Friday, July 27, 2007


The trouble with doing the weekly food shopping, is that it isn't about food anymore. When you look down the aisles, there is a sea of products that are non-foods. My system has a low tolerance for things of this nature, it is always a disappointment when I try a convenience food or the newest "no-sugar, no-fat, no-flavour" item. Case in point? No Fat Mayo. Now, the last time I made Mayo, it was oil and egg. Pretty fat based! But they are now marketing what I presume to be an old fashioned boiled dressing. Which by the way, is very good. It is one of those "Depression" recipes that inventive women used when supplies were low, and appetites high. The following recipe has many faces, and all come in with more flavour and fewer calories than the stuff in the store, not to mention a huge savings dollar wise!

The basic recipe is as follow:

  • 1 T flour
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • speck of red pepper
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • 1 T salad oil (corn oil for best flavour)
  • 1 Cup of water
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 4 T vinegar

Blend flour, sugar, salt, pepper, mustard, oil, and water in top of a double boiler. Cook over hot water, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened. Beat eggs slightly in a small bowl, then add vinegar gradually, so as to not to curdle. Slowly add half of the hot sauce to egg mixture, stirring constantly. Return to double boiler, stirring over hot water (not boiling) until mixture coats a spoon. Overcooking will cause eggs to curdle. Remove, and pour into a jar. When cool, cover and refrigerate.

For a Sandwich Spread, increase the flour to 2Tablespoons, and increase entire recipe by 25 calories.

Russian Dressing: to 1/4 cup of cooked dressing add 1 T ketchup 1 T 14 calories

Gourmet Dressing: add 1/2 tsp horseradish, dash of Worcestershire sauce added to Russian

Thousand Island Dressing: to 1/4 c cup of cooked dressing, add 2 T chili sauce, 2 T chopped green pepper and 1/2 cooked egg, finely chopped. 1 1/2 T = 20 calories.

Making the dressing is my task for today!

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