Friday, February 8, 2013

The Basic Sauces - Vinaigrette, Lemon Cream Sauce and Mayonnaise

Vinaigrette is a mixture of vinegar, oil and seasonings and can be prepared in just a few seconds. You can vary the proportion of the mixture depending on the main ingredient. For example to enhance the bitter taste of chicory or to offset the sweet taste of beetroot you can add more vinegar.

Lemon cream sauce is a mixture of double cream, lemon juice, salt and pepper. The cream blends well with the lemon's acid content producing a thick consistency. To make the mixture fresh-smelling, you can add crashed mint leaves to the mixture then remove before the cream is added. 

Mayonnaise is a smooth mixture of egg yolks and olive oil and the successful outcome of the finished product depends on the manner of whisking. You have to make sure that the yolks and oil are both at room temperature because if these two ingredients are both cold or at different temperatures they will not blend smoothly.

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