The Love Language of Butter
London – Around Valentine’s Day, I raise my glass especially to any couple who managed to save any over-the-top chat for a romantic dinner for two. When you are nowhere or have not done anything for a very long time, what on earth is it? In the absence of such discussion, may I present three ways to remind someone why they love you: the general concept of wardrobe love; Very distinctive properties of butter; And especially the special benefits of brown butter?
Wardrobe love is not always retained as a very pure form of love. At its heart is the connection between the feeder and the fed. This is in essence why your dog loves you and only you. It is not sad, that your pet is the only one who truly understands your soul, but simply the fact that you fill a bowl of it with food once a day.
I’m someone whose “love language” is often wrapped in food, so Wardrobe Love doesn’t make a particularly inaccurate comment with me. If I want to show love to someone, food is usually made. I love my cupboard when I open it and see my staples at the ready: my butter jars, my anchovies, my silky olive oil, my chill flakes. If a really big hug and comfort is needed, though, I often reach for butter.
The link between butter and love recently crystallized for me while I was reading a recipe for it. Sho’s Butter Chicken. His description was for “butter and cream worth loving Mommy” to be added at the end. It perfectly matches the dishes I cook for my children, many of which have butter in their hearts: corn grilled cob, butter mashed potatoes, my very wet fried eggs, baked fragrant rice and sponges A full range of.
It is not just the language between parents and their children, however. The grown-ups take the adults for their first bite, and the pure joy of this French classic will be immediately apparent on their faces. The magic of the dish does not just stem from the presence of butter, perfectly balanced by tangy lemons, but from heating the butter to making a bare noisette – a nutty, fry, caramelized brown butter.
Brown butter is easy to make. This is butter, more heat, plus time: the butter is heated in a pan, then the water evaporates, and the solids left behind caramelize and smell foul. If butter is an everyday love, then brown butter is the moment of candle: simple to obtain (so long as you keep a close eye on the pan) and everything feels miraculous. Decadent as well, salty, salty, brown butter all over, would not be a great idea for the heart, literally.
Brown butter can be combined with – so elevated – the most original of ingredients. Here, it is a jar of butter beans that has been roasted in the oven, but it also works well drizzled on wilted greens, poached eggs, mashed carrots, rice pudding or plain tagliatelle. Everyday dishes, each and every one, made perfectly lovely by the simple addition of butter.