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French Thursday with Dorie: Two Tunas

I’m a little jealous.  As I am writing this, my parents are actually in Paris, eating French food and pastries, and enjoying the sights and sounds of the city.  I have to console myself by participating in French Fridays with Dorie.

As you may have noticed, today isn’t actually Friday.  I’m running almost a week behind.  Better late than never!

I have two recipes to tell you about: Tuna and Mango Ceviche and Tuna Confit with Black Olive Tapenade and Tomato Salsa.  The group has done two tuna recipes lately, and I decided to do them both in the same week.

Tuna and Mango Ceviche

Tuna and Mango Ceviche

Ceviche is a dish made of raw fish marinated in citrus juice to “cook” it.  This version is inspired by the cuisine of Senegal, which was once a colony of France.  The main ingredients are mango, avocado, red onion, and sushi-grade tuna.  They are seasoned with red onion and ginger, and marinated in lime juice, olive oil and rum.

I really liked the flavors in this dish, but they made me wish I were sitting outdoors in a tropical location, soaking up the sun!  I think it was the lime and mango that did it.

Tuna Confit with Black Olive Tapenade and Tomato Salsa

Tuna Confit

Tuna Confit.  Tuna submerged in olive oil and aromatics for a long marinade, then cooked slowly in the marinade.  The aromatics include preserved lemon (I made my own!), sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, white onion, celery, parsley, thyme, rosemary, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice.

After the tuna is cooked, Dorie has us serve it with a tomato salsa and a dollop of olive tapenade.  I decided to try her olive tapenade recipe and it was easy and delicious!  I served it all on a bed of mashed potatoes.

I used a lot of vegetables from the garden for this meal!  Cherry tomatoes, rosemary, potatoes, and even the sun-dried tomatoes.

Yummy, comforting meal!  I liked this one a lot.  It was a lot of fun to try, and it was great to make use of some of the garden veggies.

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This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie, an online group cooking our way through Dorie Greenspan’s book Around My French Table.  We don’t share recipes, but I encourage you to get the book.

For those of you keeping track, I only have 4 make-up recipes to go!  I can do it!

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