Thursday, 25 April 2013

Tuna Salad Boats


I wish the weather would finally decide weather it is going to be winter or spring (see what I did there?)  This year the seasons have felt particularly weird.  More and more of us are getting sick as the temperature fluctuates 10-12 degrees in one afternoon.  Yes I know that temperature or wet hair in the cold doesn't make you sick but it certainly taxes your immune system.

One particularly grim day after rushing the kids home from school in the rain I asked what the kids would like for lunch.  Expecting to hear hollers about guacamole and stuff to dip in it (a current favourite around here) I was surprised when Bea said "A Picnic!!"  Picnics seem so far away.....like a distant dream of dappled sunshine and wafts of honeysuckle, light weight clothes and toes twiddling in the grass.....and then the music swells and I burst into song.....see how fast I got carried away?  That's how badly I need the weather to get on with spring...

I agreed.  A picnic was needed. So instead of guacamole I sliced the avocado and we ate it along with tuna salad boats and a make shift fruit salad (what we had cut up)  I lay a blanket on the floor, we drank out of canteens and I even dragged out a couple of Lara Bars for dessert.  It made me feel a bit better but not about the weather.

Do you need a restorative picnic?

Tuna Salad Boats
3 tins of tuna (wild caught, dolphin and turtle friendly, no BPA lining and they sell it at Costco)
1/2 sweet pepper, minced
1 1/2 tbsp caper, minced
2 tbsp minced red onion
1 tsp lemon zest
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp homemade mayo or to taste, I go pretty light on mayo.  (To make this a true Paleo recipe the mayo could be made with avocado or macadamia nut oil.)
fresh ground pepper

Fresh whole romaine leaves, washed and dried

Mix ingredient in a bowl.  Spoon into lettuces leaves creating boats. Eat.  Pretend you are outside

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