|My Approximate Route|
Down to the Cours Selaya I went and had a wonderful time looking at the antiques. As I walked along I found a bakery where I had slice of pissaladière Niçoise. Unfortunately they heated it in a microwave oven. I also found a strange little shop. The owner roasted coffee in it. The aroma was overpowering and good. Other than coffee, he only had oregano, of which I purchase one bag. It has an extraordinary aroma. It is like Mexican oregano, but with a half-note of mint added. So, that was my day in Nice as it's worth reporting. My night consisted of eating a socca. I will have to give a recipe for socca in another post.
I walked back up the Cours Selaya and the street changed it's name to Rue Saint-François de Paule. Along it I saw the mill of Nicolas Alziari. An ancient shop of all things olive. From wooden tools made of the olive tree to the oil itself. Sadly, for me, it was closed. I would call it a must see in Nice.
Later, while still wandering on foot, I found someone selling olives, the picholine and walked and ate them. I wandered in and out of the Casinos, the beaches and another pedestrian shopping area.
My way of touristing is to grab a bus and go. It doesn't matter which direction or where. So, using that technique, I found my way to the old port of Nice. And as the bus rounded the sharpest right turn I have ever had the discomfort to be a part of; out the window I saw a home wine and perfume making shop. I grabbed the stop-bell-rope for dear life, and 2 blocks later I had the chance to walk back to this place. I won't tell you where it is. It's not that I'm mean I just have no use to see that place commercialized. They had wooden casks and barrels for aging wines, and stills for making perfumes, and labels for your olive oil bottles, just in case you pressed your own olive oil. And yes, they had the presses, too! Ah! I could truly die a happy death at that place.
All recipes for the Salade Niçoise are flexible. This site give an excellent, if exalted recipe. I don't like the artichokes. And if someone else gave a recipe using red potatoes, that I would find fault with as well.
Yet, there must be some same ingredients in each one that give the name of the dish it's meaning. Those must be: tuna fish, niçoise olives, tomatoes, cucumber and anchovies. Other than that, your choice of lettuces are yours. As well as the type of cucumber. As Persian cucumbers have become widely available in Hollywood (where I live), I prefer them to all other cucumbers. There is a spelling error in the recipe link. Where, in the ingredient list it calls for: 10 feuilles de basilicfacultatif, that should read: basilic facultatif.
|Photo from Nice Rendevous copyright 2010|
The link says this about the famous salade:
"RECETTE SALADE NICOISE - Fleuron du patrimoine culinaire du Comté de Nice, la SALADE NIÇOISE est présente sur les tables des restaurants dans les cinq continents, mais que de crimes (de goût) ne commet-on pas en son nom!"
The SALADE NICOISE - Flagship of the culinary culture of the County of Nice, the SALADE NIÇOISE is served at restaurant tables on five continents. But of the crimes (of taste) we will not comment on in [the salad's name].