Creamy Tuna Spread / Kremasti namaz od tune

This spread is my new favorite thing. It comes together super quickly, especially if you already have some hard-boiled eggs on hand. But even with the additional step of boiling the eggs, you’re gonna whip this up in no time. It keeps pretty well in fridge when stored in an airtight container and will be good for up to five days.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 3 jars / 1.75 EUR per jar / 5.24 EUR for all)

2 hard-boiled eggs, cooled (0.40 EUR)

1 cup of fresh soft cheese like queso blanco (0.67 EUR)

3 tbsp crème fraiche (0.40 EUR)

1 tbsp lemon juice (0.13 EUR)

5-6 small pickles (0.27 EUR)

Handful of fresh chives (0.13 EUR)

2 cans of tuna in brine, drained (3.20 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

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METHOD:

Cut the hard-boiled eggs in half and scoop out the yolks. Add the yolks, cheese, crème fraiche and lemon juice to a food processor and blitz for a minute or two until silky and smooth. Roughly chop the egg whites, pickles and chives, then add them to the cheese mixture together with tuna, salt and pepper. Blitz a few times until everything is finely chopped and incorporated, but still a bit on a chunky side. Taste and adjust seasonings and chill well before serving.

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Ovaj namaz mi je jedno od novih najdražih otkrića. Gotov je za čas, posebno ako već imate tvrdo kuhanih jaja pri ruci. No, čak i ako morate kuhati jaja, namaz ćete smutiti u trenu. U hermetički zatvorenoj posudi u hladnjaku, namaz će bez problema držati do pet dana.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 3 teglice / 13,09 kn po teglici / 39,26 kn za sve)

2 tvrdo kuhana jaja (3,00 kn)

1 šalica svježeg sira (5,00 kn)

3 žlice milerama (3,00 kn)

1 žlica limunovog soka (1,00 kn)

5-6 manjih kiselih krastavaca (2,00 kn)

Pregršt svježeg vlasca (1,00 kn)

2 limenke tune u salamuri (24,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Raspolovite tvrdo kuhanja jaja i izvadite žumanjke, pa ih skupa sa sirom, mileramom i sokom od limuna ubacite u multipraktik i provrtite dok sve ne bude glatko i kremasto. Grubo narežite bjelanjke, kisele krastavce i vlasac, te ih dodajte u smjesu sira, zajedno sa tunom, soli i paprom. Problicajte par puta dok sve ne bude fino sjeckano i pomiješano, ali vam i dalje ostanu sitni komadići. Kušajte i prilagodite začine te dobro ohladite prije posluživanja.

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Creamy Tuna Spread / Kremasti namaz od tune

Crunchy Tuna Salad / Hrskava salata of tune

The weather has been super warm and humid lately, so all I wanna do is munch on salads. This recipe is ideal as a light lunch and you can whip it up in just minutes. If you’re as lazy as I am, you’re gonna make it even easier for yourself and use prewashed and cut bagged mixed greens. Mine had thin carrot sticks in as well.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 servings / 2.03 EUR per serving / 4.06 EUR for all)

1 can of tuna (1.73 EUR)

2 salted anchovy fillets (0.27 EUR)

1/3 cup pitted olives (0.40 EUR)

2 tbsp capers (0.27 EUR)

Large handful of mixed greens (1.00 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

2 tbsp lemon juice (0.27 EUR)

Small pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

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METHOD:

Drain canned tuna from brine or oil and flake it with a fork. Finely chop up anchovies and cut pitted olives into rings. Toss together with capers and mixed greens. Season with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and enjoy. Be sure to go easy on the salt, though, as anchovies, olives and capers are already quite salty on their own.

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Vrijeme je zadnjih dana baš toplo i sparno, tako da mi se samo jedu salate. Ovaj recept je idealan kao lagani ručak, a možete ga zgotoviti za svega par minuta. Ako ste jednako lijeni kao i ja, olakšajte si dodatno tako da uzmete pakiranu opranu i narezanu zelenjavu. U mojoj salati su bili također i tanki štapići mrkve.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 porcije / 15,16 kn po porciji / 30,32 kn za sve)

1 konzerva tune (13,00 kn)

2 slana fileta inčuna (2,00 kn)

1/3 šalice odkoštenih maslina (3,00 kn)

2 žlice kapara  (2,00 kn)

Veliki pregršt miješane salate (7,50 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

2 žlice limunovog soka (2,00 kn)

Mali prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Ocijedite tunu od salamure ili ulja i usitnite viljuškom. Fino nasjeckajte inćune, a masline narežite na kolutiće. Pomiješajte skupa sa kaparama i salatom. Začinite sa maslinovim uljem, sokom od limuna, soli i paprom i navalite. Samo pazite da ne pretjerate sa soli, jer su i inčuni, masline i kapare već prilično slani sami za sebe.

