The ultimate pastime for dudes should be surfing. Except for drinking beer of course.
Being macho on the seashore always beats a jump from a plane with a parachute.
Just thinking about spending a day at the beach and folling around in the sea makes me hungry. But I just didn’t understand why those surfblokes manage to be active all day, work up a healthy appetite (you can say: become hungry!) and keep such a fit and lean body?

Recently I found out how they can pull this trick; they just don’t want to give in to proper Dude food.

I’ll admit that in my younger years I have tried hard to be a surferboy as well, for obvious reasons (women in bikinis!!!).
But I didn’t succeed that well. The major reason for my failure was fear for waves.
Because you never know what happens underneath you when you are balancing on that ‘perfect wave’. I always imagined that there could be a big white shark following my tail, just waiting for me to lose my balance.
In my younger years I have seen a real life soap called Jaws and that alone was enough for me to keep my fleshy feet on the beach sand.
And all those people who told me that Jaws was just a horrormovie? They have never snorkeled in the sea and looked down in that ominious blue abyss, that just screamed for a predator to shoot out and grab you. Makes you want to bite your nails at that very moment (which is very unpleasant, because then you have to remove the snorkle and you can’t breathe).


No, in the early days I just walked on the beach like a real surfdude with my own sixpack.
Never mind I had ‘my sixpack’ on my shoulder; six ice cold cans filled with godly yellow fluid.

And sometimes the real surfdudes asked me things like: “Come on, man. You can’t walk around the beach with such a body? It’s not ethical, dude!”
Then I smiled briefly and explained that it’s not just about ethics, but about thinking big. Pointing at my own belly, sculpted by beer, I said: “In stead of wearing a sixpack like you surfdudes I immediately opted for a bigger beertender.”

At those moments I saw the confusion and distress kick in with those longhaired blokes (often looking like little brothers of Thor, but carrying a surfboard in stead of a stone hammer). At those moments I merrily piped: “Doesn’t all that surfing and walking around impressively makes you hungry and thirsty?”

For most of those surfdudes that was their proverbial breaking point and with moist rimmed eyes they confessed to me that they were hungry as a stray dog. But to keep up their perfect body they couldn’t eat more than a salad. For if they ate something else their perfect buns immediately betrayed their ‘glutton’ and the buns in the swimming shorts started to mutate in big meatloafs that were like Hell on earth for every beach dude.


As much a dude as I am, I can’t se another dude cry.
So I told those broken surfboys I would make them a light but hearthy meal.
A surf and turf especially for surfdudes who want to keep their muscle bred bodies into shape and show it to everybody. And, this meal is fixed in a jiffy.
Boy did that dude had a feast with this surf n turf made from tilapia and ham.
He said it was a bit spicy, but I think that was just an excuse to drink half of my sixpack. Quite the dude!

Surf and turf from tilapia and ham

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Easy, fast and delicous surf and turf from tilapia fillet and ham. Topped with crust of grated cheese
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Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 15 minutes



  • 2 pangasius fillets
  • 4 slices of yorkham cut into thin strips
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 1 clove of garlic finely chopped
  • 4 tbs sour cream
  • ½ tsp smoked and powdered paprika
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 100 gr grated cheese
  • 20 gr flour
  • Grinded black pepper

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C
  • Cook the onion and garlic briefly in a frying pan until the onion is glaze. Put the onion and garlic in a small bowl with the sour cream and give it a stir. Add the powdered paprika and mustard and give it a second stir.
  • If the fish fillets are moist dap them with some papertowel. Pour the flour and the grinded black pepper on a plate and coat the fillets with the flour mix.
  • Put baking paper on a baking tray and place the fillets on the tray. Coat the top of every fillet with a big spoon of the sourcream mix and put the sliced ham strips on top. Sprinkle the grated cheese generously on the fillets (the ham should be richly covered with cheese).
  • Put the baking tray with the surf and turf fillets in the oven for about 10 minutes until the fish is practically cooked. Then turn the oven to grill mode for five minutes and transform the chees into a crispy crust.
  • Serve this humble surf n turf with a green salad or pasta. Yummie!


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Tom Gerrets

Since recently promoted to sales manager at Simone's Kitchen, he is still working towards his ultimate goal; to become a celebrated hobby chef.. ;) After a few enervating cooking courses he became really interested in preparing dishes. His sometimes cynical outlook on the world and the actualities at least do not leave a bitter taste in his dishes. With Carpe Diem as his life motto Tom is thé Bourgondiër pur sang on this culinary blog and the inventer of the Dudefood Kitchen.