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For a Late-Summer Gathering, Try This Spin on a Salade Niçoise – The New York Times

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“Hi. I’m Fanny Singer. And today, I’m cooking an herby grilled tuna salad. It’s called a deconstructed salad nicoise. The majority of the ingredients for the salad are from the farmer’s market. And I always like to go to the farmer’s market and see what they have and then sort of adapt accordingly. This is kind of a adaptation of a nicoise salad with freshly grilled tuna. This version keeps it super, super light and fresh. For this recipe, you’ll need sushi grade ahi tuna steaks, red bell peppers or smaller heirloom peppers, little gem lettuces, cherry tomatoes, Persian cucumbers, and whole or pitted olives. First, you want to start your grill. And then while your coals are getting ready, that’s when you’ll make the vinaigrette, the dressing, and then also the marinade for the tuna. So to make the vinaigrette, I like to use what is called a Suribachi style mortar and pestle. It has a serrated sort of rigid interior which helps you really pulverize the ingredients. Two cloves of garlic go in there. Just a big pinch of salt. And then you just pound. Pound it into a paste. Next, you’ll take about a cup of basil leaves. Little at a time, you add back into your mortar and just pound. Al right. So this is what it should look like. And now add the mustard. Add the acid and the olive oil, and whisk it all together to emulsify. And then lastly, the zest of a lemon. Dump it in. Next, we’ll make the marinade for the tuna. It’s a tablespoon of Dijon mustard, couple of tablespoons of olive oil, couple pinch of salt. I love using Black Urfa Chili. It’s got a delicious flavor, kind of smoky and deep. And then you’ll use the juice of half a lemon. And then that will just sit in this little marinade until we’re ready to grill. When your coals are hot is when you put your peppers on. Close to the fire because you want to get those completely blackened. When the peppers have this kind of black skin on both sides, that’s when you can take them off the grill. So next up is the fish. That’s the sound we like to hear. I’m not a huge fan of like super, super raw seared tuna, which was oh so popular in my childhood in the 90s. There we go. Next, we’re going to be peeling the peppers. I like to cut them into sort of ribbons. To prepare the cucumbers, I like to just peel them partially. That will give it kind of zebra stripes. Cut usually lengthwise like this. I often cut things on the bias, which is how I describe that diagonal angle. And then the last vegetable that we’ll prepare are the cherry tomatoes. One thing I learned when I was working at my mom’s restaurant, Chez Panisse, when I was in college was to always cut through the stem scars. It makes the presentation much neater. To assemble this salad, we will throw in the cucumbers. So then I will lay this down on my platter first. Next, I’m just going to dress the tomatoes with a little bit more lemon juice, tiny bit of olive oil, and a little bit of salt as well. These will just get beautifully laid over top. The tuna is next, which is when we reveal whether I have overcooked the fish or not. Because it already kind of is separating along these lines, I’m just going to follow that. I’ll spoon some dressing just over the fish. A little bit of black pepper. And then we’ll add the peppers, which are nice sort of strewn over the top kind of like confetti. The finishing touch will be to just scatter some of your olives over top. Et voila, we have the herby grilled tuna salad.” [MUSIC PLAYING]

