This is a simple and delicious meal. Japonica rice and wheat berries are nutty and chewy and this dish works really well with the tuna. Black sesame seeds taste the same as white, but look far more dramatic. The peanut oil withstands high temps and works well with seeds.
Tuna Steak with Sesame Seeds
4-6 ounces tuna per person
Black or white sesame seeds (black available at Asian markets)
Oil to cover pan, I prefer peanut
Salt & pepper
Heat a cast iron pan until hot. Mix sesame seeds, salt & pepper and coat tuna with mixture. Cook until medium rare, 2 minutes a side.
Serve with wasabi mayonnaise--purchase already made or make your own.
Black Japonica Rice
1 cup rice
¼ cup wheat berries
2 ½ cups chicken or vegetarian broth
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon butter
Sauté onion in butter until wilted, boil water, add rice and berries and simmer on low, 50 minutes. Sit 10.
1 head broccoli
2 cloves garlic, minced
lemon, juice and zest
Salt and pepper
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 425. Cut florets from stems, trim tough part of stems and slice into bite sized pieces. On a baking sheet, combine broccoli, garlic, salt and pepper, olive oil. Bake in oven 20-25 minutes, until broccoli begins to brown, stirring once or twice. When broccoli is done, toss with lemon juice and zest.