Sunday, August 9, 2009

Julia Child - An Inspiration

Yesterday we celebrated the life of Julia Child. I spent the morning watching the reruns of her "Baking with Julia" program, while I prepared the below peach pie. Then I headed off to join friends where we discussed next summer's travel plans while snacking on some creamy baked brie. Finally, the centerpiece of our day had arrived and we headed out to see Meryl Streep portray Julia Child in "Julie and Julia." It was a wonderful movie and Meryl sounded, moved and simply embodied Julia Child. It was a fun movie and it was sold out.

From there we headed back to our friends' house for dinner. Julia's recipe for Salad Nicoise was absolutely delicious. Tim had prepared it in a beautiful large flat bowl which he had carefully arranged with all of the key ingredients for this classic dish... fresh green beans, potatoes, lettuce, hard boiled eggs, olives, tomatoes and tuna. We enjoyed this wonderful summer dish with a loaf of extra crispy french bread, slathered with a healthy portion of french butter. (If you have never had butter from France, discover the celebrated Echire butter, a staple in French kitchens. Or try any of the Normandy varieties. You'll be surprised just how good French butter tastes!)

As we moved on to the main course, quiche with ham and cheese and another vegetarian, we discussed the finer details of the movie and enjoyed this classic French meal. Of course quiche wasn't always French and has its own fascinating history. But it made a fine main course in our attempt to wrap ourselves in Julia's history, as did the white wines, making our discussion of the days activities all the more rich. The peach pie below, rounded out our dinner and served with a good cup of coffee.

Nothing is more enjoyable than being at the table with good food and good friends, enjoying good conversation and companionship. What more can we ask of life? Bon Appetit! (Listen)

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