I found this article about mayonnaise vs Miracle Whip to be very curious.
It got me thinking about mayonnaise here. As a condiment, mayonnaise is the perfect companion to my perfect sandwich - avocado slices, roasted red peppers, roasted turkey pieces, tomatoes...(can you tell I am hungry?) In fact, it is hard to imagine a sandwich without it.
Here, they put it on fries. I have heard of strange things on fries (Canadians-I am talking to you here) like poutine but mayonnaise? The Scientist is a convert (he also eats poutine) but I am slow to change my ways. (in other words: YUK!)
We have bought plenty of sandwiches here on the go. Usually they come with no condiments (not even mustard) but some occasionally have a butter schmear.
Even though they have Subways (turn your volume down if you click on the link unless you want a heart attack) & even a Schlotzsky's Deli here in Berlin, mayonnaise and sandwiches don't seem to be a part of the culture here.
I have even had trouble finding mayonnaise here. The mayonnaise I have tasted is often sweet which I then classify as "something other than mayonnaise." I have seen it in these tubes but for reasons unclear to me, I can not bring myself to buy them.
Other than one brand of tube mayonnaise, there is this French brand which I found on Christina's post about German/American food substitutes.
This is a suitable substitute but the taste of Dijon is not particularly appealing to me every-time I want mayonnaise.
When I do buy it, I have found it selbstgemacht (homemade) at Rogacki in the back by the fish and vegetable salads.
For most Germans (although I think this is changing), lunch is their big hot meal. (Only 1 hot meal a day!) Breakfast & Dinner usually seem to be bread, meats and cheeses. Even though they have the same ingredients, the ingredients are not assembled together the same. (please correct me if I am wrong here folks).
Anyway, I have learned to live without mayonnaise on my sandwiches, but I am definitely NOT happy about it.
If you can't find it where you are, here's the recipe for basic mayonnaise:
Have all ingredients at room temperature. Cold eggs won't do the deal.
1 egg + 1 yolk
1 cup corn oil or olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp powdered mustard
2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
Put everything but the oil in the blender. Whizz it all up for a minute. Then add the oil in a continuous stream until you can see the blender's not mixing anymore. This can easily take 20 minutes.