If anything can scupper my month of living like Jane Fonda by trying to eat healthily and exercise, it is THIS.
If I was a chocoholic, I wouldn’t have a chocolate fountain in my house would I?
So why, oh why, as a self-confessed-guilty-pleasure-style-slightly-ashamed-of-myself-addict do I have a huge Kilner jar of Thousand Island Dressing in my fridge?
I developed an obsession with T.I.D. in the 1970s when I am sure I used pester power to make my mum buy endless bottles. This seemed to me to be so AMERICAN and so MODERN and therefore, I wanted it. I’m pretty sure we didn’t have the low calorie version…
Later, when I was at Uni and had a job in a pizza restaurant I used to get a huge ladle full of Thousand Island Dressing to have on the side of my free daily pizza. I would eat all of the middle bit stacked with extra goodies, then dip all the crust in the T.I.D. Thank GOD I was young, I was skinny then.
So when I found a recipe from 1917 for T.I.D. in my oldest movie star related cookbook, I had to make it. I see from a post in 2012 that I was regularly slathering it on toast when I first made some… But this time around it isn’t quite so good. I know exactly why. Because I used THAI chilli sauce which is quite sweet, instead of some HOT chilli sauce.
That’s not to say that I’m refraining from having great big ladlefuls of it on everything at the moment… Sorry Jane!
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup olive oil
- yolk 1 hard boiled egg
- 2 teaspoons Tarragon vinegar
- 1 tablespoon chopped olives
- 1 tablespoon mashed pimentos
- 2 tablespoons chopped green peppers
- ½ cup chilli sauce
- 1 tablespoon onion juice (thank you Caroline Frick for bringing me some from the USA)
- Put the cooked egg yolk through a sieve, add to it gradually the olive oil and vinegar, stir until smooth, add mayonnaise, onion juice, olives, peppers, pimentos and last the chilli sauce.
- Serve ice cold with white head lettuce and crisp crackers.