Seared Tuna with Verjuice


Seared Tuna with Verjuice Dressing


2 tablespoons hot english mustard
¼ cup (60ml) light soy sauce
1 tablespoon peanut oil
800g piece tuna fillet
8 baby new potatoes (320g), halved
250g green beans, trimmed
1 cup (150g) seeded black olives
250g cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small red onion (100g), cut into wedges
6 medium-boiled eggs, halved

verjuice dressing

2 tablespoons verjuice

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

¼ cup (60ml) walnut oil

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chervil


Make verjuice dressing.

Combine mustard, sauce, oil and tuna in large bowl. Cover, refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.

Boil, steam or microwave potato and beans, separately, until tender; drain. Combine potato, beans, olives, tomato, onion and dressing in large bowl; toss gently. Top with eggs; season to taste.

Remove tuna from marinade; discard marinade. Cook tuna on preheated barbecue (or grill or grill plate) about 10 minutes, turning, until marked well on all sides and cooked to your liking. Remove from heat, cover loosely with foil; stand 10 minutes.

Cut tuna into slices; serve with salad.

Spicy Sweet Bacon

Spicy Sweet Bacon

2 tablespoons mild red chili pepper
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
12 slices of Thick Applewood smoked bacon
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Mix the chili powder and sugar in a shallow bowl. Fit a sheet of parchment paper onto a flat pan. Bury each slice of bacon in the chili and sugar mixture and rub both sides to assure the mixture adheres. Twist the bacon two or three times by holding each end to make a candied “stick”. Bake for 30 minutes without turning. Don’t overcrowd the pan as the juices need to spread, otherwise you won’t get the bacon to cook properly.

Crab Stuffed Tomatoes



Crab Stuffed Tomatoes
1/2 lb Maryland lump crabmeat

10 Plum tomatoes
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/3 cup plain low fat yogurt
2 tablespoons minced green onions
2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
Remove any cartilage from crabmeat. Cut tomatoes in half length wise. Carefully scoop out center of tomatoes; discard pulp. Invert on paper towels. Combine crabmeat, celery, yogurt, onion, red pepper, lemon juice, salt and black pepper. Mix well. Fill tomato halves with crab mixture. Refrigerate 2 hours.

Wild Hawaiian Cocktail Meatballs

Wild Hawaiian Cocktail Meatballs

1 Can pineapple chunks in juice
12 oz ground chicken
1 cup cooked wild rice
1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
1/4 fine cracker crumbs
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup sweet and sour sauce
Drain pineapple, reserving juice. In large bowl, combine chicken, wild rice, bell peppers, cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons pineapple juice, egg, onion salt, and ginger; mix well. Form mixture into 1-inch meatballs. In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown meatballs; drain. Add reserved pineapple and remaining juice; cover and cook over medium heat 10 to 15 minutes until meatballs are no longer pink in center. Stir Sweat and sour sauce into meatballs and pineapple; cook 4 to 5 minutes or until mixture is heated through. Serve with frilled toothpicks.

Moment of Clarity

Have you ever just had a moment when suddenly everything is clear? You realize who will always be there for you, who was just using you, and who the people are that you only exist when they need something? I had that moment this morning. It is funny I have been trying to hold on to things for so long, never letting go of past mistakes, never letting go of things I have done. Suddenly I realized holding onto the past is what keeps getting me hurt now. When do we as humans say enough is enough? When do we stop doing for others? Is it when we have these moments? But what if they are fleeting moments of clarity only to be clouded in the next second? How do we know these moments are real or are just brought on by heartache and hurt?

I don’t know the answers to those questions but I do know that my moment of clarity has happened. No more. No more doing for others who really do nothing for you. If someone wants something from me you will pay me for my time or you can find someone else. No more being used, no more being hurt, no more being ignored. I am done. It is time to move on with my life and stop holding others hands.

I was heartbroken for someone this morning, hadn’t slept well because they were on my mind. Then something happened. I found out they had a facebook page and went to see it, wanting to add them as a friend. Only to find out I was used and lied too. No more, from anyone. In that moment a couple of other people came to my mind and I realized that I am always quick to be there for everyone but really can’t seem to find anyone when I need someone or something.

Sometimes heartache can be the biggest motivator ever. I have been blaming all my sadness, loneliness and everything on past events. Thinking maybe I deserved this but now I realize that no, I didn’t. I think God has been beating it into me that I need to quite being so stupid and taking everything at face value. I think I have finally realized that lesson and now I am moving on. So if you don’t hear from me, now you know why.