Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Grilled Tuna

This is my dad, offshore fishing. As you can see, he's reeling in something very big.

This is also my dad, dockside. As you can see, he reeled in something very big.

A tuna!!!! Yay! Fortunately for me, this was the beginning of April, so when we saw each other in NY for my Grammy's service we swapped freezer goodies. I'd brought him some corned beef briskets that were on major sale here in March. The corned beef went into his cooler and out came tuna steaks, which promptly landed in my now corned beef-barren cooler.

I had such amazing results with my almond butter marinade from a few weeks ago, I decided to duplicate it with the tuna. I grabbed two steaks from the freezer, thawed them in a water bath, and let them hang out in the marinade for a few hours. I was going to grill the tuna, the same as the steaks, but when I got the little hibachi and charcoal to set up it started raining! I quickly switched it up and put them on a rack over a foil-lined broiler pan and broiled them for about 5 minutes each side. It came out deliciously flakey!

I used a Knorr's pasta side, but beefed it up by adding 1/4 of a yellow onion, 1/2 of a green pepper, 1 stalk of celery, and 1 small carrot during the cooking process.

Now, for a couple of piled up things I need to announce. (I even made a cheat sheet so I wouldn't forget!)

Alisa at One Frugal Foodie is having an organic cookie give-away here!

Cyndi at So Much More Than a Mom is having jewelry give-away here!

BSI entries are due Saturday night to Leah at Simply Fabulous and she chose cherries!

Biz's manifesto post and amazing results from sticking to her plan finally lit a fire under me. (Took long enough!) Last night I printed out a calendar like she had for Jillian's 30 day shred and made an exercise schedule using my favorite work-out DVDs. It's still pretty near the beginning of May, so I'm going to start by taking measurements, weight, and pictures for "before." On the 31st I'll check in again and re-measure, weight, and take another pic for "after." Along the way, I'll add extra exercise DVDs as my stamina improves and weather permitting, walks with the dog and rides on the bike.

This is the last day to print this coupon for a 100% FREE KFC meal to try their new "un-fried" chicken. You get 2 pieces of chicken, 2 sides, and a biscuit.

My work, Oodles of Doodles, is going to be closing the storefront May 31st, but we'll be continuing with online sales. There's a new ad to the right to click over and shop. We sell craft kits, crafts projects, birthday parties in boxes, etc. and everything will be shipped to you with all the supplies needed to complete the included activities and crafts. Through June 30th you'll get a FREE 8" plush doll of our mascot with any order! They're great ideas for gifts, parties, school activities, travel entertainment, or just to keep your kids having creative fun! Please take a minute to look around if you have kids, or pass the site onto others you think might be interested! I really appreciate it!

And finally...

Boy, oh boy, have I been in a major food rut! I haven't been in the mood for anything, and every recipe I think to make just seems so tired and boring. I've exhausted go-to recipes and ingredients and don't know where to turn. It seems like regular recipe sites and e-mail newsletters I get inspiration from have just been on the opposite spectrum the past two weeks.

Do you have a go-to meal suggestion or interesting recipes you think I should make?! It's so bad I don't even know how to plan the grocery list because literally nothing sounds good to me right now! Who else could help me out, besides the food blogger community!?


Mara @ What's For Dinner? said...

Um, excuse me... where was my invite to dinner tonight?? Man, I say that to you and your sister ALL the time!

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

I think your dinner looks amazing! That is one huge tuna!!

I think I am going to do the same thing about the 30 day shred, or exercising each day. Do you have Comcast cable? On demand they have an exercise channel that has tons of exercise videos, including 5 from the Biggest Loser.

As far as a recipe slump, I get in those too. I think in those cases, I usually put things in my cart I know I can make something with ie. chicken breasts, ground sirloin, turkey kielbasa, Jennie-0 turkey brats, various veggies, etc.. then I plan stuff around what I have. It usually seems to work, and I get kind of excited about seeing if I can make something deluxe when I have no idea what I am going to make!

Have a great day!

live pura vida said...

tuna! i remember when your dad would have everyone's freezers crammed full of tuna steaks. damn it, i miss living at the beach. i could do some damage for a dolphin boat with crinkle fries at john's drive-in...oh boy. wash it down with root beer with crushed ice and follow up with vanilla ice cream with m&ms. omg, haha.

Laura said...

have you checked out foodbuzz? they have 23,000 food bloggers...I think that is the right number I'll send you an invitation! AWESOME place for inspiration.
Oh got the banana bread, too delish!!

Laura said...

sorry my lie 8,000food bloggers w/ 23,000 foodies and over 1 million posts
you have got to be able to find food there! :)

Nowheymama said...

I'm so sorry your storefront is closing. Will you be working from home or from an office?

Sweetie Pie said...

How cool is that?! What an awesome catch, and what an amazing dinner!! It's also awesome that you tweaked your side with extra veggies. That's definitely a smart idea.

Christina said...


Di will be working from home and I'll help her out as needed, but am currently looking for another job. We just opened at the worst possible time and could never make ends meet! :(

A@ Please Don't Eat Me! said...

oh its too bad about the store!

but i agree- foodbuzz is the way to go for dinner inspiration.. and good luck with the fitness goals- now is a perfect time for it!

Anonymous said...

holy moly grilled tuna??!?! I think that has to be one of my favorite fishes in the entire world!! I love it seared!! It's adorable that you posted a picture of daddy. :) It made me smile.

Hmmm interesting recipes? How about...macadamia crusted salmon?!?!?

Linda said...

Wow, you're dad's catch is quite impressive.
I'm drooling over your tuna steaks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the shout out Christina!

And your tuna looks amazing - I love the taste of tuna, but it took me the longest time to get over how it looked raw!

I agree with foodbuzz - my other go to is - over 300,000 thousand recipes and you can search and sort by what you have on hand - and people comment on the recipes which gives you a heads up if its a good recipe or a bad one!