An Abridged Version of Julie and Julia – 10.13.2009
November 23, 2009
My friend, Jenny suggested the book, Julie an Julia for our book club. So for our meet up, she asked that everyone attempt a Julia Child recipe. I decided to try her leek quiche recipe, since it didn’t seem too complicated. But my gosh that woman used a lot of butter. Julie wasn’t kidding when she described the vast amounts of butter she went through when attempting Julia’s recipes. The crust alone used a stick and a half of butter plus a quarter cup of shortening or something like that.
So the quiche was almost a disaster. I made it the night before, and the smoke alarm in my house is probably the most sensitive thing on the planet. I go to prebake my crust and the smoke alarm goes off. So I take the crust out, and the butter is just melting out of the crust. The entire crust looks like it’s melting. I freak out and try to patch the crust up as best I can. I decide to just throw in the filling (which also contained a crazy amount of butter) and hope for the best. For the most part it didn’t look terrible, but I think I did underbake it slightly.
I have to say I was super impressed with my girlfriends’ cooking abilities. Angy made stuffed mushrooms, Tiffany made a Fricassee de Poulet a l’Ancienne. Julie made Coquilees St. Jacques a la Provencal (Scallops Provencal). Meg: Coq au Vin. And Jenny and Jess made desserts. Everything was awesome. Though we didn’t end up discussing the book a whole lot (we never do), it was a nice evening with friends.
All the dishes as described above, pictured from left to right, top to bottom.