Better Know a Mother Sauce: Hollandaise

Better Know a Mother Sauce | Hollandaise

After all the espagnole sauce drama it was a relief to tackle hollandaise, which is maybe one of the most popular mother sauces and also happens to be the last sauce in this series Better Know a Mother Sauce. It’s been a totally fun kitchen project and while I can’t say I’ve mastered all of the mother sauces (although, that was never the point) I can say I made it all the way through – veloute, bechamel, tomate, espagnole, and now, finally, hollandaise – just typing that out makes me proud. As a chronic project abandon-er it’s rewarding to know I made it through this having learned some lessons that I’ll use moving forward – knowing and understanding these sauces is like opening the door to endless kitchen opportunities….

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Berry Crumbles

Berry Crumbles | girlgonegourmet.com

Who doesn’t love a single-serving, perfectly-proportioned-just-for-me dessert? There’s something special about little individual ramekins filled with something sweet and decadent – feels like a restaurant experience, but better because it’s at home. No waiting for a table or paying the bill at the end of the night. Even better, these cute little berry crumbles can be made ahead of time so when it’s time for something sweet all you have to do is preheat the oven and bake them….

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Better Know a Mother Sauce: Espagnole

Espagnole Sauce | girlgonegourmet.com

Friends, I almost quit my Better Know a Mother Sauce series this past week. The espagnole sauce about did me in and there was a point that I threw my hands up and said, “I quit! It’s too hard!”  You see, I made demi-glace (yay!), then I made a weird looking sauce from it that I thought was espagnole (boo!), and then I spent six days trying to figure out what went wrong. I almost gave up, but I didn’t, so let’s back up and start from the beginning……

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