Sesame Crusted Tuna Salad with Ginger-Soy Dressing

Sesame Crusted Tuna Salad with Ginger-Soy Dressing

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy-medium
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  • 2 Tbsps + 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chicken stock powder
  • 2 Tbsps + 2 Tbsps olive oil.
  • 1 tsp + 1 tsp wasabi paste
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp + 1 tsp fresh ginger, shredded
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, shredded
  • 450g/1 lb ahi tuna
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and shredded
  • 8 cups romaine lettuce, torn into pieces
  • 1/4 cups sesame seeds


Whisk together 2 Tbsps rice wine vinegar, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, chicken stock powder, 2 Tbsps olive oil, sesame oil, 1 tsp ginger and garlic. Toss the lettuce with the dressing. Whisk together 2 Tbsps olive oil, 1 tsp wasabi paste, and 1 tsp rice wine vinegar. Dip the tuna piece into the olive oil mix, then coat with the sesame seeds. Set a pan on the stove to medium-high heat. Turn, searing on all sides. Remove tuna and slice. Place the carrots over the lettuce. Place the tuna pieces over the salad. Mix the 1 tsp wasabi paste, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, and 1 tsp ginger. Drizzle the soy mixture over the tuna. Serve.

And now for the details…

There is something so right about tuna, sesame, ginger and soy. These flavours just seemed to be made for each other. Add in the slightly spicy kick of wasabi, and it is a match made in heaven.

The best part of this recipe? It can come together fairly quickly, too, so a great option for a weekday evening.

Mix together the other 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon wasabi paste, and 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar. Dip the tuna into the olive oil mix, coating the tuna on all sides.

Next we will be mixing together the salad dressing. We are going to whisk the 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1/2 tsp powdered chicken stock, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 teaspoon grated ginger, 1 grated garlic clove, and some fresh ground pepper. I added some sesame seeds to the dressing as well for added texture.

Sprinkle sesame seeds over all the sides of the tuna. Place the tuna on a pan heated to medium-high heat, and turn the piece of tuna every couple minutes, searing the tuna on all sides. Remove the tuna and slice the tuna into pieces.

Toss the lettuce with the salad dressing in a large serving platter. Place the carrots over the lettuce. Top with the tuna pieces.

Finally, whisk together the 1 teaspoon wasabi paste, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 teaspoon grated ginger, and drizzle over the tuna. Serve immediately.

Happy eating.

Browned Butter Ravioli with Blanched Broccoli

Browned Butter Ravioli with Broccoli

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy-medium
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  • 500g ravioli
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • dash of tarragon
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup pasta water
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • 2 Tbsps parmesan, grated
  • 3 cups broccoli florets


Set a pot of heavily salted water to boiling. Cook the ravioli according to instructions. At the same time, place the butter in a large pan. Allow to melt and heat until it starts to foam. Add the garlic and cook until butter and garlic has started to brown. Add the broth and allow to cook down. Just before the ravioli is done cooking, add 1/2 cup of the pasta water to the pan, allow to reduce. Transfer the ravioli from the water to the pan. Cook until the liquid is completely reduced and the ravioli just starts to brown in the pan. While the ravioli is cooking, place the broccoli in the pasta water and blanch until just cooked. Remove everything from the stove, sprinkle the toasted pecans and the parmesan cheese over the ravioli. Serve.

And now for the details…

Here we are at day 11 of 14 of the daily post during my personal quarantine challenge. Today’s post is fairly simple, and will rely heavily on another’s production. In this case… I am relying on the fabulous production of Let’s Pasta. It seemed only appropriate that I go with an Alberta producer. We are probably going to be relying heavily on items produced closer to home in the next little while, so I used pasta obtained from a local company, and paired it with a beer that is also locally obtained, from the Establishment. In this case, the pairing I chose was with the Sky Rocket, version V. It was the perfect pairing with this brown butter sauced Lobster, Shrimp & Lemon ravioli from Let’s Pasta. The richness and potency of flavour of the pasta and sauce paired beautifully with the citrusy, fresh, and slightly bitter flavour of the NEIPA.

