If you’ve got some salad fixings, some crusty bread and a tin of tuna, you’ve got the makings for this simple summery supper of lemon and ginger tuna toasts. Basically I made a really nice dressing/marinade for the tuna and the salad was just the add on.
Tin of tuna in brine
Chopped lemon rind (about 1 teaspoon)
Grated fresh ginger (1/4 teaspoon)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 clove garlic
1 tsp chopped lemon balm (optional but fab!) or use basil as this gives a lovely oriental flavour
Olive oil (same amount as lemon juice)
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp dried chilli flakes or fresh
Get the jam jar we always use for making marinades and oils etc and grate the ginger and add this to the finely chopped garlic, chopped up lemon balm (if you’re using it) and chopped lemon peel.
Squeeze the lemon juice into the jar.
Add about the same amount of olive oil to the jar.
You can now add the chilli flakes that you forgot to put in a minute ago and maybe some salt and a teeny dash of pepper.
Now open the can of tuna and squeeze out the brine for the omnipresent cat collection. This is like ambrosia to our furry friends, so don’t let them miss a treat. If you don’t have a cat, shame on you, consider getting one just to enjoy this recipe to its greatest extent.
Tip the tuna into a bowl, pour over the marinade and stir it about a bit. Realise that what you have created looks suspiciously like posh cat food. Put this vision to the back of your mind and reach for some cling film. Cover the bowl and pop into the fridge for an hour or so to let the flavours really mingle and get mixy.
Rub a couple of slices of French bread (or any other nationality of crusty bread) with a cut clove of garlic.
Add a drizzle (lovely word that when not associated with the usual rainy Scottish weather) of olive oil and put your prepared bread slices under the grill or in a preheated oven for a few moments to get a wee bit toasty.
Load up a plate with the salad of your choice, I just went for a chunky lettuce, tomatoe and onion mixture with a bit of cucumber thrown in for good measure. Add the toast and top with the nicely marinated tuna mixture (with the mixed in marinade). Serve with a glass of wine, put feet up and enjoy…