"Mama, what do anchovies do in school?"
Bash 10 anchovies with a mortar and pestle.
Don't stop until the anchovies are creamy. Two-handed bashing works well for 4-year olds.
"Mama, does everybody love their parents?"
"I don't know. What do you think?"
"I don't know."
"Well, Dash, do you love ME?"
Hearty laugh followed by, "I love you because you're my MOMMY. Why wouldn't I love you?"
Add a stick of soft unsalted butter.
"What do you love about me?"
"Mama, I love gardening with you."
"Maybe only that."
"Do you love making anchovy butter with me?"
"Uh-huh. Mama. I REALLY do."
Mix until butter and anchovies are fully integrated.
"Mama. Hey. What are you writing there?"
"I was writing a story about you."
Taste. Add salt if needed.
"Once upon a time there was a little boy named Dash. He loved to slurp up anchovies, just like his mama. He even asked if we could grow anchovies on the back porch..."
In case you need ideas for what the hell to DO with anchovy butter:
1. Use as a dip for carrots, radishes, celery or breadsticks.
2. Smear on grilled bread. Top with peeled and halved 5-minute eggs and chopped chives.
2. Add to cooked pasta with lots of parmesan, chopped herbs, and some pasta water.
(photo by Bella)