I’m starting this post with the punchline because there’s no way around it. You’re going to know what it is before we get there anyway. But it’s still a story worth telling.
Friday was the HERA climb for life. The climb that you guys helped me raise money for with your very generous donations. In fact, I raised more than my goal amount which makes you about the best readers anywhere and I think you should know it. You’re awesome!
But that’s actually not the point, the point is that I spent the day climbing and freezing (the cliff we were climbing left us in the shade at the top of a mountain) and then I locked my keys in the car so by the time I got home I was pretty tired. And starving.
It was time for dinner but there was nothing ready so Sean started heating up leftovers and I made a green salad. Then I went to the fridge to get the dressing. Now, around here we eat the make it yourself salad dressing (you know, you buy the packet of seasonings and fill the cruet with vinegar up to the line with the v and then add water up to the line with the w and then oil up to the o line and then you shake whole thing up) but the cruet was almost empty. I poured what little was left over the salad and took the cruet to the sink to wash it out. I don’t always wash it out between uses, I’m just making more of the same stuff in there after all, but it had been a while since I had washed it out so I did this time.
I put some water in the cruet and set it on the counter with the dish scrub brush thing (the kind with the soap in the handle) sticking out of the top while I got the lid cleaned, which takes a little doing given all the cracks and crevices, and was just turning my attention to the cruet, when the Infantile Delinquent came in to let me know that the (not so) Baby had gotten into my swag bag from the climb, which I had (stupidly) said that he could play with, and made a mess. I left the kitchen to go to the entryway to assess the damage. It wasn’t as bad as it could have been but the (not so) Baby had gotten into the one thing in the bag that one could possibly make a mess, the chalk (used on the hands to increase traction). He had broken up the block of chalk and sprinkled it around the entryway and front room.
Did I mention that Sean had cleaned my house while I was climbing? Well he had. (He really is the very best.) And now the (not so) Baby was sprinkling chalk all over the place, and then the Pea and the InfaDel started running through the chalked up area and…. You know how it goes. So I forgot about dinner, and turned my attention to preventing the spread of the chalk. It didn’t take long but by the time I got back to the kitchen Sean was pouring the oil into the dressing and shaking it up.
I should mention here that Sean and I make the dressing differently. I make it with cider vinegar and he uses white. It’s a small difference, resulting in a slight difference in taste but it’s not a big deal.
We sat down to the table.
I wasn’t really that interested in any of the leftovers so I served myself a huge helping of salad, sprinkled some tuna, and some salt and pepper, over it and poured on the dressing. I had a few bites but found that I couldn’t really taste the dressing. I poured on some more. My salad still wasn’t very good but I was really hungry so I ate it.
We had a slightly harder time than usual getting the kids to eat their salads but well, they’re kids and it was salad so we didn’t think too much of it. The kids ran off to play and I sat at the table for a few more minutes trying to decide if I wanted to eat more. I decided I was still hungry. I served up the rest of the salad, doctored it up, poured on the dressing and took a bite. It tasted almost sweet.
I dipped a finger into a drop of dressing n my plate and licked it off. Nothing, it tasted like nothing. I looked up at Sean, “what kind of vinegar did you use in this?”
He looked at me like I was crazy, “I didn’t put the vinegar in it, you did. I just put the oil in.”
After spending just a minute digesting that (and trying not to throw up my dinner) I said, “no wonder the dressing wasn’t good tonight, you used the soapy dishwater that I was cleaning the cruet out with as the vinegar.”
I spent the rest of the night with a greasy dishwater taste in the back of my mouth.
In his defense, apparently the dishwater had filled exactly up to the v line of the cruet and he had known that I was working on making dressing and… Well, these things happen.
So what’s your favorite kind of salad dressing?