“Lettuce is not typically found in a salade niçoise — it’s sacrilege,” says the writer and art critic Fanny Singer. “But I’ll sneak lettuce into every meal.” It’s a fitting act of rebellion for the daughter of the chef and restaurateur Alice Waters, the owner of Berkeley’s legendary temple to local produce, Chez Panisse. Meanwhile, Singer’s father, Stephen Singer, owns a vineyard in Sebastopol, Calif.
Unsurprisingly, then, Singer’s upbringing revolved around the kitchen, whether she was at home, at the restaurant or in the South of France, where she often spent summer vacation, visiting family friends who schooled her in the arts of antiquing, gardening and inventing rustic dishes out of whatever ingredients were on hand. As an adult, though, she sidestepped the food world, getting her Ph.D. in art history at Cambridge, and, in 2016, co-launching Permanent Collection, her and Mariah Nielson’s line of impeccable design objects, from wheel-thrown ceramic candleholders to sculptural gold jewelry to a half-circle cutting board made from salvaged walnut wood, made in collaboration with a coterie of handpicked artisans.
Still, and as some of the brand’s offerings suggest, food continues to inform Singer’s sense of self. In March of last year, she released a culinary memoir, “Always Home,” which is filled with stories that reflect Waters’s ideas about living simply and elegantly. Its title “turned out to be hilariously and tragically prophetic,” says Singer, who moved back to the Bay Area in 2017 and, at the start of the pandemic, spent 10 months living with her mother in her childhood home. “And yet at the same time it emphasized the essential idea,” she says, “which is that even if you’re far away, there’s a way to arrange your life in a way that makes you feel as though you’re close to the people you love.” This might include creating a compost pile in a tiny apartment kitchen, “a classic Alice Waters move,” says Singer, that she attempted during her college years in chilly New Haven, Conn., which led to her “guilt-freezing” her food scraps for months until she could find a suitable place to dispose of them.
And, though Singer identifies as a casual cook and not a chef, the book also includes a number of recipes she’s developed over the years, including ones for green goddess lobster rolls and grilled squid with yuzu salt. Indeed, Singer now considers cooking to be “completely continuous” with her interests in art, design, culture and criticism. Having recently relocated to Los Angeles (where Waters is opening a restaurant in the Hammer Museum this fall with chef David Tanis), she has been inspired by the city’s art scene and, of course, its lush farmers’ markets.
It’s a Thursday afternoon when Singer arrives at the verdant backyard of her godmother, Sue Murphy, whose Silver Lake home she often entertains in, with an overflowing haul from the Santa Monica Farmers Market. (“I have a real ‘more is better’ mentality,” she says.) The salad she’s making today, a version of which figures in her book, is based on a deconstructed niçoise that, in addition to including the aforementioned blasphemous lettuce, features tuna that’s grilled instead of canned, and omits green beans, eggs and potatoes. “It’s a lighter, fresher take that’s adaptable to whatever’s in the market,” she says.
The only cooked elements are the tuna steak and bell peppers, both of which get grilled over hot coals. But before doing anything else, Singer makes an assertively seasoned basil vinaigrette. “I like to use a lot of garlic, always a little more than what my mom would suggest,” she says as she pulverizes basil, garlic and salt using a Permanent Collection mortar and pestle that, with its ridged interior, is modeled after a Japanese suribachi, or grinding bowl. “A mortar and pestle is the tool that, after a good knife, I use the most in the kitchen,” Singer says, as she whisks in a bit of Dijon mustard, lemon zest, white wine vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil.
While the peppers char on the grill, Singer marinates the fish (procured from the local fishmongers Mayday Seafood), which is then cooked medium, unlike the barely seared tuna steaks that were “oh-so popular in my childhood in the ’90s,” Singer says with a laugh. From there, the salad is mainly a matter of assembly.
The finishing touch? Niçoise olives, preferably pit in — “a charming land mine for guests,” says Singer, and the “only definitive concession to what a salade niçoise really is” — scattered across the top. She likes to plate the dish on a vintage platter shaped like a fish, but the vessel is less important than the spirit with which it’s presented: “I always serve salads family-style,” Singer says. “It should feel casual and communal.”
Herby Grilled Tuna Salad
2 large garlic cloves
1 ½ cup basil leaves (plucked from stems)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 lemons
4 teaspoons white wine or rice vinegar
1 ¼ cup (approx.) good extra-virgin olive oil
1 ½ pounds sushi-grade ahi tuna steaks
Black Urfa chili
4 Little Gem lettuces
2-3 red or yellow bell peppers
3 small Persian cucumbers
1 pint cherry tomatoes
¼ cup whole or pitted olives (can be a mix of Kalamata, niçoise, picholine, etc.)
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1. Start by building a wood or charcoal fire, or lighting a barbecue, as you’ll want to be grilling the fish over very hot coals, not flames.
2. A good salad depends on the vinaigrette, and when you’re incorporating grilled elements, you’ll want an herbaceous, garlicky dressing to stand up to the flavors of the grill. To make the vinaigrette, first pound two garlic cloves and a generous pinch of salt in a mortar until pureed. Chiffonade the basil leaves and add them to the mortar, along with another modest pinch of salt, and pound, with some effort, until the leaves break down to form a pulp. Add 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, the zest of 1 lemon, white wine or rice vinegar, and about one ½ cup of olive oil. Whisk together and taste. It should taste very bright but not glaringly acidic. Adjust if necessary.
3. Make a marinade for the tuna with 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, a big pinch of salt, ½ teaspoon Black Urfa chili, ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper and the juice of half a lemon. Coat the tuna and allow it to sit until the fire is ready for grilling, or up to 30 minutes.
4. Wash and dry the Little Gems, pulling apart the leaves and discarding any that are wilted, tough or bruised.
5. When your fire (or barbecue) is ready, put the peppers on the grill, turning them to blacken the skin completely and soften the flesh entirely, for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and place the peppers in a small bowl, covered, allowing them to steam, which will make slipping off the skin easier. When cool enough to handle, remove the skin and seeds from the peppers using a paring knife and cut them into ½-inch slices on the bias. Season with a pinch of salt and dress lightly with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil.
6. Cut off the top and bottom ends of the cucumbers and then slice them, first lengthwise and then in slices, on the bias. Halve the tomatoes, being careful to slice neatly through the stem scar.
7. Place the tuna on the grill for 5-7 minutes, or until nicely seared on the outside and still a bit pink in the middle, flipping once. Set aside on a cutting board to rest.
8. Whisk the dressing vigorously to emulsify it. Put the lettuce and cucumbers in a large bowl and toss with a splash of lemon juice and half the dressing. Arrange the dressed lettuce leaves on a shallow platter (which will help show off the beautiful ingredients). Then, in a small bowl, toss the tomatoes in a splash of lemon juice and a pinch of salt and then scatter over the lettuce. Slice the tuna and arrange on top of the salad. Scatter the ribbons of pepper over the top, then drizzle the vinaigrette over the tuna and peppers. Scatter the olives on last and serve it up!
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Polygon Reveals Details About Its Future Collaboration With LBank During AMA – Press release Bitcoin News – Bitcoin News

