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Oh jessme, now we can laugh at each other! I meant that I cover my cup at the end of the day when I leave work, I put it in a little bag or stuff the bag into it. I don't keep it covered while I use it. A lot of us have brought in a mug from home to keep at work. The office girls leave theirs out on their desk uncovered all night. Maybe they rinse it before using....|
SALAD - Well, 'salad' can mean many things. Where I'm from, salad usually refers to a lot of cut up raw lettuce, with a bit of other vegetables - possibly tomato, cucumber, carrot, onion, mushroom, maybe pepper or even broccoli, all raw, cut into bite sized pieces. (maybe even hard boiled egg or small chunks of cheese) It would be served plain in a giant bowl, and each person would take some onto his own plate and choose from several dressings to put on. We'd only put a little bit of dressing. In a restaurant you'd tell the waiter what dressing you want and they'd put it on for you, each person getting their own salad.
The whole time we talked about salad, I was imaging a fresh 'green salad' (that's what we'd call the lettuce/veggie one). I'd always think of that when I hear the word salad. But then I saw you write "creamy" and I thought, "Oh! She means like potato salad or something."
In those creamy salads, the creamy stuff is usually MAYONNAISE. Other flavors are added, like a little vinegar, or mustard, or a flavored salad dressing from the store, salt, black pepper, other spices, etc.
When people are concerned about health, they might use some yogurt as the base and add other things. Or, I have had coleslaw (shredded cabbage & carrots) made with oil & vinegar based dressings, even just buying an "italian' type dressing from the store and mixing that in. It is not creamy, it is oil & vinegar & spices.
The main salads in my life:
green salad (different from all the others)
Oh, FRUIT SALAD!
Where I'm from, fruit salad means pieces of different kinds of fruit all cut up, no dressing!!! Some people might put a yogurt based dressing on the side, people can dip it or take some on their own plate, but I never saw dressing on fruit until I came to China! In my family no one ever used any dressing, even on the side. Salad doesn't necessarily mean creamy dressing, it's more like it means.... cut up raw things mixed together. So YOU CAN MAKE A SALAD WITH NO DRESSING and still call it salad!