Italian Food · Main courses · Vegetarian

Ravioli with brown butter

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There is beauty and peace to be found in simplicity.

My 2 years in New York were… Not good. I was crippled by anxiety, haunted by old and new demons, trying to do too much too quickly to distract myself, to keep up with everyone and everything else. I became someone I hated. Someone that was unable to enjoy and understand the good moments.

And then I moved to the Midwest. I slowed down. I tried to start afresh.

Over the past few months I have been reacquainting myself with myself. I have been learning again how to treasure moments alone and sincerely enjoy simple things like immersing myself in a book, having a cup of tea, kneading a loaf of bread, walking around my neighbourhood just for the sake of walking… Most days I can even watch a whole movie without reaching for my phone to wonder why there aren’t messages.

There are still days that are overwhelming; days that leave me breathless and crushed under the weight of anxiety – By now, I have accepted those are days I will experience for the rest of my life, but I am learning to handle them better and live with them in a healthier manner: doing something simple and appreciating how that simplicity makes my pulse and the swirling chaos of my mind slow down. That simplicity is beautiful to me.

I am also rediscovering the deep love I have for food – Both preparing it and enjoying the final product even if it is as simple as ravioli dressed with butter. I enjoy once more making something special just for myself and truly enjoy eating it. I ate just to fuel myself in New York.

I guess this isn’t really a recipe, because you don’t really need a recipe to make ravioli with butter BUT there are a few things that can be done to make a very simple meal into a beautiful one.

  1. Choose good butter. European butter if you can. It has a deeper, creamier flavour.
  2. Melt the butter very slowly.
  3. Put a sprig of sage, a pinch of nutmeg and a crushed garlic clove in there.
  4. Add a splash of white wine, because why not?!
  5. Add a splash of the water you cooked the ravioli in and finish the ravioli in the frying pan with that beautifully aromatic butter.
  6. Cover the ravioli with freshly grated Parmesan and white or black pepper when they are on the plate.
  7. Take your time to savour your meal without looking at your phone and be grateful for the time you have been able to dedicate to yourself.

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