Stir. Whisk. Tamp. Or, as I like to say, " Swish and flick!" You "swish" the sauce about the pot with a whisk and then flick off the what is clinging to the wires and then carefully tamp the whisk on the side of the pot to release yet more of the sauce back into the pot. See? "swish and flick."
This morning, we in the East got another light dusting of powdered sugar, I mean snow. I couldn't help but notice how lovely a touch of powdered sugar, I mean snow can make everything look. Then I couldn't help but notice how life can sometimes imitate art. The way snow clings to branches and even dragon flies. How a blood orange can be the perfect shade of rosy-red and flaming orange all at the same time. The way the wind, thunder and lightening combine into a percussion section. You know, when the breeze becomes a whistling wind and thunder sounds like drums and lightening like the crash of symbols.
Have you ever noticed the artistry of stirring a pot of sauce? No? Try next time to notice the pattern in the sauce and the bottom of the pot. Try noticing how the subtle change when a pat of butter is added and stirred until the sauce becomes rich and glistens with love and attention? Well, Dear Readers, I have.
It's such a satisfying feeling too, knowing the food you just poured yourself into will be scrumptious and appreciated. You Stir, whisk and tamp your sauce into perfection and then, in the ultimate act of love and kindness, share it with your family. Today, when you are cooking, notice the loveliness of what you are creating, even if what you are creating is toast. Take the time to spread butter over all the surface, including the edges. Take the time to slice it into even pieces and present it on a pretty plate. Add a dollop of jam or jelly or nut butter to a little bowl and serve it along side the toast. Why not create a little magic for yourself or someone you love.
Avid home cook and passionate instructor