Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Smothering the Salad
JV: Francis, what do you live with?
Francis: My partner over-dresses the salad.
JV: Over-dresses the salad?
Francis: Yes. He has a big pot of salad dressing that his mother made him and he overdresses the salad with it. So much so, that there’s about a quarter of a cup of salad dressing on the bottom of the bowl every night.
JV: That does sound too much, doesn’t it?
Francis: It is too much! I don’t know what to do about it.
JV: Do we need to unpack the issue that the mother is making the salad dressing and bringing it over?
Francis: Well I think it was because he was complaining that I wasn’t making a lot of salad dressing. But I knew if I made a lot, it’d all go on there so I just make a tablespoon at a time.
JV: Right. Does he put a lot on the salad and then consume a lot?
JV: Does he try to get as much dressing as he can?
Francis: Yes, he does.
JV: Right, so he likes dressing.
Francis: He loves dressing. He loves it.
JV: What kind of salad dressing is it?
Francis: It’s a balsamic vinegar. Just olive oil with some balsamic, salt and pepper, and garlic.
JV: Could there be a two bowl solution here?
Francis: We’ll we’ve implemented a system where I have to take my leaves out first, put a little bit on, and then he drowns the rest of it. Whereas, I think it could maybe be the reverse.
JV: Well what about plate dressing instead of bowl dressing?
Francis: There’s too much dressing.
JV: But I mean what about dressing the salad when it’s on the plate rather than when it’s in the bowl.
Francis: I don’t know, we haven’t actually tried that method.
JV: You could try that. Serve yourself leaves and then dress to taste.
Francis: That sounds like an easy solution. I don’t know why we haven’t thought of that one.
JV: See I love this. I may be bringing some peace to your household Francis.
Francis: You could well be. It makes me hope for the dead of winter when there’s no salad so something needs to change.