Strictly Suppers 2015 #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna in a Soy, Honey, Chilli and Lime Sauce with Asda Mashed Potatoes

Good morning all, how is everyone?  It’s almost December the 1st so I’ve now started singing Christmas songs and thinking about what I’m going to be cooking over Christmas, especially Boxing night.  One thing is for sure, I know Adam, Heather and I wont be in the kitchen as long as we were last year and I know Heather wont be doing the dishes for six months 😆

Once again sorry this is later than planned but I’ve had a hectic weekend again and time ran away from me. This is my own recipe, it’s easy, tasty and can be cooked in less than 40 minutes. The theme for this week’s dance is the Cha-Cha-Cha and is a mash up of last year’s theme’s. We’ve not had great success in the Cha-Cha-Cha style this year with lots of competitors ranking it as their lowest Dace. The highest score for a Cha-Cha-Cha this year is Peter Andre (30) and the lowest is good old Iwan Thomas (13).

Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna Ingredients

Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna Ingredients

The ingredients are simple for this one, there is an addition of chilli flakes which are not featured in the photograph above. The Tuna Steaks were lovely, a bit small but they were decent quality.

The equipment I used to make Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

The equipment I used to make Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

There wasn’t much equipment used in this recipe, it’s all in the photograph above. The little mug on the left is a Christmas present from Heather last year; it’s a measuring mug and is so handy because it’s easier than lugging a great big jug around.

Measuring out 300ml of the Dark Soy Sauce for the Tuna marinade for this week's Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

Measuring out 300ml of the Dark Soy Sauce for the Tuna marinade for this week’s Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

The first thing we need to do is create the marinade, I used 300ml of Dark Soy Sauce as I was marinating two tuna steaks, measure that out.

Pouring in the honey for the Tuna marinade for this week's Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

Pouring in the honey for the Tuna marinade for this week’s Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

Once I did that I added 2 Tbs of Honey to the Soy Sauce and stirred it through so that it all mixed. Next you need to add the chilli

My chilli flakes I used to pep up the Tuna marinade for this week's Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

My chilli flakes I used to pep up the Tuna marinade for this week’s Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

This is chilli I’ve had in the cupboard since Adam was a boy, it’s probably not safe to use, but I won’t say anything if you don’t! You can use chilli powder or a fresh chilli, or you can substitute it for Garlic and Ginger if you wanted to, it’s your choice.

The marinade ready to go on the Tuna for this week's Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

The marinade ready to go on the Tuna for this week’s Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

Stir the chilli thoroughly to ensure all the ingredients have combined then add the lime juice, I used 2 Tbs, like with all the ingredients you can use as much or as little as you like.

The Tuna marinating ready for this week's Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

The Tuna marinating ready for this week’s Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

Marinate the Tuna in the sauce for 10 – 20 minutes; you don’t want to do it for too long otherwise the lime will start to cook the fish.

Warming the sauce through ready to serve this week's Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

Warming the sauce through ready to serve this week’s Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

Once the fish is marinated pour the sauce into a saucepan and warm through. You’ve got a couple of options here, you can reduce it so that it becomes a glaze, a nice sticky syrupy sauce to go over the tuna… that’s what I would have liked to do. I’d have liked to do some chefy drizzles and swirls just to ponse the plate up a bit… but no! Being the pillock that I am  😳 didn’t have time to reduce the sauce to a glaze consistency so ended up having it as a rather runny sauce. I’m not complaining it was really tasty but, not as I planned it. Turn the heat on to high under the griddle pan.

The Tuna on the griddle pan for this week's Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

The Tuna on the griddle pan for this week’s Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

When the griddle pan is piping hot add the fish, make sure that there is some marinade on them so they won’t stick. Cook them for two minutes on each side, or more if you like your fish well cooked.

