First and foremost I would like to recognize one of the most amazing women in the food industry. One hundred years ago today, Julia Child was born in my hometown (sort of), Pasadena, California. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIA CHILD! (Hence the HBJC… a family joke I’ll explain to you one day) 🙂 Later on in her life, she settled in Montecito and would make frequent trips to her favorite taco shop, La Super Rica. While I haven’t made it there yet, it’s on my to-do list. She was such a vibrant woman who introduced the American people to the extravagance of French cuisine and really introduced us to the enjoyment of cooking. It’s a hoot to browse through her first book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, read the recipes, and even better watching some of her old cooking shows. The part I love most is that she had fun. Even though she was taught the ways of Le Cordon Bleu, she helped make cooking an enjoyable experience. Meryl Streep did a fabulous job portraying her in the movie, Julie and Julia, although I could care less for Amy Adam’s character. When Julia passed away in 2004, she left her kitchen to the National Museum of American History and my family and I had the grand pleasure of visiting it when we took a trip back east. Granted, this was almost 8 years ago, but I can still remember how I just stood there taking every bit of it in; the tall counter tops to fit her tall frame, the unique organization of hanging utensils, pots, and pans, her Le Cordon Bleu certificate. Here is a great biography and centennial article on Julia.
While I’ve become more of a health foodie over time, I do concur with her opinion that a “fanatical fear of food” would take over the country’s dining habits, and that focusing too much on nutrition takes the pleasure from enjoying food.” And of course it wouldn’t be right to exclude her customary signoff…‘Bon Appetit!’
So, what’s new besides a wonderful birthday celebration to Julia Child? Well, after a few weeks of food-blog searching, I’ve hopped on the band-wagon to the blogger parties, WIAW or What-I-Ate-Wednesdays. This is a fun little blogger “party” hosted by Jenn over at Peas & Crayons.
My family likes to make fun of me (hm, this seems to be a trend J) when I whip out my iPhone to snap a picture of their meal. Not so fast, you may think it’s stupid, but there are thousands of people out there taking pictures of their food and posting about it. While I may not be the next Bon Apetit photographer, there is hope for me to do something with my love of food, photography, travel, etc. I had noticed a number of food bloggers posting weekly with WIAW in their title and I admit, I was so utterly confused as to what was going on.
So, here we go…Week 1 attempt at WIAW. Each month there is a different theme and August happens to be summer staples. Even though we can pretty much get “summer” produce year round in California, I do try to stick to the summer basics such as peaches and grilling. I haven’t gotten up the courage to combine the two, although there are a few recipes I am dying to try (grilled, cobbler, quesadillas, sangria, ice cream)
Pre-workout (sneaked a spoonful of PB w/ banana as I made my dad’s breakfast) Post-workout (chia pudding w/ vanilla protein powder (TJ’s), ground flax, chia, Quaker oats, blueberries, strawberries, banana, peach, along with a combination of Chobani nonfat plain Greek yogurt and Keifer) I also added in some Peet’s coffee and milk. Not as good as Looney Bean or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, but it did the trick.
Lunch: I had packed some of last night’s leftovers, grilled eggplant, pepper, TJ’s chicken sausage, Cosmic Cranberry Kombucha, and a medley of dipping sauces (BBQ, ketchup, and pesto).
Because it is Julia Child’s birthday, I thought I would be crafty and whip up beef bourguignon or bœuf bourguignon. Even a ratatouille might have been nice. Yeah, that didn’t happen. Per usual, I waited until the last minute and well, I wasn’t really ready to take on the 3hour+ task of purchasing ingredients, prepping, and cooking the meal. Also, knowing how a number of my recipes go on the first attempt, I didn’t want to poison my mom before she starts back to teaching. Lame excuses, I know. I will make it up to you some day.
So instead, my mom and I had a little girl’s night out to La Cabanita. Meghan abandoned us to hang out with her friend at the Wheel Food Wednesday Food Trucks. We probably spend too much time together already. My choices: strawberry margarita, horchata (I had to try it since I heard it was good…), veggie enchiladas. SO DELISH! Stay tuned for my restaurant review 🙂
Starting a new project, job, or routine can be exciting and a little nerve-wracking at times. So many experienced bloggers out there, so I apologize if some of these WIAW posts come out a little wacky. Hopefully over the next few weeks I can get my act together and come off a bit more organized 🙂
“We should enjoy food and have fun. It is one of the simplest and nicest pleasures in life.”
– Julia Child