Thursday, 10 March 2011

Chef up Your Tuna Steak

Tuna Steaks on Fried Potatoes and Raw Beetroot
As a working wife and mother, I know the weekday humdrum of meal preparation. For those who still have small children, getting anything (except stray pieces of lint or toy parts) into their children's mouth, with out a temper tantrum, is enough of an achievement.

I am very lucky to have a family who are well trained ("You don't have to like it - You just have to eat it"). They eat most things I give them, without too many complaints (and even fewer I take seriously). There is a slight downside to this - you get a similar reaction to toasted cheese sandwiches, as the fancy meal you spent all afternoon slaving in the kitchen preparing.

But sometimes I pull out all the stops, even if it's only for myself.  I like to pretend I'm a professional chef and plating meals at the Rubens. It's over-kill I know, but it's great to play with your food occasionally.

These flavour combinations might seem strange, but they work well - balancing colour, texture, flavours and temperature. I like to mix hot and cold in the same dish - I call it " a surprise party in your mouth", you never know what to expect.

Tuna Steaks on Fried Potatoes and Raw Beetroot
Serves 2

2 Tuna Steaks (2cm thick)
2 Potatoes
2 Small Beetroot (peeled)
Olive Oil

Slice the peeled potatoes into 5mm rounds.
Fry the potatoes in a little oil, until golden and cooked through
Slice the beetroot as thinly as possible, wearing gloves (a vegetable peeler will work well)
Heat a griddle pan to medium hot.
Rub the steaks with olive oil
Grill until just done - medium rare is best with tuna.
Lay the potatoes and the beetroot on the plate, top with the cooked tuna.
Drizzle with a olive oil. 
Serve with this green sauce :

Green Sauce

5-8 Green Olives (pitted)
20g Parsley
3-4 Anchovy fillets
15 -20ml Capers
Juice and Zest of 1 Lemon
10 - 15ml Olive Oil

Pound all the ingredients together, taste and adjust to your liking.
Serve with fish.


Dirk said...

I know what you mean, giving the kids a hotdog or preparing a elaborate meal get exacly the same response. But this looks delicious!! Lucky kids.

Rose&Thorn said...

Dirk - LOL, I guess it's only a reward you benefit from once they are older and dream about "Mom's cooking"!

Marisa said...

Wow Rose, are you sure you're not an undercover big name chef? That looks like something you'd find in a 5 star restaurant - WELL done!

Colleen said...

Goodness me....what a stunning meal!!Well done....I could eat that in a heartbeat...and enjoy it very much. I also like the hot and cold sensations when I eat :) xx

Betty Bake said...

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Elle said...

This dish really is a party i your mouth...great combo of flavors, colors, textures, etc. Maybe you were a top chef in a former life! As for kids remembering, they ususally seem to remember something like your spaghetti sauce or mac and cheese or pancakes...not the extra special dishes. Since they are on the blog you can still boast about them later to impress the boy or girlfriend.

PinkPolkaDot said...

Very interesting!! I like, I like!!

Claudz said...

Looks delish and love the presentation

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