Ever since I moved over to the American side of the Atlantic, I’ve been unable to order tuna in restaurants.
The first time I tried it, they brought me chicken.
“No, it was the tuna salad,” I said patiently.
“Yeah. The chicken salad,” the surly waitress spat back at me.
And so on….until I gave in and ate the damn chicken.
It would appear that us British/Irish folk pronounce our ‘tu’s differently to North Americans, who prefer to substitute a “too” sound*.
Thus, hubs (who is Canadian) laughs at my pronunciation of the following: Tuesday, tune, tube, turmeric, tuberculosis (actually, I don’t think that last one’s ever come up) etc
Due (another problematic word) to extreme vocal embarrassment I prefer to make my own tuna salad these days.
And hooray for that because I get to create lovely dishes like this one – aromatic, flavourful and very easy to whip together.
*and while we’re airing our semantic differences, it’s coriander NOT cilantro.
Tarragon Tuna Salad (serves 2)
- 1 can tuna
- 2 tsps sour cream
- 2 tsps lemon juice
- 2 tsps fresh tarragon leaves, very finely minced
- 1 spring/green onion, very finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Mix all the above together. Chill until needed.
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