Recently, I’ve been obsessed with watching documentaries involving animals, specifically those in the wild.
Among the Youtube channels, my favorite is Deep Look, which highlights the unseen footages of Mother Nature in short clips. The clips are less than 5-minute long but can tackle some amazing things in the life of a creature.
One episode of Deep Look that sent chills to my blood is the revelation that octopus’ suckers, which are located in the tentacles, have minds of their own. They can’t just feel, they can smell and taste as well.
The octopus, which is considered as one of the most intelligent creatures on the animal kingdom, uses their suction cups not just to move around but to also gather information around them. These cups can move in any direction and perform separate activities to one another. They can do it because 66% of the animal’s neurons are located around that area.
Octopus is also my favorite meal. I want it cooked the Filipino way — adobo. Here is my Octopus Adobo Recipe:
- 3/4 kilo octopus, clean thoroughly and slice
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bulb onion, chopped
- 2 thumb-size ginger, sliced
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- Pepper to taste
- Make the octopus flesh tender by using a pressure cooker (1 cup water). Set aside.
- Saute garlic, onion, and ginger.
- Add the octopus and let it simmer.
- Add water, vinegar, and soy sauce. Put into boil.
- Add sugar and pepper. Put into boil until the sauce thickens.
- Serve and enjoy.