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Sing A Different Tuna Pasta Salad (With Dill Pesto)

tunapastasaladFish of the sea. I don’t post a lot of meat recipes here but I wanted to whip this one up for a little work lunch party. The crowds raved at the various flavours: tangy dill, salty olives and tuna. You could buy a pesto from the store to replace the homemade dill pesto, but the fresh dill really complements the rest of the tastes, so if you can spare some time for blending, please do.

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Wouldn’t you know it? I finally started a dedicated Oh My Potluck Twitter account. You can follow @OhMyPotluck for recipe and other fantastic food and music related tweets. If you don’t do so already, you can follow me on Facebook and Pinterest as well.

My pick of music today is Courtney Barnett. She’s this amazingly quirky lady from Melbourne, Australia. This song, “Avant Gardener” is brilliant – just a good dose of lazy pop that I can’t get enough of.

She’s from Melbourne, which means she lives near the water, and it seems appropriate to post a recipe with tuna in it while I listen to her new album A Sea Of Split Peas. I guess it would have been more appropriate to post a recipe with seafood and peas, but that’s not what you’re getting today. Live with it.

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Speaking of the sea, did you hear the story that came out over the past summer about the loneliest whale? Now, scientists have known this whale for some time now, but it has just recently caught the public’s attention. It sings a song at a higher pitch than other whales’ songs. It’s been postulated that other whales cannot hear the song, or even ignore the mammal for its ugly, tone-deaf chords. Next autumn, scientists will be dedicating a team to finding Mr. or Mrs. Lonely and finding the truth.

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There’s actually a bonus song that I’ll share with you today. It’s by an amazingly talented saxophonist (possibly the best saxophonist alive today) named Colin Stetson. He uses a circular breathing technique, lots of microphones and no looping or overdubs to create swelling, textural music that you can’t imagine is possible for one human to make. He has a song that he relates to the whale called “Part Of Me Apart From You”. (I could only find a live recording (and I really hate the quality of live recordings) so it’s fair that it’s a bonus and not the feature song.)

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I remember hearing him play that song on an incredibly rainy night in Calgary before the floods hit. I myself was drenched from head to toe. Stetson made the entire room vibrate with the power he blew into the saxophone. The music froze me in place and made me forget about how soggy I was feeling. Incredible.

Sing A Different Tuna Pasta Salad (With Dill Pesto)

(Thanks food.com for the pesto and salad ideas)

Makes about 10 sides.

  • 1/2 pound or 225 grams rotini pasta
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 x 5 ounces or 142 grams cans tuna, packed (I suggest Wild Planet)
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted
  • Pepper, to taste

Dill Pesto

  • 1/2 cup packed fresh dill leaves
  • 3 tablespoons packed fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 walnut halves
  • 1 small clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Bring a large pot of cold water to a boil. Salt the boiling water and add the pasta. Continue boiling until the pasta is al dente (about 8 minutes).
  2. While the pasta is cooking, place the dill, parsley, walnuts, and garlic in a blender or food processor. Whirl until finely minced then add the oil and cheese. Process until blended.
  3. Drain the pasta and put into a medium bowl. Toss the pasta with the tuna, olives, pepper, and pesto. Add more olive oil, if needed. Put the pasta salad into a sealable bowl and take to potluck, serve as is.

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