happiness is homemade.
I nailed this new recipe on the first try, which is very rare (pun intended)! Well, I had some help from familiar flavors, surfaced by sweet summer memories as a young girl...
Tuna brings back nostalgic moments for me, as a matter of fact, any seafood does. Boating, fishing or anything to do with salt water was embedded in my genes from the day I was born.
Short Story time:
In a quaint beach town, Rowayton, CT, my Great-Uncle Bert owned a store called "The Bait Shop", where my father, Arthur Van Sciver, grew up working at and eventually owning several years after. It was mainly a boat dealership, but it also had a sales area where you could buy fishing gear, boating parts and of course, bait. It was just the best! Plus, it was located between a fish market and an ice cream shop. On the weekends, after a family day out on the boat, we would each grab a kiddy cone at Brendan's 101 (my go to was coconut almond ice-cream!) and my dad would go to the fish market to get a nice piece of tuna, salmon, or whatever was caught that day to have for dinner.
He would usually marinate the fish in Asian flavors and throw it on the grill, but only for a few minutes, because he liked it completely rare in the center. It was usually served with grilled zucchini squash brushed with olive oil and garlic, and a fresh salad by my mom, loaded with cucumbers and tomatoes from my Grandmother's garden. It was one of those meals you ate out on the deck, with the dogs by your feet, the citronella candles lit and honest laughter around the table. - Those summer nights you never forget.
Well, funny story, this recipe just brings all of those flavors and memories together. It's no wonder why I got this on the first try, because it's simply a meal from my family to yours.
Hope you enjoy every bite of this happy fit belly rendition, inspired by a Van Sciver summer night!
Tuna Steak Zoodle Bowl
For the marinade: