I have never been a big fan of mayonnaise. Then, it occurred to me that I might like it more if I made it myself, adding flavors that appealed to me. Making your own mayonnaise is not difficult, nor does it require special equipment or unusual ingredients. I must warn you though; it may be life altering (as I seriously consider eating this by the spoonful) because any homemade mayonnaise is so much richer, silkier and flavorful than what you can buy. Note: I included my new favorite garden herb, sweet mace, which has a indescribably appealing anise flavor. Feel free to substitute your favorite herb of choice. —gingerroot
Meyer lemon juice
red wine vinegar (the best you have - I used some amazing 18 year old red wine vinegar)
salt to taste
black pepper to taste
extra virgin olive oil
minced sweet mace (Spanish tarragon)
In This Recipe
In a large bowl, combine egg yolks, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, a pinch of salt and a grind of black pepper; whisk until smooth and combined. Slowly add oil, a little at a time, whisking thoroughly to emulsify mixture before adding more oil. Repeat until you have added all of the oil and mixture is thick. Fold in herbs. Add more salt, if necessary, to taste. Transfer to a small clean jar with a lid. Mixture should keep in the refrigerator for about a week. Enjoy on sandwiches (especially with grilled or roasted meats), with crudités, or any kind of fritter (I'm thinking fried green tomatoes).
My most vivid childhood memories have to do with family and food. As a kid, I had the good fortune of having a mom who always encouraged trying new things, and two grandmothers who invited me into their kitchens at a young age. I enjoy cooking for the joy it brings me - sharing food with loved ones - and as a stress release. I turn to it equally during good times and bad. Now that I have two young children, I try to be conscientious about what we cook and eat. Right about the time I joined food52, I planted my first raised bed garden and joined a CSA; between the two I try to cook as sustainably and organically as I can. Although I'm usually cooking alone, my children are my favorite kitchen companions and I love cooking with them. I hope when they are grown they will look back fondly at our time spent in the kitchen, as they teach their loved ones about food-love.
Best of all, after years on the mainland for college and graduate school, I get to eat and cook and raise my children in my hometown of Honolulu, HI. When I'm not cooking, I am helping others grow their own organic food or teaching schoolchildren about art.