Butter is very common product in almost every family, it’s even hard to recommend how to eat it and with what. But actually we can focus more on the last issue.

It’s common to add butter to sandwiches, porridges, pasta, mashed potato, fish, caviar or cheese. But also there are smart recipes to cook enrich butter with different flavours, for example with basil, Parmesan and sun-dried tomatoes. Why not? And to add to steak, pork on the bone, poultry, potato or fish.

These recipes were generously shared by my friend and talented chef Alex Shvets. Here you have 7 butter recipes with different flavours for different kinds of dishes. Try it! A small thing that will greatly enrich flavor of your usual dishes. As they say it, perfection is in details.

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7 butter recipes for dishes with different flavours

Butter with Basil, Parmesan and Sun-dried tomatoes
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: European Cuisine
Ingredients
  • 200 g butter
  • 50 g basil
  • 50 g sun-dried tomatoes
  • 40 g Parmesan
Instructions
  1. Melt butter at the room temperature.
  2. Grind sun-dried tomatoes and basil until texture of paste.
  3. Finely grate the Parmesan.
  4. Mix it until smooth.
  5. Wrap the ready butter in the foil and put to the fridge.
  6. This butter goes well steak, pork on the bone, poultry, potato and fish.
  7. For more than 2 days, keep the butter in the freezer.

Garlic and thyme oil perfectly suit the dished with white fish, meat and grilled veggies. You’ll surprise your guests with flavour of Italian province, and feel yourself as a true Cycilian.

Oil with garlic and thyme
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: European Cuisine
Ingredients
  • 250 ml olive oil
  • 15 g fresh thyme
  • 1 piece of garlic
Instructions
  1. Pour the olive oil in the pan, add the thyme and unpeeled piece of garlic.
  2. Boil at the slowest heat until the garlic is gold brown. Let it chill.

Butter with lemon and dill perfectly suits baked and boiled potato, and the fish. Mm, oh it tastes so good – potato with dill and tender flavour of lemon, sounds very common, but the flavour is great.

Butter with Lemon and Dill
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: European Cuisine
Ingredients
  • 200 g butter
  • 50 g dill
  • 100 g lemon
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Melt butter at the room temperature.
  2. Peel the lemon and squeeze the juice.
  3. Grind the dill with salt in the mortar and add some lemon peels.
  4. Mix it until smooth.
  5. Wrap the ready butter in the foil and put to the freezer.

Alex recommends to add butter with Gorgonzola cheese to boiled potatoes, coil flower and broccoli

Butter with Gorgondzola cheese
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: European Cuisine
Ingredients
  • 200 g butter
  • 100 g Gorgondzola cheese (dolce or pedante)
Instructions
  1. Melt butter at the room temperature.
  2. Soften the cheese. Mix with the butter and mix until smooth.
  3. Wrap the ready butter in the foil and put to the fridge.
  4. For more than 2 days, keep the butter in the freezer.

You can cook butter with smoked paprika and cayenne pepper.

Butter with Smoked Paprika and Cayenne Pepper
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: European Cuisine
Ingredients
  • 200 g butter
  • 2 tbs smoked paprika
  • 0,5 tbs cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter at the room temperature.
  2. Mix with the butter and mix all the ingredients until smooth.
  3. Wrap the ready butter in the foil and put to the fridge.
  4. For more than 2 days, keep the butter in the freezer.

Butter with lime and coriander perfectly suits fish and poultry.

Butter with Lime and Coriander
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: European Cuisine
Ingredients
  • 200 g butter
  • 1 Lime
  • 2 tbs coriander
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter at the room temperature.
  2. Fry the coriander in the frying pen until it gives flavour.
  3. Grind in the mortar with the lime peels.
  4. For more than 2 days, keep the butter in the freezer.

With fish and poultry you can serve butter with parsley, thyme, lemon and garlic. Actually there is a vast field for gastronomic experiments. It all depends on your tastes and fantasy.

