Hey there Nummy Num Num; I feel that an apology is in order. I haven’t called or written or even as much as Facebook-stalked you, and you don’t deserve that. All I can say is it’s not you, it’s me. I have been under the post-graduation stressfest of job-searching, and snarky-yet-succulent recipe-posting fell by the wayside.
Well, no more! A job has been procured and I can now get on with the incredibly important business of telling you all how to pile on the pounds in the most delicious fashion. So here goes.
The Chef, in his endless quest to make every type of taco imaginable, concocted a ceviche variety in order to take advantage of the amazing tuna Paradise Seafood sells at the Memphis Farmers Market. When it’s as fresh as theirs is, a few veggies and some fresh citrus are all you need to highlight the tuna’s fantastic flavor.
I’d suggest serving this alongside the highly addictive Mexican Corn and with Angie’s Salsa Fresca or Southwestern Slaw as topper options (three more recipes that will allow you to take advantage of MFM’s unparalleled produce). Top it all off with a Blue Ribbon Margarita and you’ve got the perfect summer supper. Bon Apetit!
1 lb of sushi grade tuna, diced small
1 red bell pepper, diced small
1 poblano pepper, diced small
1/2 red onion, diced small
juice of 4 limes
juice of 1 orange
salt to taste
sriracha hot sauce to taste
1/2 bunch of cilantro, minced
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and let marinate for 5 minutes. (Note: This is for rare tuna because The Chef likes it to still be swimming when he takes a bite of it. If you prefer yours a little more done, let it marinate longer.)
- Serve on crunchy tacos (crunch is key for ceviche, so don’t swap out for soft tortillas) and top with sliced avocados. Find a patio, pour yourself a ‘rita, and enjoy.
Clearly I will need to try out the Chef’s mussel recipe STAT with Sake naturally to get rowdy. Here is my mussel recipe which incorporates rice in the dish. I serve with a baguette and mesclun salad on side. Unlike RipleyPickles, I am a nerd and tend to photograph my food, see attached picture. -ts
1 large onion
minced 4 stalks lemongrass
white part only, finely minced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 cups sushi rice
1 cup white wine
2 cups chicken stock
2 pounds PEI mussels, scrubbed
1/2 bunch parsley, chopped, for garnish
1 lemon, wedged
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Olive oil to cook
- Lightly coat a large paella pan (dutch oven or large pot will work too) over medium-high heat with olive oil and add onion, lemongrass and garlic and sauté until soft
- Season with salt and pepper. Add rice and sauté, coating thoroughly with the aromatics.
- Deglaze with white wine and reduce by half; add stock and season.
- Stir the rice, check again for flavor.
- Add the mussels, stir again, cover and simmer on low heat, about 25 minutes until rice is cooked through.
- Discard any unopened mussels.
- Squeeze some lemon juice. Serve family style in pan, garnished with chopped parsley and lemon wedges.
This is The Chef’s personal favorite and is, I’m told, “good on anything.” And due to his enthusiasm he best be about the biznis of making me this sometime in the near future.
2 red bell peppers, roasted, peeled and seeded
2 dried ancho chilies, softened in hot water, drained, stemmed and seeded
2 plum tomatoes, roasted until slightly blackened
2 red onions, roasted and peeled
6 tablespoons of hazelnuts, ( really any nut will work, pine nuts, walnuts, etc.) toasted
1 slice of toasted white bread
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 bulb garlic, roasted
3/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
- In a food processor, add everything except oil and garlic. Pulse to a coarse puree.
- Cut off the top of the roasted garlic and squeeze the pulp into the mixture in the food processor. With the machine running, add the olive oil in a thin, steady stream until the mixture forms a chunky paste. If it comes out too thick, add a little water. Season with salt and pepper.