If I could meet my 15-year old self and talk to her about life I would tell her to not waste her time being so shy, be more interested in things/people/events and to work harder at school.
I really love being a student right now. It is giving me the time to work out my future, is pushing me to challenge myself and enforcing the fact that I can do anything I put my mind to. Also, I’m learning a lot of cool stuff.
My English instructor is having us build a portfolio of essays this term. In the beginning of class, we chose an article from a selection and wrote a reflection essay on that article. From there, we are to write varying sorts of essays that build on the theme. I chose The Food Movement, Rising by Michael Pollan, an easy choice since all I think about is food and cooking. I find myself more and more inspired by the things people are doing to make food better.
My second essay asked me to do some research on Asheville, my new home, and find someone to interview in relation to the topic. Since Asheville is totally on top of the farm-to-table movement, I had a lot of choices. I decided to interview Chef Josh Widner, Chef du Cuisine of The Marketplace restaurant in downtown Asheville. Conducting an interview was a challenge as I have never really done one before, but he was a good sport. I had prepared what I thought were great questions, but during the interview I realized they were novice and redundant. Oops.
I had fun anyway. And I asked him about internship possibilities in the future and got an enthusiastic response. Woohoo!
I will post my essay shortly. For now: Tuna steaks.
This recipe is ridiculous. I first made it up about seven years ago and could’ve eaten it every week since then without getting sick of it. The sauce (butter!) brings out all the flavour in the tuna and the saffron seaweed rice is a perfect compliment. It is a perfect full meal for two and is exceptional for impressing a date. Seriously. This fish is sexy.
Savory Albacore Tuna Steak with Saffron Seaweed Rice and Golden Onions
For the fish and the sauce:
- 2 tuna steaks
- 2 tablespoons tamari
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon cold butter cut into small chunks
- 2 chopped garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon minced ginger
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon corn starch
For the rice:
- 1 cup uncooked basmati rice (rinsed)
- 2 cups water
- 5-6 saffron petals
- 1 cup crunchy Korean seaweed
- 1 medium to large chopped red or yellow onion
- 1 chopped clove garlic
- 1 tablespoon butter
Place rinsed rice into a pot with water and saffron. Cook covered on high until it boils and then turn heat down to low. Keep covered. Do not stir. To check if it is finished, tip the pot to the side. If you see any water or the rice moves at all, it needs to cook for longer. If it does not move, turn off heat.
Preheat oven at 425ºF/220ºC/Gas Mark 7.
Rinse the tuna steaks and dry off excess water. Place the steaks in a baking (cast iron preferable) pan.
Combine all of the ingredients for sauce into a bowl. Mix some, but do not mix very thoroughly so each bite is a slightly different experience. Divide the sauce on the steaks. Bake for 12 minutes and remove from heat.
Heat a pan over medium heat on the stovetop. Toss onions, garlic and butter into the pan. Sautee contents until the onions are soft and lightly browned.
Scoop desired amount of rice into a bowl and mix in the seaweed. Divide the rice onto two plates.
Spoon onions onto the rice and place the tuna steaks on top of their oniony bed. Spoon extra sauce around the plate and on top of the fish.
Light some candles, pour some red wine, breathe in the aromas and gaze lovingly at your plate.
Enjoy every bite.