by Genevieve Mollitor
Four score and a gazillion years ago, mayonnaise, the true king of condiments (fight me), was set upon your grocery store shelves. Such magnificence has no bounds: the far-reaching touch of the ever effervescent Mayo has traveled from the wispy whites of Hellmann’s hairs to the buttocks of cutie Kewpie, all the way to the beautiful lands of BAMA and the cold regions of Heinz’s vast empire. Yes! It is beloved world-wide, and as such, many people have found delicious uses for the stuff since a time before gravity itself! *
* Liberties were taken in the publication of this month’s issue…
One example of a dish where mayonnaise can do no wrong is “Салат Оливье” aka Olivier Salad aka Russian Salad. A popular dish in Eastern Europe, Olivier Salad is made up of veggies and mayonnaise* (surprise!). In fact, it’s so popular that people in Russia love to make it for New Year’s, the biggest holiday of the year. So, for all those mayonnaise-loving folks out there who want to try something new this winter, grab yourself the following ingredients… Let’s get started!
* Mayonnaise in Russia is different than in Japan, so while the taste will still be great, it won’t be exactly as they make it over yonder.
1 can green peas – drained
5 eggs – hard boiled and diced (cut into small cubes)
2 carrots – peeled, diced and boiled
6 small potatoes – diced and boiled
4 pickles (gherkins) – diced
1.5 cups ham* or chicken – diced (cook the chicken) (omit for vegetarian version)
100 ml or 1/2 cup mayonnaise (extra points for getting the Russian stuff)
1/4 teaspoon salt (of course you can add more or less depending on personal preference)
a little dill for garnish (good luck finding dill in Aomori…please tell me if you do)
*Ham in Japan is not like kolbasa in Russia, but it’ll do the job. Hot dog-like sausage would probably work pretty well.
- Prepare all your ingredients. i.e. boiling, dicing, etc.
- Put all your ingredients in a bowl (except the dill).
- Mix them together, try to get the mayonnaise evenly spread out.
- Add dill on top for garnish.
- Eat, party, netflix and chill, sleep, repeat.
Happy almost New Year’s everybody! Last New Year’s I decided to go vegetarian, and while it’s been a bit tough, I really love it. What goal(s) do you have for your culinary adventures in 2019?