Thursday, February 18, 2010

Someone's in the Kitchen with the Buckleys

So I'm perfectly aware of how trendy it is to be into Julia Child's cookbook at the moment. Meryl is up for an Oscar for her role in 'Julie & Julia' and more copies of Mastering the Art of French Cooking were sold in a week after the movie hit the theaters than in any full year since it was published in 1961. Therefore, I am sure that we are not being terribly original by deciding that we can master French cuisine. My sister-in-law Amberly gave me the cookbook for Christmas and we have been enjoying tackling different recipes almost every weekend.



So far, we've made Fricasse de Poulet a L'Ancienne, Roast Leg of Lamb, Coq au Vin, Boeuf Bourguignon, and Carbonnades a la Flamande. The Boeuf Bourguignon has been our only disappointment. It tasted fine but all the other meals have left us amazed. For dessert, we've done a chocolate mousse, creme caramel, and a souffle. The souffle will be attempted again- it didn't rise to a very impressive height. The recipes have not been difficult just very involved. For instance the first recipe that we cooked was three pages long. That seemed daunting but doable and then we realized that two items mentioned had their own recipes in other parts of the book!

You may wonder why Coy has been so willing to participate in this culinary project. This picture may help explain the interest:




Also on our second go-round, Coy turned to me after completing the first step of the recipe and said- I just sauteed bacon in butter, no wonder we love this food so much.


Is this project very good for our waistlines? No but it has been a fun way to fight the winter doldrums and a good reason to have friends come over and help us feast.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Danke

I owe some thanks to a few people that I don't know.


Thank you to the lady who ran after us at the tram stop yesterday. A guy helped me haul the stroller off the tram (hmm, he deserves a mention too, I suppose) which involved tilting the stroller backwards and, unbeknownst to me, caused a toy to fall out. You, kind stranger, picked it up and hurried after us. I heard you calling after us and I turned just in time to see you fall on the icy sidewalk. You have probably vowed off all benevolent acts until spring but I really appreciate your effort.

Thanks guy at the pool who flirted with me while doing laps at the city pool last week. By the third time you struck up conversation, I decided it was time to switch lanes but I was mighty flattered to be hit on.

Thanks New York Times Travel gal who wrote an article on Midtown Memphis that included this line: "Midtown, just a short drive from a downtown famous for its blues, jazz and barbecue hounds, is its hipster epicenter, a diverse area that is now home to posh cocktail bars as well as divey rock clubs and longstanding juke joints. It parties late, very late, and stays friendly through the night." Sure, we weren't exactly late night hipsters when we lived in Midtown but I like to imagine that we could be one day.

Thank you, creators of Skype, for my favorite technology. Townes has been playing peek-a-boo with his grandparents and admiring the match box cars that Tirzah's sons like to show him. I have loved quick chats lately with Lindley and we've been able to keep up with Zach and Annalise a bit as they travel the world.

And here's a shot of Townes after I've woken him from a nap. He's been waking up super early lately (between 4:30 and 5:30) and then taking hard naps. This isn't on my list of things I'm thankful for but it is a pretty cute picture.