Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Pret's Tuna Cucumber Baguette, MY BABES

I want to enlighten you ALL about my current baguette obsession. Firstly, let me tell give you a bit of background, to allow you to understand how I arrived at this obsession. I have always loved me some fish, all types of fish made in all typed of ways. I particularly LOVE tuna sandwiches, and have done so for as long as I can remember. However, usually, I prefer the homemade kind. I find  the ones I purchase outside just don't have the same good homemade taste to it. D'ya know what I mean? They just taste like they are smothered in bad things and always have the wrong kind of ratios. They either have too much mayonnaise, so it does not even taste like fish anymore, or too little vegetable so you don't get the dimensions you need in a sandwich. I also hate how most tuna and cucumber sandwiches seem to be made so sloppily, and just seems like they have been thrown together with no care because of the lumpy tuna and the cut up teeny tiny bits of cucumber. Why ain't ya generous with yo portions, oh sandwich makers?
HOWEVER, once upon a time, I surprisingly don't remember what time, but there was a time, because this time gave birth to many other times and thus all these times have been the most amazing times..... My point is, there was a time when I ventured into Pret a Manger. I would moan about the price of that place, but it's true when people say you get what you pay for (in this instance anyway). 

Damn right about being 'lovingly handmade'

After eating their Tuna and cucumber baguette, I have never looked at another Tuna and cucumber sandwich the same.

I had to write that on a whole separate line just to emphasise the greatness. I even italicised and put it in bold. ARE YOU GETTING MY POINT, PEOPLE??!?!? For those who are not..I continue...
I know it looks simple, and to most (basic) people itwould probably taste simple too, but to the people that say/think that..YOU are simple (no apologies with this statement). 
I will start with explaining the bread. Oh the bread. That not too crisp and not too soft bread. You know sometimes you get baguettes that are so soft you feel like they're not fresh. Or sometimes you get them and they are sooo hard you feel like you will break your tooth off biting into it, and once you do, you chew off more than you can handle and the entire filling comes flying out with it. Oh no, not with this baguette. It is the kind you want to hold in your hands and rock back and forth lovingly and stroke it like its your baby. And the tuna. Oh the tuna. The ratio of mayo to tuna is PERFECTION. No lumps, no lack of taste. It isn't tuna that is floating in a sea of way too much mayo. It has that nice fishy kick which isn't too 'OH MY GOSH MY BREATH'S GONNA STAAAANK AFTER THIS'. And then there's the cucumbers...OH THE CUCUMBERS... Possibly my favourite part. They aren't chopped up into measly invisible pieces, they are whole round pieces so you feel that CRUNCH then subtle moistness. And they are placed so neatly over the tuna, so you KNOW they are there because they are practically saying 'ELLO MATE' in your face. So add the crisp juicy cucumbers to your expertly proportioned tuna mayo and soft yet crisp baguette and you have PERFECTION.  Perfection which is so perfect that I would love to meet the first person to ever make this baguette, and kiss them...On the lips!!!!

I thought I was imagining the greatness of this baguette, until one day at work I overheard a workmate saying to another workmate 'I want a tuna subway today'. Workmate number two replied 'Pret does better tuna baguettes'. I cried... Of happiness of course. I usually hate when people discover things I love, but I felt so happy to know that someone had experienced the greatness like I had. We then spent about 10 minutes describing the greatness to workmate number one, who is now a full convert to the Pret side.

Look at that cucumber placement. Just look.

Apologies for the bad phone camera...and apologies for not getting better shots, I was kind of lost in the moment and didn't have time. 

Once, I bought myself a packet of crisps for lunch, because I was feeling cheap and dirty. I sat in the park eating it, then spotted a young boy sitting under a tree, eating a Pret Tuna baguette. Witnessing him chew it with such enjoyment (I am aware how wrong this explanation sounds, especially since I am speaking about a young child, but just go with it) was enough to make me leave everything I was doing (nothing) and go purchase one for myself. Some Prets do them in smaller sizes, which I usually opt for. So if you can't stomach such a big one, then you may be able to find them in half the size. But the Pret near my work only does it in the large size. I pretend this upsets me, and that it may be bad for my health, but we all know I JUST DON'T GIVE A DAAAAYM.

Let's see what Pret themelves have to say about this baguette (straight off the website yo)

Freshly Baked Baguette + Pole & Line Caught Skipjack Tuna + Free-Range Mayo + Red Onion + Freshly Sliced Cucumber (I stole this image because it made the ingredients look even nicer with the stars in between)
"This baguette has a great fat ratio. This sounds very technical (and not very appealing) but this just means that the fat in the baguette is ‘good fat’ which has great anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce the risk of heart disease (rather than lots of ‘bad’, saturated fat). It is also high in both iron and zinc (to keep your hard working skin looking bright and healthy). On the downside, you’re missing some of your fruit and veg by having this baguette for lunch so munch on an apple or tuck into a smoothie to tick that box too! 10p from every Tuna Baguette sold goes to support the Pret Foundation Trust."

I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW IT HAD RED ONION. That definitely what explains its greatness. I love red onion's sweetness.  Oh and it's called the 'Pole & Line Caught Tuna Mayo & Cucumber Baguette'...fancy. Eating this s baguette even 'can even reduce the risk of heart disease'. Come on. Sold.
And lets ignore the fact that having it alone for lunch isn't that great for you, when I clearly just showed you a photo of my lunch which was only the baguette and coke... (I lie, I had a cake after too :( )

If you haven't tried this baguette, DO SO NOW. And you can thank me later, with a baguette.

Oh and I realise I did just write an entire post on one sandwich. I never fail to amaze myself with my beastliness.


  1. This look delish, especially the bread, you described the whole taste perfectly!

  2. hey dear)
    nice blog)loves it)
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    xoxo Christy