Thursday, April 8, 2010

Anyone for a Mayonnaise Sandwich?

See that totally unappetizing picture? That's my lunch. An egg salad sandwich.

Big deal, you say. It's the week after Easter, everybody's eating egg salad.

True as that may be, this sandwich IS a big deal for me. Because it is the first egg salad sandwich I have ever had IN MY LIFE. I will give you a moment to recover from the shock surely caused by that statement.

So how did this come about? I'll tell you. For the first 31-and-a-half years of my life, I would not go near the stuff. I would (very politely) say I would rather die of starvation than ingest that stinky, yellow, blobby goo. But for some reason the last time I had a hard boiled egg on a salad, I thought to myself, hmm ... maybe egg salad would be good.

Because a pregnancy craving has yet to lead me astray, I decided to go for it. We ended up having a glut of eggs this week, and it seemed fated. Here are my tasting notes.

  • Is it supposed to be so mushy? Or did I use too much mayonnaise? I had the overwhelming feeling I was eating a mayonnaise sandwich, which is not really a good thing in my book.
  • I didn't have an onion started, and I wasn't about to get into the whole chopping process just for a stupid egg salad experiment. I was also lacking celery. I think I would enjoy it more with the addition of those crunchy elements. (See "Is it supposed to be so mushy?, above)
  • I went rogue and added some mustard. Also some dill. But mostly too much salt.
  • I ate it on white bread because I had some in the freezer, and because everyone I've seen eat egg salad eats it on white bread. I think this was a mistake. I think I would go wheat next time, if not caraway rye. Oh, how I loves me some good rye bread.
  • I put pickles on the sandwich in addition to on the side. This may have contributed negatively to the salt factor, but definitely helped with the mush factor.
Overall, I wouldn't go so far as to say that I like egg salad now...but I wouldn't say I think it's the most vile thing possible, either. Yeay me! Trying new things! I deserve a cookie.

1 comment:

dreaming and breathing said...

i use mustard and a little mayo.....a little goes a long way, as you discovered. other things to try mixed in: relish instead of pickles, capers, sweet onion, celery.

also try red pepper for some heat if you are into that.

but yes, it is mushy.

sometimes i toast the bread. and add some crunchy lettuce.