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Saturday, July 29, 2006





COULD IT BE THAT I HAVE FOUND MY HOME AT LAST

After the culinary lows of the past week I felt a little bit of home cooking was in order. A Salad Nicoise seemed like a suitable dish for tea on a hot summer's evening.

I went for a classical assembly although this is one of those dishes in which every component is disputed. Mine contained cos lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, boiled new potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, anchovies and tinned tuna. The dressing was made with oil, vinegar, lemon juice, capers, garlic, anchovies, black olives, finely sliced shallots and seasoning.

First though a plate of Iberico Chorizo provided a small diversion while the eggs were boiling. Then came the salad which we had with a chilled bottle of Albarino.

For sweet we had an excellent brownie courtesy of the highly recommended Chocstar (although I believe this one was actually made by a patissier of some tony restaurant) accompanied by a very full-on Gonzalez-Byass Noe PX.

Short and sweet and setting us up nicely for weekend fun.

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Anonymous tom55 said...

You're certainly right about controversial, but accepted I think is that there should be no cooked vegetable, neither vinegar nor lemon, and either tuna or anchovies but not both. See Jacques Medecin's 'Cuisine Nicoise'. This is now by far the best source for sensitive people wishing to dine in London, by the way. Congratulations!

Saturday, July 29, 2006 10:33:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As far as I remember it, this is pretty much the recipe provided by the culinary goddess that was Elizabeth David and confirmed by many stays near Nice. In my experience the best tinned tuna that you can find is the most important thing. I had a very satisfactory starter in that hotel in Hertfordshire where Gazza got married (can't remember the name for the life of me). It was a small but perfectly formed version including quails eggs and a small piece of seared fresh tuna.

Andy

Thursday, June 07, 2007 2:57:00 pm  

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