Simple is Best

Bordeaux is a fantastic city that is usually coveted for being the capital of wine in the world (well for the purist) but what most people don’t know, is that the city was actually built as a mock-Paris. It was the city where all the revolutionary architecture of Haussman would be tested before the principles were to be successfully applied to Paris.

So I’m sure you can imagine how beautiful this city is. What I loved about it, is that you can really feel and authentic vibe emanating from the buildings. Moreover, the people or so much friendlier and open minded than most of the difficult Parisians. You get the best of both worlds, a buzzing metropole with a country mindset. The wine and food of this region, follows this trends, anywhere you go, wherever you order a glass of red, rose or white, you are sure that you won’t be served anything bad, because the business owners wouldn’t dare sell something they are not proud of, secondly they have a no fuss approach to food that is so comforting.

We went to one of the most famous little eatery/bistrots of the city and I ordered the tomato with jalapeno. It was literally just that, tomato with jalapeno, but it was so masterfully executed. It had a nice crisp sear that gave it an almost meat like texture and the jalapeno was bathing in extra virgin oil, imbibing the whole dish in a controlled heat.

It was great and it reminded me vegetables are exciting. Something we so easily forget. One of my favourite veggies is quinoa, which is very often mistaken for a grain. Its the perfect, filling, healthy food that will leave you wanting for naught more. This recipe is one I make a lot throughout the week, because of its simplicity, freshness and overall balance of flavour and nutrients.

Herb and Banana Quinoa Salad with Olive Oil Poached Tuna


– Quinoa

– Cherry tomatoes

– Mint and Parsley

– Olive Oil

– Red Wine Vinegar or Balsamic

– Lemon

– Saba Banana

– Thyme

– Tuna

– Red onion

– Cayenne Chillies

– Leek Onions

– Garlic

– Salt and Pepper

– Butter

– Sour Cream

1. Cook your quinoa as per packet instructions, except do it in chicken stock for extra flavour.

2. With the quinoa, mix in your olive oil, a dash of vinegar, salt and pepper, chopped mint and parsley, chopped red onions, lemon juice and cherry tomatoes.

3. Peel your banana and fry in salted butter.

4. take 250ml of olive oil in a pot with thyme, chopped chilli, salt and pepper, leek onion stalk and crushed garlic. Bring to a small boil, reduce heat and let stand 15 minutes at about 130 degrees.

5. Season your tuna with salt and pepper. Make sure oil is at 130 and drop in the tuna for about 5 minutes.

6. Assemble the whole dish and enjoy with the sour cream topping!! Remember to season the tuna again if you need it with salt, pepper, olive oil (the one you were cooking with) or more lemon juice, also for an extra kick you can mix some capers in with the sour cream.

Soundtrack: opening by Serge Gainsbourg, then soundtrack of Drive and soundtrack Submarine (must see movies).


    1. Karen October 29, 2011 at 4:48 am

      hmmm yummy! looks great. how i wish i can taste it :) i love salad!

    1. Joy Morelos ✔ (@joy_0827) October 29, 2011 at 7:05 am

      bake some cakes kuya!!… :P

    1. krissykrissy October 29, 2011 at 8:18 am

      Will try making this! Looks soo yummy! But one suggestion though..maybe you can try to work on your lighting or the angle where you position the camera so as not to block the light. Your recipes look visually appealing enough as it is but a little bit more light won’t hurt :) Tried your apple pie by the way! It’s divineeeeeeee

      1. Erwan Heussaff October 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm

        please do! i will definitely try and get more lighting! thanks for the suggestion!

    1. "Our traveling without moving!..." October 29, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      Yummy!!! If it tastes like its look…it has to be GREAT!

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 6, 2011 at 8:37 am

        not always the case with food. but i hope mine does! haha thanks!

    1. thecheffrommanila October 30, 2011 at 4:02 am

      I AM A FAN! the salad looks gorgeous! will try this soon! :)

    1. Marven November 2, 2011 at 3:19 am

      Great post Erwan, looking forward to trying this. Btw, that was a great save “I could eat “shiiii”…. bucket loads.” Gave me a good laugh.

    1. Mie November 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      Yummy! Love salad…

    1. Em November 2, 2011 at 2:59 pm

      Love this post..upload more recipes..

    1. Bruce November 2, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      Bro, your post is very educational.. More to come..

    1. Jane November 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      Great work..will definitely try this..

    1. Lea November 2, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      Admire your healthy more..

    1. Michelle chin November 15, 2011 at 11:32 pm

      your videos remind me of the jamie oliver stuff i watched when i was 11!

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 16, 2011 at 10:41 pm

        ya i like the whole unfussy treatment videos, makes it more real

    1. Lyrical Lemongrass November 16, 2011 at 4:50 am

      Been looking for different ways to cook my quinoa. This is awesome. Who woulda thought banana goes with quinoa!
      Love the blog. :-)

    1. Angela kelly November 16, 2011 at 5:38 am

      Makes me hungry and encourages me to eat and prepare something healthy. I like this recipe coz im a big fan of ahi tuna salad, it has the same look but im craving for a simple wasabish sweet peanuty dressing:) will definitely try ur recipe first

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm

        try an aubergine wasabi dressing, awesome!!

    1. izafugen December 14, 2011 at 6:33 am

      very healthy.. thank you for sharing :)

    1. Ellie December 19, 2011 at 1:09 am

      tried this and it tasted awesome. i’ve always loved quinoa. however, i always thought it was pronounced like kin-wah. =) thanks for sharing this recipe! trying out your apple pie next.

    1. Lalaine February 6, 2012 at 3:23 am

      I tried to do this salad and I loved it!!!! :-) pls share more recipe…

      p.s do you know where can I buy rocket in manila? I want to make rocket salad with shaved parmesan and just drizzle it with balsamic vinegar… I had it when I was in Australia and I want to make one but I couldnt find any rocket leaves in Manila….. any alternative I can try?

      1. Erwan February 8, 2012 at 2:29 am

        Try rustans, the rocket here is a bit more bitter, so you probably cant make a whole salad out of it. You can use arugula instead, try sourcing it out from Tagaytay, make sure to taste though because some can be bitter as well.

    1. dude neneth February 17, 2012 at 3:52 am

      ur my IDOL!!!

      1. Erwan February 24, 2012 at 2:46 am

        no you are!

    1. April Gatanela February 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      yummm..more please!!

      1. Erwan March 12, 2012 at 3:51 am


    1. Anna March 22, 2012 at 1:02 am

      Hi erwan!great dish..just tried out your recipe and it’s really great :)!thanks for sharing..btw what’s the name of the song?

      1. Erwan March 23, 2012 at 2:32 am

        thank you! i forgot! such a long time ago haha

        1. Anna March 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm

          shazam doesn’t know either :p

          1. Erwan March 26, 2012 at 2:01 am

            damn it

            1. Anna March 29, 2012 at 11:30 pm

              Damn! it’s been in my head for quite some time :p

    1. Natasha April 3, 2012 at 5:55 am

      hmmmmmm! looks so delicious :D

      1. Erwan April 18, 2012 at 2:36 am


    1. Natasha April 3, 2012 at 5:58 am

      hmmmmm! looks so delicious :D




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