Posted in Around Town, Food

Living on the Edge

I’m not a follower – at all.  Never cared to be and still don’t.  I don’t follow trends, I don’t form the same “popular” opinions many do, I have my own way of interpreting things and I’m ok with that.  Never been one to run with the popular, trendy or even the up and coming.  I’m more into the tried and true group.  I like to take my time forming my opinions, preferably once all the kinks have been worked out and the initial popularity was waned.  Let’s take Aldi for example.  The first time I ever went to Aldi’s was about 8 years ago when I moved to Indiana and let’s just say I wasn’t impressed.  In 8 years, I’ve only been to Aldi’s a handful of times and truthfully I’m still not yet “that” impressed, but I’m working on it.

I went grocery shopping at Aldi’s a couple weeks ago and I made a long searched for discovery!

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Frozen, wild caught ahi tuna steaks!  I have hunted and searched and looked for frozen tuna or salmon that I can eat raw for a few years now and low and behold, I finally found it – on the bottom shelf of a freezer in our local Aldi’s!  Who woulda thunk?

I drive out of my way to buy a container or two of the Spicy & Mild Tuna Poke from Fresh Thyme, our local organic market.  It’s expensive so I don’t shop there too often but I love their poke for a quick, delicious, good for me lunch.  But since I found the ahi at Aldi’s and grabbed 3 bags of it, I can now make my own!

Here was my first experience making my own Ahi Tuna Poke (pronounced poh-kay not poke).

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Ahi Tuna Poke

2 T. soy sauce
1 t. rice vinegar
1 t. sesame oil
1/2 t. red pepper flakes
12 oz. ahi tuna, cut into cubes
1-2 spring onions, sliced thin
1-2 T. sweet yellow onion, diced small
2 T. Mae Ploy Sweet “Chilli” Sauce

 

Cut tuna into chunks and slice and dice onions.  Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and allow to sit in refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes for flavors to meld (although I couldn’t wait that long!).  The original recipe calls for 1 t. of sesame seeds but I omitted them from my recipe as they do add calories.

I thought this was “almost” as good as Fresh Thyme’s poke.  I think if I had let it sit for a while and the flavors blend, it would have been just as good, but I’ll be making it again soon so I’ll try to remember to report back any changes and discoveries!  If you enjoy tuna poke as much as I do.  I think this recipe is very good!  Give it a shot!

xoxo

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Posted in Around Town, Education, Entertainment

A Lesson in Creativity

Every time you walk out your door there are lessons everywhere.  Today, we went to the Penrod Arts Fair held at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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I’ve only been to one other art fair here in Indy and that was the Talbot Street Arts Fair years ago when I first moved here.

I love art. I think artsy fartsy (and I say that with all due respect) people are pretty awesome, with their seemingly laid back ways and flare for the different or turning the mundane into something extraordinary.  Some of the artwork people craft is, to people like me, unimaginable!  Just SO much talent, it’s definitely impressive. I couldn’t do or even attempt what they do. I love to paint and create and write and craft, but I certainly don’t think I could make a living doing it.

We didn’t stay for long as my better half – he goes because I ask him to, but he’s absolutely miserable. You can see it in every line on his face and in ever step he takes. No joke, he’s freakin miserable. But he loves me, he tolerates it and he goes, but he’s not happy about it.  He thinks that people that would spend $600 on a 8×10 painting of the woods needs their head examined.  And I do understand…I really do.  He comes from a midwestern family that worked and worked hard for their money and to spend it on something that’s so frivolous is simply not on his radar at all.

My youngest daughter is very artsy and creative.  She loves to paint and to write and she enjoyed looking at the different booths at the arts fair.  It’s good for her to see what’s out there, but it’s also good for her to hear people’s differing opinions.  I, for one, am more of a realist.  Painting, knitting, pottery, making jewelry, etc. should begin as a hobby, something that you do to fill your time wisely.  But you don’t assume that you can make $600 for one painting and another and another and that will carry you through life.  We talked about making a name for yourself and in this case, knowing people in your craft, “getting your name out there” and having people recognize your style.  All this takes time.  We talked about some people that I’ve found on Instagram that were nobody’s and then because of something someone purchased and loved, their popularity exploded.

It only takes one person to tell another and they’ll tell two friends and they’ll tell two friends and…well, you get the idea.  Becoming an artist takes patience, love, commitment, dedication and determination.  Pretty much the same for everything worth doing in this life…

xoxo