This article is the first in a series of 4 about Salas’s. On looking at the word ‘Salsa’ in the dictionary ‘The Dictionary’ being ‘Appletons New Spanish Dictionary’ dated 1931 , the meaning was given as ‘ Sauce,Gravy,dressing’. by 1993 ‘The Collins Spanish Dictionary’ there had been added three more meanings:-
(b) (fig) Seasoning, Spice, Appetizer
(c) ( ambient ) Scene – as in ‘The Madrid Scene’ a form of slang
(d) (Music) Salsa Music
As you can see the word has grown in meaning over the years.
The one that I am going to concentrate on is the culinary salsa , it tastes good and is far less energetic than the other two.
Salsa’s can make or break and dish that you create, so it’s worth taking your time over them, don’t make the mistake of making them a last minute ‘ Thing to be Done’ on your to do list.
Always make sure that your ingredients are fresh, that does not mean that you can not use dried herbs, spices or other ingredients, but before you use them make sure they have not gone over, dried herbs and spices do have a shelf life and have a musty smell to them when they have been stored too long, especially if they have not been stored in air tight containers.
One of the main ingredients in a salsa is liquid, it can be cream, milk, water, wine etc. Remember always use good quality, if you would drink a glass of the wine, then it’s OK to add to the salsa !!!
If you find a Salsa recipe you really enjoy, remember that you can always make a large quantity and store it in the freeze for convenience.
Recipes are only starting points to give you ideas, It’s a good idea to follow a recipe through once, then the next time you can experiment to get it exactly how you like it.
Links you might like :- Balsamic Salsa