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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41 thoughts on “Recipe For Béarnaise Sauce

  1. 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

  2. Such lovely and delicious memories you have. 🙂 Roast chicken always makes me think of my Mother and our Sunday roast chicken dinners. 🙂

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

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

  5. 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…

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

  7. 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

  8. 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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