Just a bit of nothing, to season some of the heavy commenting on things political or important.
I love mayonnaise. I put it on sandwiches, and even on strange things like rice. I learned in high school to eat what was called a “peanut between with”. It was the cheapest thing you could buy at the grill, and consisted of peanut butter “between” two pieces of toast – WITH – mayonnaise! It’s delicious, especially at 10:15 in the morning when you’re a starving teenager.Lunch wasn’t until 1:00 PM.
I still put it on my peanut butter sandwiches. I put it on burgers (when I eat them – usually 1/2 these days as I can’t eat that much). I eat cooked rice with mayonnaise on the side. All my friends and their wives know this and if at dinner at their homes and there’s rice, I get a little side dish of mayo by my plate.
When I started hunting my wife made the ultimatum that if I killed it, I had to cook it. So I taught myself how to cook. I learned about rues, about brazing, about making chili, about different seasonings (I put some sage, among other things, in burgers I make). AND I learned to make this killer “potato salad” from my grandmother’s cookbook. It requires you make the mayonnaise, and that absolutely MAKES the dish.
So now with time on my hands, if I’m not being lazy I will make up a batch (relatively small) of mayo. I usually use lemon rather than vinegar to blanch it, but either is OK. I have even used things like wine vinegar, although I haven’t been so bold as to try balsamic vinegar as the astringent.
I have also taken to making crab cakes because I love the taste and they are great for lunch or dinner. And I make a quick-and-dirty aioli sauce that only uses mayonnaise, lemon juice, and garlic cloves. No need to beat the dedickens out of the mayo and garlic to make an “authentic” aioli sauce; this works nicely. One of these days I will make the mayo from scratch for this, to see if it makes a difference.
?What little idiosyncratic food do you guys love.