It’s just gone 6am in Johannesburg and it’s black as ink outside.
I’ve just tested my new ‘daylight simulator’ light. Is it obviously artificial?

“Is there anything better than butter? Think it over, any time you taste something that’s delicious beyond imagining and you say ‘what’s in this?’ the answer is always going to be butter. The day there is a meteorite rushing toward Earth and we have thirty days to live, I am going to spend it eating butter. Here is my final word on the subject, you can never have too much butter.” – Julie Powell, Julie & Julia

I’ve a feeling I may just get a bit fat this winter …


84 Comments Add yours

  1. nrhatch says:

    I love watching Paula Dean cook ~ she is always adding a “stick of butter.” Same with Two Fat Ladies . . . although they also used gallons of lard. 😀

    Hope the sun rises soon. Hope today is a bit easier for you. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      The morning so far has been hellish, thanks 🙂
      I also like to watch Paula, with the sound off though 😉

  2. adeeyoyo says:

    Bwahahaha, Cindy, I’ve always been a butterholic!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am mad for it, adee!

  3. souldipper says:

    I agree! There simply is no substitute. Where’s Reubens? Time for a portrait!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehe, we have some way to go before Mister Reubens will consider me a worthy subject 😉

  4. Jamie Dedes says:

    I no longer indulge but can attest to the truth of the aphorism.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Margerine should be banned 🙂

  5. earlybird says:

    I never see the point of substitutes, if I’m cutting down on fats (rare!) I just cut butter out. There is NO substitute for butter! Although it’s getting harder and harder to buy good butter here – it’s either fat reduced or ‘ready to spread from the fridge’ both of which change it beyond recognition. But I can get one from the ‘fromagerie’ (cheese shop) which is just like solid cream. mmmmmmmmmmmm!

    Although, I have to admit, I thought your picture was of goats’ cheeses!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Alors! I will not tell my poor scones how they have been insulted 😉

      1. earlybird says:

        Oh no! agggggghhhhhh! *blush* How can I make it up to you??? I could tell you that butter has calcium in… we all need calcium… (can we still be friends?)

      2. theonlycin says:

        Hahahaha, of course 😉

  6. kunstkitchen says:

    Ah yes! Pass the butter please. Thanks for the laugh.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for the visit 🙂

  7. Sparky says:

    You now remind me Cin, my K is lactose intolerant and has never had custard before. I think I should buy butter and soy milk and home make her a custard.
    Where you having scones at 4am? Oh Cin!, hehe

    1. theonlycin says:

      Doesn’t butter have lactose? The scones were made yesterday … 🙂

  8. scones,? where’s the jam and cream?

    1. theonlycin says:

      My crowd prefer them with Marmite and cheddar 🙂

  9. Pseu says:

    The King’s Breakfast by A. A. Milne
    The King’s Breakfast
    The King asked
    The Queen, and
    The Queen asked
    The Dairymaid:
    “Could we have some butter for
    The Royal slice of bread?”
    The Queen asked the Dairymaid,
    The Dairymaid
    Said, “Certainly,
    I’ll go and tell the cow
    Before she goes to bed.”

    The Dairymaid
    She curtsied,
    And went and told
    The Alderney:
    “Don’t forget the butter for
    The Royal slice of bread.”
    The Alderney
    Said sleepily:
    “You’d better tell
    His Majesty
    That many people nowadays
    Like marmalade

    The Dairymaid
    Said, “Fancy!”
    And went to
    Her Majesty.
    She curtsied to the Queen, and
    She turned a little red:
    “Excuse me,
    Your Majesty,
    For taking of
    The liberty,
    But marmalade is tasty, if
    It’s very

    The Queen said
    And went to
    His Majesty:
    “Talking of the butter for
    The royal slice of bread,
    Many people
    Think that
    Is nicer.
    Would you like to try a little

    The King said,
    And then he said,
    “Oh, deary me!”
    The King sobbed, “Oh, deary me!”
    And went back to bed.
    He whimpered,
    “Could call me
    A fussy man;
    I only want
    A little bit
    Of butter for
    My bread!”

    The Queen said,
    “There, there!”
    And went to
    The Dairymaid.
    The Dairymaid
    Said, “There, there!”
    And went to the shed.
    The cow said,
    “There, there!
    I didn’t really
    Mean it;
    Here’s milk for his porringer,
    And butter for his bread.”

    The Queen took
    The butter
    And brought it to
    His Majesty;
    The King said,
    “Butter, eh?”
    And bounced out of bed.
    “Nobody,” he said,
    As he kissed her
    “Nobody,” he said,
    As he slid down the banisters,
    My darling,
    Could call me
    A fussy man –
    I do like a little bit of butter to my bread!”

    1. nice pseu. timing is good.

      1. theonlycin says:

        Timing spot on 🙂

    2. theonlycin says:

      That’s delightful, Pseu 🙂

  10. Tilly Bud says:

    Sorry your morning has been hellish; hope it improves.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It did, thanks Tilly 🙂

  11. Butter is the BESTEST! We go through copious amount of it.
    I have been told that margarine is one molecule away from being plastic – scary stuff!
    🙂 Mandy
    PS. VERY proud of you

    1. Meant to say that the light doesn’t look artificial. 😉

    2. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Mandy 🙂

  12. Sue Chef says:

    It has to be butter! No idea why Supa’s pic keeps popping up.

    1. Colleen says:

      Maybe because you ARE Supa?????? Teehee……..

