After months of cooking and dozens of mouth-watering recipes, we're thrilled to announce the winner of the Perfect Protein Blogger Recipe Contest — Tracey Middlekauff of Tasty Trix!
Tracey's recipe for Garlicky Mussels with Squid Ink Linguine truly embraced the Perfect Protein guidelines of "Wild, Little, Local, and Shellfish." Featuring not one but TWO Perfect Protein-approved shellfish — mussels and squid – Tracey's dish really represents what The Perfect Protein is all about.
Tracey describes her inspiration for the dish:
I was binge watching Hannibal when I got the idea for this dish. I have always been drawn to fiction that intelligently explores the dark side of human nature and the allure of so-called "evil." Visually the show is lush and cinematic, and Mads Mikkelsen, the actor who plays Hannibal, is a brilliantly unsettling mix of charm, charisma, and creepiness.
I must admit that I take a perverse glee in the lovingly detailed shots of Hannibal cooking complicated Escoffier-style meals in his gourmet kitchen, knowing full well that the main course is more than likely composed of one or more of his victims. (Yes, Poppa Trix has told me I'm a bit crazy, but in a good way. He's not worried, so you shouldn't be either.)
I hope it goes without saying that I never had any intention of featuring any people in my mussels and linguine dish, but I did have visions of a moody, dark, mysterious, and sexy plate of all-black food. I did not, I believe, succeed in that; instead, I think the presentation turned out to be rather more rustic than sinister.
Ah, well – what really matters is the flavor, yes? And in that I did succeed. I think it's best to keep it simple with a dish like this, and so that's what I did.
Congratulations, Tracey, this dish looks AMAZING!