Butter is a dairy product containing up to 80 per cent butterfat which is solid when chilled and at room temperature, in some regions, and liquid when warmed. It is made by churning fresh or fermented cream or milk to separate the butterfat from the buttermilk. It is generally used as a spread on plain or toasted bread products and a condiment on cooked vegetables, as well as in cooking, such as baking, sauce making, and pan frying. It consists of butterfat, milk proteins and water, and in some types, added salt.
Well, that’s according to Wikipedia, but do we need to know that, I know I don’t!
There was once a saying ‘butter makes it better’ and for me, it did, and it still does.
This morning I was out for brunch with a group of friends. We were all taking our turn in ordering from the menu when I heard my friend, who was sitting next to me, order her poached eggs on her selection of toast, but then she asked for the toast to have butter.
I admit to thinking this was a little strange, when have you ever asked for butter? Of course the toast would have butter on it; it’s a ‘no brainer’.
Our meals arrived soon later and my serve of poached eggs came on, what was supposed to be, sourdough toast. My toast was… you guessed it – UNBUTTERED!
As my poached eggs had been over cooked there was nothing to moisten the toast so it was a pretty dry and unappetizing meal.
I asked my friend about her requesting butter. She told me that she had been caught out a few times of late – if you don’t order butter, you don’t get it.
I now know for future reference, but seriously, what is the world coming to when toast isn’t automatically served with butter?