Let’s talk about Sauce.

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We don’t think much about sauces until we get a bad one. You know that packet flavoured gloop thrown on top of an other wise good Parmi? A good sauce should add flavour, moisture and visual appeal. Sauce is a French word taken from the Latin Salsa, meaning salted.

In the days before refrigeration, when foods took longer to get from the source of supply to the kitchen, sauces were richer and more highly concentrated than they are today, the reason being they were often used to disguise the staleness of the meat or fish. Present day requests for more of a complementary sauce or one to aid digestion such as that of apple sauce with pork.

Anyone with dysphagia knows that pretty much everything you consume orally needs a “sauce” of some description. When you undertake traditional cooking lessons you will be taught the basics, which includes the creation of sauce.

There are five French sauces that every cook should know. It will add to your cooking repertoire and if you suffer from dysphagia, will add a whole new dimension to what you can potentially eat.

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A roux is a mixture of equal parts flour and fat. It forms the basis of many sauces.

These five sauces (mother sauces) are the basic building blocks of all other sauces and it is imperative to master these (well at least a couple) so that you can build on your ability to improve & increase the array of food you can potentially eat orally.

The ingredients required are basic, and in mastering them, you open yourself up to the creation of many great classic dishes. The building blocks of sauces should enable you to dollop and drizzle your way through eating by creating a medium that clings and smothers your food. Sauces should be ‘stable’ meaning they don’t separate. The techniques to accomplish this will form part of this month’s activity for The Food Manifesto Foodmap / Toolkit 3 and 4. Available only to members – you can join here.

A sauce is a liquid which has been thickened by one or a combination of the following: –

  • Roux – equal parts flour and fat (butter)
  • Starch – i.e. cornflour or arrowroot
  • Egg yolks – a liaison
  • Butter

The 5 mother (basic)  sauces are : –

  1. Bechamel (roux + dairy normally milk or cream)
  2. Veloute (roux + fish stock)
  3. Espagnole (roux + brown stock normally beef or veal)
  4. Hollandaise (egg yolks + clarified melted butter and acid ie vinegar or lemon)
  5. Tomato (roux + tomatoes – often the roux is omitted and we can just reduce tomatoes)

This month we are going to make two sauces: –

Bechamel & Tomato – the two sauces I tend to use as my ‘go to’ for everyday eating.

To access the recipes and methodology join today – if you are already a member they will be accessible with your password in your monthly email coming out soon.

Your journey as a member covers five stages as set out below. You too can make a beautiful simple jus with demi glace as shown here. Really, it is pretty easy to make a simple meal outstanding with simple basic sauces.

Published by The Food Manifesto

I am a life explorer, food forager, choice crusader, eco educator, leader, teacher and head and neck cancer survivor. I've loved food all my life, my mum taught me good eating habits and how to cook nutritious food with loads of flavour. As a little girl I lived next door to a wonderful cook Pat Heidrich, I watched as she rolled pastry, filled cupcakes and prepared light as a feather sponges. My love of licking bowls and beaters started early. I grew up and explored my passion by studying cooking, trawling food markets, buying good equipment and experimenting with the tastes and cuisines I love. This blog is intended to share my passion, inspire you to try ...and fail, provide tips and every day good advice about cooking, shopping for ingredients, and planning menus for you, your family and friends. What's your food manifesto? talk to me about how I can help you.

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