In re: Spicy Teriyaki Tuna

Its not often that I make anything Teriyaki.  I am not sure why I treat Teriyaki with such distrust, somehow I see it as the dish non sushi eaters get if forced to go grab sushi (great Curb Your Enthusiasm on that).  Anyway, the other day I was craving grilled tuna, you know the super rare, but seared on the outside kind.  I decided to serve it w/ a faux islands – polynessian spicy pineapple teriyaki marinade /sauce.  All started with the sauce, used soy, honey, crushed pineapple from a can w/ juice, siracha and reduced that before pureeing the contents.  then I let the tuna steak sit in that for a little while whilst I got the rest of the meal going.

I made sticky coconut rice using sushi rice, water, salt and coconut milk, all put in the rice cooker, and then started on a grilled pineapple salsa to serve as a second sauce/topping.  I brushed large slices of fresh pineapple w/ some oil and grilled them til they had nice char marks, diced those and added jalepano, red bell pepper, cilantro, lime juice, red onion and salt and let that gather its flavor.  The last item were some string beans, straight from my CSA share.  I didn’t want to over cook them being so fresh and nice, so cooked them in a hot skillet w/ some olive oil real quickly and then added a mixture of the Teriyaki sauce mixed w/ a chineese black bean paste.

The dinner turned out good, but unfortunately my gas grill wasn’t getting hot enough to do the tuna the way I like it (I like to grill the tuna a way I learned from Alton Browns putting a grate on-top of and cooking over the charcoal chimney starter that cooks like a jet engine) so using my gas grill to get a nice sear I ended up getting away from the really rare I wanted.  All in all the combo was pretty nice, the rice and salsa made a nice pairing and I might mix some for a leftover side.  All in all a faux taste of some island somewhere.

Grilled Tuna w/ Spicy Pineapple Teriyaki Sauce, Grilled Pineappple Salasa, Green Beans, and Sticky Coconut Rice

Grilled Tuna w/ Spicy Pineapple Teriyaki Sauce, Grilled Pineappple Salasa, Green Beans, and Sticky Coconut Rice

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In re: Food inc.

Food, Inc. I haven’t seen it yet, but I have been waiting for Food Inc. for a while.  The movie is just about set to open up in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, it doesn’t come here to Ohio (Cedar Lee in Cleveland Heights) til July 3 – see opening dates here, but I imagine it will be making a big splash and forcing a lot of people to rethink things (Monsanto has already created a campaign against the movie).  The movie is co-produced by Eric Schlosser who wrote Fast Food Nation, a great book on the industry of fast food (both the food we get and the workers issues).  The movie also features Michael Pollan whose works on food in the Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food among others have really pushed me further into rethinking our food problems (i.e. I am more passionately local and vegetable then before, as well as our corn problem – that is everything is based upon it including our cheap corn fed beef).  Anyway if you get the chance to see this movie it sounds great from the reviews and from the people involved, of course be prepared to be disturbed.  I just saw the trailer and read a review at the NY Times.