Kai’s Ahi Tuna Poke!!

Ahi Tuna Poke.

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So delicious!

This is one of those things that make my heart sing.  *LALALA* I mean, how do you go wrong?! Sashimi grade fish chopped and marinated with the addition of onions and garlic and ginger and all the yummies?!  UGH I DIE.  I LOVE LOUD FLAVORS AND THERE ARE SO MANY OF THEM I CAN’T EVEN HANDLE.

But before I freak the eff out and break out into recipe sharing, I decided to share with you my most recent fishing adventure. 🙂

I LOVE FISHING and last month fishing had been pretty amazing with the hurricanes pushing all the fish up to OC!  If you ever want to get into fishing, the secret is being prepared…check fishing reports, get the right gear by being organized and doing your research, don’t MURDER your LIVE bait, and make friends with (or tip out ahead of time) the deckhands; they’ll hook you up! 🙂

preparing for fishing
**i did not wear short shorts on a boat full of men….

GONNA KILL ME SOME FISH.

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This is me and the boys before loading the boat!

We slept on the boat all night which I highly DO NOT RECOMMEND if you get seasick; if you do get seasick, Bonine up!  The following morning, we start catching fish BRITE N’ EARLY!

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And lo and behold…Yep…I made this fish my b****.  WHOSE yOUR DADDY fishie?!?!

WOOHOO. Ok so now how do I make me some poke?!

Here’s what you’ll need for seasoning:

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Ponzu, Light Soy Sauce, Siracha, Sesame Oil!

Get your ingredients together and start with the VEGGIES…CHOP THAT ISH!

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Yellow onions, garlic, jalapenos, green onions, Sesame seeds, and Korean pepper flake (gochugaru)…I forgot the ginger…as usual I always miss something!  😦

CUT YO FISH!

In case you get some Tuna with skin on, I’m going to show you how to take it off.  It’s ridiculously easy. See that little edge part that lifted up?  Just take that and peel it.  Peel the skin off delicately but with a bit of anger since it’s separating you away from the delicious ruby cubes of awesomeness.

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While peeling, hold the meat of the fish down and pull the other way.  Kind of like waxing your legs in a slow painful way…

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Then start cutting them into ½ inch strips so you can dice them into ½ inch squares.

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WAHLAH!  Pink beautiful cubes of just pure deliciousness. YUM.

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Then throw it all together and create MAH-JEEK!

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And the SAUCING begins…*add all sauce here*

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MIX it. 😉

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MAH GAWWW THAT LOOKS SO GEWDD.  Sneak a taste test and add salt or soy if needed.  If you like it a bit more acidic, add more Ponzu, if you like a bit more spice, add more Siracha, etc etc..you know what i mean.  Make sure you let this refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let the flavors dance together and be merry!!

For serving, I highly recommend COOLED or LUKEWARM white Korean/Japanese rice. Trust me, its better eating with the raw fish!


 

KAI’S SPICY AHI POKE

A little taste of Hawaii at home! I promise you’ll love this recipe and it’s so easy!

Difficulty Level: Easy

Serving: Two lbs of Poke

Prep time: 30 Minutes

Cook time: none!


 

Ingredients:

2 lbs of Sashimi Grade tuna (be SURE it’s sashimi grade!)

1 Cup of Diced Yellow Onions (or 1 medium onion)

2 Green Onion Stalks, diced

½ Teaspoon of grated Ginger

1 Teaspoon of Sesame Seeds

1 Teaspoon of minced Garlic

1 Teaspoon of Korean Pepper Flakes (gochugaru); this can be substituted with red pepper flakes

1 whole chopped Jalapenos (I do WITH the seeds, feel free to de-seed if needed)

3 Tablespoons of Light Soysauce

2 ½ Tablespoons of Ponzu (Citrus Soysauce)

1 Tablespoon of Siracha

Salt to taste!

Prepare your onions, green onions, jalapenos, ginger, and garlic; set aside.  Cut your fish and place in a mixing bowl. Mix all above ingrediants.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before enjoying and eat within 48 hrs of marinade.

