Sunday, September 09, 2012

Mayonnaise

It is believed" that the concept for the original mayonnaise sauce was brought back to France in 1756 from Mahón, a city on Minorca in the Balearic Islands, off the northeast coast of Spain. "

It was created for a victory banquet to celebrate the capture of Mahón by forces under Louis-François-Armand de Vignerot du Plessis, duc de Richelieu, a marshal of France and a grandnephew of Cardinal Richelieu.
 
Story goes the cream they intended to whip up had eggs and cream but they ran out of cream and used olive oil. This "victory" condiment was delicious and called Mahónnaise in honor of the capture of Mahón.