Sauce

Get the sauce right and the whole dish will follow suit: avoid lumpy, floury sauces with Delia's selection of the very best, from classics to more recent finds.

 
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Fresh Asparagus with Foaming HollandaiseServes 4 as a starter

Fresh Asparagus with Foaming Hollandaise

The marriage of asparagus and hollandaise was quite definitely made in heaven, and it seems sad to me that 'health' issues should bring about a divorce. Therefore I have set out to lighten the sauce somewhat by the addition of stiffly beaten egg whit

 
 
Canary Puddings with Lemon Curd ToppingServes 8

Canary Puddings with Lemon Curd Topping

With a name like this, it's hardly surprising that Canary puddings are such a hit in the restaurant at Norwich City FC. Whether you're a Norwich supporter or not, this dessert will score every time!

 
 
Fatless White SauceMakes about 10 fl oz (275 ml)

Fatless White Sauce

Okay, so you don't get the buttery flavour, but you do get a lovely, creamy-smooth, milky white sauce which is most helpful for those needing to cut the fat content of their diet.

 
 
Salt-crusted Mini Baked Potatoes with Cold Chive HollandaiseServes 10-12

Salt-crusted Mini Baked Potatoes with Cold Chive Hollandaise

These are excellent to serve at a buffet, as they are so much easier to deal with than the unwieldy large jacket potatoes. The topping can vary, and for those with rather less time to spare for preparation I would recommend a soft cheese mixed with g

 
 
Chilled Rum SabayonServes 8

Chilled Rum Sabayon

Serve this lovely, light sauce with mince pies or Little Mincemeat Souffle Puddings for a true taste of France...or Italy, where it's known as zabaglione. Either way, it will soon become a firm favourite.

 
 
Home-made Pesto Sauce

Home-made Pesto Sauce

If you want to make pesto in advance - cover it with cling film, making sure it actually touches the surface of the sauce. You can keep it in the fridge for a week.

 
 
Christmas Rum SauceServes 8

Christmas Rum Sauce

An all-in-one version of a traditional sauce, this is best made not too far ahead. A good rule of thumb is to make it when you put the Christmas pudding on to steam on Christmas Day.

 
 
Ham Hash Cakes with Parsley SauceServes 4-6

Ham Hash Cakes with Parsley Sauce

If you don't want to make parsley sauce these are good served with some pickled dill cucumbers and sharp mustard, or else with the Spiced Apricot and Orange Chutney or Christmas Chutney.

 
 
Smoked Haddock with Spinach and Chive Butter SauceServes 4

Smoked Haddock with Spinach and Chive Butter Sauce

One of Delia's favourite fish recipes, this was introduced to her by Simon Hopkinson, who cooked it for her one day at Bibendum.

 
 
Roast Pheasant with Chestnut Stuffing and Port and Chestnut SauceServes 4

Roast Pheasant with Chestnut Stuffing and Port and Chestnut Sauce

A superb recipe for entertaining, this brings out the full flavour of pheasant, one of Britain's most underrated ingredients to be enjoyed in autumn and winter, during the game season.

 
 
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