When the working day is long it is easy to get into a dinner rut. Here are my favourite foolproof saucy combos for when you need to whip up something quickly.
Creme Fraiche + Lemon juice + Chives/Dill
One of my go to meals after work is baked fish. Healthy, yes, but it can also be a bit bland. To jazz it up I'll often mix some creme fraiche, with fresh lemon juice and either chives or dill. You can have as much or as little as you want. This works really well with a poached egg and some asparagus. Yum.
Ketchup + Honey + Soy Sauce
Want the perfect marinade for chicken, then look no further. The trick here is to use equal parts of all three. Mix up enough to cover the chicken part of your choosing (breast/wings/drumsticks/thighs). Add a couple of splashes of water if you would like to make the mixture less gloopy. Then add whatever dried herbs take your fancy. I like to add a little bit of smoked paprika, chilli powder, thyme, rosemary and oregano. Go wild, whatever you do, it will work. Just avoid maize and nutmeg.
Fresh Coriander + Mexican Seasoning + Dark Chocolate + Coffee
These guys will help you make the perfect chilli sauce. I tend to use the Mexican Discovery seasoning mix. I know I probably have most of the ingredients in my cupboard, but this packs seems to have a little something extra. Add some dark chocolate and coffee at the end of your cooking. It sounds weird, but it really brings out the flavours.
Tomato + Brown Sugar + Balsamic Vinegar + Basil
This baby is perfect for pasta or gnocchi. Just mix 3 table spoons of balsamic vinegar with 3 table spoons of brown sugar in a pan, then add a tin of plum tomatoes. Once reduced add some fresh basil. This sauce is slightly sweet and really tasty. This simple sauce also works well with meatballs.
Ginger + Carrot + Chili + Sesame Oil
Ok, this isn't a sauce, but these guys make a great topping for salmon. Grate the ginger and carrot and finely chop the chilli. The quantity is up to you but don't worry, you can't really go wrong with this one. You want to make individual parcels, so whack the fillet on some tin foil and top with the ingredients. Add a nice glug of oil and wrap the parcel up tightly. Pop them in the oven for 20-25 minutes. You can also replace the sesame oil with any oil of your choosing.
Honey + Sesame Oil + Soy Sauce
This is my favourite sauce for noodles. Mix a couple of tablespoons of each to use as a marinade for either chicken or salmon. You can add garlic and ginger if you fancy it. Make a little bit extra to save for the noodles. I like to mix mine with broccoli, red pepper and sesame seeds. Absolutely fool proof.