Sesame Tuna with Sushi Rice, off-line is a scary place

I can always get good salmon here, but other fish… it just depends.

There are always at least 20 different kinds of fish at the counter where I shop. I don’t try most of them because either I’m clueless as to how to prepare them or they have bones and mon mari won’t eat them.

There is tuna about 50% of the time, and 25% of the time it looks beautiful.

This was one of those times…..

I was prepared.

I had seen this recipe in ‘the foods of asia, a food lover’s journey’ and was waiting for the chance to make it.

Even mon mari loved it.

I did have to modify it a bit, like substituting chives for nori, horseradish and mustard for wasabi…

I used metal rings to mold the rice.

Sesame Tuna with Sushi Rice

Total time: 25 minutes


  • 2 tuna steaks, 12oz (360gr) total weight
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Rice:
  • 1/2 cup (3.5oz, 100gr) Arborio or other sticky rice
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) water
  • 5 tsp white Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp mirin
  • 1 tbs fresh chives, minced
  • 1 tbs fresh garlic chives, minced
  • Mayonnaise:
  • 3 tbs mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 5 tsp prepared horseradish
  • 2 tbs chives, chopped

Sesame Tuna with Sushi Rice


  • Coat both sides of tuna with sesame seeds, pressing down. Set aside.
  • Cook rice in water and stock just until done.
  • Mix all ingredients for mayonnaise, set aside.
  • When rice is done, remove from heat and stir in vinegar, mirin and chives.
  • Spoon the rice into metal rings or lightly oiled ramekins, pressing down to pack.
  • Un-mold onto plates.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet until very hot.
  • Add tuna and sauté 2 – 3 minutes per side, depending on thickness.
  • Remove and add to plate with rice.
  • Add a dollop of the Mayonnaise and serve.

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For a large part of my life there was no internet.

I survived.

I managed to get an education, to have a successful career, to keep my life organized and to stay on top of current events.

Damned if I know how…..

Two days off-line and I was lost. I didn’t know what was going on in the world.

There was a lunar eclipse on Tuesday. I knew that, but I hadn’t bothered to find out the details. I mean, after all, I could just check that evening.

Except I was off-line.

I’d found a new recipe I wanted to try, but I hadn’t bothered to print it out. I mean, why should I? I bookmarked it. I’d just pull it up when I was ready.

Except I was off-line.

Mon mari asked if the weather was going to be nice this weekend.  He always asks me. I always tell him.

Except Wednesday…. I was off-line.

I decided not having internet access would give me an opportunity to catch up on some projects: organize my food photos, do some blog maintenance, fix a few cosmetic issues on my sites.

No, no and no.  I needed to be online.

If I had known ahead of time that I would be off-line I could have prepared, downloaded what I would need, gotten organized and all that.

On the bright side my herb garden is looking great,

It’s a bit worrying, though…. If I’m this computer / internet dependent the 20-something’s must be so much more so.  Where would we be if it all came tumbling down?

6 thoughts on “Sesame Tuna with Sushi Rice, off-line is a scary place”

    • As unnerving as it can be, it’s not offlineness that really frightens me. It’s power outages. in a recent power outage, as I was grabbing a book of matches and stubs of candles, I suddenly realized that we couldn’t really manage to be comfortable for very long at all without electricity. Now THAT’S scary.

  1. At least we have experienced life without it and can manage to a certain extent when it crashes. Nowadays, how many from middle age down are capable of adding numbers in their heads ?

  2. The tuna looks spectacular! Maybe, just maybe, it will get warm here and we can try it. (Hmmm… perhaps I should write the recipe down. Just in case the internet goes down.)

    Isn’t it amazing how dependent we have become? I clearly remember arguing with my sister that we had been right to buy a word processor rather than a computer. We didn’t NEED a computer. That was just dumb.

    How times have changed! (I’m still not quite in this century though. I don’t keep my cellphone turned on at all times AND it’s not connected to the internet so I can’t check email constantly. People react quite oddly when they learn that.)

  3. I find Gill’s comment to be very reassuring. 🙂 We still get the newspaper delivered so we would be okay unless the newspaper company was offline. 🙂

  4. Tanna, it’s a scary thought, isn’t it?

    Elizabeth, we were without power for 3 days when we were renting Vlad’s House – in winter. Not fun at all!

    Gill, it would be devastating (I think) for the younger crowd. I even knew how to use a slide rule at one time LOL

    Elizabeth, I remember our first word processor LOL. People are amazed that I don’t have my mobile with me in the garden….

    Pam, the newspaper would be off line LOL We would have to rely on the grapevine…

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