Friday, 3 May 2013

Beurre au Citron du Bonheur

No, I don't speak french. I wish I did though.. I've made butter sauces twice now, so I'm sure I'm just about there. I loved speaking my horrible broken French in Paris.. It was absolutely magical for me! Less magical for the locals though..

Now I know I'm overly emotional, and I get overly attached and in general I'm a bit of a nutter (not necessarily the cute kind), but I'm inspired by this magic potential I find all around me at the moment.

Take this tiny flat I moved into over a year ago. It was dirty, I couldn't afford to have it repainted the the garden was overwhelmed with weeds. I moved in (Ralph came along to stay 'for a few days'), washed it from top to bottom, watered the garden..

The pale lemon yellow walls inspire happiness now. The garden, with bright plants, tomatoes and chillies brings serenity. It's magical that this tiny apartment means so much to me now that I can't bear to think of leaving it not matter how tight our fit is.

Butter sauces are definitely magical too. Plain old fried or steamed Hake with steamed broccoli? Blurg.. But pouring on just a tiny drizzle of this this shining naughty sauce is enough to mellow the harsh tones and add a tang, which turns it into a very enjoyable healthy supper.

Beurre Au Citron
From Mastering the Art of French Cooking

60 ml lemon juice
salt and white pepper
120 g butter, cubed into roughly 1 cm cubes

1) Pour the lemon juice, with salt and pepper into a small, heavy based saucepan.
2) Bring to the boil,and boil until there is about 1 tablespoon of liquid left.
3) Take the saucepan off the heat, and add  cube of butter, start whisking.
4) When it starts melting, add another cube, and place on a low heat.
5) Keep adding the cubes, one by one whilst whisking continually.
6) Serve with fish, chicken or veggies. Not suitable for non- lemon lovers!


  1. Wow!!! I tuoi piatti hanno un'aspetto davvero molto invitante!! Mi sembra quasi di poterne sentire il profumo! Ti seguirò con molto piacere,


    1. :-) I had to ask Google to translate that for me. Thanks so much!

      Maybe you can teach me some Italian?

  2. I'm sorry ... I had not realized that he had written in my language!
    I tried the recipe, it is delicious with fish!
    You have posted some typical recipe of your country? I'd like to discover new flavors!!
    If you like you can contact me via email at