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First, set up a frying station. You will need three mixing bowls, and one large plate. In one mixing bowl, add the flour. In the second mixing bowl, add the eggs and scramble. In the third bowl, combine the semolina, corn meal, cocoa nibs, and ground fennel seed, and mix to combine.
Taking a few squid rings at a time, dredge them first in the flour, then the egg mixture, and finally, coat in the cocoa nib mixture. Then, put the coated squid on a plate. Continue this process until all the squid have been coated.
Once the oil has reached 350 degrees F, in several small batches, carefully place the coated squid into the fryer. Fry the squid for 2 to 3 minutes, and then transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb the excess oil. Lightly season the fried squid with salt, and freshly ground black pepper, and give a very light squeeze of lemon. Continue until all the squid is fried. Once all the squid is fried assemble the salad.
For service: Use your favorite local green that is in season. Cook's Note: Here we are using pea tendrils.
In a bain-marie (French for 'water bath', it is a piece of equipment used to gently bring ingredients to a certain temperature) or metal bowl, add the sherry wine vinegar, and shallots. Allow the sherry mixture to marinate for about 10 minutes, and then add the mustard and vanilla bean seeds. Check the chocolate; it should be melted and free of any lumps.
Using a hand held mixer, immersion blender or whisk, slowly add the melted white chocolate to the sherry mixture, and blend to incorporate. In a slow steady, thin stream, add in the blended oil. The sauce should thicken to the consistency of heavy cream. Place the bain marie or bowl, onto the double boiler to keep the mixture warm until ready to serve. The water should not be hotter than 100 degrees F or body temperature.