When people ask me what my interests are outside of writing, after I’ve listed travel and good movies, cooking and foodie stuff usually comes next. I have three shelves of cookbooks, I love to watch Chopped, and I still make dinner every night, even when it’s just Bob and I. Some of the best memories I have – both as a kid and as an adult – happened around the dinner table with good food that loving hands made.
On Wednesday morning when I read in the San Diego Union Tribune that it was Julia Child’s birthday and the recipe for her famed Boeuf Bourguignon was included in the write-up, I knew I had to head to Sprouts and get the ingredients. So I did. I chronicled on Facebook the journey from grocery bag to plated wonder and I now include two of those photos here. The most amazing thing to me about the creation of what was probably the best-tasting dish I have ever made is that there were steps in the process that made absolutely no sense. Like when the meat is done, removing it from the casserole dish, washing out the dish and then putting it all back to cook some more. Or simmering the bacon in water before you fry it. Straining the entire cooked contents through a sieve before adding the sauteed mushrooms and pearl onions.
Things of true value are worth the effort that goes into creating them.
p.s. If you are a foodie and a Downtown Abbey devotee, check out this post on the Downton Abbey Cooks blog! – “From Mrs. Patmore to Julia Child.” And if you want to make Julia’s Boeuf Bourguignon, here’s one I found on the internet that, lucky for you, explains why you blanch the bacon first – to remove its smokiness, of course… And if you haven’t seen the movie Julie and Julia, well, what are you waiting for? It was directed by the amazing Nora Ephron, (sniffle, sniffle) may she rest in peace…