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PRESS RELEASE. Recently, LBank Exchange held an AMA session with the Polygon team, discussing Polygon’s achievements, collaborations, NFT and Gaming markets, Nightfall solution, future plans and so on. Here’s the summary of this AMA.
Ethereum is the blockchain development platform of choice, but it has limitations such as low throughput, poor UX, and no sovereignty. As a protocol and a framework for building and connecting Ethereum-compatible blockchain networks, Polygon breaks through these limitations by aggregating scalable solutions on Ethereum and supporting a multi-chain Ethereum ecosystem.
Polygon Outperforms Ethereum In-terms Of Active Users
As a layer 2 solutions aggregator built on top of Ethereum, Polygon has made some great achievements since its birth, its POS chain has over 2000 DApps live and processes over 7 million transactions daily. In fact, Polygon now has more daily active users than Ethereum.
MATIC, the token for the polygon network, is already live on trading platforms like LBank Exchange, and currently the trading volume of it is over 1 billion across exchanges. Polygon team is aiming to make more people hold MATIC tokens, and it’s hoping to see MATIC’s trading volume on LBank Exchange continue to grow as well.
Expanding the Polygon ecosystem
With the power to bring thousands of new users into blockchain, NFT and Gaming markets are strategic sectors that Polygon continues to focus on. There are already some of the largest gaming projects live on Polygon, such as Decentral Games, Sandbox, Somnium Space, Vulcan Verse, etc. As for NFT projects, there are OpenSea, Lazy.com, Autograph, etc.
The team will be bringing many more such games and NFT projects onto Polygon so that its community can enjoy more artwork and fun. In addition, Polygon allows for massive scalability, and compared to Ethereum, minting costs on Polygon are 100,000 times cheaper on average.
Polygon also has products designed for enterprise customers who need privacy and scalability, such as Nightfall, a one-of-a-kind, privacy-focused Rollup that combines Optimistic Rollups with Zero-Knowledge (ZK) cryptography commonly used in ZK Rollups. It creates a scalable and private hybrid of the two popular technologies.
Polygon Nightfall has the power to bring many large enterprises into blockchain, the team believes that it will lead to a large number of transactions on Polygon and further add new projects and users to the Polygon ecosystem.
Big Plans Ahead
The Polygon team has already got some big plans ahead. On the technical side, Polygon is investing heavily into ZK and ZK Rollup technology, for example, the team has already spent $250 million on acquiring Hermez, which is a decentralized, open-source ZK Rollup optimized for secure, low-cost and usable token transfers on the wings of Ethereum.
Polygon has also acquired another 4 teams to build more ZK Rollup chains, to achieve the goal of building highly scalable EVM enabled ZK Rollup technology. In addition, Polygon has updates coming for its POS chain and details on EIP 1559 implementation.
On the business side, Polygon has many exciting updates as well, with lots of big DApps and integrations planned. Significantly, Arjun, Polygon’s Head of Growth, points out that LBank is enhancing its global branding. He also assures that the love of the community makes the team achieve its goals, so it will continue to collaborate with LBank Exchange to bring more Polygon projects and tokens to the community. Polygon team will keep posting on its official social media accounts such as Twitter to reveal more details about future plans and latest updates.
 
