All posts tagged: julia child

Shabbos Specials: Chocolate Bavarian Cream Recipe

Since that movie came out, Julia Child is all the rage, right? Or was? Anyway, French food is certainly the pinnacle of fine culinary arts, and I believe it has something to do with the very few ingredients required to make it.  I typically have a real knack for Indian and Southern cooking because they fall under the category “flavor symphony” – well-balanced flavors and spices, often including 15 ingredients or more.  It’s all very layered, quick and dirty.  Not so with French food.  French cuisine requires that one smoothly caress each ingredient and treat is with the utmost care, squeezing every bit of flavor out of the simplest food – at least, that’s what I’d assume Julia would say. šŸ™‚ French food can be difficult to make kosher.  If it doesn’t involve meat drenched in butter, it does usually involve gelatin – hey, like this recipe!  Now there IS kosher gelatin made from fish bones. Like this one I got at my local kosher market. You:  Miri, what are you thinking? I don’t live …

Tu B’Shevat Option: Ratatouille Recipe (vegan)

 Tu B’shevat is the Jewish new year for trees.  Many have called this a Jewish Arbor Day, but it is actually much more than that.  Judaism has several new years on the calendar.  This particular new year is used to calculate tithes.  Leviticus 19:23-25 states that fruit may not be eaten or pruned from a tree in the first 3 years of a tree’s life.  In the 4th year, the fruit from the tree must be given to G-d as the “first fruits”.  From this directive in the Torah we also extrapolate the tradition of not cutting a child’s hair until the age of 3 years, likening a person to a tree. There are several traditions that have been developed around Tu B’Shevat.  Some people eat a fruit or vegetable they have never tasted, others plant a tree in Israel.  Some even use the holiday as a social environmental initiative.  Most commonly, observant Jews celebrate a Tu B’shevat seder.  The method is very similar to a Passover seder but with a seder plate consisting of …

Phase 3 – Maintenance

I am finished with my diet. Woot! Now I am on maintenance (can now have dairy and eggs and nuts, and other delicious fats, oh my!), and decided to make a previous staple that is so near and dear to my lifestyle: Scrambled Eggs a la Julia Child. For six weeks I’ve been allowed to have nothing for breakfast except half a grapefruit and coffee. This way of thinking is anathema to me! I am a breakfast eater! I am a breakfast lover! I am a breakfast connoisseur! And now, my tummy hurts. šŸ™ But damn, it was good! pad of butter(melt in pan over low heat) 2 eggs1 tsp. milksalt and pepper to taste(beat for 30 seconds in bowl, then pour in pan) Once it congeals, start stirring rapidly. Remove from heat, add 1 Tbs. heaving whipping cream and Pecorino Romano cheese to taste. Voila! For lunch, Almond Satay Chicken and broccoli… leftovers from the tester sample I made for this FABULOUS Passover party I’m having next week. You’ll learn all about it with …