This weekend I was talking with some foxy girlfriends of mine about that old black-or-white, love-it-or-hate-it standby:
I used to think it was disgusting. Back then I was a militant vegan and pretty well-brainwashed into thinking that anything with any fat at all was gross. (Back then I was also usually hungry, angry, frazzled, depressed, tired, bloated, and 20 pounds heavier. But you know better, you do better, right?) So how could mayonnaise be anything else by sickening death-sauce with a side of heart attack?
And then I saw the light. Along with learning that traditional fats are some of the healthiest and most nourishing foods for brain, skin, and body came my first taste of real, home-made mayonnaise. And once you make your own from scratch, I promise you will never buy a jar of that yucky canola-oiled commercial stuff ever again. Plus it’s so ridiculously easy!
This weekend I whipped up a homemade mayo using a whisk and a bowl and an adaptation of an adaptation of Julia Child’s recipe . (The original was discovered on a stone tablet somewhere in the caves of Lascaux, I believe.) Mine subbed apple cider vinegar for lemon juice (since I had used all the lemon juice in the previous day’s awesome vinaigrette.) The fats were mostly coconut oil with about a fourth or so total olive oil, with a bit of bacon grease for tasty, tasty flavor. I got the kid to take over some of the wrist-breaking manual work (see photographic proof above if you want to consult someone about child labor laws but I bet dollars to gluten-free donuts this crummy camera pic won’t hold up in court). I tossed the finished product into a salad of mixed greens, pre-shredded broccoli slaw from a store that sells some organic and many pre-shredded things, halved red grapes, a thimble-full of boar bacon bits, and dry roasted unsalted almonds. People, let me tell you that this was the home-run salad of the year. Holy cow, that and a side of chicken tossed with kale braised in some broth cubes I had in the freezer and you’ve got yourself a meal.
This morning I had energy to burn, so I prepped the week’s lunches, made sauerkraut from Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions, cleaned the kitchen top to bottom and decided to share this glimpse into our kitchen with you.
Next Monday I’ll be back with two easy mayonnaise recipes (one for the whisk and one for the food processor), plus a couple of delicious variations that may make you rethink mayonnaise.
And for dessert? This week, we are holding our first-ever Search for Delicious giveaway!
You’re playing for one 8oz jar of Artisana Organic Raw Cacao Bliss Coconut Butter ($11.99), shipped anywhere within the continental US. This ridiculously delicious, vegan, creamy chocolate nectar is like guilt-free Nutella, and better since it has all good fats, high antioxidants, and none of that high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated fat nonsense.
This contest is closed. Thanks for playing!
Keep living your delicious life.
Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world wellness coaching for people who want to beat the blues and build self-esteem using nutrition and holistic lifestyle methods. Her popular online seasonal Craving-control Real Food Reboot is for anyone who wants a happier brain and a body that feels and looks its best. She also offers holistic skincare and coaching for anyone who is tired of the beauty hype and is ready to have vibrant health and glowing skin from the inside out. Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, home-schools secularly, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and nurses on demand in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about her here.