      1. theonlycin says:

        Bwahahaha Colly, she is Supa 🙂

  13. Colleen says:

    There is NO substitute for butter. Love the stuff. And it shows……I’ve been told to use Flora…… for the heart you know…..they might as well just kill me now! Please could you fill me in all about your light. I need one of those. Struggle so with light for my photos. Yours look stunning. And no….not artificial AT ALL!! Well done………..now i am off to bake some scones….love you xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Colly, the light is a funny looking kind of spiral bulb that I put into an old gooseneck stand. It is Eurolux CE 85W 240V 50Hz 635mA 5100lM. Old Spouse bought it for me at Builders Warehouse, I think it was about R80.

  14. mairedubhtx says:

    I’m with you on butter. Everything is better with butter.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It seems we are all in agreement here 🙂

  15. i can’t imagine u fat, but if u do get a “bit” so, oh well. keep on

    1. theonlycin says:

      I actually wouldn’t mind a bit of a lardy bum in this cold weather 🙂

  16. Madmom says:

    And I shall get fatter!
    My youngest sprogs dislike butter – they eat their toast almost dry. I just roll my eyes.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I would too … *dashes off to butter another slice of toast*

  17. I spent last winter making, and eating, scones. That butter sure takes some shifting the next Spring. But it is heavenly…

  18. Sparky says:

    Does it? 😦 but I always read labels in any case when I buy groceries.

    1. theonlycin says:

      From Wikipedia: Butter. The butter-making process separates the majority of milk’s water components from the fat components. Lactose, being a water soluble molecule, will still be present in small quantities in the butter unless it is also fermented to produce cultured butter.

  19. pinkpolkadotblog says:

    I also loooove butter! A beatiful pic!

  20. Tammy McLeod says:

    Daylight simulator appears to be working and I’d forgotten that buttery quote. I only use butter.

  21. slpmartin says:

    I must agree with you…I mean…why bother to cook if you’re not going to use butter.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Absolutely Charlie !

  22. Leeswammes says:

    Cindy, yes, there is something better than butter and it’s called clotted cream. It’s SO nice. My arteries start to wriggle when I get sight of the stuff but do I care? I love it. Especially on scones. Hmm.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ah, yes, I love it too 🙂

  23. Tandy says:

    butter and cream all the way for me! The lighting looks fantastic 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      You are going to have such fun when you finally get your light table 🙂

  24. I grew up with butter being used in almost all the baking done in our home. Nothing can replace the taste, the texture it brings, or the “shorness” of a biscuit made with butter, and then adding it after it’s baked1 Ny Mom loved butter, and one of her favorite treats was to bake a single layer chocolate cake – and rather than waiting for it to cool, then frost, she would cut a Pie-shaped piece for herself while it was still hot, and put a pat of butter in the middle of th slice. It melted quickly, and then you ate the piece when it was cool enough to pick up with your fingers!

    My Mom never had either a weight problem, nor a cholesterol problem. I think that’s because she ate wisely, watched how much she ate, etc., and knew that in eating, as in most other things, “less is more.”

    BTW, thanks so much for trying to round up someone from Delaware. It just occurred to me that I might check the flag counter on some friends’ blogs, and see if Delaware is included in their count. If so, I’ll just ask them for that person’s site and/or e-mail. Then I might be able to speak with an actual Delawarean.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Or you could go to the mountain if it doesn’t come to you:

  25. grandawn says:

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm. . . butter! I bet it tastes just yummy, yummy, yummy on your lovely scones.

    1. theonlycin says:

      They certainly were gobbled up quickly, Dawn 🙂

  26. libraryscene says:

    why yes…. cashew-butter, peanut-butter, almond-butter, apple-butter, I adore them all ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      Almond butter is on everyone’s lips at the moment, best I investigate it for myself 😉

  27. klrs09 says:

    You’re right, Cin, there is absolutely nothing better than butter!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I see I am among very good company here 🙂

  28. Count me in on butter. Butter is better. Blessings, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Buttery blessings back at you, Carol xxx

  29. dearrosie says:

    Butter and red jam with one of your scones please….

    1. theonlycin says:

      Coming right up! 😀

  30. thysleroux says:

    Pretty sure there is nothing ‘artificial’ about the taste? 🙂

  31. kamicuzee says:

    You, fat? That’ll be the day.

  32. so funny your post Cin!!! you remind me of Paula Dean (the Chef) do you know her? she makes butter Kebab, or butter on a stick hahah lol lol lol lol
    French eat butter all day and stay thin!
    very funny cute post Cin!!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Mirella 🙂

  33. Tokeloshe says:

    Great photos ! I think your daylight simulator’ light works well.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Tok, and so much cheaper than the light they wanted to sell me at the camera shop!

  34. Linda says:

    Love the plate. Very nice daylight. I am slightly new to butter so it’s taking some getting used to. I guess I grew up with margarine. Chocolate is way better than butter!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Make chocolate butter 😉

  35. nursemyra says:

    the only thing better than butter is cream…… and we know what you can make with cream

  36. Nothing works like butter – especially boere veg. how about some classics for winter, Cindy? Groenbone, wortels, soet pampoen? Miss you!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Miss you too! xxx

  37. colonialist says:

    Butter course!
    ‘…although cows may give better butters, all rams are better butters …’ from a certain book called Baa Baa Black Belt. 🙂 That tag ‘it’s best cooked in butter’ was, to my mind, nothing but the truth.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You make me laugh 😀

  38. bluebee says:

    cow’s milk butter or organic almond butter only in our house – margarine is definitely banned – plastic ‘food’

    1. theonlycin says:

      Local foodie celebrity, Micahel Olivier, said once that the only place Marge should be is on the Simpsons 🙂

  39. Liane says:

    Real butter is a heavenly treat… not margarine :/

    1. theonlycin says:

      No, never ever 😉

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