Last year, my series “Be My Guest” featured 27 guest posts, which I thought was quite a number considering that my blog isn’t even a year old!!! I was in two minds about continuing the series this year, but then looking at the positive response I get from my fellow bloggers and the vibes I receive is pushing me to go ahead with this series as much as I am able to go with it! All I have is a big heart full of gratitude to all those beautiful ladies out there who have been really good to me and have given such lovely posts to grace my space… 🙂
Today, I have with me an extra-talented lady, who will drive you nuts with her bakes. I am talking about none other than Sharanya, or Shey, as everybody likes to call, who blogs at “Just Not the Cakes“. Her blog name speaks loud about her love for sweet stuff and seriously, that is one thing why I am hooked onto it for sure! Her cakes and puddings make me drool endlessly and I was so excited when she sent me an email for plugging in a guest post. I was more than happy to take it up from her. Being very truthful to her name that she makes just not cakes, she gave me a dish, which is so new to me. I have heard of Gratin before, however have never had the opportunity to try it, lest my family may just reject it straight away. This is one thing I like about my guest posts – I get recipes for ingredients that I have never featured before on my blog! So there you go, she features in here as the first guest for 2014.
Without much more talking from my side, I will go on to see what Shey has to say…
the white sauce:
Preheat the oven at 350 F.
Cook it for 10 minutes or till they are 3/4th cooked.·
Drain the water. Allow it to cool.
In a saucepan melt the butter over medium heat.·
Add the flour, pepper, herbs and salt and keep mixing it for couple of minutes. ·
Add water and milk and keep stirring till the mixture gets thicker.·
Make sure there are no lumps forming.
Stir in 1/2 Cup cheese and stir till the cheese melts.
Turn off the heat.
· Instead of broccoli and Cauliflower you could even make gratin with potatoes, butternut squash and other veggies.
· I make white sauce this way, if you have any other way of making, follow that.
· If you find lumps in white sauce, don’t panic, allow it to cool put it in the mixer and blend it.
· If the white sauce is too thick add some water/milk.
· If it is too watery, cook it for some more time till it gets thicker.
Thank you once again Rafeeda for having me on your space. Hope you liked the post.