June  3, 2011

Oops! We're not all pressed and prim: take a backstage look at the truth behind our aioli skills with a blooper or two from the food52 test kitchen. A teaser? Merrill had to take a trip home to change before coming into the office ... 

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  • Lali
  • Sasha (Global Table Adventure)
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  • Fairmount_market
  • MrsWheelbarrow
  • wssmom
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Lali July 27, 2012
OK, allioli is from Catalunya, and the real authentic one is made with ONLY garlic and olive oil, virgin, cold press. I've never made one this way; it's really hard. To make it easy, we add an egg yolk (raw, unpasteurized, so you need them to be fresh and organic, if possible).

It's made by hand, in a mortar and one mashes the garlic into paste. Only when garlic is pasty, the yolk is added, and then the oil, little by little. I like it with a pinch of salt.

Mayonnaise, on the other hand, it can be done in the food processor or mixer, it's not done with olive oil, but sunflower, has no garlic and it has the entire egg and lemon.

One day I'll make a video of allioli. It's yummy!
Sasha (. October 18, 2011
Oh, the vinegar - I'm still laughing. I'll have to tell my mom about this one .. I have a giant bottle (1 or 1.5 gallons?) of apple cider vinegar (by her recommendation) for cleaning, cooking, sore throats etc... and it never fails to develop those goobers. Glad to see I'm not alone. :)
Fairmount_market June 6, 2011
The last part of this really made me chuckle. My three year old son enjoys watching food52 videos with me. Recently he has developed a new bath time game in which he pretends to be Amanda and his older sister is Merrill. Inevitable the game ends with Amanda dousing Merrill.
Amanda H. June 6, 2011
This made me laugh so hard -- as my husband pointed out, your son is right on. Merrill is the oldest child in her family (responsible) and I am the youngest child in mine (misbehaved).
MrsWheelbarrow June 5, 2011
How is it I watched this video and did the exact same thing today in my class. Some of us learn by example, others by experience?
wssmom June 4, 2011
hahahaha loved it!
Helen's A. June 4, 2011
Reminds me of Julia Child! It's great to see the pitfalls of cooking. We can all learn that way, thanks for sharing!
midnitechef June 10, 2011
Me too :)
boulangere June 3, 2011
Ladystiles June 3, 2011
we all are human - pheew!
Kitchen B. June 3, 2011
:-).....oh classic. I think a shopping spree is in the offing Merrill. On Amanda. Fantastic fun!