Mildred’s and Basil mayonnaise

A few weeks ago, my friend and I visited a vegetarian restaurant in London called Mildred’s. It’s a quirky little place with a brightly-lit dining space, a bar to sip cocktails in whilst you wait for a table, and a friendly team of staff.

I’m not a vegetarian, but I’m an advocate of reducing society’s meat consumption for a more sustainable way of living. If we all ate meat only two or three times a week, then fewer animals would be slaughtered; deforestation for land to both feed and graze cattle would reduce; and the production of CO2 and waste products would dramatically decline.

So, I was excited by the prospect of a veggie meal. My friend and I each ordered the classic burger, consisting of smoked tofu, lentils, pepper, red onion and rocket, and a choice of monterey jack or vegan cheese. These burgers were incredible – flavourful, filling, and just as satisfying as any form of meat. I chose sweet potato wedges as a side, which were crisped to perfection.

Veggie burger

Veggie burger

After popping to the loo down a veritable maze of stairs – and almost walking into the stock room – we left, extremely satisfied. In total I spent £8 on the burger and £4 on the fries, which for a London restaurant, was rather cheap – and well worth it.
Now, I haven’t yet mentioned the basil mayo which came with my fries. This mayo was so good that I just had to recreate it myself. Its creaminess and balancing flavours of basil and lemon make it the perfect dip for just about anything: I’ve also had it with cucumber and carrot batons. It is simply perfect.
I used this recipe as a guideline, but have adapted it to my own tastes.
You’ll need:
  • 65ml mayo (can be egg-free if you wish)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • two cloves of crushed garlic
  • juice of half a lemon
  • two handfuls of fresh basil
  • pinch of salt

Put everything into a food processor and blend for short intervals, making sure to scrape around the sides to mix everything together. Taste it as you go, and feel free to add a little more of any of the ingredients! It won’t take long to blend, but the smell and flavour released by the basil will be lovely.

There you have it. I do reccommend Mildred’s if you’re in and about London, although it’s a little tricky to find. If you can’t visit, this mayo is good enough to be enjoyed at home.

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