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04/11/2011

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That omelet carried me way through the day and only a handful of snacks and a 5.3 mile run later, I went on a long walk. Having some personal stuff on my mind and feeling sad for a friend of mine who was having a tough time and doesn't deserve it, I kind of wandered aimlessly around my neighborhood and various health food stores without any particular goals in mind. 

It was Sunday and I eventually decided that I would look for some sushi-grade tuna for a tuna burger recipe I had wanted to try for some time. Sushi-grade tuna on a Sunday? Even in Manhattan this wasn't going to be a walk in the park! But sure enough, 6 supermarkets and health food stores later I had amassed the ingredients for a dinner that is completely contrary to what I normally do.

I picked up things that I doubt I'll be using too often and things that I know will go bad before I have a chance to use them. Still, I hadn't done any special-occasiony dinners in a long time and thought that cooking might relax me.  
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The Panko Crusted Tuna Burger
Ingredients (left to right): Sushi-grade yellowfin tuna (at just over $10 for what wound up being dinner for 2 and also lunch, I'd say it was not too bad!), scallions (these will go bad before I use them), garlic, wasabi mustard (THIS was a wise purchase), low sodium soy sauce, black sesame seeds, panko bread crumbs, wine (for personal consumption).
 
1. Coarsely chop of the tuna (1lb=4 burgers)
2. Chop 1 or 2 scallions (depending on how oniony you like things) withe white ends
3. Add the tuna and the scallions to a food processor (this is the second of three kitchen gadgets I will use), add 2 tbsp soy sauce (for 1lb tuna!) and a squirt of the wasabi mustard. Pulse until the tuna chunks are more manageable.
4. In a shallow dish/bowl put in the panko bread crumbs and a handful of the sesame seeds until you have something that looks like this

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4. In a shallow dish/bowl put in the panko bread crumbs and a handful of the sesame seeds until you have something that looks like the picture
5. Form the tuna into patty and roll around in the breading mixture. It might look pretty fragile, but it's really pretty hardy.
6. Drop each patty into a pan (with non-stick cooking spray) and cook on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes each side, depending on how done you like your tuna. If you love your burgers well-done, do 4 minutes.

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Voila! (this is awful photo lighting, but these are really cute little guys with the black sesame seeds).

Note: regular sesame seeds are probably just as good, much cheaper and easier to find, but not as pretty. Consider poppy seeds.

The Sauce: Super easy, and probably so versatile!
1 part wasabi mustard
1 part balsamic vinegar
whisk
That's it.

We even wound up dipping our grilled asparagus that went with the meal ("hummus" serving #3-still rockin' at 4 days old- was the appetizer).
 
Finished off the weekend with the end of Toy Story 3, which in my opinion has so many adult themes that I'm surprised people let their kids watch this movie!

Tonight is vegan dinner with my ex-sorority sister, so though I will not be cooking, I will be trying seitan for the first time, so I'll let you know how that goes!

Till next time!
 


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Drew
04/12/2011 05:16

That recipe sounds good. Wasabi mustard is delicious. I might need to tweak it a little and cook something similar for Mary.

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    I'm a recent graduate from medical school and a pathology resident living in New York City. Like most girls living in the city, I've found that a lot of my social life revolves around the regular consumption of high-calorie food and alcoholic beverages. I've decided to start a blog about how I am trying to beat the bulge by eating and cooking defensively between social engagements and how even a busy girl can fit exercise into a busy life.

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