Asda Mashed Potatoes Snack Pot to go with this week's Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

Asda Mashed Potatoes Snack Pot to go with this week’s Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

I served this with Snack Pot Mashed Potatoes from Asda… wow! This was a find, the mash is creamy and tasty, with crisp almost crouton like onions going through it. I had this when my parents went away one night and I’m hooked, it’s really worth trying. Cook this as per the instructions, I almost guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

The Tuna cooked in the Griddle Pan ready to serve this week's Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

The Tuna cooked in the Griddle Pan ready to serve this week’s Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

When the fish is cooked to your liking take it off the heat, otherwise it’ll carry on cooking. I like it pink in the middle, there’s nothing worse than overcooked Tuna, it goes like old shoe leather in texture. I’m not one of these people who says oh you should have it cooked like this, cook it as you like it, but if you don’t know how you like it, give it a chance a bit pink in the middle, you won’t regret it. I suppose the only thing I’d say is if you are eating frozen tuna that’s 10 for £5 it’s probably best to cook that all the way through but fresh tuna you can eat a bit pink in the middle and often fish monger tuna is Sushi grade, which means you can eat it raw.

Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna in all it's glory!

Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna in all it’s glory!

Serve with the potatoes and the sauce, honestly this is lush. The sauce is salty, spicy but with the tang of the lime and the sweetness of the honey. The mashed potatoes are creamy and rich with the crunch of the onions going through them and the Tuna is the icing on the cake. Give this a go there is so much you can do to it, you could add spring onions to the sauce or ginger and garlic. Have a play that’s what cooking’s all about!

Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

Strictly Suppers #5 Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna

Remember you can download my step-by-step instructions here, if you give it a go send in your pictures – I’d love to see them.

I cooked this recipe with my mother and my Aunty Doll watching me, my Aunty Doll isn’t the most adventurous when it comes to food, she’s like my father! She keeps telling me how much my uncle would like my cooking, he’s a lot more adventurous (like my mother) so I’m going to have to cook for him one day. Aunty Doll is a bit of a legend in my family, and while I love all my aunties and uncles equally I think everyone would agree Aunty Doll is awesome, saying that mind I don’t live with her 😆 ! Thanks to my mother Mags and Aunty Doll for their help!

Next week I’m hoping to give you something sweet for our sixth installment of our Strictly Suppers range. I’m hoping it will be based on the Viennese Waltz… what do you think it’ll be?

Tomorrow's Time-Saving Tuesday's Dolmio Pasta Corbonara and Uncle Ben's Chilli Con Carne and Rice

Tomorrow’s Time-Saving Tuesday’s Dolmio Pasta Corbonara and Uncle Ben’s Chilli Con Carne and Rice

I said I was back to normal last week, well I’m still a bit out on my timings but I’m getting there. My new business W38 Media is taking a lot of time (cheap plug I know) as well as my first business Accessible Wales (another shameless plug) Tuesday we’ve got a review of Uncle Ben’s Chilli Con Carne and Rice Snack Pot and Dolmio’s Pasta Carbonara…. it’s one not to be missed.

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Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot

Tuna Infusion with Soy and Ginger and Mushroom Couscous Steam Pot

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - Front Of The Package

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – Front Of The Package

I’m sorry that there was nothing coming last week, I’ve had a hectic few days, including a visit from my lovely niece Alice. You’ll probably know by now that Alice has been partying studying in France for the last ten months through her university course, but now she’s home! I’d missed her, although, if I’m honest, I probably spoke more to her when she was in the land of onion and garlic than I ever did when she was home 😆 . We did lots of cooking while she was up, some was very, very successful – some was utterly disastrous… you’ll know about it all soon enough 😆 !

This review is the other John West Infusion Pot I bought, you’ll remember I reviewed the Infusion Pot which was Tuna with Coriander & Cumin and Lime and Coriander Cous Cous.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - The Two Pots

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – The Two Pots

This was a great quick and easy snack, I really love the idea of the two little pots and with the tuna, it ticks all the boxes for me. This one was a bit of a surprise because it has mushrooms in it… come all we all know I don’t like Mr Legumes, but taking one for the team I decided I’d buy this one and review it.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - The Back Of The Package

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – The Back Of The Package

The instructions are easy to follow, they’re exactly the same as the other one we’ve reviewed in the past. As I’ve said in my previous post it is a glorified pot noodle really J it’s made in the same way… simple!