Butter with Parsley, Thyme, Lemon and Garlic
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: European Cuisine
Ingredients
  • 200 g butter
  • 40 g parsley
  • 5 g fresh thyme
  • 120 g lemon
  • 4 pcs garlic
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter at the room temperature.
  2. Grind the parsley, thyme leaves, lemon peels and salt in the mortar until the paste consistency.
  3. Squeeze the lemon juice.
  4. Mix all the ingredients until smooth.
  5. Wrap the ready butter in the foil and put to the fridge.
  6. For more than 2 days, keep the butter in the freezer.

How we shot the advertisement for Ceaser restaurant

Do you wanna have a look at the backstage of shooting restaurant ads? About struggling for perfect location, lighting and what difficulties in the process a photographer and his team might struggle to get the best shot? You really want it? Then here’s the story.

The idea with the girl licking the plate was suggests the management of Ceaser restaurant, and I was addressed with this interesting and challenging task. I was supposed to shoot it in a beautiful and alluring way for further placement on the billboard.

I’ll skip all coordination work moments, choosing the proper model and all other details referring to this shooting process. Everything was interesting and unusual in this case. Let me start from the photo session itself.

Everything has started that I forgot necessary connection cables for flashes. Well not really so…

We withAnton (my assistant) came to the restaurant approximately at 6:30 to get prepared the location for the photo session. Why so early, you ask?

First of all, I adore working on early morning hours. It’s great to drive around the empty city, drinking coffee meanwhile and enjoying favorite radio station. Secondly, the photo session took place in the restaurant which is opened at 9 a.m. to welcome the first guests and as any shooting process takes minimum 30 minutes it might mean financial losses for the place. At the third reason is that my next photo session is already appointed for 10 a.m.

Thus, we arrived to the place, started unpacking our equipment and I did the first shot of our advertisement. Then I give you further chronology of all the shots.

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7.20 a.m. Our model will seat in the front, photo without lighting and the interior as it is.

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7.40 a.m. The model should arrive with a make up specialist. They did make up in my studio behind the corner. We already cleaned the backstage, removed unnecessary stuff, removed the doors that did not look well…

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7.45 a.m. We established the first source of light for the ground. Anton looked at it with disappointment. The matter was that the doorway where I installed the flas had no light diffusers.

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7.48 a.m. Still the model and the make up specialist were not tap,ace. The flesh was regulated as it should be.

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7.50 a.m. The first source of light was disconnected and the second ground was on. It’s task was to light the visual part of the kitchen. I always consequently work with each source of light. I tuned the one, disconnect it and tune the second one. Thus, I fully control the lighting.

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7.55 a.m. I synchronized the ground sources of light. That looked exactly as I wanted. The trick was that I imitated the natural light for this space that could be further recognized by the guests of the restaurant. I made the left corner heavier and the model made this effect even deeper, but the general effect of the shot was well stabilized in the final result.

Then we started awaiting the model and the make up person who were already 30 minutes late by that moment.

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8.12 a.m. The hurried up model and the make up late finally arrived. I placed the girl in the shot to assess how it generally looked. The make up lady continue improving the model’s hairstyle.

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8.30 a.m. The hair looked fine, dress looked fine, the bra that created extra unnecessary volume was removed, some pillows were placed on the chair to sit on, we continued polishing the pose.

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8.49 a.m. We served the table and polish the final shot. The chef was calling who was supposed to cook the dish. He was late…

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8.50 a.m. While waiting for the chef, an idea appeared to enrich the background. What you see at the photo was an unsuccessful attempt. The flower made the shot hell more heavy.

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9.10 a.m. The chef cooked the dish very quickly. And this shot was the final one that was retouched. According to the idea, the girl was enjoying the flavour of the dish when no one was observing her.

Цезарь

9.11 a.m. A small problem occurred at the previous shot. The dish gave too strong reflex to the model’s chin, making it a few times bigger and removing it’s volume. So, we took away the p,ate with the dish and shoot this photo, and afterwards the retoucher expert will take only the chin. Yes, such was the trick.

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9.15 a.m. Here we go with the last final shot. The food was so delicious that it was impossible to stop. At that moment the photo session stopped and completed.

Here are the final shots:

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