Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I pie with my little eye...
I just finished watching Julie and Julia and what can I say, I'm inspired. I too have a job that's quite a drag (at times, now especially) and I too desperately need to find something I look forward to doing every day that I love. No No No ... I ain't saying I'm anything like Julie Powell and, my goodness, definitely not Julia Childs. Cooking is such therapy and it was delightful watching the two protagonists immersed in their cooking; although I wonder how Julie Powell could afford paying for all the ingredients to sustain her project -- to cook all 524 recipes in Childs' book in a year. She is, after all, a government worker and lives with her husband in a tiny apartment in Queens, NYC. And we know how much groceries cost ... cheese alone, I swear, will bankrupt me soon enough. Anyways .. if you're familiar with Julia Child, you'll know that she's a fantastic primary resource for anyone who wants to cook. I think she was probably the first cook who actually embraced mistakes .... nothing is uncorrectable (is that even a word).
This isn't a movie review (though my faith in Nora Ephron is once again restored). Am just saying you can't possibly watch the movie and come away not wanting to either cook and cook and cook or eat and eat and eat. Incidentally, in an interview with Salon.com, Ephron says there were "enormous amounts" of food on set all the time as they had eight (yes eight) of every dish shot!
Anyways, I digress. To be kind to my hips, I chose the former.
So right after the credits rolled, I made my way to my kitchen, heated up my oven and baked me a pie. Not a Julia Child recipe -- she's pooh pooh it I am sure -- but a easy to bake, healthy vegetable pie. Made one with a crust and another without. And I topped both with a dollop of cream cheese.
To watch the real Julia Childs on my fav Letterman, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHX0pv8_JOE&feature=related