Saturday, May 9, 2020

Cuisine & Screen: Home Edition, Part 7

Hi everyone! I hope you've had a good week. My neighbor brightened my day when she offered for people to come clip some beautiful roses from her garden. I had forgotten how a pop of color can really lift your spirits. I don't have a green thumb, so I'm grateful to her for sharing this beauty!
Stunning!
CUISINE
A dear friend recommended this recipe to me, and I am so grateful to know that I can sear sushi-grade Ahi Tuna and make poké bowls in the comfort of my own home! So thank you, dear friend, for introducing me to the beauty that is frozen sushi-grade Ahi Tuna with Cilantro Sauce.

I found individually packaged 5 ounce sushi-grade Ahi Tuna steaks (aka yellowfin tuna) in the frozen seafood section at my grocery store. Y'all, this is pure protein. Beautiful pink fish that you don't even need to cook since it's sushi-grade. But I let it thaw (duh), seasoned it with a little olive oil, S&P, then seared it over medium high for 1 minute on each side (no more!) Serve it with this sauce:

Mince a handful of cilantro leaves with about 1 TB grated ginger, 1 TB grated garlic, 1/2 jalapeño (with or without seeds), the juice of 1 lime, 1 TB soy sauce and a pinch of sugar. If you're a cilantro freak like me, you will be LIVING for this sauce. An avocado is also a great addition here.
Beautifully seared Ahi Tuna!!

If, and that's a big if, you have any of the tuna left over, cube it and combine with any of the following to make a bomb ass poké bowl: brown rice, greens, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, mango, pineapple, radishes, wasabi peas, cilantro, edamame, chickpeas, avocado, soy sauce, sriracha - literally the bowl is your oyster here! I am salivating just thinking about how fresh and light and delicious this was.
Poké Bowl heaven

I've been craving summer fruits (when can I get some fresh peaches yo?!) and so I cheated and made a family friend's Shortcut Peach Cobbler:

-1 can peach pie filling (this recipe works with ANY pie filling flavor - cherry, apple, blueberry)
-1/2 box yellow cake mix
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 cup nuts (OPTIONAL, I say leave 'em OUT!)
-1 stick butter, melted

Put the pie filling in a 10" casserole dish and cover with remaining ingredients. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. It doesn't come close to the real thing, but in a pinch, it will do just fine. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

SCREEN
Bird Box - yes, I was the last person in the world to watch this thriller, and I thought it was quite timely and appropriate. When your day-to-day standard operating procedure is suddenly interrupted, and you're thrown into a new normal where people mistrust strangers and lean on family more than ever - yes, this was the right time to watch this film! I cannot imagine how difficult filming this would have been, and Sandra Bullock pulled it off beautifully. I loved Trevante Rhodes in this, a vast departure from his performance in "Moonlight", and I adore anything with John Malkovich. Definitely worth watching, and it definitely stays with you.

Pretty in Pink - I know, I know, where have I been? I'm not a huge Brat Pack movie gal, but this is a quintessential 80s classic and I figured it would be entertaining. It was fun to see Molly Ringwald in her prime (I see her often these days on "Riverdale") and the costumes were fabulously awful. Is it just me, or should she have gotten with Duckie?

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