April 20th, 2011
I first heard about the French butter dish through my friend and Pear Tree contributor Darcie Hossack. There was a pottery studio in Peachland, B.C., that used to make them and, after falling in love with hers, I headed straight there to get one of my own.
An admirable blend of quirky and clever, the French butter dish is a tall bowl with a cylindrical lid. The butter is packed into the lid, while a few centimetres of water sits on the bottom of the bowl. It’s a natural way to keep your butter fresh without refrigerating, which keeps it soft and spreadable.
Right around the time that I broke mine, the Okanagan Pottery Studio disappeared. If it has since reopened in a new location I have not heard about it, and their former web address no longer works. And no other potters I have come across in the ensuing years have heard of, never mind made, this wonderful pottery.
Recently, a secret source (okay, it was my mum) unearthed a stash of these dishes at a shop, and picked up three of them for me. I am a butter fan (and, ahem, a bit clumsy, it’s true), but that’s more than enough for the Pear Tree House. So I’m going to share one butter dish with an interested reader!
Just leave a comment below, telling me what you like real butter on, and I’ll randomly pick a name on Friday at noon PST. You can get extra entries by blogging, tweeting or Facebooking the contest – just leave a separate comment for each one you do.
Good luck, and check back Friday!
- Words and photos by Lori-Anne Poirier
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