Cameron has his head in his hands

Cameron cannot believe that it has come to this. He pokes fun at David Farrar’s Travel Blog and now I have ruined Whaleoils reputation as a Political Blog by writing this post in response to a request by two of Whaleoil’s readers.

So it has come to pass. Whaleoil is now a recipe sharing blog ( wicked laugh ) Apparently my tale yesterday about my Uncle ending up in tears when his giant jar of Lebanese salad dressing was smashed on his way to the bach has got some of you wondering about a dressing so good it can make a grown man cry.

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Luckily for you all my darling mum gifted me a few years back a recipe book filled with her handwritten Lebanese recipes and other family favourites.

Now in my family it was most used on finely chopped cabbage and I used to scoff basins of the stuff. However it is gorgeous on any lettuce and tomato type salad and is also brilliant over hot, boiled new potatoes. We like it tangy in my family so if you don’t like things really lemony you may want to dial it back a bit. On our family holidays we often had cabbage salad with this dressing beside whatever seafood we had gathered that day.

Cabbage salad

Cabbage salad

Lebanese salad dressing so good it makes grown men cry.

Lebanese salad dressing so good it makes grown men cry.


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  • EvoDriver

    While you’re at it, I don’t suppose you have any suggestions on how to get salad dressing stains out of a pair of pants??? :-P

    • Doc45

      Salad dressing on pants?? yeah right!!

      • Bombastic

        Yes, in best Leauge of Gentlemen voice, that’s such a persistent stain.

    • spanishbride

      Domestic Goddess I am not.
      I believe these will do the job nicely.

    • Pharmachick

      soda water, followed by a good soak in Nappisan

  • Mrs_R

    Thanks for sharing SB. My life is such at the moment that I have been wading through boxes of old memories as I pack and decide what needs to go or be kept. I came across some letters my father wrote to me many years ago before he passed away. I sobbed as I re-read them after all this time. Those recipes written by your mother’s hand will take on greater value as the years go by (especially the personal comment at the end).

  • Sally

    To save Cam’s reputation dedicated the recipes to a politician. Just like the songs earlier today.
    Now which politician sucks lemons?

    • Carl

      Russel seems to always have sucked on the lemon.

      • ShoreRight

        …and he would like the green salad !

  • timemagazine

    Dear Cam, please forgive me for asking about the recipe, but I couldn’t stop thinking of it and SB thank you so much and sorry for this culinary embrassment. I have all ingredients and will try it on New Year’s Day. May long live the WO!

  • Grizz30

    I guess this site could expand and include a collection of readers recipes and other lifestyle hacks. Can see Cam’s face going really red now with steam arising from his ears.

    • Betty Swallocks

      Perhaps if it included cat recipes it might meet with more favour? We’re lucky enough to have a lime tree in our garden, and I churn out gallons of this dressing every year;

      2 fresh red chilis, the hotter the better
      700ml rice vinegar
      225G sugar
      2 Tbsp lime juice (at least)
      1 Tbsp grated lime zest (optional)
      Cut the chilis in half lengthwise and remove the seeds if a milder dressing is
      preferred. Bring the vinegar, sugar and chilis to the boil slowly, stirring to
      dissolve the sugar, then simmer uncovered for at least 20 minutes or until the
      mixture reduces to a thin syrup consistency. Remove from the heat, allow to
      cool then add the lime juice and filter back into the vinegar bottle. Add the
      zest, if used, and the slices of chili.

      It was originally to go with a squid salad, but it’s nice with chicken or fish either as a dressing or a glaze and, who knows, even with BBQed cat? I freeze the juice from our excess limes into ice trays and then store the cubes in ice cream containers so I can make it all year round.

  • pirate vs ninja

    Nice one SB. Even though you’re only one cat pic away from divorce….

    • spanishbride

      If I ever want to be single again this photo should do it as it has everything he hates in one shot, a cat AND green stuff.

      • Soleman

        You left out the old people

        • spanishbride

          Here you go.
          Question: How do you stop your owner from drowning in the bathtub?
          Answer: You take your paw off her head.

          • spanishbride

            oops forgot to add the photo before I clicked…

  • Michael_l_c

    I have no doubt it was planned for Freed to have a receipe or domestic section. Looks like readers have spoken. ;)

  • Eddie Nunns

    What are the Haters going to make of this new WO Food Development LOL

  • dgrogan

    Thanks, SB.

  • Whafe

    Thanks SB, as a foodie, will be into this like a rat up a drain pipe…….

    Yeah ha

  • Phoenician

    Yum… thanks, SB.

  • EvoDriver

    I can just see tomorrow’s headline:
    “Prime Minister John Key to be quizzed this week about his relationship with the right-wing attack blogger and food critic Cameron Slater.”

  • Backdoor

    Oh no! I only came on this great website to get away from all the cooking programmes on TV. It isn’t fair!

    • spanishbride

      Don’t worry, normal transmission will resume shortly ;)

  • Teletubby

    SB, how are you crushing the mint salt and garlic together? Side of a wide knife or mortar and pestle, or some other method? I want to try this one and better get my questions in during the slow news period or Cam will never allow them. ;)

    • spanishbride

      Mortar and pestle :)

  • Carl

    I can just see Cam doing his best Gordon Ramsay impression when SB suggested this post.

