Four-Course, Julia Child Inspired French Meal in Honor of the Movie Julie and Julia
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Pissaladière niçoise is named after the city of Nice, located on the Mediterranean coast in southern France. The dish is composed of all the typical ingredients from the region such as black olives, onions, garlic and a bouquet garni. It's quite similar to my tartelette feuilletée aux tomates cerises et trois pestos (3 pesto cherry tomato tartlet).
Another great amuse-bouche: Canapés au camembert are the perfect palate teasers. They have a flaky, buttery shell and are covered with a camembert sauce mornay, which is béchamel and some cheese.
Pan-seared artichoke with balsamic glaze. This is a super easy recipe that looks like a million bucks on your table.
Faisan fourré à la sauge et aux pommes vertes (roasted pheasant stuffed with sage and Granny Smith apples). The name of the bird might seem intimidating, but the recipe is as "easy" as making a poulet rôti.
Vegetarian Side Dishes
French meals are rarely vegetarian...
Vichy Carrots. Carottes Vichy is named after the town of Vichy, located on the banks of the Allier River in the northern part of the Auvergne region in France. Vichy is famous for its numerous spas and its carbonated water, which is used in this dish to soften the carrots.
Oignons à la crème. The trick to making this dish look great is to use the right serving dish. I like these individual serving containers. I got them from Staub. I also use them for making my gratin dauphinois.
And finally some navets persillés. I roasted them and slathered them in butter. Very flavorful!
I think clafouti (check out the recipe, I just posted it) is one of the most commonly found desserts in France after crème brulée. Clafouti is traditionally made with cherries; the fruits are baked in a custard, crêpe-like batter. Just sprinkle a little powdered sugar before serving and you'll get oohs and ahhs from your guests.
You see, in France, a meal is not only meant to nourish yourself; it's a great occasion to chit chat with your family and friends around a delicious long meal. By the end of the meal, I guarantee that your guests are going to be rassasi s (it means well-fed, full in French).
You see, in France, a meal is not only meant to nourish yourself; it's a great occasion to chit chat with your family and friends around a delicious long meal. By the end of the meal, I guarantee that your guests are going to be rassasié
s (it means well-fed, full in French).
All the recipes were inspired by Julia Child's "Mastering the art of French cooking" cookcook. The book was graciously lent to me by my friend Carole who also edits the posts on PhamFatale. Carole received the book as an engagement present. There is a dedication inside the book that perfectly illustrates Julia Child's influence on homecooks.
I'm going to watch the movie today with Carole. If you're planning to see it today too, share your thoughts about Julia Child / Julie Powell and Meryl Streep / Amy Adams' performances in the comment section.
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