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Seared Tuna Ahi on a bed of salad
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Melt in the mouth tasty, healthy and so easy to prepare

seared ahi tuna

Ingredients
Tuna steaks300g cut as 2 thick steaks
Iceberg lettuce
Spring onion
Red pepper
Pine nuts
Soy sauce
Lemon Juice
Olive oil
Vinegar (preferably raspberry)

You may wonder at the sense of eating fish that is raw in the middle. Like the best steaks, this is how it is meant to be eaten, and until youíve tried this you wonít know what you are missing. Be brave, this recipe is so quick and easy to cook that itís definitely one to cook in front of your guest(s), because it requires very little concentration.
. . . The tuna will just melt in the mouth and is so healthy especially if you are on a low fat diet. Buy the freshest tuna you can from a good supermarket deli counter on the day. Arrange it so it looks fabulous on the plate; itíll taste as good as it looks.

How to make it

Get all your ingredients out and line them up next to your preparation area, this is a quick meal to cook and you want to be ready for action. Put some water on to boil, ready for the vegetables you have chosen to serve with your seared tuna. Cut the lettuce in half and then into two wedges. Carefully lift up each lettuce slice without disrupting it too much and lay one centrally on each dinner plate. Right away this looks so fresh and appetizing. Slice the cucumber very thinly and lay three or four pieces next to the lettuce. Cut some of the pepper into very thin strips and arrange as artistically as possible. Slice the spring onion and put to one side.
. . . You can either invent your own dressing or, put equal measures (only roughly equal) of olive oil and vinegar (a fancy one would be nice, white wine or raspberry for example) in a glass or jar, add a good dessert spoon of lemon juice and three generous dessert spoons of soy sauce, if you like it sweet add a dash of maple syrup and stir, or if you used a jar, put the lid on and shake like crazy.
. . . Now by this time, the water should be boiling, so put the prepared vegetables in. You donít really need vegetables, because you already have the salad, so keep it simple, fine green beans or baby asparagus tips, for example. Donít over cook the vegetables; three to five minutes is all most vegetables need, by the time the tuna is done they should be ready.
. . . Heat some olive oil in a frying pan till it is really hot. Carefully place the tuna in the pan, it should sizzle. Cooking it should only take a couple minutes each side (which will leave it raw in the middle, which is exactly how it should be). Cook until the outside of the meat has turned from pink to light brown all over, but donít overcook; the pink inside is what seared tuna is all about.
. . . When the tuna is cooked on the outside carefully lift both pieces on to a clean chopping board and using a very sharp knife cut the tuna into slices about 10mm - 15mm thick, being careful not to break up the structure of the tuna. Drain the vegetables and lay on the plate artistically next to the salad. Sprinkle a few pine nuts over the salad. Arrange the sliced tuna over the lettuce and drizzle a splash of your dressing over the top of the tuna and garnish with the sliced spring onions.




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As a man, thereís something nice about cooking for appreciative guests. Perhaps itís because it gives you an excuse to show off; or maybe itís the chance of acting out a little theatre in the kitchen, or conceivably itís the fulfilling of that primordial hunter gather drive to provide sustenance.

Seared Ahi Tuna

Whatever it is, cooking someone a meal can be such a great pleasure for both you and the person you are cooking it for. Even better if you are able to cook while your guest or guests are actually with you so that you can get them involved in the food preparation, it certainly breaks the ice and is a good way to get the conversation going. Thereís also something about moving into a new place and cooking your first few proper meals, it really does make a place feel more like home.

Poached Salmon

Even if youíve never cooked before, you'll quickly discover that there really is nothing to it. The recipe instructions are simply written and illustrated to provide guidance at a glance when youíre in the thick of it. I have carefully chosen a few easy to master recipes that are big on results, you know, the sort of food you might expect to get in an expensive restaurant or hotel, but youíre going to be able to make it in a few minutes.

Eggs Benedict

Try Eggs Benedict one night when itís late and your guest fancies a snack, or perhaps for one of those late morning posh breakfasts with coffee and juice. Itís a very simple meal to make, but so rich and glorious, it will always cause a stir and stick in the memory for a long while. But then, why not try the Seared Tuna Ahi. Personally I never really liked fish, but then one day I tried seared Tuna Ahi steak and I was converted. Itís the most simple meal and to those watching you make it, appears as if you have conjured up a little slice of culinary heaven from thin air in about 10 minutes (this is a great meal to whip up on the barbeque just as easily).

Eggs Benedict

And if you have a good recipe of your own, why not send it in to us so that you can share it with all those other dads wanting to cook for grown ups.
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