  • Rodger T

    An arty farty theatrical play review and the transformation will be complete. : )

  • Grocersgirl

    I think WOBH can only be improved by a daily Life and Style post

  • kaykaybee

    Yeah a recipe. I’m a longtime foodie and more than welcome adding your Lebanese dressing to my repertoire SB.
    Thanks and keep ’em coming.

  • Bombastic

    Thanks SB, that recipe is going straight to the pool room, next to my Mum’s mayonnaise recipe and the one for her citris chicken stuffing. The latter of which was a Christmas delight 5 days ago.

  • Toothbrush76

    I knew there was something missing from WOBH – a softer approach to life.
    Thanks SB, I will try this one tonight.

  • Eiselmann

    Next we’ll have a book of the month club…bring on middle-aged respectability…its the start of a slippery slope :-)

    • Wallace Westland

      Well we know what Labour and the NZ media’s book of the month is already. Or has it made it to book of the year too along with their person of the year?

      Gimme strength!

  • Wallace Westland

    Nothing wrong with a good salad. I’ve popped that recipe into my little folder named Cooking for halfwits-how not to poison your new date.
    I’ll probably never use it but the mental picture of Cam grinding his teeth with head in hands over the WO lifestyle blog got me laughing so hard I had to join the fun! :)

  • Curly1952

    Probably a very good recipe SB however the other half doesn’t go near the blog so it will remain a secret in our house.

    • la la land

      Surprise her!

      • Curly1952

        Yea right, I try to surprise her every night and still i din’t know what goes on in the kitchen. My dearly beloved is a wonderful cook and prefers to handle the kitchen work – tidier and quicker apparently. I am better than her on the BBQ!! Does that sound sorta kiwi ish?

  • Whitey

    Yum! I must try this.

  • Greg M

    As we speak, I am mixing a one lemon sized batch, and will test it on the bosses dinner tonight.

  • spanishbride

    Did you have a mouthful of salad at the obnoxious blogger’s house and if so, did you swallow?

  • spanishbride

    The new weekly column will be called either ‘cooking with cats’ or ‘cooking cats’

  • Michelle

    Thank you for posting this recipe l will be making it tonight but l just wanted to know what oil you use please?

    • spanishbride

      Olive oil :)

      • Michelle

        Thanks will head off out to get ingredients

  • LesleyNZ

    Thank you for this. Recipe sharing is great!

  • Cadwallader

    I plan to knit myself a jersey for next winter. Is that merino/possum blend recommended?

    • Curly1952

      Knit one purl one – close to a “recipe” to disaster though Cad!wallader.
      Try a bit of lettuce, a slice of tomato, a slice of cheese, boiled egg and a slice or two of beetroot – great sandwich.
      All joking aside my dearly beloved is a great cook – for summer her carrot salad and her beetroot & cucumber salad are something to savour!!

    • spanishbride

      Remember to kill the possum first ( a mistake some beginners often make ) I tried to shave my possum and he didn’t like it. The Sheep didn’t mind though.

      • Michelle

        first shoot possum and pluck while still warm then give it to someone who spins along with a bag of wool and let them do their magic
        l used to spin and knit but no more

      • Cadwallader

        Enough smart chat I am heading back to my crochet!!!

    • Michelle

      never knitted it but wear it and love it

  • D.Dave

    Does the PM stand by all his salads, and if not, why not?

  • Toothbrush76

    The dressing survived the taste test with flying colours.

  • Thanks SB. After you mentioned it yesterday I googled it, and whizzed up a blend in a tupperware thingy this afternoon to add to potatos, but I also added a big dollop of caramelised onions which I usually keep a batch of in the fridge. Delicious. Some of my favourite ingrediants – lemons, garlic, olive oil. Yum!

  • Steve

    Marvellous SB…we’re always looking for dressing recipes and eventually settle on something that works for the context of the meal you’re serving up…for all those WO’ers who are of a like mind here is one my wife ( een nederlands meisje) conjured up

    Ellen’s Ecstasy Salad Dressing;

    Mayonaise, preferably Calve brand ( Dutch) or similar.
    Tomato Ketchup
    White Vinegar
    Small onion
    Mustard full grain…………..

    Chop up finely one small onion, add teaspoon of mustard, pepper, Salt pinch, two teaspoons of sugar, two teaspoons of tomatoe ketchup, one teaspoon of white vinegar, two TABLESPOONS of mayonnaise, stir it up to an even mixture, add about
    one tablespoon of water, keep stirring until fully mixed.

    Sensational on all salads…….

    By the way, I notice that you recipe is written on page 77 of your recipe book……any chance of a peek at some of the other 76 pages before ;-)

  • TayheiNotts

    At last. A New Zealand recipe, without sugar. Why do New Zealanders want to put sugar in everything?

  • Outstanding. Now I know what to do with all my mint and lemons. Keep these handy hints coming. How about some baking tips. I presume you must be a dammed fine cook by the girth of Cammeron.

  • ShoreRight

    Thank you so much for sharing your Mum’s recipe – I treasure shared family recipes and love the stories behind them…. I call it heritage cooking …’s special to be making something that you know will be successful and has been passed down through the years….much appreciated
    P.S even bloggers and blog readers and commenters have to eat , so let’s make it memorable.