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - The Couscous Before The Water

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – The Couscous Before The Water

Water is added to the dry couscous and the lid is replaced it only takes about five minutes once the lid is replaced. Open the tin of tuna, I’ll admit it doesn’t look the friendliest, some would say it looks like cat food but trust me it doesn’t taste like it.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - The Tuna, Soy and Ginger Before Mixing With The Couscous

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – The Tuna, Soy and Ginger Before Mixing With The Couscous

When the five minutes is up mix the two together, you can, like me eat it from the pot or have it in a nice little bowl… you choose! Below you can find the nutritional values for this Steam Pot, each pot contains 413 calories and 10 grams of fat (1.4 grams of saturated fat) and 1.4 grams of salt.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - Nutritional Information

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – Nutritional Information

This was an excellent quick and easy snack, it’s quite filling and takes next to no time to prepare. The packaging describes it as

Tuna flakes with a little soy sauce and ginger infused extra virgin olive oil (5%) and mushroom couscous

I love the whole soy ginger flavour combination, I’ve used it before in Soy Chilli and Ginger Trout Recipe. I can’t say I noticed the mushrooms in this recipe so they didn’t really bother me lol

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - Ready To Be Eaten

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – Ready To Be Eaten

A year ago today we launched our Ready Meal Monday feature, so it’s only fitting that this is a good product to review for Time-Saving Tuesday. Come back Thursday for “Something Fishy 2015”!  I’m also embarking on a new feature called Mystery Bag Meals coming at the end of the week, we’ve got a shiny new logo for the brilliant talent that is Dave Hole and a set of ingredients for the lovely Melanie from Melanie’s Food Adventures

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See you soon

Rich

Ps…. I know my time keeping is sometimes rusty but this was written on Tuesday but for some reason it didn’t post…. grrr 👿 .
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Time-Saving Tuesdays - John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot, Front of the Packet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot

Time-Saving Tuesdays - John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot, Front of the Packet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot, Front of the Packet

It’s time for take two in our weekly Time-Saving Tuesdays Feature, this is one that’s a bit different as it’s a sort of snack pot type thing. It’s an infusion pot by John West. As it says in the picture above it’s a Tuna Infusions with Coriander and Cumin with Lime and Coriander Couscous.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot, Side View of The Packet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot, Side View of The Packet

You’ll notice from the above picture it comes in two cute little pots, the bottom one contains the couscous and the top contains the fish. The cooking instructions are absolutely fool proof and take next to no time really which… as it’s meant to be time saving… is a bonus 😆

Time-Saving Tuesdays - John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot, Cooking Instructions

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot, Cooking Instructions

You can see that the steps are easy, there are lots of little tips dotted around the packet, like “Take care! Pot may be hot” You can find out more about this one here.

Like a pot noodle you have to fill the larger pot with boiling water, don’t do what I did and pull the cardboard outside off because that means you can’t see the flipping line 😀

Different Stages Of Making The Time-Saving Tuesdays - John West Tuna Fusion Pot

Different Stages Of Making The Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Fusion Pot

You’ll notice the line in the picture on the left, you may be able to notice on the picture on the right (bad picture I know, scrap that they’re both bad 😳 ) that I had ripped the label … my mother wasn’t impressed. In my defence there was a perforation (not sure what for) and I was still able to make the line out lol (approx 135ml water). Once filled, give it a stir, then place the lid on and leave it steam for five minutes.

The Tuna For The Time-Saving Tuesdays - John West Tuna Fusion Pot

The Tuna For The Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Fusion Pot

I know the above image could be confused with cat food (sorry John West) but it doesn’t look the best. Don’t judge a book by it’s….metallic ring pull bearing lid 😆 ! After the couscous has had five minutes stir in the above pot of loveliness, you should do this while it’s hot.

Below it is it in all it’s glory:

Time-Saving Tuesdays - John West Tuna Fusion Pot, all Ready To Eat

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Fusion Pot, all Ready To Eat

The packaging is quite descriptive of the product, it says:

Looking for something that’s easy to prepare, warm, filling and packed full of flavour? John West Steam Pots are the answer.

We’ve paired our Tuna Infusions with a pot of perfectly seasoned couscous to create a fast filling and flavoursome lunch. This one is a feast from the east!