About Polygon
Polygon is a layer 2 aggregating scalable solution on Ethereum that supports a multi-chain Ethereum ecosystem. The platform resolves the blockchain challenges like high gas fees, slow speed without sacrificing security. It is a protocol and framework to build and connect Ethereum-compatible blockchains.
Visit to Know more:
Website: https://polygon.technology/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/0xPolygon
Telegram: https://t.me/polygonofficial
Discord: https://discord.com/invite/polygon
 
About LBank
LBank is an ever-growing crypto trading platform which offers safe trading for the users worldwide. The team aspires to build the professional integration services for crypto-assets being a convenient trading platform. It has become popular with over 6.4 million users around the world.
Visit to Know More:
Website: https://www.lbank.info/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LBank_Exchange
Telegram: https://t.me/LBank_en
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/lbank
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LBank.info/
 
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Up to 12 Million Iranians Own Cryptocurrency, Traders Choose Local Exchanges
Cryptocurrencies are a popular investment among Iranians and estimates suggest that the number of those who already own one coin or another may be as high as 12 million. The majority of Iranian traders prefer the services of local crypto … read more.
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Cryptocurrencies are a popular investment among Iranians and estimates suggest that the number of those who already own one coin or another may be as high as 12 million. The majority of Iranian traders prefer the services of local crypto … read more.
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‘Trillions Of Dollars’—Bitcoin Braced For A Massive Earthquake As The Price Of Ethereum, Binance’s BNB, Solana, Cardano And XRP Soar – Forbes

