My mission was to have a small Julia Child themed dinner party featuring recipes from her famed book Mastering the Art of French Cooking prior to the August 7th premiere of the movie Julie & Julia. I haven’t seen the movie yet so there’s no review here, but the film consists of two parallel stories, one based on Child’s autobiography My Life in France and the other on sorta food blogger Julie Powell’s book Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously. Unfortunately, plans went awry and the dinner party would not happen before the movie’s premiere, so instead I decided to throw a mini party just for me.
Now this isn’t meant to sound in any way lonely, it’s simply how things worked out. And besides, how could I be lonely eating a delicious, home cooked meal while perusing the cookbook and reading descriptions like “shellfish debris” and “two whole heads of garlic will seem like a horrifying amount…” It was like Julia was right there with me encouraging me to have a second glass of wine.
It’s funny how the menu came about, in a way it chose me rather than the other way around. It began when I saw that live lobster was on sale at my local grocery store. Living in the Midwest, lobster is often illusive and expensive so when Treasure Island (a grocery store) puts it on sale twice a year I grab it. Due to other commitments I wasn’t able to get my lobster until Tuesday, the last day of the sale. Great, lobster for one! Tasty and affordable.