We have another tradition but it is not to do with eating. At Christmas at 1pm Sydney time the family will toast to loved ones present and absent wherever they are in the world. This has been observed every year since 1941 when they were all around the world in the armed services.
I rarely use recipes. For stuff I have made many times I never do. Bernaise is an emulsified sauce flavoured with tarragon, it is not very stable and you need to pay attention. It goes something like this for 2-3 servings.
In a small saucepan boil 1 rounded dsp finely chopped parsley, 1 flat dsp dried French tarragon, 1 dsp good vinegar and half a cup of water. Boil it down stirring with a small wooden spoon until there is about 1 dsp of liquid left. Cool.
Nearly fill a larger saucepan with water so the small one floats high in it, the water must not get into the small pan. Bring the water to the boil and reduce the heat. You are making a water bath.
Add two large egg yolks to the cooled herb vinegar, if it is too hot you get scrambled herbed eggs. Place the pot in the simmering water bath and start adding chunks of salted butter about 1 dsp each, hold the pot still and stir. The butter will melt and incorporate into the mix. As each chunk incorporates add more, it will thicken as you go. Stop when you have enough sauce - about 100g of butter. Taste and adjust with a little salt and/or lemon juice if required. Don’t add much of either. Serve immediately on to rare beef steak that has been allowed to rest a few minutes.
If the sauce splits you can save it by taking it off the heat and stirring quickly. If that doesn’t work add 1 tsp of cold water and stir quickly around where the water went in, it will miraculously re-emulsify and you will be able to get all the sauce together again. Commercially they add flour to stabilise it but I don’t hold with that.
Basil is the king of fresh herbs but tarragon is the king of dried herbs and this is the queen of sauces. Make sure you have French tarragon not Russian or any other. There really is a big difference.