Guess what?! THIS IS PRETTY HEALTHY FOR YOU…except for the sodium part. 😉

Last Tidbid: If you ever catch your own fish or someone gives you wild caught TUNA…just know, it does NOT keep well.  It is best eaten­ within a couple days or it will go mushy and disgusting or start to rot. ew.

 

Throw Together Homemade Taco Seasoning

My first post.

Man it’s been a long time coming.  I definitely have learned a lot about myself in the past couple years.

Random things I’ve learned:

  1. I am nowhere near fashionable and the older I get the less cool I am and the more sarcastic I get.
  2. I am quite the domesticated animal; I like to say I’m a tiger. Cause I’m fierce and lazy as all hell (possible? I think so).  lazy tiger
  3. I am horrible at laundry…partially because I HATE IT and it is my ultimate nemesis and I’m always shrinking my clothes and my boyfriend’s clothes. 😦
  4. I love to eat. And I love fat. And MSG. And all the things bad for you. Judge me. (O.o)
  5. I love to workout. I kinda have to love working out or I stop becoming a tiger and become a panda…which I guess I can’t be mad about since pandas are so friggin’ cute.

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Where am I going with this?  

I know some of you are aware that I attempted to start a ‘teach myself how to be fashionable blog’…THAT was an ULTIMATE fail.  Why? Because after I started that and explored more into fashion, I realized I HATE fashion and I am SO BAD AT it.  So trying to teach myself and write about it makes no sense what so ever.

So I then decided OK…I want to start a blog. What could/should I write about?!

I am not giving myself limitations. I am going to write about whatever my little heart desires.  I love food. I love working out. I love eating. I love being lazy. I love things that make my life easier. I love my loud mouth opinions. I love learning new things.  And I’m ready to share those things with you.

SO! First things first…Totally random but ultimately necessary for those lazy days after work where you don’t want to do anything but be fat and eat tacos.

Here are the items you will need (minus cayenne cause i forgot…) MY BAD:

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Put it all together in a bowl

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OoOh so pretty….

Then SHAKE THAT BOOTY and mix it all up! And WALAH! You have TACO MAGIC.

Here it is an action shot of me throwing it into some ground beef. Yummes.

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Then when you’re hungry, just make yourself a yummo taco 🙂

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2 Tablespoons of this MAGIC POWDER equates 1 ounce of deliciousness.  1 ounce is usually what is given in a Taco Seasoning packet and is good for one lb of ground beef, turkey, chicken, or whatever your heart desires.


THROW TOGETHER TACO SEASONING

Everyone needs taco seasoning in their life.  And guess what, you don’t have to use the store bought stuffs anymore…why?! Because you probably have all you need in your spice closet right now.  I dare you to look…go ahead.  And guess what…as much as I am up for preservatives and msg and all the bad-good stuff that I love…at least with this, you know what you’re putting into your food for those more health conscience peeps out there…

Difficulty Level: Easy

Servings: 2 packets worth (2 oz or 4 tablespoons)

Prep Time: 5 minutes


Ingredients:

3 Tablespoon Chili Powder

1 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon of Onion Powder

1 ½ Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes

½  Heaping Teaspoon of Oregano

1 Teaspoon of Paprika

3 Teaspoon of Cumin

2 Teaspoon of Garlic Salt (Sea or Kosher ok as substitute)

2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

½  Teaspoon of Nutmeg (Optional)

1 Teaspoon of Cayenne (Optional for more spice, not pictured cause I’m a dumb dumb)

**For those who have little children and can’t eat spice, take out the chili powder, pepper flakes, paprika, and cayenne.  It won’t be the same but I promise it’s still delicious!

Last tidbid: This recipe is so easy! Just throw everything together and wahlah!  Life is delicious and YOU. WILL. NEVER. HAVE. TO. BUY. A. TACO. PACKET. AGAIN.  My best recommendation is to make this in bulk and keep it because you never know when you’ll need it.