Sesame Tuna

This is a very simple and easy way to enjoy a fresh, high quality piece of tuna. I find, it is a perfect entrée meal to share or a snack for two on the weekend.

I was served a similar dish in one of the Melbourne’s restaurants years ago and since, I have been using this idea to experiment with different coatings and sauces. This method is so versatile. So, next time you see a beautiful piece of tuna in the shop, get it and have a try.

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Sesame Tuna

Ingredients:

Fresh tuna, a piece about 250g
Sesame seeds
Black pepper (optional)
Oil
Cucumber

Sauce:
Soya sauce
Fresh wasabi
Ginger (optional)

Method:

1. Thoroughly wash tuna and paper dry. Mix sesame seeds with a bit of cracked black pepper and roll tuna in it. Press harder, so more seeds stuck to the fish to fully cover the whole surface.
2. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium and fry tuna on all sides. When first frying, notice how much time it takes to change the colour for 2mm in thickness. Then apply the same time on each side. This should take a few minutes in total.
3. Cut the fish into slices and serve immediately with some shaved cucumber and a traditional soya-wasabi sauce. Alternatively use Wasabi Mayonnaise from this earlier post.

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BBQ Ocean Trout Recipe

The great Aussie Barbie is an important part of the leisure time for Australians. We are proud of our outdoor lifestyle. Many of us have family recipes for the best chops, steaks, sausages, ribs…

This simple recipe below is for the Ocean Trout and it is perfect for a summary weekend lunch. If you buy a fresh beautiful fish on Saturday morning it will take you less than 20 minutes to surprise your family or guests. It goes well with any light salad or just cut vegetables and it is always a success! Baking this trout in the oven produces very similar result in case you feel like a tender juicy fish on a rainy winter Sunday.

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Seaweed Wagyu Beef Recipe

Wagyu Beef

Wagyu beef is fatty, but there is something special about this meat. The ratio of monounsaturated to saturated fat is much higher in Wagyu than any other beef. Monounsaturated fat could have positive effects on heart health. The serving sizes of the Wagyu dishes are very small, so if you like a big steak it is probably better to go with lean eye fillet and not Wagyu.

An interesting study on the impact of the beef steak thermal processing on degradation of good fats and levels of inflammation after the consumption of the cooked beef. Pan-fried (PF) and sous-vide (SV) thermally processed beef were compared by measuring fifteen oxidised lipids in post-meal plasma. ‘Postprandial plasma inflammatory markers tended to remain lower following the SV meal than the PF meal.’ (Food Chemistry, Volume 184, 1 October 2015, Pages 57-64)

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Fish Stew Recipe

Fish

Fish is a healthy protein. It is a good source of Phosphorus, which is needed to build strong bones and teeth, and also filters out waste in your kidneys. Loads of information on the health benefits of fish is available now.

What I find amazing about the fish it is how it impacts blood sugar levels. I experimented with this with one of my family members who is 73 years old and has diabetes. The blood sugar levels in the morning were constantly showing between 9 and 11, and an opinion was formed that this health condition of 20 years cannot be improved due to age. I convinced them to eat fish and vegetables for lunch and dinner just for one week. Fortunately, the schedule was followed and after a few days the morning blood sugar levels showed 5.5, which is better than mine! (The same medication was taken.)

I know this diet is not the most convenient one as it is not easy to buy fresh fish every day and find different ways of cooking it.

Check out my Coconut Fish post, that recipe is very simple and meal portions can be frozen too. The below recipe has more ingredients but it is still simple and can be also frozen.

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Calamari Cauliflower Risotto Recipe

Cauliflower

If along with vitamin and mineral content, phytochemical content is also taken into consideration, food can be ranked, and the food that contains the most nutrients per calorie are ranked the highest. Phytochemicals are plant substances that have beneficial health effects. Cauliflower would be in the top 20 foods in regards to this score. This concept was created by Dr.Fuhrman.

Cauliflower contains natural sulforaphane that has been of increasing interest for nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries due to its anti-cancer effect. The highest amount of sulforaphane is found in cauliflower seedlings. (Food ChemistryVolume 104, Issue 42007Pages 1761-1764, ‘HPLC Screening of anti-cancer sulforaphane from important European Brassica species.’)

The cauliflower is used raw in the below recipe, as it is more beneficial for health when it is fresh. But you can easily increase the heating time in step 5 to make the ‘rice’ softer.

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Cucumber Sushi Recipe

Recently I have been to Hawaii, on vacation. There was a Japanese restaurant in Waikiki called Daraku that we visited regularly. My favourite dish there was sushi without rice and it inspired me for this recipe.

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Eggplant Surf and Turf Recipe

Eggplant

Did you know that eggplant is a fruit? Eggplants belong to the same family as tomatoes and peppers. However, not like tomatoes, eggplants are non-climacteric fruit. Hence the storage is important. There was a study to research the best way to store eggplants. It was found that storing eggplants at +10C for 13 days did not reduce the beneficial qualities of the eggplant. (Food Chemistry, Volume 88, Issue 1, November 2004, Pages 17-24) Continue reading