Fishy Mystery

I have a three-volume set of Confucius teachings. Years ago, when we were all young and passionate, and tended to argue earth-shattering issues till wee hours of the morning, with guitars and Georgian wines (that’s a country, not a state), sometimes, when an argument hit a dead-end and voices got hoarse, one of us would pull a Confucius volume, open it at random, and pronounce, “Confucius say..”

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I have been immensely fortunate and highly privileged to “walk along”  many exceptional bloggers, and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from them. Even though I have announced that this humble blog of mine is not accepting any more awards, I felt the need to thank  those great bloggers who have nominated me for various awards.

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Lovely Mel of https://melhopkins.com, a wonderful writer and powerful inspirational blogger, nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you, dear Mel, you are one of the sources of sunshine in my life!

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Another lovely blogger, Anna of https://wordndwhimsy.wordpress.com, a bright and accomplished travel writer, nominated me for One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you, dear Anna – БОЛьШУЩЕЕЕ СПАСИБО! – but I truly don’t understand what makes my blog lovely. I cook, I take amateur pictures, assisted by a helpful cat, and I write, and only the latter is professional, or, rather, had been long time ago.  Well, Confucius say…

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Therefore, I’ll just grab what has kindly been handed to me, and proceed.

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Four beautiful and talented ladies, each on her own, nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award: fantastically creative Linda of https://kelleysdiy.com, gentle and fair book reviewer Jeyran of http://jeyranmain.com, Bakhita the Fashion Queen of https://bakhitah.wordpress.com, and, last but not least, spirited and outspoken Gayatri of https://cthroughmyeyessite.wordpress.com. Thank you, ladies! If anything, not I, but you, each and everyone of you, deserve recognition for your talents and hard work!

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Finally, my dear Miami neighbor of Honduran origin who shares with us delicious and healthy recipes, https://miamicuisine.wordpress.com/,  the incredibly knowledgeable in nutrition Tamara of https://thepurplealmond.com, and chéri Joëlle of https://sulfitefreecooking.wordpress.com, your best resource of delicious gluten free and dairy free recipes, nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award. I thank you, beautiful ladies and awesome bloggers, for this honor, especially because this is one award the rationale for which I can at least understand. What I am about to cook is a mystery to me!

yellow tuna steak

I had three beautiful Ahi tuna steaks. We were expecting only one guest for Friday night dinner. I can do math (sometimes!). I was planning to quickly sear them on the grill right before Shabbos, then wrap them in foil with a few drops of lemon juice, and stick them in the oven until it was time to serve the main course. I was also planning to serve my Barely Cooked Spinach (see recipe here).  But you know what happens to “the best plans of men and mice” – at the last moment, I got two more guests one of whom was a vegetarian. I had to do math again (not my thing, but I can do it, if I have to!), and figure how to make four tuna steaks out of three. Confucius say…

confucius-quotes12So I did. I decided to slice my beautiful steaks (what a pity!), marinate them in white wine and lemon juice, stick them in the oven right before Shabbos, and hope for the best. I also seasoned them with salt and pepper, and, on a whim, scattered a handful of sliced black olives on top. For our vegetarian friend, I made arroz con frijoles negros – Rice with Black Beans (see recipe here).

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Meanwhile, I was simply curious: what am I making here? Google to the rescue, and guess who comes up – Confucius! The Book of Rites, known as the core of Confucianism, mentions Kuai, “finely cut slices of raw fish or meat” marinated under various sauces. Kuai served without a sauce was considered inedible, and the one ingredient common to most sauces was mustard seed. Aha, Confucius say… I quickly added yellow mustard seed.  Then I tasted it in order to adjust acidity and seasoning, and – mystery of mysteries! – it was soooo good, that I decided on the spot to serve it as is, as my humble imitation of Kuai.

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This photo is taken before Shabbos, obviously, but this is exactly how I served it. Instead of Barely Cooked Spinach, I served my Fishy Mystery on a bed of fresh baby spinach and garnished it with a few crispy corn kernels. It was a smashing hit! I was asked where I got the recipe, and all I answered was, “Confucius say…”

Before getting to the actual recipe, I want to leave you, Beautiful People, with two pieces of advice to other bloggers:

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…and

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb Ahi tuna sliced in thin strips
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (preferably the one you plan to drink with it)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste

PROCEDURE

  • Pour wine and lemon juice over sliced fish, add olives and mustard seed, season with salt and pepper.
  • Cover and keep refrigerated for at least 30 minutes, possibly more.
  • Serve on a bed of fresh spinach or any baby greens, garnish with corn.

Enjoy!

I will never forget the kindness of my nominators and all my awesome followers, 
and in the future, I will acknowledge and recognize awards, should you choose to 
honor me again. However, I truly do not have time to answer and compose questions,
as well as abide by all the rest of the requirements of various awards.
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62 Comments Add yours

  1. losing200fun says:

    Looks so good. Love the name.

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    1. Thank you so much – I am glad you like it!

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  2. Fishy mystery…more like fishy mastery. That tuna looks so good.

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    1. Thank you! Coming from you, it’s a great compliment, and I really appreciate it!

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  3. This is the best way to prepare fresh tuna fish. Love the use of mustard seeds in it. I’m sure it was a hit! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Ronit, it’s all Confucius…

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  4. Ahhh. It looks wonderful! I recently had tuna, too. Such a special dish. I’m sure your guests were pleased. Thanks for all the Confucius sayings!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words; I am so glad you like it!

