Saturday, December 15, 2007

k-brow: bitchin' in the kitchen

In my efforts to stay out of restaurants and avoid the crowds of the holiday flurry, I've been doing more cooking at home. It's easy to get high-quality, fresh ahi tuna here, even in the grocery stores, so we eat a lot of it; cooked and raw. I really like Ina Garten's (aka The Barefoot Contessa) recipe for an avocado tuna salad.

I quick-cooked (1 minute on each side) about a pound of ahi, in olive oil, salt and pepper, then chopped it in big chunks:

Chopped up an avocado I'd found on the road on my dog walk earlier this week. 'Tis the end of the season for roadkill avocados in Nuuanu. These are bigger and a little fruitier than a Haas avocado. It was a little bruised, but for free, who can complain?

And made a viniagrette of lime juice, olive oil, wasabi powder and some tabasco to pour over the tuna and avocado.

Tossed everything with some chopped red onion and romaine lettuce. Yum! It's a food I'd consider crazy extravagant on the mainland, but the tuna is so local, and the avocado is, that it's just a regional specialty of mine. Sort of like those tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches I used to eat all summer back in VA.

Notice the absence of knitting progress on this page, for my part? Knitting IS happening, it's just not very interesting, right now. Must Have continues, row by row. I was a little blown away by that force of nature, Acornbud a week or so ago, as she was cranking out the Must Have, had completely passed me, in yarn that I'd sold her. Hers was beautiful, and I was impressed anew with just how prolific a knitter she is.

Meanwhile, I putter and potter and knit a row or two here and there.

I skipped knit night even, this past week, to attend a seminar on How To Cook For Your Dog, given by our local expert on canine holistic nutrition. Interesting stuff, and I'm running low, very low, on dog food right now, so I'm thinking of cooking up a big pot of lovin' for my creatures. I have fed my dogs raw veggies and meat off and on, and they do well on it, though generally I think you need to be more organized, with a bigger freezer and more time on the hands, to really do this homemade dog food thing justice. Still, in spite of the Season of Dark, Malingering and Surliness, (not to mention sore throats and sleepiness) I am feeling creative in this arena. What say, DisKnit? Have I gone completely 'round the twist, this time?


Opal said...

That salad looks wonderful in progess. I wish you had taken a picture of it all tossed together!

Acornbud is a whirlwind of sweater knitting. She's just amazing. I love the color she chose. I was really impressed with how she was able to knit on the Must Have and carry on a conversation this past week at knit night.

Disenfranchised Knitter said...

Over the top! You know that's what I think about cooking all a dog's food. Unless, of course, the Ella or the Cricket was not well on what they are eating. And I mean sick! But I am the girl of laziness who is only knitting scarves and about to make a pecan pie. Sorry for the lack of blogging, was lost in conference land for a while.