Octopus toast

Hampshire Life|July 2020

Octopus toast
When it comes to food in lockdown, Chris has been surprised by some of his friends’ inventions
Chris van Schaick

Reports reaching me from Brockenhurst say they’ve been reduced to eating tinned octopus on toast during the crisis. That Hampshire village is a wonderful place. I lived there for seven years while my father was headmaster of the primary school and I had great times at the sixth form college.

But the o-on-t lockdown lunch was very Brockenhurst in its charming eccentricity. For our friends Fiona and Neil, the next grocery consignment was a few days away. So they had a rummage at the back of the cupboard and there it was – tinned octopus. Who knew? And how would Delia suggest serving it? Well, that bread’s getting a bit old. What about putting the octopus on some toast?

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