After all the blathering on, we finally get to eating. Octopus, done with a cognac sauce. Honesty above all . . . this was not a success. It's certainly palatable - not a disaster, but not transcendent either. Should be seared harder, less lemon juice, and the cognac was a mistake.
We went over what should be done differently next time. It was an interesting exercise in cooking something entirely new for me, but more experimentation is required.