Let’s get to cooking, shall we? I may or may not strongly suggest the influence of the beer while you are cooking *raised eyebrows*

We start everything off by boiling a pot of water. This water is going to be for your pasta. While that pot is starting to boil, heat the butter in a large pan.

Heat the butter until it starts to foam. What does this mean exactly? Hopefully the next photo will help bring some clarity to what the butter looks like as it foams.

Now I jumped the gun just a little bit here; I added by garlic a little early. Wait until your butter starts to foam, then add your garlic. Next, cook the garlic and butter until they brown. Add the dash of tarragon. As soon as the butter and garlic brown, add the broth, and 1/2 cup of the pasta water, and allow this liquid to boil down to at least half.

Next, add the pasta to the pan. Use a wire strainer to pull the ravioli out of the water and drain before placing in the pan. Then, stir the pasta into the sauce until coated well, and cook down until almost no liquid remains and the ravioli starts to brown slightly.

Add he broccoli to the already simmering pasta water in order to blanch/steam the broccoli.

Sprinkle the chopped, toasted pecans over the pasta, as well as the shredded parmesan cheese.

Finally, plate the pasta and the broccoli, serve with the deliciously paired SRV ­čÖé

Happy eating.

Merguez Lamb Stuffed Portobello Mushroom

Merguez Lamb Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy-medium
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  • 500g/18oz ground lamb
  • 1 tsp ground fennel
  • 2 Tbsps paprika
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 4 portobello mushroom caps
  • 2 Tbsps olive oil
  • 24 mini bocconcini, sliced into three pieces


Preheat oven to 425┬║F/220┬║C. Place parchment paper on a small cookie sheet. Mix together the spices until completely blended. Brush the outside of the mushroom caps with the olive oil. Mix the meat, spices and eggs together. Lay the pieces of cheese out onto the mushroom caps. Place the meat over the cheese. Cook the mushrooms caps for 18 minutes, or until the lamb is cooked to 165┬║F/75┬║C. Serve.

And now for the details…

Double digits in the quarantine challenge! I am now at day 10 of 14 of the daily recipe challenge.

Today’s recipe was brought to you by the same friends who I cooked yesterday’s meal with. They added a few “mystery ingredients” to the groceries they delivered to the house. One of those ingredients were portobello mushrooms. I happened to have some ground lamb in the freezer, and I thought that a Merguez flavoured stuffing for portobello mushrooms would be an awfully delicious option!

Let’s get to cooking.

Start by preheating your oven to 425┬║F/220┬║C.

Next, we move on to mixing the spices. I had whole fennel seeds, so I needed to grind them down. I used a mortar and pestle, and ground them until they were almost a powder. Mix this powder with the rest of the spices, salt, and pepper, until they are mixed together thoroughly.

Next, we will get the mushroom caps ready to go. Wash the outsides of the caps, and remove the stem, if there is one. Brush to outside of the cap with olive oil. We do this to help prevent the mushroom from drying out too much when they are baking. Lay the mushroom caps onto a small baking sheet, lined with parchment paper.

Next, we prepare the filling. Sprinkle the spice mix over the ground lamb, and add the egg. Mix these all together very well. I find using my hands works best for this. Get right in there and squish everything all together.

Next, lay the pieces of bocconcini into the mushroom caps in a single layer. If you have larger bocconcini, feel free to use that. But again… quarantine.

Next, split the meat into four equal parts, and press the meat into the mushrooms caps. Once you have pressed the meat in, use the back end of a knife, and push a little cross into the meat. This helps to make the sections of meat smaller, which is going to help even out the cooking when it goes into the oven.

Place the tray into the oven and cook for 20 minutes, or until the meat registers at 165┬║F or 75┬║C.

Remove from the oven, serve immediately.

Happy eating.