Wednesday, March 21, 2012

spring ceviche

the first day of spring didnt disappoint new york yesterday.  time to pack up your long winter coats and fur inserts and take out your sandals and maxis.  besides fashion being in the front of my mind, food comes in a close second.  nothing screams warm weather to me than fresh ceviche.  its time for bbqs and picnics and here is a dish to impress everyone.  

1/2 cup diced cucumbers
half of a small onion or two shallots minced
1 lb fresh tuna or salmon chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
Fresh ground pepper

sprinkle salt over diced cucumbers and let them sit for about 15 minutes, this gets all the excess water out of them.  while the cucumbers are sitting mince your onions and put them in a bowl of cold water and cover for five minutes, this tames the bite and mellows out the flavor.  rinse cucumbers and onion and drain on a paper towel.  

in a nice size bowl, toss cucumbers, onions, fish,  cilantro, capers, lime juice, rice vinegar and olive oil together.  season with salt and pepper.  chill until ready (not too long though, the acidity from the lime juice will start to cook the fish.

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