Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hello world. MayonEASE anyone?

Ah, so after experimenting for a few weeks on facebook I've put together my food blog....this will be a work in progress for a while. 

Today I cooked up a storm from early this morning...including the Battle of the QuichesMr. Moustache is my official food taster and I'll soon have an array of his lunchboxes on this blog.

For my very first post (is it sad that I am a little bit too excited about this...) I thought I'd put up something quick and delicious...and it's one of those recipes that once you've made it you won't want to try the shop bought alternative. What is it? Ah mayonnaise of course. In fact, garlic, or aioli mayonnaise to be precise.

So you'll need the following to make approx 270 mls of mayonnaise, or enough to fill a small jar:     1/2 a teaspoon of white wine vinegar, 150 mls olive oil, 150 mls vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, salt, pepper, 3 garlic cloves (see them peeping out on the left there) and of course....2 large egg yolks. Oh and a little bit of patience...just a little. I am very impatient but it seems to go ok for making this.

And don't forget this little kitchen hero - the balloon whisk.

Whisk together the egg yolks, dijon mustard, white wine vinegar and add a pinch (a mean pinch) of salt and pepper. Here's where the patience part comes the 2 oils in a jug and slowly slowly slowly trickle in the oil while whisking the mixture.

Easy now, there's no time for kitchen heroics at a time like this. Gently does it, add up to a teaspoon at a time whisking all the time. Then before your eyes a little miracle happens as the mixture emulsifies.When you've added in half the oil mixture you can speed up a bit, phew (!) and pour in the second half in a steady trickle.

Keep whisking all the time and the end result is a beautiful mayonnaise.

For an aioli just add 3 cloves of crushed garlic at the end. Delicious with many many things, but here are a few of my favourites: roast potatoes, southern fried chicken, on sandwiches, with chips (very very bold I know) and chicken. Ah first post complete, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.