Sunday, December 23, 2007


Last night I decided to experiment a little bit in the kitchen. I've had an ahi tuna steak in the freezer for a while and I thought it was time to defrost it and see what I could make. I had looked up some recipes on the Internet but none of them were exactly what I was looking for or I didn't have all of the necessary ingredients. So I improvised.

After thawing out the tuna, I mixed some black pepper, chili powder and paprika on a plate and dipped the tuna in the spices. In the meantime, I had a pan on the stove on high heat. While I waited for the pan to heat up, I gathered ingredients together for a spicy mustard sauce. I didn't have any mustard powder, so I mixed some Dijon mustard with a little bit of white vinegar to thin it out. The mixture was still a little too spicy for me, so I put in a bit of lemon juice in the hopes of cutting the spice. Surprisingly, it worked. (Keep in mind, I know next to nothing about cooking.) Once the pan was ready, I put in a little oil and seared the tuna on each side for about 30 seconds. After searing the tuna I cut it into thin slices, arranged it on a plate and drizzled the mustard mixture (I won't call it a sauce) on top. It looked like this:

And this:

If I only had some nice looking plates to put this on, it might actually be impressive. By the way, it was delicious. Next time, I'll have the ingredients to make a proper sauce for the tuna, though. I think it could only be better with a proper sauce.

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