Serves 4

I love the bitter, sharp and pungent qualities of cumin, which has a very addictive kick and is a key ingredient in Indian and Middle Eastern food. It works with most meats, fish and vegetables; and if you turn it into a marinade for squid, it just caramelises that creamy white flesh.

4 medium-sized squid weighing about 150g each, or 8 smaller ones, cleaned
Oil for the grill

For the spice mix

2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
1/2tsp paprika
2tsp ground cumin
2tsp sea salt

Mix all of the ingredients together for the spice mix, then coat the squid and marinade for a couple of hours or more.

Pre-heat a barbecue or ribbed griddle pan. Lightly oil the grill and cook the squid for 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve with a crisp green salad.