Finally, I saw “Julie and Julia”. It was a good movie, and I am definitely inspired to tackle a few of Julia Child’s recipes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I also got an enamel cast iron casserole for Christmas, ready for action. So there is my second goal of 2010: to make a few truly special French recipes using ingredients like real butter.
I got a head start on this goal last weekend when I tackled Julia’s Baked Cucumbers. You could bake almost anything with butter and dill and get a good result, but this was a whole different spin on cucumbers. Because they are soaked in vinegar, they taste a bit like pickles, with an almost meaty texture. I wouldn’t call them amazing as others have, but the recipe does make a summer vegetable into a nice side dish for all seasons. They did not photograph well (I am blaming the butter!) but I’ll work on that for my next MtAoFC experiment.