Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Last Day!

If you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) lately, you'll know that I have written about visiting my daughter B, and showing her and her friend J, how to make Creamed Salmon.  You'll also know that in yesterday's LwL entry, I included the recipe and pics.

For those of you who are bored with reading about a food recipe, you'll be happy to note that today will be the last day I do this!  Truly, I thought about writing about something else, but I knew in my heart I just had to say what I need to say, to those who were happy to have read about the recipe.

One of the reasons I decided to write about food again today, is the fact that my daughter B's friend J, had commented that since the recipe doesn't contain cream, she would make it at home, for her family. 

After she said this, I realized that there are probably many people out there who think that a cream sauce is made with cream.  Although it could be, it doesn't have to be.  In my opinion, cream has probably never been an ingredient.

You see, a cream sauce is also known by other names.  White sauce, is one name; this is usually made and poured over cooked veggies, before serving.

Another name for a cream sauce or white sauce, is a Bechamel Sauce.  Here is a link for you to read about it's French name history, and Italian background.

When I first found out how to make a cream sauce, I was in my grade 7 Home Economics class, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.  Yup, I was about 12 years old!

Learning to make this new to me.  It was also new to my mom, who had never made anything like this, before.  While it wasn't something I made regularly, it was something useful for a quick meal.

The good thing about understanding how to make a cream sauce and what it can be used for, is its flexibility. 

Although I had made the Creamed Salmon recipe, if you don't like salmon, use tuna, instead.  You may want to use this recipe with pasta, to make a casserole.

Or, use it as a base, adding chicken/turkey gravy or flavouring, when making Chicken/Turkey ala King

Of course, if you read LwL a while back, you'll also know that if grated cheese is added to the cream sauce, it makes a cheese sauce.

Using a cheese sauce, you can give that extra umph to veggies, like cauliflower or broccoli, by pouring some over the cooked vegetable, just before serving.  Children usually like this!

Of course, it is really handy to use when making homemade macaroni and cheese, as I did, recently.  See, it is a fairly flexible sauce that is handy to know how to make and use.

Years ago, we used to use double-boiler pots to make a cream sauce, but today, they are rarely even sold, so one pot is all you really need.  Here's how you make the basic sauce:

Cream sauce:

Proportions are as follows: 1 tbsp. butter and 1 tbsp. flour to every cup of milk.   If you need more than this portion, multiply the recipe x 2, or x 3... or whatever it is you need to satisfy the volume required.

Melt the butter in a pan on the stove, add the flour and mix well, stirring constantly, while you allow the heat to meld together the butter and flour.

Pour only a drop or two of milk into the butter/flour mixture in the pot.  Mix well. 

Continue adding small amounts of milk, stirring constantly.

Once the butter/flour mixture is fully liquified (melted) with the milk that has been added, add the rest of the milk to the pot, stirring regularly, until the mixture is thickened.

Note:  This can be made ahead of time.  The longer it sits, once the thickening has occurred, the thicker it will become.  No problem.  If when you reheat the mixture, you feel it is too think, add some milk to the sauce, stirring well.

Hopefully, someone has learned something they hadn't known, before.

And hopefully, anyone who is tired of hearing about food and recipes, will stay tuned.  No food, or recipes, tomorrow; today was the last day (at least for a while)!

While there is no direct relationship between this recipe and the Bible, just thinking about me saying this is the last day, brought to mind a verse.  Acts 2:17, "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:"

If you aren't familiar with what this verse is referring to, I would recommend that you read the New Testament portion of the Bible.  After all, we must all be prepared, for the return of Jesus.  God gave us insight into what would be happening in the world.  Read it for yourself, so you can be prepared.

If you aren't trusting in Jesus for your salvation, you may want to read even more of the New Testament.  Begin reading in the book of John, where you'll find out that you must be born again, in order to enter heaven.

Friend, I would like you to be there, with me.  Please don't ignore this request of mine.  Your eternal future depends upon it.

Until next time...

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