Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuna Haters To Die For Tuna Marinade

Hazel's Zinnias

On Tuesdays, we round up the usual suspects and cook a special dinner. It's not easy. There's the 2 teenagers who prefer every meal be mac 'n cheese. There's a happy little carnivore who thinks bacon in mac 'n cheese might be dee-lish.

And, then there's the pescatarians. Fish lovers.

I hate fish. Truly, madly, deeply hate fish. Now I know what you're thinking... certainly not salmon. Everybody loves salmon.

Indeed they do! I can't begin to count the number of times people have invited me to dinner naturally assuming I would eat salmon.

More of Hazel's Zinnias

'Twas salmon that inspired me to manifest my hatred of fish into a life threatening allergy. You see, if I tell people I don't like fish then they'll still expect me to eat it. "Oh, give it a try," they exclaim. "You'll love MY fish."

But, if I tell them I have an allergy...

I will surely die if I eat your fish...

Then they're lots nicer about the whole situation and typically cook up something truly palatable. Like a steak!

This charade worked out well for many years. Right up until my daughter decided to become a [cringe, shudder] pescatarian. Because she knows the truth about me and my fish allergies. She knows I'm a big, fat liar.

Happy Little Butterflies on Hazel's Zinnias

Last night, just to be nice to Lauren, I grilled tuna. I also made a big vat of potatoes and a (from scratch!) chocolate cake so normal people, like me, wouldn't starve. But then something strange happened. It smelled so delicious that I took a little bite. And, it's killing me to admit this but it wasn't half bad...

Tuna Haters To Die For Tuna Marinade:
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire
  • 1/4 cup minced roasted garlic
  • 4 tbs. crushed rosemary
Marinate 6 oz. tuna fillets for a couple of hours in this mixture. Grill fillets on very high heat, basting with the marinade. Then feed them to Bad Dog and go buy yourself a cheeseburger.

* Joking about the dog. This is a truly tasty recipe. If I like it, I imagine anyone would. I feel the same way about Hazel's Zinnias.


KC said...

Yum, that sounds delicious. I'm a devout Iwilleatmostanythingatarian so that will work out great for me. Pretty flowers too! Are they really Hazel's? Just kiddin' you a bit.

Kate said...

Yup - they're ALL Hazel's. That gal does the best job on Zinnias of any gardener I've ever met. :D

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

What pretty zinnia's Kate. They look so pretty against your green background. I love the things and try to grow them ever years but they will not grow for me. I think this winter I will start some indoors for Spring maybe they will grow then. We have the nastiest clay soil. Good for bricks but not flowers.
Not like fish! I am only kidding. I cannot eat anything that has spicy stuff in it. So no Mexican or other spicy foods to my families awe.They love it all ;-)
By the way the bird in my header was a female cardinal. I had to give her a lot of sunflower seeds for that picture ;-)

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Kate,
For some reason I subscribed to the comments on October's GBBD, so I saw your question to Carol about whether indoor flowers count. Yes, they do.

I enjoyed reading your posts here. I have enough trouble getting our dog to behave, I don't think I could handle a horse. I guess I'm not a big horse person, anyway. My father-in-law trained horses in the cavalry when he was in the service. I knew he had gotten his ribs broken at least once. I didn't know until after he died, that he also participated in events with horses. Well, I hope things go better soon.

I'm like KC, but I am trying to eat healthy and lose a few pounds. Your recipe sounds good. Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs.

jan said...

You are very nice to cook something you don't like!

Beautiful flowers! I can almost smell them!

Gail said...

I can barely stand the smell of salmon served at the same table~~it's just too fishy for me! gail

Shady Gardener said...

I have to admit that I had a hard time reading your post because your photos were so beautiful! :-) Loved the butterfly, also. Your recipe does sound good. I enjoyed re-reading your post! ha.

Granny J said...

Hazel does a great job of butterflies, as well as zinnias. As for tuna, yum, yum, yum! You could cook tuna for me any day.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Kate girl I love what you did to your blog for now, until next Halloween ... right ?? LOL
I left a note back on mine about more varieties of sage including Transylvanian , honest to god ! check the link at the end of that post and they list 23 at there nursery : )
I guess it would be hard to grill tuna from a can ?? LOL

Rosey Pollen said...

My daughter hates, HATES fish. I doubt this would even convince her. but I LOVE fish and I will try this, especially because you have Rosemary and I need to find an excuse to cook with it. Thanks,KATE!

Kate said...

Hi, Hocking Hills!
A cardinal??? Oh, I'm so very jealous. I try to entice them but we don't get very many pretty songbirds up here. And, never cardinals.

If it's any consolation, I can't get Zinnias to grow either. Which is probably why I take so many pictures of Hazel's... :)

Kate said...

Hi, Sue!
Thanks for visiting and thanks for the info on bloom day. This is a fun idea and I'm glad I can participate.

Horses - maybe it's an affliction. Or an addiction. They're dangerous and expensive but at least for me they provide some of the most rewarding experiences of my life...

Kate said...

Thanks, Jan!
Perhaps daughter L has become a fish lover to push my buttons... :) Stranger things have happened!

Kate said...

Hi, Gail!
So nice to meet another person who tells it like it is with respect to salmon! :))

Kate said...

Thanks, Shady Gardener - very sweet of you to say. I liked your blog a lot, too, and plan to visit often. :)

Kate said...

Hi, Granny;
For you -- I would make this recipe again, should we ever meet in the real world.

However! Please don't expect me to eat it... :D

Kate said...

Hey Halloween Joy!
Very nice to see you over here!

Transylvanian Sage? Get out! Surely we can work this angle for a super creepy recipe for next October!

Kate said...

Hi, Rosey;
You're raising one smart daughter... :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh how funny you are, Kate! That recipe does sound delish, and I love the part about feeding it to Bad Dog, just because I love the name. My Peetie Pie twin is named Hazel, BTW. :-)

Kate said...

Thanks, Frances!

Hazel (whose garden I photographed) is my oldest and dearest friend. It's also a great name for a kitty.. :D