When I woke up today, I was expecting a very uneventful Sunday. Oh, how wrong I was. After church, we made our way to a nearby movie theater, where we saw Julie and Julia. I was very much looking forward to the movie, especially since it was based on two books- and the superb casting!
In short, Julie and Julia was hilarious. Large bursts of laughter were all but required while watching Meryl Streep's determination in her journey through cooking school. Amy Adams was adorable (I think that will always be the first word that comes to mind when I describe her, after seeing Enchanted) as Julie, although I seemed to get the feeling that Julie Powell was not as sweet in real life.
We left the theater feeling satisfied and inspired; upon returning home we cracked open our old copy of Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, just for fun. After coming accross a recipe that was showcased in the movie, my parents and I somehow convinced ourselves to make it! We made a quick trip to the grocery store, and began cooking the Boeuf Bourguignon, or Beef Stew in Red Wine, with Bacon, Onions, and Mushrooms. (This was the dish Julie Powell overcooked in the movie). It took about three hours total to make, but it was sooooo worth it. We're talking melt-in-your-mouth meat and a sauce you want to drink with a straw. That good. Here's a picture of our efforts:
And although we won't be cooking through Julia Child's entire cookbook, we have made a plan to use it more often. I'm also hoping to read Julie Powell's book, Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously. Hopefully it will be a delicious read (It's hard for me to resist a corny joke once it's in my head)
Rating: 10/10 (I seem to be giving out more of these lately...I can only wonder if I'm becoming a softie)