Do you ever have one of those days where it just starts off with a bang?
When I got up this morning I knew that I had to be at a meeting for 9 AM in downtown Toronto. I left in plenty of time to catch the Subway and be there with time to spare; or so I thought.
When I got to the station there was an announcement that trains between Bloor and Union stations were not running and all of the southbound passengers were being diverted to my usual connecting station of St. George, instead. That meant that thousands of people would be crammed onto one platform in the hopes of getting stuffed like sardines into a train to get downtown.
Well I thought I was smart. I planned to get off of the train one stop earlier and take a bus instead. I practically ran out of the station and up the stairs to catch the bus and turned to my left to see a long line of people who also thought they were smart. The line went on for at least 4 blocks.
I quickly looked for a cab, but no luck. I started walking. After a 20 minute brisk walk to my destination I arrived at the meeting at the same time as the other party; both of us 10 minutes late. Well that was not so bad; until I started having hot flashes from all of the exercise while we were in the middle of a serious discussion.
It is on days like this when I close my eyes and dream of being somewhere else. Today in my dream, I was sitting along the port in Cassis, France breathing in the fresh Mediterranean air and enjoying a leisurely lunch in a café. I could see the deep blue water and smell the gentle breeze as I lingered over a lunch of seafood and light salad. Sitting there sipping a glass of fine French wine and watching the world go by is so soothing and civilized.
I hear the chatter of local fishermen and sailors as they make ready to sail. I see hilltop villas surrounded by exquisite gardens overlooking the little harbour. The waves are caressing the rocky shoreline and then gently washing away. Life in Cassis seems very simple compared to life at home.
I cannot get on a plane every time I need a break, but if I close my eyes I can dream.
I dedicate this amazing Mediterranean Tuna Salad recipe to the rest of you dreamers out there.
Mediterranean Tuna Salad
Makes 4 servings
1 6 oz. can of tuna, drained well
1 cup artichoke hearts, drained
¼ cup black olives, sliced
1/8 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tsp. lemon juice
Mix all of the ingredients, except the bread, in a mixing bowl. Slice the baguette in half lengthwise and then slice each piece in quarters. Spoon mixture onto each piece and serve.
Recipe adapted from a recipe on wholefoodmarket.com