Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Basics

Have you ever had something to eat when you were out and it just didn't do anything for you?

Well, this happened last week in PEI when Ron and I were looking for a quick lunch.

Before we headed across the Confederation Bridge, which links Prince Edward Island to the mainland of the province of New Brunswick, (little geography lesson there) we wanted something to tide us over till we got home.

There wasn't much from which to choose. We settled on a place called, I think, The Lobster Shed. Most of the choices were deep fried seafood selections except for the very popular 'lobster roll'.

We both ordered it. It came in no time. It was full of lobster and some little pieces of iceberg lettuce. It had no taste whatsoever! There was some mayo on it but it was flavourless too. I don't know about you guys, but I love to eat food that has flavour and a little zest, not 'hot', but some flavour.

This brings me to today's blog post. Ron's mother, Tommy, used to make her own mayonnaise. She used a recipe that was handed down to her from her Mom, Jessie.

Whatever she served always had a lot of flavour. And whenever she used some of 'her' mayo, it would make it 'pop' with flavour.

Enough said. You've got to try this out yourselves. It takes about 15 minutes to make. Here's the recipe:

Mix the following together in a double boiler:
1/2 cup white sugar
1 heaping tsp. salt
1 tbsp. dry mustard
2 1/2 tbsp. flour (heaping)

1 1/2 cups milk (I've used soy, Almond Breeze drink and it worked well)
1/2 cup white vinegar

Using an egg beater, mix everything in the double boiler.

2 eggs
4 tbsp. butter

Cook 15-20 minutes.

You will be amazed at the difference it will make. You may just never buy mayo again!

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