictator, I am glad you have found a place where you can escape that in your favourite hobby.ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 3:41 am

    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - Mmmm… this looks incredibly delicious, Brian! Pinned :)ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 8:20 am

    steph @ stephsapartmentkitchen - wow, Brian. You’ve really outdone yourself this time. It looks incredible! Squid is so underused in summer cooking, but is so delicious and pairs well with fresh summer vegetables. :)

    Also, beautiful dishes! Where did you get them, might I ask?ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 8:30 am

    carrian - Ok, you’re amazing. Way to throw this one out there to the world and happen to make it look like the most amazing squid dish evah!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 8:48 am

    Jamie - I have to make a version of this. We love squid and husband buys a bagful at the market often. Why don’t we eat them in salads? Seems they are always served over pasta. Lovely!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 9:17 am

    Alexis @ Hummusapien - So simple, yet such a beautiful meal! I’m all over those roasted tomatoes and fresh basil :) Fab pictures, my friend!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 11:41 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - That looks DEEEVIIIIIINNNNNEEEEE. I’m kind of losing my mind a little.ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    Alina - So unusual, yet seemingly simple! Will have to give this a try…ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 2:27 pm

    Eileen - Wow, what a beautiful dish! I can’t say I make much squid at home, but I’m tempted to go get some now… :)ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 2:57 pm

    JulieD - I love squid and I love this dish…and your photographs!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 6:58 pm

    Jen @ Savory Simple - You inspire me so much!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 7:48 pm

    Alison Lewis - super great looking as always!ReplyCancel

  • August 7, 2013 - 10:55 pm

    Monet - I saw this on facebook…or maybe instagram…it looked so beautiful then and it looks so beautiful now! What a gorgeous salad, sweet friend!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2013 - 7:35 am

    Inspiralized - I ate so much squid while I was on vacation in Greece last week and I’ve been searching the ‘net for great calamari recipes. This is definitely being bookmarked! Fabulous pictures. Thanks for the post.ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2013 - 8:02 am

    Joanne - Spending a weekend without a constant reminder of what time it is does sound relaxing.

    I am still so amazed at how gorgeous this dish is!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2013 - 11:28 am

    Jeanette - I love quick and easy dinners a.k.a. lazy dinners in my house, but oh so good! Beautiful dish!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    Kasey - GREAT quote, Brian…and such a good reminder to enjoy time without thinking about…the time :) This dish looks to die for.ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2013 - 10:10 pm

    elizabeth - So I saw this post, and then I went to F&W’s website to see the original recipe, and like you I also made some tweaks to it: namely, more garlic and I used white wine rather than vinegar. It was exactly what I needed yesterday!ReplyCancel

  • August 8, 2013 - 10:53 pm

    Marcia - Your photographs are so beautiful and so vivid I can almost smell the ginger and basil from here!
    Fabulous recipe!ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2013 - 5:44 am

    thelittleloaf - Oh this looks so good! I think tentacles are my favourite bit of the squid and those juicy tomatoes? Yum.ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2013 - 7:58 am

    TidyMom - I’ve never had squid, but this sure makes me want to try it!ReplyCancel

  • August 9, 2013 - 10:49 pm

    Irina @ wandercrush - Absolutely beautiful photography here. Those colours! I’m craving squid already. Not many people give it a chance in the West!ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2013 - 8:13 am

    Currently Crushing On. | How Sweet It Is - […] squid with burst cherry tomatoes. not only does it sound delicious, the photos… incredible. do it: out of your comfort […]ReplyCancel

  • August 10, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) - I love anything and everything with squid. This dish looks fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration–I don’t cook with it enough!ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2013 - 11:14 am

    Russell at Chasing Delicious - This dish looks fantastic! And that top shot is gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2013 - 12:21 am

    Andrew Frishman - MMnnnn… I LOVES me some squidlings especially when they are cooked up tasty like that.

    ¡Pulpo y calamares son sabrosos!ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    08.07.13: dinner (squid with burst tomatoes, via Tom Colicchio.) | The Manhattan [food] Project - […] on the internet for some recipe ideas. I didn’t need to look for that long, as a fellow blogger had that day posted a recipe from Tom Colicchio for a salad of squid with burst tomatoes from […]ReplyCancel

  • August 14, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    Five Ways to Make the Most out of Tomato Season » Harvard Common Press - […] salad I had from New York’s Gramercy Tavern. But recently, Brian from A Thought for Food posted Squid with Burst Cherry Tomatoes, and he makes cooking squid look easy.  This is a simple preparation, so there’s little to […]ReplyCancel

  • August 17, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    Jessica @ Floptimism - Hello! My name’s Jessica, and every week on my food blog, Floptimism, I write a post called the Weekend Wrap-Up where I share some of my favorite web finds from the past week. I loved this recipe for squid and tomatoes so much that I featured it on this week’s round up! I’ve included the link below in case you’re interested. Thank you for such incredible work, and enjoy your weekend!


  • August 17, 2013 - 5:57 pm

    Weekend Wrap-Up: Going Off the Deep End? | Floptimism - […] & Chocolate Semifreddo Roasted Tomato & Hatch Chile Salsa Savory-Sweet Pineapple Quinoa Squid with Burst Cherry Tomatoes – and you thought the blueberry-cheddar combo above required bravery. Do it! Toffee Sundae […]ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2013 - 3:01 pm

    Ali @ Inspiralized - Love the rusticness of the photos – and love how daring the squid look, left in their true form. Very different, thanks for the post!!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2013 - 8:20 pm

    sandra - wow this looks so good. I’ve never made squid but I eat it all the time. I should give it a try.ReplyCancel

  • August 23, 2013 - 7:35 am

    Friday Food Foto - Domaine de Kerveguen Carpe Diem Cider - Misadventures with Andi - […] From A Thought For Food: Squid with burst cherry tomatoes […]ReplyCancel

  • October 23, 2013 - 5:28 pm

    Patricia R. Kelley - Tried it LOVED It, please keep up the great work.

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