This really does do what it says on the cardboard box, it’s two little pots of pleasurable loveliness. There is an excellent combination of flavours, the couscous is light and fluffy the tuna is tasty with a great flavour of coriander and the lime cuts through everything,. The flavours were delicate, not too heavy, it didn’t smack you in the face like a wet kipper. I personally have my moments with Coriander but it was great in this, not too overpowering.

Our next recipe will be another Comfort Classics, it’ll be my version on a really easy and quick Shepherds Pie. Until then enjoy the John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot, if you like tuna remember I’ve made a Char-Char-Char-Grilled Tuna as part of my #StrictlySuppers feature, you can find it here.

See You Soon.

Strictly Suppers #3 – Salsa Sesame Tuna

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This is a weak one for the Strictly Suppers theme as the salsa was the accompaniment but it’s all I’ve got this week. I’ve always wanted to try sesame crusted tuna but never got round to it, so I could think of no better an opportunity than to try it out for my blog. I made this on a Tuesday night, for those of you who don’t know I play pool on Tuesday’s so I usually pushed for time, if I can prepare and cook it after coming home from work and before I go to pool then it’s fairly easy and straightforward.

The highest scoring celebrity Salsa this year was Jake Wood (Max Branning from Eastenders) who scored 35 while the lowest to date was Thom Evans who scored 25, both of these happened in week two.

Ingredients for Strictly Supper #3, Salsa Sesame Tuna

Ingredients for Strictly Supper #3, Salsa Sesame Tuna

If you hadn’t guessed already I love Tuna, and I love Strictly so this was a marriage made in heaven. The first thing to do was prepare the Salsa. I made a basic one for this recipe because it was quick and easy, I finely chopped the onion and then the tomatoes…. keep them as course or as fine as you like. Season with salt and pepper and add a good glug of extra virgin olive oil and the lime juice. Tomatoes can take a lot of pepper and salt so be generous, but remember to taste as you go along. Some people add sugar to tomatoes, I don’t, why, because I don’t like it lol!

Strictly Supper #3, Different Process For The Salsa in Salsa Sesame Tuna

Strictly Supper #3, Different Process For The Salsa in Salsa Sesame Tuna

In the past I’ve added chilli flakes, spring onions, chives lots of different ingredients to perk up a normal every day salsa. If you want to make different types of salsas check out the BBC Food website set this aside for later.

Strictly Supper #3, The Tuna Covered in Oil and Seasoning For The Salsa Sesame Tuna

Strictly Supper #3, The Tuna Covered in Oil and Seasoning For The Salsa Sesame Tuna

You’ll see above I oiled the tuna and then seasoned it with salt and pepper. It is important to oil the fish not the pan so that it doesn’t produce smoke. Cover the tuna steak with sesame seeds, try make sure that plenty of the sesame seeds stick to the fish…. You’ll notice below I didn’t do a very good job at this, but it was good enough for me 🙂

Strictly Supper #3, The Tuna Covered in Sesame Seeds For The Salsa Sesame Tuna

Strictly Supper #3, The Tuna Covered in Sesame Seeds For The Salsa Sesame Tuna

Now it’s time to cook the fish, put a frying pan on the hob and heat it until it’s very hot. This is important as it makes cooking the fish easier (in fact it makes cooking most things easier 🙂 ). Place the fish in the frying pan and fry for two and a half minutes (2:30) on each side (or as much or as little as you like). The fresher the fish the less time you have to cook it, if the fish is fresh from a fish mongers then you can serve as rare as you dare!

As you can see below I have served the salsa and the tuna with my mother’s chunky chips, you could use fried potatoes or some polenta.

    Strictly Supper #3 - Salsa Sesame Tuna and Mam's Home Made Chips

Strictly Supper #3 – Salsa Sesame Tuna and Mam’s Home Made Chips

This was a great little quick and easy mid week meal and with the lime juice in the salsa it was very fresh and zingy. My mother makes the best chips ever, my nieces and nephews love my mother’s chips and so do I so there was nothing else I could serve with them.

As always you can download our step-by-step recipe from the link here. Feel free to get in touch with ideas, questions etc, you can email enquiries@wheeliegoodmeals.co.uk or go to one of our Social Media pages.

Ta ta 😎
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