Recipe For Béarnaise Sauce

I was recently asked to contribute to a magazine for a senior research project and give a story around a Nostalgic Food Memory. Here is my contribution:

When it comes to food, my father’s mother and my mother’s father have been the most influential in my life. My grandmother taught me all about food and life, and my grandfather taught me all about life and food. My memory of my grandmother always revolves around Friday night suppers and roast chicken. I can remember the side board in her dining room being laden with roast potatoes, peas, gem squash and the lovely roast chicken we were going to eat for supper. My grandmother passed away when I was 12 and roast chicken dinners became a nostalgic reminder of my gran. My dad would let me carve the chicken and I remember as if it were yesterday, my sister and I alternating between who got the parsons nose, and who got the wishbone. To this day, a roast chicken dish reminds me of my dad and my grandmother. My clearest food memory of my grandfather is a dinner he held for his 80th birthday. He had some smart French chef cater the event and I was told in no uncertain terms that I had to try the béarnaise sauce with my meal. I didn’t know it at the time, but béarnaise sauce is my mom’s favourite. When I think of my mother and grandfather, I think of beautiful fillet steak with an unctuous béarnaise sauce to go with it.

So, for this project I chose to make roast chicken quarters with a béarnaise sauce so that I could be transported right back to moments of bliss and happiness with my family who now live so far away from me.

What is your nostalgic food memory?

Béarnaise Sauce
Béarnaise Sauce

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40 thoughts on “Recipe For Béarnaise Sauce

  1. I absolutely love this post Tandy. Food and food stories are part of our culture and what makes us human. I love that these foods take you to relationships that were not just special but foundational to you becoming who you are.

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment Tammy – memories of family are so important!

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  2. Rich and luscious creamy sauce. Love tarragon 🙂

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    1. Me too, and it grows so well!

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  3. Grandmothers are the best! A beautiful story and wonderful memories and your grandma béarnaise sauce looks and sound very delicious. Have a super day! BAM

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    1. Thank you BAM!

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  4. This sauce looks great, would love to try it for a upcoming dinner.

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    1. let me know how it works for you!

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  5. I love the connections of food and memories. So special and lovely that you can think of them them again and again. Happy days.

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    1. I also love that food and memories go hand in hand 🙂

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  6. Tandy, thank you for sharing your lovely story and recipe with us! What happy memories for you! xx

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    1. thank you for taking the time to read my story Celia 🙂

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  7. What a precious family memory! Food is really more then just nourishment for the body, it keep us connected to our past and help us create new memories for our children…
    CHeers,
    J
    Judit @WineDineDaily sharing the blog ♥ Bottega Louie in Los AngelesMy Profile

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    1. what a lovely way to put it Judit 🙂

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  8. I haven’t made that for ages! It is now back in the rotation 🙂 Thanks for the reminder and your recipe.

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    1. my pleasure! I tend to not make things for ages, and then make them three or four times in a row 🙂

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  9. Wow, your bernaise sauce looks so smooth Tandy!….
    preety damn good!
    i used to served it with roasted veggies like cauliflower or broccoli

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    1. That is a great idea, and I shall have to try that 🙂

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  10. I love Béarnaise sauce. Thanks for sharing your recipe Tandy!

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    1. My pleasure Anne 🙂

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  11. Your sauce recipe sounds great!

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    1. thank you!

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  12. What lovely memories you shared with us – and a lovely bearnaise sauce too 🙂

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    1. Thank you Chica 🙂

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  13. Love this Béarnaise recipe Tandy! Now I want to make something for dinner that requires Béarnaise sauce. 🙂

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    1. I am thinking of the same lines again Karista 🙂

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  14. I love Bearnaise sauce, but have never made it. Thanks for the recipe, Tandy. 🙂

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    1. it is so worth making at home AD 🙂

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  15. Lovely memories and Bernaise recipe Tandy.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    1. thank you Mandy 🙂

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  16. Bearnaise is such a classic for a reason! So rich and delicious.

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    1. Very rich and worth making 🙂

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  17. Such lovely and delicious memories you have. 🙂 Roast chicken always makes me think of my Mother and our Sunday roast chicken dinners. 🙂
    Krista sharing the blog ♥ Bear and Poppit Take A New South Wales Road TripMy Profile

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    1. Roast chicken is my all time family memory dish 🙂

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  18. Precious memories of family times are to be kept safe in a treasure chest

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    1. so true Usha 🙂

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  19. What a lovely memory Tandy. I am trying to get over my fear of making sauces that split and your recipe seems simple enough. Where can I find champagne vinegar? 🙂 xx

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    1. I hope you try this – don’t worry about which vinegar you use!

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