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How to cook octopus on a boat

A fisherman catches an octopus in Greece

My boyfriend Adrien and I went sailing for a week in the Aegean. His mission was to deploy the jennaker, a sail he had never used before; mine was to catch, kill and cook an octopus. On the afternoon of the first day we moored underneath a white washed chapel in a sandbarred bay on the island of Kithnos. I put on my snorkel, jumped into the sea and went looking for my prey.

Octopi live in orifi and change colour to camouflage…

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