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  5. What a gracious way to acknowledge awards without accepting them. And another great dish I can’t wait to try. (I simply must make time to get to the grocery store!) Who knew Confucius had advice for cooking!
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    1. Oh, he had rules for everything! Confucious say… Thank you for your comment; I am glad you like the recipe!

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      1. It is rare for me to respond positively to tuna – I was over-served my younger brothers’ favorite gloppy Tuna and Noodles as kid. But this looks like something I would love.
        xx,
        mgh

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      2. I’ve heard of tuna and noodles and even tried it ones – tuna out of the can, that is – and it’s not my thing, sorry! I’ve used tuna in sushi, made tuna sashimi, hawaiian poke, seared sesame tuna – you name it. But this really was quick thinking at the 11th hour.

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      3. T&N is truly dreadful stuff for anybody besides boys 10 years old and younger. I don’t see how it could be anybody’s thing! I was 40 before I even tried to eat tuna again – and the canned stuff might as well be poison. I will never buy it.
        xx,
        mgh

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      4. I do keep a couple of cans in the pantry, just in case, and I make delicious tuna burgers, but there is so much more in them that you don’t even know what they are.

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      5. The last time, I simply couldn’t stand it and commented negatively, practically in tears. My mother swore she’d never serve it again if I’d just eat it one last time. She kept her word, thank goodness. I can barely stand to think about the horrid stuff – and I was *not* a picky eater.
        xx,
        mgh

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      6. Oh what an experience! I can’t even imagine. I can only compare it with farina that was a Russian stuff-into-kids staple, and I hated it! I was not a picky eater, just a very bad eater, one of those kids who are never hungry.

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      7. Funny – I was rarely hungry either (but it could have been the “kid” food lol)

        Once I left for college and the “kids” were older, she was able to demonstrate that she was actually a marvelous cook, but I missed out on those good meal years, I’m afraid, only enjoying her cooking during my sporatic visits home from school.
        xx,
        mgh

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      8. You’re right – it’s the “kid” food – I’ve never thought of it. I guess I haven’t had problems with my son’s appetite because I never made “kid” food for him.

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      9. Glop – most of it. lol And not even good for kids, most of it. ::sigh:: the American way since the advent of Kraft Foods, etc. (Macaroni and cheese is another “food” that will never find its way into my mouth again!)
        xx,
        mgh

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      10. Mac and cheese we never had, but we had mac and homemade farmer cheese, dusted with sugar and cocoa – yumm!

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      11. I’d hesitate to even try that one – given my history with mac ‘n cheese. 🙂

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      12. I can relate to that, but it’s so totally different. You have had cheese blintzes, haven’t you? It’s like that, but with chocolate!

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      13. I LOVE blintzes!!! So maybe . . . without the mac, anyway. Never warmed up to that again.

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      14. Whatever you like – just get yourself and Tink down here one day…

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      15. I hate to quote Karl Marx, but he said,”If you want, really want something, everything is possible: an encounter, a revolution, happiness…”

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      16. I wish fewer people wanted “revolution” and more wanted happiness – for everyone, btw, not just in their own lives.
        xx,
        mgh

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      17. I wish fewer people equated one with the other – for everyone’s sake!

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      18. As usual, we are of like minds here.
        xx, mgh

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  6. Great post and recipe-I love tuna and lol..I used to do that as a student, sit up all night with a bottle of wine and friends and put the world to rights :)xx

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    1. Thank you! You see that in every country and every culture, young people are young people!

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  7. Congratulations and keep it up. Loved this awesome post and pictures were so adoring and great and true words.

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    1. Thank you so much dear, I am glad you like it!

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    1. Thank you very much for reblogging my post!

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  8. Thx! Next time we visit Munich we will look for fresh tuna!

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    1. Is that where you get it? I didn’t know! All I could eat in Munich was salad.

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  9. Balvinder says:

    Lemon and seafood always pair so well together. This is a gorgeous rainbow tuna, perfectly flavored.

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    1. Thank you dear Bal! Here we call it yellowfin tuna, not to confuse it with rainbow trout that my husband catches sometimes.

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  10. Balvinder says:

    I know I mixed up the name because I took out rainbow trout from the fridge for lunch today.

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    1. Oh, I thought you had a different name for it.

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  11. calmkate says:

    Enjoy your mix of philosophy and recipes! All those blogger awards, glad I’ve stayed out of it as it looks super busy.

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    1. Thank you, I am glad you like reading my ramblings. The awards are time-demanding, but I feel I owe a debt of gratitude to generous people out there.

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    1. Same to you dear! 🙂

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  12. Confucius was a wise man. Life is simple.

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  13. Another dish for me to give a try! Thank you for this! Great post by the way!

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you like it!

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  14. My father owned a butcher shop, and we ate meat every night. I never learned to prepare fish, and appreciate this recipe very much!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ronnie, I am glad to be of help!

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  15. So beautiful! Now I have to visit every blogger you’ve mentioned. Thank you so much for the kind words, you really warmed my heart. Life is filled with wonderful surprises. I cleared my schedule this evening to make time to read some of your recipes and stories and I see this one! Thank you again!

    As for Ahi Tuna, I’ll try it one more time. My first experience wasn’t a good one. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mel! I am so blessed to have met wonderful people like you in the blogosphere!

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  16. Reblogged this on koolkosherkitchen and commented:

    Dear Beautiful People, quite a few comments on my Hawaiian Poke recipe express surprise that there are cultures other than Japanese who have raw fish dishes. Yes, there are, and here is one of them – Chinese!

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  17. Christy B says:

    I like tuna in dishes 🙂 Great recipe here and also nice to see about your awards ❤

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Christy! I am so glad you like it!

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