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Bitcoin and cryptocurrency prices have rocketed over the last month, with the combined crypto market surging towards $3 trillion as ethereum, Binance’s BNB, solana, cardano and XRP make double-digit percentage gains.
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The bitcoin price has climbed from around $45,000 per bitcoin in early October to all-time highs of $67,000 late last month, in part due to the launch of the first U.S. bitcoin futures exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Bitcoin has recently dropped back—despite huge new price targets even as ethereum and its smaller rivals hit fresh highs.
Now, Michael Saylor, a bullish bitcoin buyer, has predicted “trillions of dollars” will flow into bitcoin once the U.S. regulator approves a fully-fledged bitcoin ETF—helping bitcoin to replace gold and become the primary asset index for the Western world.
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The bitcoin price has surged through 2021 but much of the crypto market’s gains have come from … [+] ethereum, Binance’s BNB, cardano, solana, and XRP.
“To do that, you need the spot ETF,” said Saylor, the chief executive of business intelligence software company MicroStrategy, speaking this week at Bloomberg‘s Financial Innovation Summit. “And once these spot ETFs roll, I think you’ll see billions, then tens of billions, then hundreds of billions, then trillions of dollars flow into them.”
Over the last year, Saylor has pivoted Microstrategy to a bitcoin acquisition vehicle, buying more than 110,000 bitcoins. The value of the company’s bitcoin holdings is around $7 billion, making up almost all of MicroStrategy’s $8 billion market capitalization.
Saylor said he expects a U.S.-based spot bitcoin ETF would act as an institutional on-ramp for investors who want bitcoin exposure, adding he’ll continue buying bitcoin via MicroStrategy. Such funds are already live in other countries, including Canada.
The launch of two U.S. bitcoin futures ETFs in October generated huge media attention, with the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF accumulating more than $1 billion in assets in mere days. However, some, including general partner at Castle Island Ventures Nic Carter, have called futures-based ETFs “inferior” as they don’t give direct exposure to the underlying asset. Carter, speaking alongside Saylor, said a spot bitcoin ETF would be “the hottest commodity ETF launch of all time.”
“The right answer is: let investors buy a trillion dollars worth of bitcoin via an ETF because the ETFs plug into the existing security structure, the existing prime brokerages, the existing collateral packages,” said Saylor.
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The bitcoin price has risen more than 300% over the last 12 months, making bitcoin a $1 trillion … [+] asset. However, bitcoin has been left in the dust by ethereum, Binance’s BNB, solana, cardano, and XRP.
Meanwhile, bullish bitcoin and crypto market watchers continue to predict prices will surge into the end of 2021. While bitcoin has lost ground this week, ethereum has added almost 5%, with its too biggest rivals, Binance’s BNB and solana, both surging by around 20%.
“Intraday volatility is completely normal after such a bullish month, but the higher time frame is looking solid for now,” Lukas Enzersdorfer-Konrad, chief product officer at Vienna-based bitcoin and crypto trading platform Bitpanda, said in emailed comments. “The crypto market is more integrated into the world economy every day which only shows how important it is for bigger institutions but on the other hand, is also under pressure from macro events.”
“A melt-up in bitcoin and ethereum into year-end is likelier than retracement, we believe, after 2021 corrections cleansed speculative positions, and with increasing demand and adoption, and declining supply, sustaining a bull market,” Bloomberg Intelligence senior commodity strategist Mike McGlone wrote in his latest market report, pointing to a “tidal wave of U.S. ETFs.”
“The startup of U.S. ETFs and the fact that cryptos counter China bans limit downside risks.”

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XRP Set for Massive Breakout With Altcoins Poised to Steal the Show From Bitcoin, Predicts Top Crypto Analyst – The Daily Hodl

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One closely followed crypto analyst is bullish on XRP and thinks that altcoins are in a prime position to outpace Bitcoin (BTC).
The pseudonymous analyst known as Credible Crypto tells his 257,400 Twitter followers that XRP’s price structure looks very similar to data-sharing protocol OriginTrail, whose native token TRAC just rallied more than 300% following its recent listing on Coinbase Pro.
He expects XRP to follow a similar path to TRAC, taking the cryptocurrency back to its previous all-time high of $3.40.
“The XRP chart below is from my last YouTube video on XRP made in August. The chart next to it is another coin that I came across today that has the same structure but is one step ahead with the 5th wave already in progress. Do you see it now?”
After Ethereum’s new breakout against Bitcoin (ETH/BTC), the trader anticipates ETH’s next leg up to kick off a new alt season.
He also notes that Bitcoin dominance has likely already topped out, further paving the way for an altcoin rally.
“ETH/BTC broke out today, closing above the key resistance zone I was watching. This is a great sign and indicates BTC dominance may have already found its top and alts may be about to steal the show, led by ETH.”
The analyst says that Bitcoin dominance dropping doesn’t necessarily mean that BTC’s price will drop.
No it just means that if BTC is rising alts will probably rise faster. We saw this in 2017 in the latter stages of the bull run as lots of new money started pouring in.
— CrediBULL Crypto (@CredibleCrypto) November 3, 2021

Taking a closer look at the top crypto asset, Credible says that Bitcoin is close to deciding whether it wants to break to the upside or continue ranging.
According to his analysis, a rejection of $63,000-$64,000 could take BTC back to major support around $58.000.
“63-64k tagged BTC. Now to see if we break out to new ATH [all-time high] or reject soon and continue to range.”
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