Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Queen of the Coast Tuna

Queen of the Coast

I have entered a cooking contest!  My first one ever!  What was I thinking? 

I’m nervous!  I’ve cooked and baked for parties and family through the years and accepted their compliments and gentle criticisms, but I’ve never had my food judged by strangers before.   We’ll see if I have the thick skin necessary to accept any negative feedback!   What if they can’t stand my plate?  What if the presentation falls apart at the last minute?   I keep on trying to remind myself that it’s all in the name of fun, but as you can tell…I have real issues, unlike the serene beauty above!

I will participate in the Tournament de Tuna on Saturday!   It’s a means of introducing Queen of the Coast Tuna to the US.   Imported from Portugal by LaRuche Imports, Inc., the tuna comes canned in water or oil, or as ready-to-eat salads with either chickpeas; peas and carrots; black-eyed peas; and red beans and sweet corn.  All packed in easy-to-open cans, these salads stand alone as delicious and healthy meals. 


I am using the Tuna Salad with Chick Peas in my dish.  My mind is spinning with ideas and ingredients – I haven’t bought canned tuna in years because we have been enjoying the benefits of fresh tuna.  Do I play it safe with a Mediterranean dish?  Do I add a twist with Mexican flavors, Moroccan, Caribbean spices or how about a little Asian ginger and lemongrass?   As you can see, I’m all over the map but I’m narrowing it down slowly.   I can’t tell you what it will be…there are competitors lurking on this site, you know.

RaphaelKaren, Joan and Amber at Soundworks have been a lot of fun as they have encouraged my friend Chantal and me along the way.   And there’s an added bonus – we will meet the mysterious and unabashedly handsome Raphael, lover of women, romance, tuna and the sea!   Follow the hype on facebook and enter the contest for a chance to win a trip to Portugal.  

And most of all - WISH ME LUCK!!!



  1. Best of luck to you! I hope you win!

  2. Amber AmbroseMay 20, 2010

    We love you too, Dragana. Aside from the competition, I'm really lucky to have met you through this. I look forward to seeing (and hopefully tasting) your dish.

  3. Cheryl BussMay 22, 2010

    I can't wait to hear the outcome!! It tasted delicious, and I know you'll do well :)

  4. Analog GirlMay 22, 2010

    Good for you - you'll do just fine!! May be corny but can't resist: Just Tuna Out any negative stuff, after all, it's likely only meant so you can improve on the scrumptious-anyway dish :-D. Rooting for you!!

  5. Hi friends! Thanks for wishing me luck! I came in 2nd!!! It was so much fun, I met some lovely people and of course, Raphael was charming. I will post my recipe and pictures within the next few days!


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