Category Archives: Sauces

Aioli Sauce

Aioli

Aioli Sauce

Back to Basics with Aioli Sauce

Yes there are many versions of this recipe, I know. Anyway sometimes it’s just best to make a few of them and stick with the best tasting one. I am sure that I have some more versions of this recipe so there will be more posts on Aioli. Like I said it’s best to experiment and stick with the one you like. I have to admit that this is not my favorite but we are all different. It’s good to get back to basics with sauces as they compliment dishes adding to the flavors. Aioli suits fish and vegetables beautifully. Sometimes when cooking we forget some of the basics so it’s good to go back there. Enjoy!

Ingredients

2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon sea salt or rock salt
2 egg yolks
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
1 tablespoon water

Method

Process garlic, salt and egg yolks in the small bowl of a food processor until well combined.

With motor running, slowly add oil through feed tube, processing to form a thick mayonnaise. Transfer to a bowl.

Stir in lemon juice and mustard. Add water according to taste. Cover surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate until required.

Hints

If the mixture does split then introduce another egg yolk at room temperature and whisk in.
Add small amounts of water if the mixture is too thick, 1 teaspoon at a time.
You can add more garlic, I sometimes do 4 cloves with this recipe.
Having all of the ingredients at room temperature helps to avoid the mixture from splitting.

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Basic Bolognaise Sauce

Stock Pot of Bolognaise Sauce

Bolognaise Sauce

Let’s get back to basics

I feel as though the last 10 posts have been devoted entirely to desserts. This is probably not true but close to it.You can tell that I have a sweet tooth, can’t you? I thought that I would not only get back to food of the savory variety, but a basic staple. I have been making a Bolognaise Sauce for years but found this recipe only 7 years ago. Sometimes I stick to it and other times I experiment a bit. Every cook would have their own variation on this, but if you haven’t or you just want to try something different then go for it!

Bolognaise Sauce

Serves 4

Ingredients

Olive oil spray
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
400g lean minced beef
410g canned tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup water
cayenne pepper to taste, optional

Method

Spray pan with oil, and cook onion and garlic until translucent
Add mince and cook, stirring occasionally, until brown
Add tomatoes, tomato paste, water and cayenne pepper to taste
Stir to combine
Bring to boil and simmer for at least 20 minutes
Add your choice of fresh or dried herbs just before serving

Hints

You can put all of the liquid ingredients into a food processor to break down the tomatoes
Fresh parsley or basil is a nice addition of flavor
I have made this recipe with 500g of lean mince and an extra can of tomatoes (fresh when in season)
Freezes well, great for freezing in portions for pasta, a taco, stuffed capsicums etc…

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Cocktail Sauce

Bowl Of Cocktail Sauce

Cocktail Sauce

I last made this at Christmas to go with prawns, it was tasty and a beautiful accompaniment to the prawns. I have posted a whole egg mayonnaise recipe which is what I used to go into this sauce. If I didn’t have to make the mayonnaise before I made this, it would have been more quicker and easier to make. Doesn’t matter though, it was well worth the end product, this is the best cocktail sauce that I have made.

Ingredients

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup thickened cream
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

Method

Combine all of the ingredients by hand with a spoon
Pop into a serving dish and refrigerate until cold

Hints

You can make a serving platter of prawns on a bed of salad with cocktail sauce on the side
Arrange some salad and the prawns in small serving dishes and top with cocktail sauce as an entree
Mix the cocktail sauce with a small can of tuna chunks or flakes and then spread onto bread for a tasty sandwich
Have as a side with salmon or tuna, balls or patties

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