Crunchy Tuna Salad / Hrskava salata of tune

Grilled Tuna Steaks with Garlic Potatoes / Tuna steak sa žara i krumpiri s češnjakom

Last week we had a blast of fake spring and temperature suddenly plummeted from -13°C to +13°C in a day. Let me tell you, it’s been glorious to finally take off the gloves, scarves, hats and all seven layers of underclothes. I suddenly felt like grilling something (even though all my grilling is done in a pan on a stove) and a nice juicy chunk of tuna caught my eye. Whenever I have such a nice fresh piece of meat or fish, I go very minimal with the seasonings.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 2 servings)

For potatoes:

4-5 potatoes

Good pinch of salt

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper

3 garlic cloves, minced

Handful of fresh parsley, chopped

2 tbsp olive oil

For tuna:

2 tuna steaks

1 tbsp olive oil

Good pinch of salt

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Lemon juice for serving

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METHOD:

Peel and cube potatoes, add to a pot, cover with water and place on high heat. When potatoes reach rolling boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 20 minutes, until potatoes are cooked through. Once cooked, drain the potatoes and toss with salt, pepper, garlic, parsley and olive oil.

While the potatoes are cooking, place a grilling pan on high heat for 2-3 minutes until warms up. Pat-dry the tuna steaks with a kitchen towel, brush with olive oil and sprinkle them lightly with salt and pepper. Place tuna steaks on preheated grilling pan and grill for about 2-3 minutes, then flip and finish on the other side for a minute or two. Serve immediately with a squeeze of lemon juice.

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Prošloga smo tjedna imali nalet lažnog proljeća i temperature su odjednom u jendom danu skočile sa -13°C na +13°C. Samo da znate, bilo je čista milina napokon se izvući iz kapa, šalova, rukavica i sedam podslojeva odjeće. Odmah mi se nešto peklo na grilu (iako ja to sve radim na gril tavi na štednjaku), a za oko mi je zapeo lijepi komad sočne tune. Kad god imam tako dobro svježe meso ili ribu, začine svedem na minimum.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 2 porcije)

Za krumpire:

4-5 krumpira

Dobar prstohvat soli

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra

3 češnja češnjaka, sitno sjeckana

Pregršt svježeg peršina, nasjeckan

2 žlice maslinovog ulja

Za tunu:

2 odreska tune

1 žlica maslinovog ulja

Dobar prstohvat soli

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra

Sok od limuna za posluživanje

PRIPREMA:

Ogulite i narežite krumpir na kocke, dodajte u lonac, pokrijte vodom i stavite na jaku vatru. Kada voda zavrije, smanjite vatru, te kuhajte na srednjoj temperaturi oko 20 minuta, dok se krumpiri skroz ne skuhaju. Procijedite kuhane krumpire i pomiješajte ih sa soli, paprom, češnjakom, peršinom i maslinovim uljem.

U međuvremenu dok se krumpiri kuhaju, stavite gril tavu na jaku vatru na 2-3 minute da se dobro ugrije. Tunu posušite kuhinjskim ručnikom, premažite maslinovim uljem i lagano posipajte solju i paprom. Stavite odreske tune na zagrijanu tavu i pecite oko 2-3 minute na jednoj strani, pa onda okrenite i dovršite još minutu-dvije na drugoj strani. Tunu pokapajte limunovim sokom i poslužite odmah.

Grilled Tuna Steaks with Garlic Potatoes / Tuna steak sa žara i krumpiri s češnjakom

Gravlax Style Tuna / Usoljena tuna

I’ve been thinking of making gravlax – a traditional Nordic dish of cured salmon for a while. Since I couldn’t get a hold of fresh salmon and my fishmonger had the most amazing looking tuna, I decided to go with that. The process of salt curing fish is super easy and only requires you to be patient and wait while the salt and any spices you wanna add do their thing. The most important thing is that you use only very fresh fish, like sushi grade. Since this was my first attempt, I went with very basic recipe. But feel free to go wild here and use any other dried herbs and spices you like.

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INGREDIENTS:

250 grams piece of tuna

3 tbsp salt

1 ½ tbsp sugar

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

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METHOD:

Wash, then pat dry tuna with paper towels. Combine salt, sugar and black pepper in a small bowl. Spread a big sheet of plastic wrap on a bottom of a glass dish. Sprinkle half of salt mixture on the wrap, place tuna on top and then sprinkle with remaining salt mixture. Wrap tightly, but leave one edge open so the liquid can run out. Press tuna with a plate or another dish and place a few cans on top for weight. Refrigerate for 2-3 days, depending on thickness of the fish. I cured mine for 3 days, but suspect it would have been done after 2 already.

