A few weeks (maybe months by now) ago my local fish shop, fin-your fishmonger, had a gift card giveaway on their Facebook page. Of course I played along because they have the best fish in the area and who doesn’t like to win?!
I ended up tagging two of my friends on that giveaway and as luck would have it THEY won the gift cards. I told them since I turned them on to the giveaway that they needed to include me on their fish purchases, or else.
We are foodies through and through so we decided to make a fish night out of it. Why not, right? I wanted to share with you the details as I am a fish lover and hope that mayyyyybe even if you are not a fan of fish, you can get the joy that we did out of such a simple dinner.
Looking to have a fun night? Host a themed-dinner, it’s a fun time and you get help with cooking ALL.THE.THINGS.
On the Menu
It took us a while to come up with the menu. No, scratch that, it took us 5 seconds and then 2 more weeks trying to remind ourselves what we decided on. My one friend had taken a trip to Peru earlier this year and had learned the art of ceviche, so that was a must.
Besides that, we gathered a few ideas from cookbooks and of course Pinterest. We ad-libbed a bit and also went with what looked the best at fin. We settled on 1.5 lbs Ahi Tuna and 1.5 lbs of a white fish known as corvina. Let’s take a peek at the menu, shall we?
- Wine. I’m a red wine fan myself. Cabernets & Malbecs are my jam. They say white wine goes best with fish, but I’ve never been the best at following rules…
- Beer. Not my jam but always JJ’s favorite go to, so we had some on hand.
- Freshly Made Margaritas. Um yes please. We each had a glass of margarita to go with our ceviche, match made in heaven.
- WATER. Smartest decision you will ever make.
Left to right: sweet potates, ceviche, corn (hope that was obvious)
- Peruvian Ceviche. Made with a fish called corvina. Similar to this recipe here. The “tiger milk” made from the ceviche juice is straight up unicorn tears.
- Cinnamon-Orange Sweet Potatoes. Literally sliced sweet potates boiled in orange juice, water & cinnamon sticks. Delish.
- Fennel Corn. Corn boiled with anise seed and water.
- Homemade guacamole with tortilla chips
- Seared Ahi Tuna Tacos. Grilled on a salt block for a tiny amount of time so outside was seared and insides were rare.
- Creamy Lime Cabbage Slaw. We used inspiration from the cookbook Cook This, Not That.
- Mango-Avocado Salsa. Also inspired by Cook This, Not That and by the fact that mangoes were ripe & on sale, win-win.
- Quick Pickled Onions. Throw red onions in a pot with 1 part water and 1 part vinegar, keep on warm (don’t need to boil or simmer, just needs to be warm) and let sit until you are ready for dinner.
- Cilantro-Lime Rice. Inspired by Budget Bytes.
- Jamaican Curry Shrimp. Inspired by Cook Like a Jamaican.
Bode demonstrating all of our feelings post-dinner
Did you see the menu above? We had no room for dessert! We had a small piece or two of chocolate but instead of real dessert, we settled for a glass of red wine, a singing extravaganza and an impromptu dance party instead. That’s the joy of being an adult, you get to do that stuff sometimes and make those life decisions.
We are always looking for new themed food nights. It pays to be friends with people who love food just as much (if not more) than I do. Surround yourself with these people and you will never worry about your stomachs….unless 4 year old mayo is involved, then you might be a little fearful, but we all survived, so there’s that. Until the next friendstravaganza cooking night, have a great day!
ps. I would love to hear some ideas for our next themed food gathering. Post in the comments!
pps. Shout out to these wonderful ladies for always being my foodie soul mates & for sharing their gift cards with me 🙂
My co-chefs for the night. Nevada & Chia as they preferred to be called.