Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sweet Sweet Sex & The City

Good food, good movies and loved ones is what makes a perfect weeknight ( well weekday in my books). 

In celebration of my current Francais obsession, I have embraced the French simplicity of life in the form of deserts: Tart Tartin anyone? 

It was my first time making it, with the use of pre-made philly-dough ( note to self: Never go for pre-made...fresh is always best). Although the recipe specifically called for proper pans, I opted for the low-end oven dish I had left ( that I have yet to burn) which resulted in caramel-free apples. All turned out well except my naked apples left their friend 'mr.caramel' stuck to the pan.

All in all my simple French desert was no disappointment for my mother and I, as we sat on the cold, windy evening in her bed cuddled watching Pride & Prejudice, followed by another night of Carrie Bradshaw.

While enjoying our fresh treat with a scoop of double chocolate fudge ( note to self: Mr.Ice Cream is your enemy) and Pecan ice cream and the perfect flicks I realized that simplicity is what makes life enjoyable. When you can just get away from the hectic driven world and live in the moment. No wonder the French follow by the " Joie de vivre"....as do the Spanish "Viva la Vida"....and Italians "La Dolce Vita"...hmm this has got me wondering what do the Euro's have that us Canadians are missing? I believe that is one of my next goals in life to one day discover...hopefully in the not to far future.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Oh julia childs....

After a well deserved afternoon stroll down by the lake I headed back home to realize I have no movie to watch before I hit the sheets. As I entered my public library I browsed through the movie section without too much excitement as the same old titles glared back at me...*sigh*....Until I luckily stumbled upon a movie I was meaning to borrow for quite a while now: " Julie & Julia".

This may be shocking but I always heard of Julia Childs, just never knew who she truly was. Like many women I believe she became an all time classic in America because we can relate to her. She was fun, witty, and loved food ( not to mention many of us envy her marriage...I myself am too young but if I ever get a guy like that..man oh man...my life will be complete). 

The fact her book was based off french cuisine was a coincidence as for the past year I have had a obsession with the art of gastronomic cuisine. This has only furthered my interest to whip something up today in honour of the french... let's see what my bank account will allow in my kitchen. 

I will update with my findings at the end of the night .