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A small note: you can slip a napkin under one side of the tuna dish, so it refrigerates tilted. This will keep all the liquids draining away from the fish. Make sure to discard those liquids about two times a day.

Once the fish is cured, quickly wash away the remaining salt and pat the fish dry. Slice very thinly before serving.

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Već neko vrijeme razmišljam o tome da napravim gravlax – tradicionalni nordijski usoljeni losos. S obzirom na to kako nisam uspjela nabaviti svježi losos, a u mojoj su ribarnici imali predivnu tunu, odlučila sam pokušati sa njom. Procedura sa usoljenom ribom je jako jednostavna i trebate samo biti strpljivi i čekati da sol i začini koje odlučite dodati naprave svoju čaroliju. Najvažnije je da koristite samo jako svježu ribu, kao recimo onu koju bi upotrijebili za sushi. S obzirom da mi je ovo bio prvi pokušaj, odlučila sam se za najosnovniji recept. Ali vi se slobodno razmašite i ubacite bilo koje sušene začine koji vam se dopadaju.

SASTOJCI:

250 g tune u komadu

3 žlice soli

1 ½ žlica šećera

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra

PRIPREMA:

Operite i kuhinjskim ručnikom dobro posušite tunu. U zdjelici pomiješajte sol, šećer i papar. Na dnu staklene posude raširite veći komad plastične folije. Po foliji posipajte pola mješavine soli, stavite na to tunu, pa po njoj posipajte ostatak. Dobro umotajte tunu u foliju, s time da jedan rub ostavite otvoren kako bi tekućina iz ribe mogla otjecati van. Tunu poklopite tanjurom ili drugom posudom koju ćete još opteretiti limenkama. Stavite u hladnjak na 2-3 dana, ovisno o debljini ribe. Ja sam svoju pustila 3 dana, ali mislim da bi već i nakon 2 dana bila gotova.

Mala napomena: podmetnite krpu ili ubrus pod rub posude s tunom kako bi u hladnjaku stajala nagnuta. Tako će vam sva tekućina iz ribe oticati iz ribe na jednu stranu. Dva puta dnevno to izlijte.

Kada je riba gotova, brzo ju isperite od soli pod mlazom vode i posušite kuhinjskim ručnikom. Režite tunu jako tanko prije posluživanja.

Gravlax Style Tuna / Usoljena tuna

Grilled Tuna (paleo) / Tuna na žaru (paleo)

I’m ashamed to admit how long it’s been since I’ve last cooked up some fresh fish. Since I bought a beautiful piece of tuna for gravlax, I decided to toss a chunk on a grill as well. I ate it with a handful of cherry tomatoes and this whole lunch was done in about 10 minutes.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 serving / 3.51 EUR)

For tuna:

Tuna fillet of preferred size (2.67 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

1 tbsp olive oil (0.04 EUR)

For serving:

Handful of cherry tomatoes (0.67 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

Drizzle of olive oil (0.02 EUR)

Juice from ¼ of a lemon (0.07 EUR)

METHOD:

Place grilling pan on high heat and allow it to get thoroughly warmed up. Wash and pat dry tuna with a paper towel. Brush the fish with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on preheated grilling pan and grill for about 3 minutes on one side, then flip and finish for another minute or two on the other side. Meanwhile, while the fish cooks, wash and halve cherry tomatoes and season them with salt and pepper. Transfer cooked fish on a plate with tomatoes, drizzle with a bit more olive oil and lemon juice and dig in right away.

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Sve me sram priznati kada sam zadnji puta kuhala neku svježu ribu. Pošto sam kupila krasanu tunu za gravlax, odlučila sam baciti komad i na gril. Poslužila sam ju sa cherry rajčicama i cijeli je ručak bio gotov u desetak minuta.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1 porciju / 26,10 kn)

Za tunu:

File tune po želji (20,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,05 kn)

1 žlica maslinovog ulja (0,33 kn)

Za posluživanje:

Pregršt cherry rajčica (5,00 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,05 kn)

Mrvica maslinovog ulja (0,15 kn)

Sok od ¼ limuna (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Stavite gril tavu na jaku vatru da se dobro ugrije. Operite i papirnatim ručnikom dobro posušite tunu. Premažite ribu maslinovim uljem te posipajte soli i paprom. Stavite peći na zagrijanu tavu i pecite oko 3 minute na jednoj strani, pa okrenite i dovršite još minutu-dvije na drugoj strani. U međuvremenu, dok se riba peče, operite i raspolovite cherry rajčice te ih začinite soli i paprom. Gotovu ribu stavite na tanjur sa rajčicama, pokapajte sa još malo maslinovog ulja i limunovim sokom pa odmah navalite.

