I love history…. including the history of foods…. and I got curious about mayonnaise… one of those things at the top of the list for summer salads.
Many have said that it was born in 1756 after French forces under the Duke de Richelieu laid siege to Port Mahon, on the Mediterranean island of Minorca, now a part of Spain, in the first European battle of the Seven Years’ War. The Duke’s chef, upon finding the island lacked the cream he needed for a sauce, invented an egg and oil dressing dubbed mahonnaise …after Port Mahon.
Here’s the rub: Another version of the story claims the chef learned the recipe from island residents! [Read more…]