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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Friday, March 10, 2006
Easy Sauce
My wife D loves butter, the fresher the better. Our house is a margarine free zone. Okay, so we might both die of a heart attack, but we wont go blind.

There is something about the taste and texture of butter that just can't be replicated. It has a creamy unctuousness that no oil can match. When we want to spoil ourselves, we go to the Queen Victoria Market and buy fresh unsalted butter off a large block, that comes from Warrnambool, on the south west coast of Victoria. We buy a kilo (2 lbs) at a time and freeze it in conveniently sized pieces.

One day I was noodling around in The Essentials Of Classic Italian Cooking, when this recipe popped up, it seemed too easy to be true, but after cooking it once, it became a regular item on our table. It highlights the taste of butter and is ridiculously easy to make.

Tomato and Butter Sauce
(adapted from Marcela Hazan)

1 tin crushed tomatoes (800 g or 1.5 lbs)
1 onion, peeled and cut in half
75 g fresh unsalted butter

Put everything except the salt in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cook for 45 minutes, remove the onion, season and mix with your favourite pasta. Is also good with gnocchi (kluski).

How easy is that?
  posted at 11:15 am

At 1:39 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the sound of this recipe. Very easy indeed!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.


At 3:13 am, Blogger Fiber said...

I have to agree with you. There is nothing like the taste of butter.

And thanks for stopping by 28 Cooks. Glad the sauce and porn worked out for you.

That should get you some more hits..... =)

At 12:02 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since there are already specific oils such as corn, peanut, canola, safflower, sunflower, etc; what the hell vegetables is vegetable oil made from? Turnips? Potatoes? Obviously they should be turned into vodka instead!

Butter - I buy Tatura unsalted.

At 3:45 pm, Blogger neil said...

Hi Paz, and thanks to you too, and for the vegetable meme, sounds good.

Hi Fiber, yes, it certainly gives a wow factor, but I was too chicken to clink the links, something about contracting nasty viruses.

Hi Kitchen hand, good question! And your conclusion brooks no arguement from me.


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