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
– Cherry tomatoes
– Mint and Parsley
– Olive Oil
– Red Wine Vinegar or Balsamic
– Saba Banana
– Red onion
– Cayenne Chillies
– Leek Onions
– Salt and Pepper
– 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).