Today marks the beginning of the FOURTH YEAR of French Fridays with Dorie! I know, right? Where did the time go? For me, that’s three years of not missing one single week and I was kind of looking forward to maybe heading into Year 4 with something like, you know, a cake. To celebrate, right?
Alas, no. Because we are, well, cooking our way through the book, it’s inevitable that there will be dishes that I don’t care to eat. Recently there have been THREE tuna dishes including this week’s offering Salade Niçoise (p 125) so for a non tuna lover like me, it’s been – interesting – making those dishes. And really, I can’t think of a less festive dish than a salad 😉 But no matter, I just follow the rules. Mostly. Kinda. Sorta.
The fact that I have two keen tuna eaters in the house (Cleo will come running from anywhere in the house when she hears the tin being opened) means that they have been spoiled recently. Firstly with the tuna pizza, then the tuna stuffed peppers and now, this week. It’s honestly been a bit like all tuna all the time chez eat. live. travel. write. of late!
To be perfectly honest – this salad of “stuff” is one I often make for myself when I am in France, though I will used chopped chicken or ham in place of the tuna and also add some chopped cheese (Emmental or something like that) – so I do see the appeal for a fish lover. Mr Neil pronounced this “just ok” (not sure what I could have done to make it any better – though perhaps some real haricots verts in place of the sugar snap peas I had on hand might have helped. Alas, our green beans just are not the same…). Perhaps the anchovies that the recipe called for? Well as you can imagine, anchovies are even worse for me than tuna so I decided it was cook’s prerogative to not include them (sorry Mr Neil!). In any case, I came, I saw, I made the Salade. Onwards and upwards and let’s hope there’s some cake on the horizon somewhere soon!
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