We made this recipe work, but the instructions were confusing at best. For example, what exactly is "mixed spice"? Sugar is listed in the ingredients but is not to be found in the directions. Still, a good starting point for a great dish. It has a wonderfully complex flavor and we will be making it again. We used paprika, cumin, smoked salt, and smoked pepper flakes in the spice mix, and substituted beef base, sherry vinegar, and a little water for the wine since we live in an alcohol-free household. We zested one whole lemon and a whole orange and didn't use curry powder. We added the sugar in the saute step. The octopus came out with a beautiful texture, which always worries me because I have had some extraordinarily bad octopus. Our kitchen smelled like the briny deep while it was cooking. I was concerned about potatoes in a dish meant to be served over pasta, but it turned out just fine. Fettucine tossed with olive oil was the perfect substrate, then all we needed was a houseguest to torture. "Hey, look, you can see the little suckers on the tentacles..."
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We made this recipe work, but the instructions were confusing at best. For example, what...