Monday, July 13, 2009

on the water

We spent Saturday with friends on their boat; it was a perfect day for boating, swimming and picnicing. I particularly enjoyed the white bean and tuna salad our hosts made.

Leora's White Bean and Tuna Salad

The tuna is so easy, there's no real recipe.
For each can of cannellini beans (I used to cook them from scratch but no one seems to notice the change so there you have it):
I rinse them in cold water, drain them well, and put them in a bowl. I add one can of tuna IN OLIVE OIL, drained, and fork-separated. I think it's so much better than with the water-packed. I usually use Fishing Vessel St. Jude Mediterranean Style that I get at the market. Or the Portuguese "As Do Mar". Then I add a healthy dose of good extra virgin olive oil, a healthy bit of kosher salt, finely minced fresh garlic, and tiny diced red onion. If I have it, I add finely chopped flat-leaf parsley because it freshens it up a bit and makes it look pretty. I just add all the stuff to taste. If I'm making a three can batch, I usually only use 2 cans of tuna.

If you're cooking the beans from dry, I soak them overnight, add cold water to cover, and simmer gently with a couple of cloves of peeled garlic in the pot. Then I don't need to add garlic when I'm dressing them. But then you need to use more olive oil because the beans seem to really soak it up. (drain them and only use them once they're at room temperature or they'll REALLY soak up the oil).

19 comments:

jane said...

great shots! yes it does look like you had a great weekend! thanks for the recipe! iim always looking for new salad ideas! besos!

earthycrunchy said...

mmm, sounds like a really delicious and simple recipe. I will be trying it out~

So, you look very warm and happy in the water but the water itself looks kind of cold!

Purple Flowers said...

I love the photo of you and Cal!

Sammi said...

Yum yum.

And wow that looks awesome!

Debra said...

Now I know your boys must have loved this. Boys and anything with a motor! Looks like such a fun day. I'll add this recipe to my summer list. Sounds yummy!

kks said...

looks like a lovely weekend...and will try the bean and tuna salad...thx
xo

Elissa said...

now THAT is a weekend.

Deidra said...

Looks like fun!

Ina in Alaska said...

Lovely day on and in the water!! I will DEFINITELY make this tuna bean dish for dinner this week. We went to a party on Saturday night and here is an equally simple prep of tomatos that I thought was delicious and would go well with the dish in this post:

Tomato-Feta saladL
Slice tomatos thin, spread on plate, sprinkle balsamic vinegar over to your liking and add crumbled Feta cheese. Yummy, and easy!!

nicola said...

i love the shot with you and cal together!
nicola
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Sarah Jackson said...

super fun day!!! you did it just in time before the rain came.

Likes Chocolate said...

Beautiful photos! The last one I think is over by the university right or I think there is another bridge that looks similar to that one. Anyways brings back memories of when our first son was born. Gorgeous! Have you ever tried tuna, mayo, and green apple it is one of my favories. Also, when you add the beans do you leave them whole or mash them?

Joanna Goddard said...

what fun. you look like the nicest mom. and i love your header with the cake!!

figtree said...

I always appreciate a simple recipe like this one!!Much thanks Figtreeapps

{this is glamorous} said...

oh, i love these photographs! especially the second last -- on the water is always a wonderful way to spend the weekend

xo

A Day That is Dessert said...

Thank you everyone!

Likes Chocolate: Montlake Bridge. And don't mash the beans :)

Ann said...

Looks like you really did have a relaxing and fun weekend. Thanks for the recipe too.

Joyce said...

Looks like a fab time in the water!

KPiep said...

What fun!