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Christina Martin's Tuna Ring Recipe

Tuna Ring Photo : Jackie Cameron

Tuna Ring
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Christina Martin's Tuna Ring

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

A dill-and-tuna ring always seemed to be on examination papers at the Christina Martin School of Food and Wine - and yes, I got tested on this for my starter in the mid-year practical exam. Still today, the aroma of dill reminds me of this dish. I recall being extremely proud of my creation. Now when looking back I cringe at the simplicity - or was it naivety - of my effort. I guess we all have to start somewhere...

Ingredients :

  • 15ml gelatine
  • 45ml cold water
  • 125ml home-made mayonnaise
  • 45ml fresh lemon juice
  • 15ml Dijon mustard
  • 45ml chopped chives
  • 45ml chopped parsley
  • 25ml chopped dill
  • 125ml English cucumber, chopped
  • 2 tins tuna
  • Salt and pepper
  • 187ml cream, whipped

Method :

  1. Slake the gelatine in cold water and melt in a bain-marie.
  2. Measure out and have all the ingredients ready.
  3. Scoop the mayonnaise into a large bowl, add the melted gelatine and whisk until light and smooth.
  4. Add lemon juice, mustard, chives, parsley,dill and cucumber.
  5. Carefully fold in the flaked fish and season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  6. Finally fold in the whipped cream.
  7. Pour the mixture into an oiled 22cm mould and refrigerate until set.
  8. Un-mould onto a wet platter.
  9. Garnish with fresh cucumber slices, black olives and mashed avocado.
  10. Serve with brown yoghurt bread.

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713

Poached Haddock on Tuna Fish Cakes Recipe

Smoked Haddock and Tuna Fish Cake  Photo : Jackie Cameron

Smoked Haddock and Tuna Fish Cake
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Poached Haddock on Tuna Fish Cakes with fresh Rocket  on Black Sesame Rocket Sauce and Caviar Recipe

Yields: 4-6 portions

*Ingredients :


1 box


1) Cook in water for 8 – 10 minutes

*Tuna Fish Cake


1 tin Tuna – drained

6 sprigs Fennel

250g Mashed Potato

½ cup Breadcrumbs

1 med Onion – grated

1 Egg

½ cup Milk

Salt and Pepper

½ t Masala

Extras :


Method :

1) Mix all the above ingredients together

2) Portion out to 40g ball sizes

3) Roll in breadcrumbs and push out neatly with cutter size 3

4) Pan sear in butter on both sides

5) Oven roast for 10 minutes at 160°C, turn over and cook for 5 minutes.

6) Set aside to reheat in oven at a later stage

*Rocket Sauce

Ingredients :

45g Rocket

6 T Hot Water

2/3 cup Cream – firmly whipped

2 t Black Sesame Seeds (chef’s note: White Sesame Seeds can be substituted)

Method :

1) Place fresh Rocket Leaves into a liquidiser with hot water - liquidise and strain

2) Add whipped Cream to the cooled mixture

3) Finish with Sesame Seeds

*Extras :


*Optional Extras :


Plating :

1) Place rocket cream at the base of the plate

2) Top with tuna fish cakes, fresh rocket, poached haddock(Chef’s note: a fish belonging to the cod family but generally smaller than cod, Smoked Haddock is prepared by splitting the fish lengthways as soon as it is caught, rubbing it lightly with salt, hanging it by the tail, and leaving it to smoke for 24 hours)

3) Garnish the haddock with rocket and place optional caviar around the plate

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

jackie cameron

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef
Hartford House
+27 33 263 2713