Grilled Tuna (paleo) / Tuna na žaru (paleo)

Summer Tomato and Mozzarella Snack / Ljetni snack od rajčice i mozzarelle

I love summer and summer produce, especially tomatoes. When in season, I pretty much eat tomatoes every day and with most meals. This little snack is super quick and easy and salt and oil packed anchovies make it all bit more special. Sure, those anchovies might be an expensive side, but a tiny jar can last you a while, as they are packed with intense flavor and you only need a little bit.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 1 large serving / 2.08 EUR)

2 Roma tomatoes (0.27 EUR)

1 ball of mozzarella (0.93 EUR)

½ tsp dried basil (0.03 EUR)

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

1 tbsp olive oil (0.04 EUR)

6 salt and oil packed anchovies (0.80 EUR)

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METHOD:

Cut tomatoes and mozzarella into rings and arrange on a plate. Sprinkle with basil and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Arrange anchovies on top and serve with a piece of toasted bread.

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Obožavam ljeto i ljetno sezonsko povrće, a posebno rajčice. Kada su u sezoni, rajčice jedem manje-više svaki dan i sa većinom obroka. Ovaj mali snack je super brzi i jednostavan, a slani inćuni jelo čine malo posebnijim. Istina, slani inćuni nisu baš jeftini, ali malena posudica može vam stvarno dugo trajati, pošto imaju jako intenzivan okus i treba vam samo mrvica.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 1 veliku porciju / 15,63 kn)

2 rajčice šljivara (2,00 kn)

1 loptica mozzarelle (7,00 kn)

½ žličice sušenog bosiljka (0,25 kn)

Prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,05 kn)

1 žlica maslinovog ulja (0,33 kn)

6 slanih inćuna (6,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Narežie rajčice i mozzarellu na kolutove i rasporedite po tanjuru. Posipajte sa bosiljkom i paprom te pokapajte maslinovim uljem. Rasporedite po vrhu inćune i poslužite sa komadom tostiranog kruha.

Summer Tomato and Mozzarella Snack / Ljetni snack od rajčice i mozzarelle

Avocado Tuna Spread / Namaz od tune i avokada

I finally stumbled onto avocados on sale and immediately grabbed a few. Avocados are generally priced very unreasonably over here, so I tend to treat myself with them only when I score some for super cheap.

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INGREDIENTS:

(2.84 EUR)

1 small avocado (0.80 EUR)

Juice from ½ a lemon (0.20 EUR)

1 can of tuna in brine (1.60 EUR)

2 garlic cloves, minced (0.07 EUR)

1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley (0.03 EUR)

1 tsp mustard (0.03 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

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METHOD:

Peel and roughly chop avocado, then mash with a fork in a bowl. Immediately mix with lemon juice to prevent browning. Drain tuna from all the brine, flake, using a fork and add to avocado. Stir in all the remaining ingredients and taste to adjust seasoning. Serve chilled as a dip or spread. I ate mine over toasted, buttered homemade bread.

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Napokon sam uspjela naletiti na avokado na akciji, pa sam odmah zgrabila par komada. Avokadoi (avokadad? avokada?) ovdje imaju totalno nerazumne cijene, pa se sa njima počastim samo kada ih ulovim na nekom velikom sniženju.

SASTOJCI:

(21,27 kn)

1 mali avokado (6,00 kn)

Sok od ½ limuna (1,50 kn)

1 konzerva tune u salamuri (12,00 kn)

2 češnja češnjaka, sitno sjeckana (0,50 kn)

1 žlica sitno sjeckanog svježeg peršina (0,25 kn)

1 žličica senfa (0,25 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,10 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Ogulite i na grubo narežite avokado, pa ga viljuškom izgnječite u zdjelici. Odmah pomiješajte sa sokom od limuna da vam avokado ne posmeđi. Ocijedite tunu od salamure, viljuškom usitnite, pa dodajte avokadu. Umiješajte sve ostale sastojke, kušajte i prilagodite začine. Poslužite ohlađeno kao namaz ili za umak. Ja sam svoj jela na tostiranom domaćem kruhu premazanom maslacem.

Avocado Tuna Spread / Namaz od tune i avokada