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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Niçoise and The Other Inhabitants

Last year when I stayed at The Paris in Las Vegas I ate a Salade Niçoise from the cafe downstairs. It was about the worst Salade Niçoise I've ever eaten. Ever since that day I've felt a slight longing to have a proper Niçoise, but things reached fever pitch a few weeks ago.

And then I moved and I couldn't cook anything for two weeks.


A few days ago, when my new kitchen opened for business, I gathered all the ingredients for a Salade Niçoise and tonight, I assembled. I also improvised slightly: left off the tuna, red pepper instead of tomato, the anchovy off the egg, but I did use green Spanish olives stuffed with anchovy. (If you've never had an anchovy-stuffed olive your life is not yet complete.) (I'm serious.) Finally, a really good salad with perfect haricot verts, crisp greens, small potatoes, and a homemade dijon vinagrette.

Now for the serious business,

YES WE MOVED WE ARE MOVED WE MOVED INTO A HOUSE AN ACTUAL HOUSE WITH A YARD AND EVERYTHING I CAN HARDLY BELIEVE IT.

We keep wandering about, not really sure what to do with all the space--well, other than decorate it with late model cardboard boxes.

And really, we ought to be more contained with our moving about, because it's really causing a strain on the spiders that have called this place home for the past year. Yes, my new house has been empty for one year and two months, which means that we are surrounded by spiders and bugs. Mostly spiders.

The other night, after the two of us had unpacked more boxes and finally set up the wireless network, we retired to our pepto-pink bedroom. I was moving around when I saw the big black dime shaped spider skittering across the edge of the ceiling. I am short. Our ceilings are not. So J reached up and killed the spider, but being proponents of equal work, it's my job after his killing to clean up the remains. I am still short, prompting J to suggest climbing into a large box filled with clothes to try to get a boost of height. (This was all happening around 1:30 am, so we may not have been thinking entirely straight.) I got a boost of height, and with J holding my left elbow for support, I reached up to tissue the goo when THE BIG BLACK SPIDER SKITTERED TO THE SIDE BECAUSE IT WAS STILL ALIVE and I screamed, fell backwards, into the side of the box, all the way down, halfway onto J (because really, who could have predicted that a few fingers to my elbow wouldn't totally stabilize me,) and thought, thankfully in vain, that I might have broken another toe. So we killed the spider, again, this time for real, and resolved to call an exterminator in the morning.

But the Salade Niçoise from my very own new kitchen?



Super delicious.

17 comments:

the MomBabe said...

Yay for backyards and actual FOOD!

Jenny said...

That salad looks amazing.

Obviously you have physical limitations that inhibit you from successfully fulfilling your end of the bargain in the spider deal. I think you should just be like, You kill them and clean them and I'll make your dinner.

Chief Momma said...

I need to see pictures of your house! Pepto color and all!

Cafe Johnsonia said...
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Cafe Johnsonia said...

We didn't have many bugs and spiders when we moved into our house--at first. It was like they decided now that people were inhabiting their once empty house it was time to unleash hell on us. And they have. But I'm quick with the eco-friendly bug spray. I should have a holster. That's how I deal with spiders. They never know what hit them. Then I wait for them to dry and then I vacuum them up. My husband won't kill them--he says they eat the bad bugs. I say they make webs and look creepy. I win.

Your salad looks great. So happy for you and your new house.

Clyde said...

New house, new bugs to kill and an actually home-made delish salad... Ahhh! all the ingredients of the road ahead to your new life. Can't wait to hear your new house's decoration adventures. :)

PS: Again, that salad sure looks very yummy.

Mary said...

yay for the new home!

All the spiders are giving me the willies though!

Sarah said...

Two words - bug bomb. They work great. Just do it when you will be out of the house for half a day or more. (I know, but its worth it.)
PS - is it legal to have a Nicoise Salad without Tuna?

Rynell said...

Hooray for new (to us) houses!

(And tasty food too).

Likely said...

I think I may be more impressed that you know how to type that fancy nicoise "c" that impressed that you can make that salad. It does look delicious and I do know where you can get a good one in my neck of the woods...

I was so happy I could sneak a peek at your new home while I was visiting. I can't wait to see the transformations... except for that playroom -- that, my friend, should never be transformed. LOVED it and all it's retro glory.

bodeloublogs said...

mmmmm i love me some nicoise. i will say that i recognize the bindings of some of those cookbooks. a fellow foodie, perhaps?

taradise said...

I hear you have quite the fantastic mural in your house - and by fantastic, I mean weird.

Azúcar said...

And by weird, you mean AWESOME.

marshall p said...

I love a salade nicoise! I make a delicious pasta salad nicoise that is not even a salad nicoise, but tastes sooo good. with pasta!

queenmari said...

i found my way to you by way of cjane. love your blog. love your salad. i se this salad in all sorts of cooking magazines at the checkout, and i see it on the food network, but have never made it. you inspie me to add to the next sumer day we have here in seattle, which is not today as it is cold and cloudy.

can't wait.

Carolyn said...

i once attempted to kill an enormous spider on my carpet with a shoe. But upon impact the said spider birthed thousands of microscopic baby spiders that sprayed out in every direction.

It was all i could do to not set my house on fire...

I'll never be the same.

amelia said...

Good Salade Niçoise (I had to copy and paste that from your blog): Martines in downtown SLC. But you have a palate much more refined than my own, so maybe it really sucks and I don't know the difference? I think it's good.