SPICES & SPANDEX - TOM PERKINS

Food is naturally an adventurous topic. We can learn a lot about the world and its diverse culture through different meals and interesting ingredients. But no single meal, no matter how varied or novel, can be as culturally enriching as this book. 

Over 501 days, Tom Perkins and his mate Matt, cycled through 26 countries. They captured this peckish pilgrimage in some of the most stunning photography I've seen. They noted some beautiful recipes, and the trip inspired many more. 

This beautiful book isn't one for the cookbook shelf. This is a book that should adventure from coffee table to kitchen and back. A book to admire and to exploit. Well done, Tom! 

Seared Tuna Steak with a lychee, avocado, rocket salad & a soy sauce, honey & red Chilli dressing

Ingredients

  • 4 x 200g tuna steaks {roughly 2cm thick}

  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • 4 tsp sesame seeds
  • 4 spring onions (finely sliced)
  •  juice 2 limes (zest of 1)
  • 2 whole red chillies (de-seeded & finely sliced)
  • 2 large handfuls rocket
  • large handful fresh mint (roughly chopped)
  • large handful fresh coriander roughly chopped
  • 16 lychees (peeled and cut in half)
  • 2 avocados (peeled and cut into slices)


Place all of the tuna steaks in a shallow dish. Combine the soy, olive oil, honey, sesame seeds, spring onion, lime juice, lime zest and the chilli in a cup and mix well. Pour over the tuna and make sure all the steaks are evenly covered. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to marinade.

Get a griddle pan to a high heat and then place on your tuna. Sear for a minute on each side (including the flanks) for rare. Add an extra minute if you like it a little more well done. Once cooked to your liking, place all the steaks on a chopping board while you construct your salad.

Combine the rocket, mint and coriander and divide evenly among the four plates. Do the same for the lychees and the avocado. Slice up each steak into 1 cm thick pieces and place on top of the salad. Use the remaining soy marinade to dress the salad. Finish with an extra squeeze of lime and a sprinkling of more toasted sesame seeds.

Spices & Spandex is available to buy for £25 at Tom's website (click here) or on amazon (click here).