Every now and then I get the urge to make mayonnaise. I can still remember the first time I made it in 1974, using the recipe (which I followed faithfully) from my copy of Elizabeth David's book - French Provincial Cooking. The book is one of my favourites, after you read it you just want to dive in and start cooking.
At the beginning of the recipe she writes about;
"the pleasure and satisfaction to be obtained from sitting down quietly with bowl and spoon, eggs and oil, to the peaceful kitchen task of concocting the beautiful shining golden ointment which is mayonnaise".
So that is what I do, although I use a whisk instead of a spoon, and after about 10 minutes I am rewarded with a beautiful mayonnaise.