Real Food

The most indulgent part about being done school and thrust into the working world is that I always come home at a reliable time. Which means I can cook dinner once more. The absense of this ritual this past school year was excruciating — how I hated scurrying over to the Dominion supermarket across the street from the computer lab to buy premade, too-sticky sushi and soup with the consistency of toddler snot. Ugh.

I feel infinitely less cranky, less stagnant, now that I have time in the kitchen to myself to make a proper meal. The kind made with real ingredients, the stuff that existed 100 years ago before food processing, and will exist 100 years from now. And now that it’s summer, I have a burning desire to eat local as often as I can — an ambition made easier now that I can avail myself of the farmer’s market that sets up shop every Wednesday morning at Nathan Phillips’ Square (in my backyard). So, I can eat well again. And it is glorious. To celebrate that, I made a Niçoise salad, a traditional French dish and perhaps the perfect summer dinner, one-pot and all that.


  • One cob of corn, steamed and cut into kernels
  • 5 or 6 baby red potatoes, skins on and still firmish
  • French green beans, blanched
  • Tomatoes (I like heirloom types, miniature plums, etc. Anything but grape tomatoes — they’re too sweet. If you can, avoid cutting them because it will make the whole dish wet)
  • Asparagus spears, blanched (Okay, these aren’t in a traditional Niçoise, but I love them and I have a whole bunch in the fridge.)
  • Hard-boiled egg, halved
  • Handful of black olives
  • Anchovies optional


  • Fresh tarragon
  • Fresh chives
  • (Actually now that I think about, just throw in all the fines herbes)
  • 1 large clove of garlic, smashed and minced
  • Handful of finely chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

The potatoes should still be warm when you serve it. Toss everything into a bowl. Oh, and no lettuce or cheese. Just, no.

I am not of the fish-eating variety, but if you’d like, sear a tuna steak and throw it on top. There is some debate as to whether they are supposed to come with meat anyway, but I imagine this is very good.

Not only is this actually filling, but seriously how glad am I to eat a salad that doesn’t have spring mix or some citrusy-sweet-basil-suck dressing on it.






One response to “Real Food”

  1. kyx Avatar

    you should have taken a picture

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