I recently decided to try and duplicate my favorite commercial Oil and Vinegar dressing. After some web-searching and taste-testing I created the following recipe which I have found tastes better than the original.
Oils: Sunflower (or Canola) oil: 100 ml (aprox. 1/2 US cups) Extra virgin Olive oil: 50 ml (aprox. 1/4 US cups)
Acidics: Red wine vinegar: 25 ml (aprox. 1.5 T) Lemon juice: 25 ml (aprox. 1.5 T)
Directions: Add the spices to the Acidics and mix well. Add the Oils and whisk together in a suitable container (e.g. a glass jar). If possible, marinate for a few hours and shake well before use.
I have found that the Dijon mustard, while contributing slightly to the overall taste, also acts as an emulsifier. This holds the dressing together longer so that every portion contains a more complete combination of flavours.
[This is another one that was written with John Daleiden (US) a year ago. It is the second in a triad series in which the middle verse is common but the theme and the 1st and 3rd verses are different. When I wrote the "string in the beak" line to start the Renhai, John replied with several lines for me to pick from. I liked them all equally so we decided to form each one into its own Renhai.]
From "The Haiku Anthology" I became interested in Haiku and I have since written numerous haiku, senyru, and tanka. "Masago", my haiku pen-name, means "grain(s) of sand" in Japanese. I have recently started learning Esperanto and Japanese. A few years ago I developed a new eastern verse form which we now call 'Renhai'.