Tuna? Well, It Has a Great Personality…

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Salad Nicoise:

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This is an easy and quick one to make because it doesn’t rely heavily upon great timing; it is a salad after all. A few little hints though… to minimize washing up, you only need use two pans. A saucepan for the potatoes to be boiled in and then to throw the (washed)egg in after five minutes and a frying pan for the green beans and then the Tuna. Everything else can be done on the chopping board.

Ingredients per person:

  • 8oz thick wild yellowfin tuna steak
  • 3 or 4 baby potatoes
  • A handful of green beans
  • A handful of kalamata olives
  • 1 egg
  • Red onion
  • Fresh parmesan
  • Garlic
  • Mayonnaise
  • Fresh green salad

Directions:

Boil the baby potatoes for 10 minutes and then throw (well carefully place) the egg (in its shell) into the pan and continue to boil for five minutes. Strain both from the pan, cool the egg and pop the potatoes back in with a knob of butter.

Whilst doing this prepare the green beans and pan fry for a couple of minutes. Nothing too severe as over cooked green beans are pretty disgusting. (but definitely not as bad as overcooked broccoli… urghhh!) Roughly chop the olives, finely chop the red onion and mediumly grate some fresh parmesan. You can peel the egg whilst you have a minute too!

To make the nicoise dressing mix mayonnaise, finely grated garlic, parmesan and a touch of water to get the required consistency. You’re looking for something that will “drizzle” well without being too runny.

Now its time for tuna! Heat the pan which was used for the green beans until its smoking and then add the tuna. Personally I like my tuna pink in the middle so I give it 5 minutes in total (2 and half minutes either side). Whilst the fish is frying lay a base of salad, sprinkle (or delicately place) the potatoes, green beans, olives and red onion over the top. Then dress it and lay the tuna on top. Now slice the egg and lay it on the tuna.

Reflections:

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Well if I were to ever get excited about raw ingredients (hypothetically of course!) look then this would certainly be the puppy! I mean, just look at the color of the tuna against those green beans… and they say that red and green should never be seen! However I was always told not to judge a book its cover and this dish enforces that rule. So ugly people of the world… rejoice!

If anybody reads this and they are in the Brooklyn area, then please don’t buy tuna from Tops on the Waterfront. Admittedly it was only $12/lb but it was a little tough. Better to spend another $5+ and get something very juicy from Whole Foods. Ah well, it was tasty anyway…

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