Fish and chips-type meals like this fella just shout summertime to me.
sunshine and ocean and breeze and sand in my sandwich and unmentionables
May’s end means I’m as close as close can be to putting on a neon bathing suit and pretending to be on Mayflower Beach in Cape Cod.
But Seattle doesn’t deserve that.
She prefers skinny jeans, thick framed glasses, and hats. Hats hats hats.
Oh. And scarves. She loves scarves.
She doesn’t love me nearly as much when I’m dropping all r’s and greasing myself to high heaven in preparation for the sunburn of my life.
I went to Alki Beach in West Seattle last weekend.
And loved that shoreline. The beach is beautiful- pebbly with grainy, salted air and positively postcard views of the city. It wasn’t warm enough to swim, but I hear it’s never truly warm enough to swim.
I wore sandals nonetheless.
I walked to a beachside happy hour and ordered the only appropriate things a girl can order when she’s desperately seeking summer: a house margarita- frosty, limey, and rimmed with salt- and a plate of fried calamari. My friend Camille squeezed lime furiously over all the rings and I, for my part, pierced each one with my fork before [triple-nope, quadruple] dipping into the creamiest aioli.
I loved that shoreline even more, then.
I’m keeping the beach feel alive with this dinner. Tuna cakes with crispy French fries.
They’re bright and lemony and tender. Perfect for fresh-feeling and easy summertime fare on any night of the week. The couscous adds texture and much appreciated heft.
This recipe riffs on another favorite of mine: lemon garlic tuna burgers. They’re wildly flavorful, and even better, a rather cheap meal to make. Be sure to pair the cakes with tartar sauce…and French fries.
Garlic Tuna Couscous Cakes
2, 6 oz cans tuna fish, drained and flaked
1 cup cooked couscous
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon each, salt and pepper
juice of half a lemon
3 tablespoons sour cream
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with your hands. Shape into 8 small patties. Place on a greased baking sheet, brush the tops of each with olive oil, and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F.