Seared Tuna with Stir Fry and Couscous... oh, and one engagement!

The meal. . .

The hike & impending storm

Right before. . .

. . . And after

The ring

Surprise! It's official, we're gettin' hitched! Despite the forecast of all-day thunderstorms, Michael and I decided to chance it and continue with our plan to hike at Crowders Mtn. yesterday. We packed a little lunch and were on our way. After about an hour, we made it to the peak of the mtn. (it's a little one :). Michael asked if I wanted to have lunch up there. "Nah, I'm not that hungry yet" So then he asked if we could just sit for a bit. Then he started talking about how much he loved me and lots more (we both forget what all he said). Then all of the sudden, he had this little red box & I just kept saying "are you serious?!" He got down on one knee and everything (well, as much as he could on the rocky surface). I kept saying "thank you so much!" but forgot to say yes. He eventually was like, "does that mean you'll marry me?" I was like "did I not say that already??" and he said "no you didn't!" Then I said "Shoot, sorry! Of course I'll marry you!"

He considered baking a cake and then cutting out a hole and hiding the ring box in there, but I think the way he did it was just perfect. We thought about going out to eat to celebrate but both decided we'd rather cook some fish and drink some champagne at Michael's house. This tuna was delicious! Michael just threw together some spices and seared it on a grill pan. We stir-fried some shiitake mushrooms, snap peas, yellow pepper, cherry tomatoes, green onions and garlic for a side. We also served it with some couscous.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lb. tuna fillets
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. thyme

Directions

  1. Mix salt, paprika, pepper, and thyme in a shallow dish.
  2. Coat all sides of tuna with rub.
  3. Cook in a cooking-spray prepared grill pan over medium-high head, just enough to cook edges- about 2 minutes per side

23 comments:

Nolan Caudill said...

Congratulations to both of you! That's exciting news.

Hannah said...

holy smokes! i dont know what looks better that tuna or that ring!

Melissa said...

That is so sweet! Congratulations!!!

Bec said...

awww jessiiii!!! how stinking exciting! congratulations! and also im obsessed with your food and i want mom to make it all but shes not quite as good as you guys. anyway, mostly congratulations!

Rachel & Rebecca said...

Jessi!! Congrats!! So happy for you both!! And the ring is absolutely beautiful!

Leslie said...

Congrats congrats congrats! Marriage is wonderful and it only gts better with time!
Is that a Tacori ring? Beautiful!!!

Melissa said...

I think it must be a weekend for engagements because my cousin just called to tell us she is engaged too!

Grace said...

many many congrats, and what a ring! thanks for sharing the happy news, and the colorful plate of food. :)

Culinary Wannabe said...

Yay!!! Congrats!!! What an exciting time you are in for. I loved wedding planning and wish I could relive our wedding over and over again. I'm so happy for you two!

Juliana said...

Congratulations! Such a nice ring...and the tuna dish looks fabulous. Again, congratulations to both of you. By the way, thank you for visiting my site.

Kerstin said...

CONGRATS!! How exciting! The tuna looks amazing - I thought it was a dish from a restaurant because it's so beautiful.

Chef E said...

Ah, I come over here to catch up on your blog, and I see a unique rock from your hiking trip! Congrats!!!

You can get Fiddleheads for about the next three weeks at specialty markets, like Whole Foods, and I encourage you to try them!

That dish you created looks great, and now I am changing back into the omnivore I truly am!

Sara said...

Congratulations! The ring is beautiful. I just celebrated my sixth wedding anniversary yesterday, the time goes so fast :)

Esi said...

Congratulations on your engagement!! This salad looks fantastic, but the ring is even better :)

doggybloggy said...

awesome tuna, awesome view, awesome rockage, awesome news!

lisaiscooking said...

Congratulations! That's an exciting hike! The tuna looks delicious too.

Hornsfan said...

Congrats!!! That's so exciting and to top it off with that beautiful tuna - quite the post!

Elra said...

Oh my, what a beutiful ring. Michael couldn't be more perfect to chose the view and the moment. I wish you both all the best thing for your life. Congratulation Jess, I am so happy for you!
Cheers,
elra

Olga said...

1. HUGE Congrats
2. The ring is stunning!
3. That tuna looks amazing.

Olga said...

PS...if it is Tacori ring, as Lesley mentioned, I'm even more jealous :)

Rose said...

I'm new to your website! However, congratulations are in order!!! May you have a life full of love!!!

Kevin said...

Congrats!

That tuna looks perfectly seared!

Chef Fresco said...

Thanks so much to everyone! We'll keep you all posted on our plans :)

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