Salmon Blackberry // Raspberry Ceviche

on Avocado, Peanuts and Quinoa

JRohn_20150822_4314A big fish. Mute like a fish. Lively like fish. Pink like a fish. Purple like a fish. Or so. Ascriptions, comparisons, metaphors. Without them we‘re lost. We need them, these miserable pigeonholes. Because it is just so simple. Open, put the cliche in, close. The fish can curl as he will.

Thanks to its quick reproduction the fish has evolved as a symbol of fertility. Fertility, that is often strongly associated with the female sex, and the fish as a phallic symbol – imagined binarity. Fertility, reproduction and continued existence need diversity. The concept of queerness embodies this boundlessness of possibilities and colour variations. Nature teaches us that no color exists twice. The queer-purple color field sadly is not more or less than a metaphor either. A mixture of the fatal blue and red, a pigeonhole – though with rear exit.(After all the fish can be coloured as HeSheIt* likes it.)


For 4 servings:

500g Salmon Filet (Alternative: 250g Salmon / 250g whitefish)

4 Limes

1 Lemon

1 big onion

2 fresh red chilis

2 garlic cloves

100g raspberries

100g blackberries

Salt, Pepper

Fresh Coriander

Fresh Basil

2 avocados

200g peanuts (roasted and salted)

250g quinoa


  1. Cut the fish into bite-sized pieces. Chop the chilis and onion. Mix everything and divide into equal parts in two bowls. Season with salt, pepper and garlic.
  2. Squeeze limes and lemon. Marinate the fish, so that it is covered with juice.
  3. Purée half of the rasperries and half of the bromberries respectively, keep the other halves as garnish. Mix raspberry purée into the one bowl and bromberry purée into the other.
  4. Put both bowls into the fridge for about 4-6 hours. The fish will be „cooked“ by the acid of the limes and lemon as the protein solidifies.
  5. Chop coriander, basil leaves and peanuts. Prepare the quinoa according to the package. Peel and cut the avocados into pieces or slices.
  6. Take the ceviche (fish) out of the fridge and mix with the herbs.
  7. With the help of a ring (or something similar) build a small tower out of avocado, peanuts, quinoa and ceviche. Finish with the rest of the raspberries and bromberries.

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