THE Salade Niçoise recipe turned out okay, but not great. I'm not going to post it here.
However, some positive things came out of it.:
1. The vinaigrette that dresses it is pretty good, and worth making on its own, just as salad dressing. Here's the recipe:
---------- Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.06 Title: Vinaigrette for Salade Nicoise Categories: Salads Yield: 1 1/2 c Lemon juice (2-3 lemons) 3/4 c Extra-virgin olive oil 1 Medium shallot, minced 1 tb Fresh thyme, minced 2 tb Fresh basil leaves, minced 2 ts Fresh oregano, minced 1 ts Dijon mustard Salt & pepper to taste Whisk together ingredients. Use as desired. -----
2. The Salade Niçoise recipe calls for olive-oil-packed tuna. I had not had this before, and my local Acme didn't stock it, but I found the Ortiz brand at ChefShop. It's pricey, US $4.69 for a 3.95 oz. tin. But... it's very delicious, and even more so drenched in the above vinaigrette. Not a full-bore Niçoise, but maybe just the tuna, some cut-up avocado, and ripe tomatoes on Bibb or buttercrunch with a little arugula, and the vinaigrette... Mmmmmm. Would be good. Ortiz olive-oil-packed tuna was a revelation to me. Try it at least once if you haven't ever tasted it.
And there's a step above Ortiz 'Bonito del Norte', the Ortize 'Ventresca de Bonito del Norte'. Ventresca is a Spanish word which means 'Priced for yuppies with more money than brains'. No, actually, it refers to the belly of the fish, where the flesh has the highest fat content, making it both the most flavorful and the most delicate. $12.99 for about 4 ounces. Yipyipyipyip! [makes sound like a puppy that's been kicked] I bought one tin, just to try it out. Haven't had the guts to open it yet. Maybe I'll eat it tonight and let you know whether it was worth it.
3. I had never had Niçoise olives before. I got a bottle of them from ChefShop as well. Intensely flavorful, everything a ripe olive should be. Yum.
南京花火 == nankinhanabi == firecracker ('Nanking fireworks')
南光 == nankou == Southern lights
|'Somewhat obscure' origin. Henshall suggests taking it as a 'hoop', ten (十), and the sign for 'yen', and as a mnemonic: 'Get a hoop for ten yen down south.'|