Saturday, 25 April 2009

Man from the Moon

Last week I had the great pleasure to meet one of the few persons ever to walk on the surface of the moon Dr. Harrison Schmitt. He was in Helsinki to give a lecture at my work place entitled "My Space Travel. The Future of Mankind in Space", and what an interesting lecture it was! Dr. Schmitt was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 17 (last of the manned Apollo missions) which makes him one of the last humans this far to visit the moon. Apollo 17 mission took place in December 1972. Dr. Schmitt was also the only scientist to visit moon. All other astronauts were pilots. Dr. Schmitt was a geologist, but before he went to the moon, he had to train as a pilot, too.

His lecture was a great success. People came all the way from Oulu (some 600 kms from Helsinki) to hear him speak. All together there were about 300 people attending the lecture. I do have many pictures of the event, but unfortunately not any taken by myself, and I have not had the opportunity to ask permission to use any of the pictures on my blog, thus no pictures of the event here.

I guess the perfect recipe for this post would be moon cake. :) Sorry folks, no moon cake recipe this time! I will, however, share with you the recipe for the world's easiest mayonnaise that I learned on a cooking course the other day. Forget all about adding the incredients in a certain order or carefully pouring in the oil. This recipe is sooooo easy, and the mayonnaise tastes great!

World's easiest mayonnaise recipe aka 4 second mayonnaise :)

2 dl rape seed oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 teaspoons lemon juice or white vine vinegar
(3-4 garlic cloves)

Note: Both the oil and egg must be room temperature!

1. Put all the incredients in a small bowl.
2. Put your stick mixer into the bowl so that it touches the bottom.
3. Turn the mixer on and counting to 4 lift it until it reaches the top of the mixture. If there is still any oli showing repeat once more.
4. Serve for example with spicy oven potatoes.
5. The mayonnaise keeps up till 5 days in the fridge.

Note no 2: If you want your mayonnaise to be thicker, add more oil.

Spicy oven potatoes
(another great recipe from the course I took)

large potatoes
rape seed oil
garlic powder (or crushed green pepper)
cayanne pepper

1. Pre-heat the oven to 225 Centigrade and cover a baking pan with baking paper.
2. Wash the potates but do not peel them. Cut them into "sticks".
3. Brush the potatoes with some oil and place them on the prepared baking pan.
4. Sprinkle with salt.
5. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.
6. Season with garlic powder and cayanne pepper or green pepper.
7. Enjoy with homemade mayonnaise.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

It must have been interesting to meet Dr. Harrison Schmitt...

Yummy! I love mayo and oven potatoes!



Judy said...

Your story brought back an old memory. When I was a graduate student in geology at the University of New Mexico, I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Schmitt, after his space adventure. We are also both native New Mexicans. Glad he is still around!

anya said...

What a breakthrough in the mayonnaise 'preparation-dom'! I'm really impressed!!

Kevin said...

Making your own mayo sounds like fun. It would go great on oven roasted potatoes like that!

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Cinnamonda said...

Yes Rosa, it was very interesting.

Hello Judy! Sometimes it really is a small world, isn't it. :)

Hehe, Anya! Yes, that mayo is my new favorite! It is so easy to make!

It really is a fun mayonnaise recipe, Kevin.