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Monday, August 8, 2011

ALMADRABAS - TUNA SALAD PERFECT FOR SUMMER


Photo by: ornellab.


Hisp Ar almadrába (fr Ar. place to beat or fight), Eng tunny fishing grounds. The Duke of Medina Sidonia controlled the tunny fishing grounds between North Africa and southern Spain for hundreds of years. Henry IV of Castile visited the grounds in spring of 1456 with the duke. This is the best time of year for fishing tunny due to the fishes migrations. It was said that as many as 100,000 have caught there annually for over 3,000 years. Although this is thought to be exaggerated, it was a thrilling experience for the king. About 200 sailors are necessary. They go out to the straits between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean or along other migratory routes of tuna on the Spanish coast in several large row boats. They form a large square and drop anchor. Sweep nets are extended between the boats. Then tunny is caught in the nets, beaten on the tail and head and speared, which kills it. This was no small matter as a tunny can weigh a half a ton or more. See atún. [Anón/Crónica. 1991:57]


TUNA SALAD PERFECT FOR SUMMER (for 4 persons):

Photo by: Lord-Williams
Ingredients
240 g or 2 small cans tuna in water
1 celery stick chopped
2 pickles chopped and/or 12 olives chopped
1/2 apple cubed
1/4 small onion chopped (if not inviting my father)
4 tbsp mayonnaise
juice from 1/4 lemon
(Note: tomatoes and red peppers are not allowed as they came from America after the Middle Ages)

Preparation
As I declare this international cat week, this recipe must be made in their honor:
Open a can. Turn it upside down over a cat bowl. Press the top against the meat to pour out all the water. Repeat the same with the second can. Give that to the cat. Put the meat into a mixing bowl and flake it with a fork. Chop the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly with the mayonnaise and lemon juice. (Do not sprinkle with tabasco if you want people to think this is medieval but it is tastier with it.)
If making individual plates put a big ice cream scoop on a bed of lettuce and top with half an olive. If putting all on a platter press the mixture into a bowl and then turn the bowl over onto the platter over a bed of lettuce and decorate.
Do not serve with potato chips. That would not be medieval. Breaded and deep fried onion rings would be delicious! (Don't invite my father.)
Photo by Lord-Williams




Clean up
None if you have a cat! Just give him the empty mixing bowl when he finishes licking up all the juice in his bowl and he will leave it spotless.

2 comments:

  1. If I were you I should not leave the pretty fish bowl unwatched: Lucca seems to think the juice and the remains are not enough, and surely Brad thinks pretty much the same!
    Instead of tabasco: black or coloured pepper is allowed?

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  2. Recipe to see how tunny was beaten and speared in the Middle Ages in my house:
    Ingredients:
    1 gold fish in a bowl of water on a counter top
    2 cats, Lucca and Brad Pitt

    Preparation
    Hide. Watch cats approach the bowl. Brad will extract the fish and beat it on the counter top. Lucca will join in jumping around the fish and hitting it. Then they will "spear" the fish with their teeth. They might allow you to sprinkle a little black pepper on the meat but colored would be too American for Lucca! Mind you, he is medieval Italian.

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