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All my close friends know my great inclination for this Golden wonder…


Say it loud and say it proud… none of this non saturated nonsense or margarine or worse any named kind of spread…

I prefer a thin cold sliver of the stuff… On beschuit, fresh bread or in almost every possible dish.
Nothing beats a crispy end of a new loaf of whole grain bread. Soft and mushy inside with a  crunchy and crumbly edge topped with a cold chunk of salty creaminess…

Hmmm. I always prefer to serve my butter cold, so you have to slice instead of scrape. (again no nonsense with chemically softened spreadable butter here)

Pretty, but practical?

During a walk in the V&A last week we had a look through the impressive spread of dinner/eating implements throughout the ages. And off course it includes a real Victorian Butter Knife. But personally I think they are never sharp or thin enough…What fool ever designed this tool?

What tha?

It is even worse in Sweden as the butter knives are made of wood?! Is this instigated out of frugality or general health? Either way it is pretty tricky to eat any cold butter in a cold climate that way!

So after a great weekend in France, I am now completely in love again with this god of greasy food. Butter transformed the lovely snails into a really glorious melange of creaminess, garlic and herbs on top instead of rubbery dead orchard dwellers..

Fleur de Sel...

And then there is the glorious kind with Fleur de Sel salt crystals in it…Oh don’t get me started…

Another issue is the different standard shapes in which it gets sold.
This makes buying a butter dish a national activity.
(compare it to the different sizes in pillow cases between the UK and NL… I assume the US has a completely different proportion….) It is funny how butter is also part of this national proportional shift.

Hmmm I hope I will be able to find some proper stuff in the States, in whatever shape (a stick, really?!), as long as it is cold and fresh…


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One of the things I will have to do once moving to the States, is invest in some wheels.

As I have always lived ‘down town’ so I never actually needed a car, but I guess in the States I will eventually need one.

It probably doesn’t need too much explanation how ‘car culture’ differs between NL, UK and US.
The three following cars (from the same hey day of automotive excellence) give a pretty good impression:

1963 DAF 33 - NL

The Dutch encouragement of: “Drive DAF if your are tough…” doesn’t really help. These little cars have a variomatic gear box, which allows you to drive backwards in several gears… This lead to the 80’s popular broadcasts of ‘ter Land Ter Zee en in de Lucht…’ on Dutch TV, featuring the hilarious ‘Backwards racing’. additionally they added the even more fearsome Caravan racing. A whole generation of Dutch kids grew up with this bizarre spectacle. I wonder what made them stop this brilliant entertainment… Enjoy:

1966 Morris MiniCooper - UK

In the UK the high point of cars is discussed in the international success of the STIG and his mates in ‘Top Gear’. No need to go into this any further you all know what I am talking about.

My favourite from the British arsenal remains the Morris Mini Cooper. (my grandmother drove one, which was a great success on Dutch Bicycle paths. 😉 )

Off course there are many cars that I could have chosen instead. Aston Martins, flexing their V’s is a much more powerful view of the Uk car industry. But most of the stuff under the bonnet is no longer British.

1966 Ford Mustang - USA

Still none of the above compares to the ultimate dream of the American open road in a Mustang Convertible…

What could possibly be wrong with a car that has its own song about it. 🙂

But it will be more likely that I will get some cheap second hand or economical car instead…

But in the meantime a girl can dream, no?

Can’t wait to get in one, turn up the volume and put my foot down…   Ride Freddie Ride…

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