Welcome to this week’s #CookitBlogit. I bring you a ridiculously simple recipe today, which most people, already do, but I find myself quite behind in the culinary department and shell out up to £1.50 for a basic sauce in the supermarket!
Lately I’ve started making my own baby food in my attempt to be more frugal and cut costs. It’s even better if I can cook something suitable for the whole family!
Bechemel sauce is shamefully something I had never even attempted to make. I had no idea how easy it is. I’m not a big fan of adding things that aren’t needed to food, so I made a Baby bechemel sauce (no seasoning or herbs or flavourings), added some grated cheese and poured it over cooked cauliflower. For the twins I mashed it and froze some in portions. For me bunny and Jonny, we grilled it with some more cheese and crushed crisps on top, which made a lovely lunch. I also use Baby Bechemel for a variety of other dinners now, which will mean a huge saving for me and less salt in our diet, as I won’t be relying on Bisto cheese granules anymore!
To make baby bechemel you will need:
25g Plain Flour
1. Heat the milk – either in a saucepan on a low heat or in a jug in the microwave for 2 minutes. Set to one side.
2. Melt the butter in a different saucepan over a low heat.
3. Remove the pan with the melted butter, from the heat, and stir in the flour.
4. Slowly add a tiny amount of the milk to the butter and flour. Mix into a paste with a wooden spoon. Gradually add more milk and continue stirring until all the milk is in the pan.
5. Return to a low heat and stir continuously until sauce thickens.
Now you have your Baby Bechemel, you can add any flavours you want. For our baby cauliflower cheese, we added a generous helping of grated cheese.
My husband likes to add garlic and mushrooms to make a nice sauce to go on top of Pork.
This recipe will give you enough sauce to add to your family meal AND make a few portions of baby food. If you just want to make several portions of baby food, I’d suggest halving the quantities.
So now you’ve had a good giggle at the fact I think something as simple as a homemade bechemel, could actually be the best thing since sliced bread… Link up your recipes below!!! And next weeks #CookitBlogit will be back over at The Diary of a Frugal Family‘s blog! A lady with much greater skills in the kitchen department than my own!
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