The earliest butter would have been from sheep or goat's milk; cattle are not thought to have been domesticated for another thousand years. An ancient method of butter making, still used today in parts of Africa and the Near East, involves a goat skin half filled with milk, and inflated with air before being sealed. The skin is then hung with ropes on a tripod of sticks, and rocked until the movement leads to the formation of butter.
In the Mediterranean climate, unclarified butter spoils quickly, unlike cheese, it is not a practical method of preserving the nutrients of milk. The ancient Greeks and Romans seemed to have considered butter a food fit more for the northern barbarians. A play by the Greek comic poet Anaxandrides refers to Thracians as boutyrophagoi, "butter-eaters". In Natural History, Pliny the Elder calls butter "the most delicate of food among barbarous nations", and goes on to describe its medicinal properties. Later, the physician Galen also described butter as a medicinal agent only.
Historian and linguist Andrew Dalby says most references to butter in ancient Near Eastern texts should more correctly be translated as ghee. Ghee is mentioned in the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea as a typical trade article around the first century CE Arabian Sea, and Roman geographer Strabo describes it as a commodity of Arabia and Sudan. In India, ghee has been a symbol of purity and an offering to the gods, especially Agni, the Hindu god of fire, for more than 3000 years; references to ghee's sacred nature appear numerous times in the Rigveda, circa 1500 -1200 BCE. The tale of the child Krishna stealing butter remains a popular children's story in India today. Since India's prehistory, ghee has been both a staple food and used for ceremonial purposes, such as fueling holy lamps and funeral pyres.
This is a easy breakfast dish, we actually had this for dinner.
Recipe adapted from Real Mom Kitchen
1 pound ground pork sausage
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon water
1 1/2 cups shredded potatoes
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Whisk eggs, water, salt and pepper. Set aside.
In large skillet, over medium heat, cook sausage until no longer pink. Remove from skillet, drain, transfer to a bowl. In the same skillet, cook potatoes for 5 minutes, until tender, remove from skillet.
Add butter to the skillet and melt. Add eggs to skillet, cook and stir until eggs almost set. Stir in sausage and potatoes. Sprinke with cheese, cover, cook about 1 to 2 minutes, until cheese is melted. Enjoy!
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