Roast chicken? Check.
Garlic pesto Pizza? Check.
These are all meals I can now make with my eyes blindfolded, (I know not an extensive list - but I've only just started learning how to cook). However until a week ago, I couldn't for the life of me make a decent sauce.
First try at a cream mushroom sauce ended up like this:
Lets just say I was a little over zealous with the flour for my roux.
Next attempt - a sauce au poivre for a nice rump steak, accompanied with roast potatoes and garlic spinach.
I did however buy some gravy from Marks & Spencer as back-up. The sauce caused some watery eyes as this time it was the pepper corn that felt my zeal. Nothing a little extra cream couldn't fix, and the sauce was a mild success.
Saturday my friend Rohan came over for dinner and then clubbing and I was finally able to make a perfect sauce.
Tuna steaks smothered in a tomato and caper sauce with a white wine cream base. Roasted eggplant, courgettes, and red pepper with plenty of garlic, and boiled new potatoes with rosemary.
Damn I'm good.
But if you want to see a real pro, go visit my friend Stacey's blog Just Braise She is my cooking mentor. From pork stuffed with chorizo to pumpkin cheese cake. You'll never need to buy another cook book again.