Ginger, Soy & Sesame Tuna Salad – A light lunch on a cold day…

Even though ummer is a long way off in the northern hemisphere, I am beginning to miss the flavours of warmer times.  I miss the frssh flavours and raw foods that form the majoirity of my meals in summertime – still, not long until I head for the southern hemisphere to feel the kiss of the sun once more.

I am currently in a wet and wild northern Brittany and have got a nice Breton Beef stew slow cooking for dinner tonight – my logic is it will be operfext after an afternoon braving the elements.  Before this though, we need lunch and I want something light that gives us not feeling too full and bloated and stops us leaving the house.  A fresh tuna salad seems just the ticket.  A second motive is to leave some room to pick up somr nice Breton crepes as a mid afternoon snack.

This was something quick and easy I knocked up earlier to share and turned out combining  crisp leaves, creamy avocado and tomato with flash cooked medium rare tuna, bacon lardons and some alltogether more Asian influences…

Serves: 3-4


1 or 2 small fresh tuna steaks
100g bacon lardons or chopped smoked streaky bacon
3 spring onions
1 head of romaine lettuce
Handful of good watercress
Bunch of cherry tomatoes halved
1 avocado chopped roughly
Teaspoon of honey
3 teaspoons of soy sauce
Some pickled ginger chopped finely
Shake or two of Tabasco sauce
Juice from 1 lime
Glug of walnut oil and few teaspoons of sesame oil
Toasted sesame seeds


1. Chop tomatoes and avocado and set aside. Place Salad leaves in a bowl.
2. Chop spring onions finely.
3. Fry lardons in a dry pan over a medium heat until browned then add spring onions and stir fry for a minute.
4. Set bacon and onion mixture aside and flash fry tuna in the oil left in the pan for a minute each side. If you don’t like rare tuna (you are probably mad, but there you go!) then cook for longer.
5. Remove tuna from pan and cut into nice long slices.
6. To make the dressing, put pan back on heat and chuck in soy sauce, lime juice, honey, pickled ginger, walnut & sesame oil and muddle the whole lot around in the pan for 30 seconds then take off the heat.
7. Throw the tuna, tomatoes, avocado and bacon/onion together with the salad leaves and toss around in the salad bowl.
8. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and sprinkle with sesame seeds


Bondi Breakfast Smoothie

After a few days (or weeks…) of excess I often like to moderate my intake of blatantly bad food by having a really simple and healthy breakfast. Whilst living in Sydney for 5 or so years, I really got into smoothies, particularly at breakfast time. There are so many fresh juice bars and stands, that grabbing one on the run is too easy. They are quick, packed with fruit and protein and leave you feeling fuller than you would think liquid could.

I haven’t seen so many places providing this type of breakfast fare in UK or Europe, fortunately, making them at home is easy too and a great way to start the day.

Serves: 1 large or two small


250ml soy milk (oat, rice or even skim cows milk are fine too!)
1 banana
Handful of really ripe strawberries, raspberries or blueberries (these could even be frozen)
Around 6-8 ice cubes
2-3 tablespoons of muesli
1 teaspoon of manuka (or other) honey


1. Put all ingredients in a good blender
2. Blitz in pulse mode for around 45 seconds or so till you end up with a good even slush like consistency
3. Pour into glass and drink whilst feeling virtuous.

Tip: if you have kids that need supplements like probiotics, omega 3 oil, iron tonic, etc then this is a great thing to sneak these things into.