Perfect pairing – Chilli Tuna Bites & Alhambra Reserva 1925

We all have different preferences and likings but trust me when I tell you those spicy chilli tuna bites and Alhambra Reserva 1925 make the perfect combo… if you like beer… chilli and tuna I suppose 🙂

I was asked by Alhambra to create a tapas which would complement their Alhambra Reserva 1925 beer. The beer is smooth, buttery a little sweet and moderately bitter so I decided to go spicy.

I’ve remade our everyday tuna burgers into Chilli Tuna Bites… OMG delicious…

Perfect pairing – Chilli Tuna Bites & Alhambra Reserva 1925Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of tuna in sunflower oil
  • 75g breadcrumbs (homemade would be ideal)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves of garlic; crushed
    1tsp chilli flakes (can add more depending on your taste)
  • 1tsp black pepper; freshly grounded
  • Handful of fresh coriander
  • Roasted red peppers for garnish (optional)

Perfect pairing - Chilli Tuna Bites & Alhambra Reserva 1925Method:

Wash and spin dry your coriander.

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients including the oil from the tuna.

Use a fork to gently mash the tuna; then mix everything until well combined and you have relatively smooth paste.

Form small balls and then squash them a little forming tiny burger like shapes. You should be able to make 16 bites from your mixture.

Preheat a heavy bottomed frying pan and fry each bite 2-3 minutes on each site or until crisped and browned.

Serve with small strips of red pepper on top as it really complements the flavour.

Perfect pairing - Chilli Tuna Bites & Alhambra Reserva 1925Chilli Tuna BitesSo, what do you think about my tapas idea?

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Lunch in style with monbento – Pasta & Tuna Salad

Lunch in style with monbento - Pasta & Tuna SaladWhen it comes to packed lunches a lot of people tend to skip on the more adventurous foods due to transportation issues. The result, salads and soups just aren’t as popular as the humble sandwich, and I believe that it is mainly due to the fact that they aren’t easy to pack… well with the right tools everything is possible.

Sometime ago I was introduced to monbento.

Monbento is a French based company offering beautifully designed kitchen accessories that are perfect at helping us enjoy our more adventurous lunches. Monbento are mainly known for their bento boxes, which are ideal for lunch at the office, picnics or TV dinners but I discovered that this is not all they have to offer.

The product which caught my eye the most was a double wall bowl. This airtight, BPA-free, dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe bowl has simple stylish looks and is perfect. It is just the right size for a lunch (450ml capacity) and it even comes with its own spoon already built in, so no need to worry about forgetting your cutlery any more.

Having this new funky looking bowl became a great inspiration for spicing up our lunch menu.

So today I am sending Mark to work with a Pasta & Tuna Salad 😉

Lunch in style with monbento and Pasta & Tuna SaladIngredients:

  • 250g pasta, I used simple macaroni
  • 2 tins of tuna chunks in oil
  • 1 tin of sweetcorn
  • 1 small onion; fine chopped
  • 1 pepper (I used half a red one and half a yellow one, just to add a bit more colour)
  • 2 large celery sticks
  • ½ iceberg lettuce
  • ½ lemon; juiced
  • 3tbsp of mayonnaise
  • 1/2tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • Spring onion to garnish

Method:

Cook your pasta as per the instructions on the packet, be careful and do not overcook it; then drain and allow to cool. Oh, and don’t forget to salt the water.

Whilst your pasta is cooking you should have just enough time to prepare everything else.

Chop the peppers and celery up into small chunks – ideally you want to have more or less the same amount of peppers as celery – and place in a large bowl.

Finely chop the onion; add to the bowl.

Cut the lettuce into small pieces and also pop into the bowl.

Open and drain the sweetcorn, pop it into the bowl.

Open and half drain the tuna – you don’t want to get rid of all oil just the excess bit.

Gently mix all the ingredients, ready for pasta.

Once your pasta is cooked, cold and well drain; add it to the bowl holding all your other ingredients; add lemon juice, pepper and paprika as well as mayonnaise and mix gently.

Garnish with spring onions and serve… or place in a monbento container ready to be taken for lunch.

Lunch in style with monbento – Pasta & Tuna SaladLunch in style with monbento and my Pasta & Tuna SaladLunch in style with monbento – My Pasta & Tuna SaladWhat’s your favourite packed lunch idea?

What would you put in a monbento bowl?