Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Bridesmaid Sweatshop Tuna Ceviche

I’m a terrible, horrible blogger.

I don’t call, I don’t write and I hardly ever cook at home – just ask Citibank, they’ll tell you all about my take-out and restaurant charges. I read magazines on airplanes instead of “books of literary merit” and if attending weddings could be considered a significant creative achievement, I’d be a MacArthur Fellow. (How I’m going to pay my next credit card bill is really going to be a significant creative achievement.)

Since May 2007, I’ve survived the following:
4 weddings & receptions
2 rehearsal dinners
2 bachelorette parties
2 post-wedding brunches
1 pre-wedding BBQ
1 bridal shower
1 couples shower

I still have to go to:
3 more weddings
2 more rehearsal dinners
1 engagement party

As they say, ‘tis the season. In honor of the season, (and some hard-fought, freshly-caught yellowtail tuna), I present you with an insanely easy to make modified tuna ceviche. My married friend Cayley served a similar version of this recipe to us bridesmaids during a “crafting weekend” prior to her July 2006 wedding – a weekend that later came to be known as “Bridesmaid Sweatshop.” While the photo may not do it justice, hopefully reading the ingredients list will inspire my last, faithful reader to give it a spin.

Bridesmaid Sweatshop Tuna Ceviche
approx. ¾ lb sushi-grade tuna, cut in bite-sized chunks
½ cup chopped cilantro
½ cup light coconut milk
½ diced jalapeno pepper, seeds and membrane removed
¼ of a red onion, diced
1 small ripe avocado, diced
1 thumb-length piece of ginger, peeled and grated
zest from one lime
juice from 1-1 ½ limes
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Combine all ingredients in bowl and then refrigerate for no less than 30 minutes. Serve with endive spears as an appetizer, or on top of mixed greens for a salad.

Makes 4 appetizer portions, or 2 main courses.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

blonde quote of the day

I do a great deal of research - particularly in the apartments of tall blondes.

~ Raymond Chandler