What does it mean to stay home?
For a lot of us, life has probably gotten to a point where our bodies and minds require a break and a reset. Of course, a pandemic was never what we had in mind when we were wishing for "a holiday." The desire was for us all to have time for everything we usually put off or neglect.
So many questions surfaced at the beginning of this quarantine and the days of forced closure that followed. What does breaking a routine mean? Waking up and not going to work?
Time is such a powerful resource that we all complain we "need more". It was probably scary for most, the uncertainty. Some might have found it surprisingly overwhelming not being able to do what one was accustomed to doing. It's important to allow yourself to slow down and take advantage of all the time you now have. What were you putting off and neglecting? Let's shift your priorities.
For Marta, our founder, as the days went by and a lot of home-cooking was happening, she took advantage of the situation and asked to be taught a few of her favorite (and basic) recipes.
This got her thinking about sharing the concept and meaning of Slow Food.
The Slow Food movement envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for consumers, producers and the planet through three interconnected principles: good (quality, flavorsome and healthy), clean (environmentally friendly) and fair (accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers).
This slow food culture is greatly practiced in the Italian culture, and certainly in Marta's family.
So today, Marta is sharing one of her homemade favorites, her basic recipe of Mayonnaise (or Maionese in Italian). A mix of simple, local & healthy ingredients for a natural sauce that does not include any preservatives and is ready to serve as a great side for many dishes.
When making mayonnaise, it is best to have the ingredients at room temperature; this is especially important for the eggs. Submerge the eggs in lukewarm (not hot) water for a couple of minutes, if required.
Separate the eggs, place 2 yokes and 1 white in a small bowl. Set aside the other egg white for something else (like breakfast omelet). Prepare 300ml of Olive Oil, 1 teaspoon of Mustard and 1\2 teaspoon of salt and juice squeezed from at least 1\2 of a whole lemon.
Note: Use a blender, electric whips, or an immersion whisk to blend to avoid adding air to the mayonnaise. The consistent blending also adds softness to the sauce.
So let's begin!
1. Pour about a quarter of the oil, 2 yokes, 1 egg white, and salt into the blender and start blending.
2. Once the mayonnaise starts to emulsify and thicken, slowly add more oil. (It's important to pour it in slowly!)
3. Open the blender and add mustard and lemon into the mix, and continue blending again.
4. Taste the mayonnaise and adjust with additional salt, mustard or lemon juice.
Mayonnaise is undoubtedly the best known cold condiment. Once you make it at home, you’ll never need to buy it from the store again! You’ll have to trust Marta on this one. Fresh mayo is the best!
For her family, staying home means to pamper themselves. So maybe, the next recipe can be of a lovely dessert, what do you think?
Be sure to follow us on Instagram and check out the IGTV where Marta invites a special guest to join her in making the mayonnaise!
Keep in mind that by staying home, you allow our health heroes some time to breathe, even if it is only for 2 minutes, #iorestoacasa .