This time next year I will be fending for myself. Whether it's working as an apprentice or being a university student, I will most definitely be cooking/catering for myself and potentially others the majority of the time. Last week, I cooked cod and chorizo stew for my family. While I loved it, I still wanted to push myself further. This week, I cooked sesame tuna steaks with asian slaw, with some sesame pak choi on the side as it's my mum's favourite...
I am going to start off by saying that the recipe I got from BBC Good Food (I will link below) says it should take 20 minutes in total to prepare the meal and have it on the plate...that was not the case for me. The tunas were easy, all I had to do was throw on some salt and pepper, coat them in sesame seeds and then pop them in the pan. It seemed to take forever for me to make the slaw. It was probably my own fault as I hadn't measured anything out beforehand so was doing it all at once, but I can tell you for a fact that "roughly chopping" peanuts is not as easy as it sounds. The pak choi side dish was fairly simple as it just seemed to be a "prep and cook as you go along" thing for me, but saying that I'm hardly a pro.
I am a huge fan of tuna steak, I work at a restaurant that had it as a starter on last season's menu and every time it was served I would salivate, so I was super excited to cook this dish for me and my family and, most importantly, to eat it. To be perfectly honest, I didn't love the slaw, but I am not a big slaw fan in general. For me, the lime juice just seemed too overpowering - that said, my mum and her partner both loved it. I loved the steaks, though. I think I could have cooked them for a little less time, but I still did less than the 3 minutes I was instructed to cook them for. They just seemed to taste so yum! I didn’t fancy any pak choi so I can’t comment on it, but it’s my mum’s absolute favourite and she said it was delicious so I was pleased.