SPOILER ALERT! Season 2 kicked off on Friday with a Hannibal-on-Jack fight in the kitchen. Turns out, it utilized one of my least favorite narrative devices. The “it was all a dream” schtick. There were a couple of very cool images during the fight scene, though. Before the fight explodes, we see Hannibal prepping meat and a salad and there are some very eerie reflections as we see him slice.
Back in the real world, Hannibal really does cook dinner for Jack Crawford, supposedly to make him feel better about Will’s apparent guilt. He makes Jack a kaiseki meal (a type of high-end Japanese repast that has imperial roots), including some raw sliced “flounder” and some sea urchin.
Doesn’t it look beautiful?
It’s served with the squid roll (the tall white object below) as a side to the flounder dish, but in my opinion, sea urchin always merits center stage.
One of my favorite sea urchin dishes is a Sicilian pasta made with bottarga and fresh sea urchin. Here is a recipe:
Pasta with Bottarga and Sea Urchin (adapted from La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy)
4 ounces bottarga of tuna
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 pound spaghetti or bucatini
1/4 cup fresh sea urchin
1. Grate the bottarga into a medium mixing bowl. Add the garlic, parsley and olive oil.
2. Cook the pasta in unsalted boiling water since the bottarga is so salty. When al dente, drain.
3. Add the sea urchin into the pasta, then add the bottarga mixture, mix gently so as not to break up the pieces of sea urchin, and enjoy!
Less alluring by far are the culinary delights of the prison system. Poor Will!