The original Tabasco sauce is a hot spicy condiment made only from Tabasco peppers, salt and vinegar. Originally both the peppers and salt came from Avery Island, Louisiana home of the manufacturer, the McIlhenny Company.
Harissa is a popular North African hot chilli paste generally made from a mix of smoky, roasted red peppers, hot chilli peppers, garlic, spices such as coriander and caraway seeds and olive oil.
Mignonette is a traditional accompaniment to chilled, raw oysters containing a mix of pepper, shallots, and vinegar.
Sriracha is a hot chilli-based condiment from Thailand used predominantly in Thai and Vietnamese cooking and used in soups, sauces and as a dip for seafood and spring rolls.
Crème fraîche the French for ‘fresh cream’ is a dairy product, a soured cream containing 10–45% butterfat. It is often served simply with soft Summer berries or poached fruits and added to soups and sauces as an alternative to cream. Crème fraîche is produced by adding a starter culture of bacteria to heavy cream, and allowing it to stand at room … Continue reading Crème fraîche
There is a long history of sauce in French cooking, dating back to the Middle Ages. In classic French cuisine or ‘cuisine classique’ through to ‘nouvelle cuisine’ in the nineteen seventies and eighties sauces were a major component of most savoury dishes and many of these sauces are derived from what we call the five Master Sauces.
Thickening sauces have developed from using starchy vegetables, the ground nuts and breadcrumbs from medieval cookery to using gums and gelling agents in today's advanced gastronomy.