A few months ago, I bought fresh tuna for the first time. We never really saw it at the grocery store before and when we did, we were intrigued to try it out. Because it was a beautiful piece of fish, I wanted to cook it super simply: crusted in black and white sesame seeds, seared and served over rice with some sesame sauce and vegetables. It was delicious. And, for a meal that feels so special, it was crazy how simple and fast it was to pull together. Everything was ready to go by the time rice was done cooking. A perfect weeknight dinner. So, last week, when I saw some more good quality tuna at the store I figured it was time to make this sesame seared tuna bowl again.
I am pretty sure these vietnamese savoury pancakes were on the original list of brainstorming that I did when I started this blog almost two years ago. I have made them countless times since, but I have always resisted putting them up here because they were always the biggest pain in the ass to make (not anymore, don’t worry!). They were the type of dinner that I always enjoyed eating but would spend my time cursing the kitchen gods (pancake making gods to be more precise) the whole way through. The pancakes would crack, fall apart, and I would end up eating a deconstructed version of the lovely meal you see above over and over again.
We were in Costa Rica over a year ago. The most memorable and delicious meal was one that we had in Puerto Viejo, which is on the Caribbean side of the island. We left our hostel and walked down a very dark road, heading for a place to eat that ended up being closed. We gave up and went straight back to our hotel. The speeding cars, motorbikes, and howler monkeys were freaking us out in the dark. We went to a small restaurant right across from our hostel, on the beach. At that point, we had been in Costa Rica for about ten days and I wanted anything that didn’t come with rice and beans. So, I went for a seafood soup called “rondon” that sounded pretty good. It ended up being great.
When I’m trying to get out of a cooking rut and make something different, the most helpful thing for me to do is try and think of a cuisine that I am not used to cooking. The other week, we bought some fish with the intention of making fish curry, which I never got in the mood for. Luckily, I thought that moroccan style fish, with a hearty quinoa salad sounded absolutely delicious instead. I hardly ever eat or cook moroccan food. I am not sure why because the flavours are definitely something that I am attracted to. To be honest, I didn’t really have a clear picture of what moroccan food was before I went there a couple of years ago.