I have not been to the grocery store for a while (trying to clean out the fridge/pantry). So, this weekend I found myself with nothing in the house I *wanted* to eat.
Broccoli. Eh. Organic tinned chicken. Eh. Sardines. No.
I couldn’t be bothered with anything.
So, I decided to make some mayonnaise, or mayo-type sauce, using what I had on hand. Turns out, lots of things become appetizing with a nice sauce.
To do this, I took one Omega-3 egg, and added the juice of a lime. This is where the “Clinic” comes in. I nearly chopped off the tip of my finger trying to cut into the lime (the rind had dried out). I don’t know how it happened, but suddenly the knife was halfway through my finger-meat and finger nail. AHHHHHHH. It was bad enough that I momentarily considered heading to the urgent care clinic.
I just decided to tough it out. After all, that sauce wasn’t going to finish itself. I ran the finger under water, wrapped it in a paper towel, and applied pressure as I continued my mayo-sauce.
To the lime and egg, I used my Cuisinart hand blender to create an emulsion, adding about a cup of fancy-pants olive oil, plus sea salt, and dry mustard. If you don’t like a strong olive flavor, stay away from the fancy, single orchard stuff. It’s strong! I love it. I do think this sauce could have benefited from some garlic… but as I was severely injured, and hungry, I didn’t have the gumption to do any more chopping.
I used my finished sauce as a dip for the broccoli florets, and added a dollop to the tinned chicken, and some humongous caper berries. Excellent! I have some left over for later.
By the way, I just adore that hand blender. It was a wedding present. For probably two years, I didn’t use it. Once I finally tried it, the thing barely gets put away. I’ll be traveling for Thanksgiving, and the hand blender is coming with me.
The moral of the story is: “A good, fresh sauce can change your opinion of the contents of your pantry.”
Also: “For optimal enjoyment of your meal, practice safe knife habits!”