My Beloved Osito,
After getting back into the winners column in week 10, The U looked to start a new winning streak against the Virginia Cavaliers, UVa, on the road in Charlottesville. UVa’s football team has been one of the worse teams in the ACC, statistically, the past decade winning 2 to 3 (2.6 average) of their 8 conference games a year. Despite their woes, UVa has been a tricky opponent for The U winning 6 of the last 10 games. Speaking of tricky, the game meal almost caused me to lose my mind trying to figure out a plan. For this
meal, the mascot route was a dead end. UVa’s mascot, a Cavalier, is a mounted horseman named CavMan and through research, I found that this was the name given to supporters of King Charles I in England’s Civil War (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/civil_war_revolution/choosingsides_01.shtml) in 1642. After the mascot route, I started down the road of UVa’s nickname, Wahoos. However, the nickname was apparently derived from the schools rally cry in the 1890s. So, here I was, with no good leads, and game day quickly approaching. As Mami and I laid in bed, she asked me what my plan was for the game and I told her that I had nothing but information about King Charles’ supporters and a rally cry. As I told her about the rally cry, she looked over and calmly stated “isn’t a Wahoo a type of fish?” (it is!). And so the game meal was set.
The game did not start off well at all. After a solid defensive stand on the opening drive, on The U’s first offensive play, UVa snatched the ball out of the receiver’s hands for an interception. It appeared that The U’s bad luck with UVa was go to continue for another year. My luck with the game meal did not start out well either. Living in Houston, we are close to the bay where there are a ton of fish markets. After doing my due diligence online, I found a fish market in Kemah that I thought had exactly what I needed (http://m.baybrookseafood.com/?url=http://www.baybrookseafood.com%2F#2804). However, I was living the reality that you can’t believe everything you see on the internet. After visiting 5 other markets in the area, with no luck, and talking to one of the owners, I realized that none of them sold Wahoo fish because it was mostly found in the Pacific and Caribbean waters.
Needing to adjust to this sudden bad fortune, I remembered that Mami was having pregnancy cravings for tuna salad so I decided to make grilled tuna. Much like my quick adjustment, The U changed the course of the game by scoring the next 17 points of the game, but after another UVa TD, The U had a slim 3 point lead at halftime. The U completely dominated the second half and with a 34-14 win started a 2 game winning streak. The grilled tuna was amazing as well with a 9 out 10 rating. This rating was despite the fact that half way through the cooking process Mami informed me that she was craving canned tuna and not fresh tuna steaks. Next week, The U faces the Wolf Pack of North Carolina State.
- Take tuna and clean and cut into 2-3 in cuts of
not done by the market
- Coat the tuna in olive oil (so it will not stick on the grill) and place in the m
- On direct heat, cook for 3-4 minutes on each side
- It is safe to eat under cooked tuna (like sushi), but I cooked this one thoroughly because Mami was pregnant with Deuce
- Add two table spoons of mayonnaise (also helps sticking) and 1 table spoon of Greek yogurt in a food processor
- Add minced garlic, dried onions, cajun seasoning, lemon juice and a pinch of black pepper
- Add a handful of lightly chopped dill and mix well
- Note: I marinade the tuna in this mixture and I also used it as a sauce with the fish and air fryer fries (yea again)
Love you to “Infinity…and Beyond”