In between courses on Christmas day we decided to watch Julie and Julia. Being a food blogger, I have to admit that I found this movie somewhat inspirational. And except for a few slow moments in the middle I thought it was done well.
I've never really been a follower of Julia Child but I actually do have one of her cookbooks. Awhile back I had come across "The Way To Cook" at a used bookstore for $10.00 and figured why not. I've glanced through it over the years but nothing ever jumped out at me. I definitely don't get the same feelings going through her book as I do going through let's say a Mario Batali book. But I've kept it in my collection anyway.
As I mention above Julie and Julia really inspired me. I wanted to cook a Julie Child recipe bad. So I dusted off my cookbook; started browsing and there on page 237 I found the recipe for beef bourguignon; the main dish in the movie. And although, our family tradition is pork on New Years; as it's believed to bring good luck I decided to tempt fate and make beef bourguignon.
Three pounds of top round is simmered in a bottle of red wine with bits of bacon and chopped vegetables for about 3 hours. Combine this with browned braised white onions and mushrooms sauteed in butter; how could it not taste delicious.
The aroma throughout the house had us salivating by dinner time. Served with garlic roasted potatoes glazed carrots and popovers this was a meal that I will remember forever.