Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jandals and Tuna


Last night I made these jandal cookies for my friend to go with her birthday present. In NZ we call flip flops, jandals. I’m not quite sure how the name came about - probably something to do with sandals! I was really pleased with how these turned out – I think the pale pink and yellow go really well together.




It’s not often that I do a post on something that isn’t sweet, but today I have decided to blog about tuna that I cooked for dinner in the weekend. I gave my sister Jamie Oliver’s new book Ministry of Food for Christmas and she was telling me the things she had made from it. That inspired me to have a look at my own copy. I felt like cooking fish on Saturday night and one of the tuna recipes caught my eye as it is not a fish that I have cooked all that often, but we love it!



So, I duly bought some lovely fresh tuna and made a variation of one of Jamie’s recipes. The tuna is coated in a mixture of dried oregano, salt and pepper and pan fried. Then in the same pan you add some chopped garlic, anchovies, cherry tomatoes and olives. This serves as a bed for the tuna. Everything is then topped with a sprinkling of basil leaves.

We both really enjoyed this meal. I like Jamie Oliver’s recipes in that they are always easy but tasty and you do end up with a restaurant quality meal.

11 comments:

Snooky doodle said...

the flip flops look so cute ! and the tuna delicious !

Jennynz said...

gasp! The jandals are adorable! Hmmmm, I've never cooked tuna but now I'm tempted to try.

vibi said...

Too, too cute, Tammy!
What a treat to have a friend like you to bake such nice stuff for a birthday!

Anonymous said...

The jandals made me laugh out loud with pleasure - I think they are supercute - the best yet!
We like tuna, too, seared very briefly so it's still ruby coloured in the middle.
Stephanie X

Anonymous said...

Oh Tammy - you have REALLY excelled yourself this time. They are breathtaking. Any little - or big girl would adore them. Think they would even bring a smile to those builders of yours. Raewyn

Jacque said...

I love the sandals/jandals/flip flops!! Such sweet colors too. I can see a group of 7 year old girls squealing over these.

Morven said...

Those jandal cookies are adorable.

Zeetra said...

Here is a bit of useless information.. Thongs were inspired by the traditional woven soled zōri or "Japanese Sandals", (hence "jandals"). Woven Japanese zōri had been used as beach wear in New Zealand in the 1930s [2]. In the post war period in both New Zealand and America, versions were briefly popularized by servicemen returning from occupied Japan. The idea of making sandals from plastics did not occur for another decade....

I love the jandal cookies...

Anonymous said...

These are definately my favourite cookies so far!! I love them! Keep it up Tammy :) Ash

Cakelaw said...

These jandal cookies are soooooooo cute - you put so much work into them. We call jandals "thongs" - which then gets non-Aussies confused with underwear.

Cakelaw said...

BTW, I have given you an award here:

http://kitchenlaw.blogspot.com/2009/01/australians-all-let-us-rejoice-vanilla.html