Court-bouillon is a light stock or broth used for poaching fish, shellfish, poultry, and sweetbreads. Court-bouillon is not the same as a rich, full-bodied stock and is generally not part of the finished dish. Court-bouillon often contains an acid such a wine, vinegar or lemon juice.
In this tasty recipe for mushroom soup, the mushroom flavour is boosted with the addition of the dried mushrooms and finished not with the classic cream but with a more modern lighter, slightly tangy crème fraîche.
The Demi-glace of classic French cuisine was made from one-part espangole and one-part roasted veal or beef stock which was then carefully reduced in volume by half.
The word velouté comes from a French term for velvet, this is the desired texture of the finished velouté sauce, smooth and rich.
Béchamel is traditionally made by melting butter and adding an equal part of flour in order to make a roux, which is gently cooked in a heavy bottomed pan, taking care not to burn or colour. Then scalded or heated milk is gradually whisked in, and the sauce is cooked until thickened and smooth.
don't worry it's not too late to have a perfectly relaxed and delicious meal which you can prepare plenty of the evening or day before.
Baked ham is very underrated as a joint with the added benefit the cold leftovers are delicious with pickles and chutneys on Boxing Day.
Most families in the United Kingdom traditionally sit-down on Christmas afternoon for their festive dinner. Today the centerpiece is usually a roast Turkey served with stuffing, sausages wrapped in streaky bacon ( pigs in blankets ), crisp roast potatoes, parsnips, Brussel sprouts and lots of other vegetables, and cranberry sauce.
Chilled Salmon, Dill, and Cucumber Soup. This is a lovely starter for a relaxed festive party or a fabulous light lunch, particularly with a nice glass of chilled Riesling or a crisp, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
As the cold, long winter nights really kick in we can really enjoy lots of hearty, filling dishes and great tasting produce such as game, clementines and delicious shellfish. We finish off the month with perhaps the biggest food feast of the year Christmas Day Lunch and all the delicious Christmas dishes and culinary treats.