8.18.2010

Mock Tuna Ceviche




August is coming to an end, and for me this means its back to the daily grind. Being a teacher, I am lucky enough to have summers off which gives me the time to do the things I have always wanted to do (like start a blog) but never have the time to. Most of my friends give me dirty looks come June when I blab about all the goals I hope to achieve during my time off, but my rebuttal is always "I can't help if I chose the mack-daddy of all professions." This summer, I am happy to say that most of my goals have been achieved.

-I vowed to read one book a week and enjoyed every minute of it, most notably The Many Lives and Secret
Sorrows of Josephine B.


-I promised myself to organize some closets in the house and somehow managed to organize ALL the closets in the house.


-I made it a point to work out almost every day in hopes of being able to actually complete Tracy Anderson's Dance Aerobics video. (It took me a month of training, but I am a dance-aholic now!) If you have never heard of Tracy Anderson check out her website (http://tracyandersonmethod.com/) and you will soon realize that you are in an exercise rut and you just don't know it. She has changed my body in ways I could never imagine.
-I made a commitment to meet with my girl crew from work every week as to not lose touch this summer. (I can't begin to express how many mimosas I have drank this summer because of these meetings.)

-Most importantly, I promised myself that I would find some sort of creative outlet, and it came to life through this blog.

(Chef)uality

To touch a little bit on my last goal. Working full time and being a full time mom has lead me to unknowingly sacrifice a creative side of me that I use to know so well. When summer began I had a voracious urge to express myself. The birth of this blog actually began with a name. While cooking one night, the word (Chef)uality popped in my head after I tasted a delectable plate of pasta and let out a big and satisfying "mmmmmmmmmmm." It occurred to me how food, and the consumption of food, can be a very sexual experience. More often that not, words that we use to describe food and sex can be used interchangeably. Just this week, some friends and I dined at Canyons, one of the best restaurants in Fort Lauderale, and in just those two hours moans and groans of "Oh my God," "amazing," and "this is sinful" were spewed left and right.

When polled, people are more likely to give up sex over food. (This might be attributed to the fact that food is a life sustaining property.) In a separate poll, women expressed that they would rather give up sex for 6 months than gain weight over that same period of time. Obviously, people have a strong connection to the pleasure they receive from eating.

With the word (Chef)uality in my head, I started to brood with what on Earth to do with it and, that night, I had the idea to start my blog. I have been following blogs for years now and was always impressed by how dedicated people are to these web communities. From fashion blogs, to design blogs, to music blogs, I had perused them all, all except food blogs. To be honest, I had never even looked at a food blog until after I started my own. Well, the very next day I was off to Best Buy to purchase a video camera and I came home and filmed my very first webisode. I am happy that I have stuck to it and I sincerely feel that my creative void has been filled. I am sure that most bloggers out there feel the same. I only hope, that during the school year, I can keep up with it!

Well, enough with this banter, and on to the recipe! I swear, once you try this mock tuna ceviche, you will never go back!


Mock Tuna Ceviche

2 cans of tuna packed in water, drained, and flaked
1/3 cup of mayonaise
1 plum tomato, diced
1/4 of a red onion, diced
handful of cilantro, chopped
1/2 a juicy lime (use the whole lime if its not juicy)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Mix it all up and enjoy! Easy as can be!

2 comments:

Rebeckyruth said...

Thanks for the shout out Dani...It sure looks yummy. Sometimes I even eat it on a boat with tortilla chips...packs well in the cooler. I have even added frozen corn to it to help it stay cold until lunch time...

Can't wait to see what's coming up next week!

Gabby said...

i was wondering about the word (chef)uality ... very, very clever dani!