Thursday, 14 August 2008

Who You Know

I am sure you have all heard the expression, it is not what you know but who you know. When it comes to procuring fresh tuna this saying really does ring true.

It will not help you knowing the best recipe in the world for tuna, if you can't buy it fresh. You'd be better off using tinned tuna and have a tuna-mayo sandwich instead, which is a favourite of mine.

So getting back to who you know, I know a fisherman! Unfortunately, for me that is, he has a very successful day job, so he doesn't go fishing as often as I like to eat fish! But when he does, I very conveniently am always in the area (which is nowhere near where I should be)!

That is the story how I managed to score 1½ kgs of tuna, which was no more than 6 hours old. And now for the story of turning this into a feast fit for a King and Queen!

Take the tuna and place it into a ziploc bag.
Place the following into the bag with the fish
½ cup Thai Sweet Chilli sauce
Juice of 2 Lemons
15ml Jenny Morris Zesty Fish Spice
¼ cup Soya Sauce

Leave to marinade for about 2 hours, depending on the thickness of your steaks.

Heat your pan with lots of good olive oil and fry the tuna.
I usually stop the cooking when it is ½ done, turn off the heat and let it rest for 5 minutes.
I like my Tuna medium.

The side dish for this is just as simple and works really well with the tuna.

Egg Fried Noodles

Egg Noodles cooked as per instructions
15ml Peanut Oil
Finely Chopped Carrot
Finely Chopped Celery
Garlic and Ginger chopped
1 Egg beaten
Sweet Soya sauce
15ml Black Sesame Seeds
Sesame Oil

Heat the wok and add the oil until it starts to pop.
Add the garlic and the ginger and flash fry, don't let it get too brown.
Add the carrot and celery and fry for a few seconds.
Add the egg and stir to break up while cooking.
Add noodles, the sesame seeds, the soya sauce and the sesame oil and fry until the noodles are coated and heated through.


Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

I happen to know a fisherman will be so funny if it is the same man, ha-ha!!!!! The simpler the recipe the better for the fish...I like it just like you...a little pink in the middle. I use a lot of fresh tuna for sushi, though!

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

I don't know Jenny Morris, but I know you and this tuna looks great. I just happen to have a tuna steak in the freezer..hmm...

Rose&Thorn said...

Nina - Nothing like having contacts. Got together with a another blogger yesterday, looking forward to us having a meet too, after your camp!
Nikki - You need to read my 'More Rude Food" post and see all about Jenny. I know you will love this tuna recipe, slightly sweet, salty and a little kick at the end!

Jeanne said...

I am so jealous it's not funny! I know no fishermen :( But a few years ago when I was still living in PE my best friend's brother took part in the Tuna Challenge and landed a HUGE fish. We got a couple of slices, each yielding 4 of the fattest, biggest tuna steaks I had ever seen. Bliss. I actually had a craving for tuna this week - just shop bought, but barely seared and then served with a nectarine salsa. Yum!

Rose&Thorn said...

Jeanne - I just wish he would take his fishing more seriously!

Jeremiah 17: 7-8

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water."

It is not your business to succeed, but to do what is right : when you have done so, the rest lies with God.
C.S. Lewis

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