Food for friends is about celebration, love and pure pleasure – ie making things taste as good as humanly possible and blow the calories!
My husband and I are due to cook for our neighbours R&A, the parents of our eldest boy’s best friend. They are serious foodies – last time we ate at theirs we were fed scallops cooked to perfection, beautifully rare fillet steak, and a stodgy chocolate pear pudding with Amaretto ice cream – my mouth still waters just at the memory.
So the pressure is on. A is a huge fan of fish and seafood, and we all love spicy food and Asian flavours, so I’ve devised a starter that I hope will hit the spot..
It’s incredibly simple to make yet looks impressive and is full of flavour
Wasabi Spiked Tuna Tartare
250g extremely fresh tuna steak
Half a cucumber, diced
1 ripe avocado, diced
4 spring onions
Thumb sized piece of ginger, finely grated
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1 small bunch coriander, finely chopped
Crushed salted and roasted peanuts
Seaweed thins (I use Itsu)
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 1/2 tbsp runny honey
1 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp wasabi powder mixed to a paste with a little warm water
First, whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a bowl or jug.
Finely chop the tuna, cucumber, avocado, spring onions, coriander and chilli, and mix together with the ginger in a large bowl.
Pour over the dressing then press into chef ring’s on individual plates.
Top with the crushed peanuts and a couple of seaweed thins and serve immediately.