Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I finally watched Julie & Julia the other night. I've been wanting to see it for ages.
I have strong memories of my mother in the kitchen with the TV on when I was growing up. More often than not I could hear the distinct accent of Julia Child delivering instructions on how to baste, roast or puree something. I became fascinated with Julia. I became fascinated with the fact that my mother NEVER cursed, unless she was watching Dinner at Julia's and trying to make whatever was on Julia's menu for the day.
I have wanted to watch this movie for a while, but for some reason I didn't get the gist of it. I didn't realize it was really two stories in one. I didn't realize how much I would adore it. I giggled out loud many times, and dare say it has inspired me.
After the movie was over I proclaimed to TEN that I was going to cook one meal each week. Not something from one of Julia's cookbooks, necessarily, but something from a recipe. Something that doesn't simply require my heating it up in the microwave. Something that isn't a frozen pizza. I was very serious about this proclamation. I'm not sure TEN believed me.
So, last night was my first concoction. I made Shepherd's Pie. Now, I'm not going to pretend that Shepherd's Pie is something fancy...but there was a bit of cooking involved. It was pretty good. I did, however, forget to add salt & pepper, which probably would have made it taste quite a bit better. But, all in all it wasn't a total loss. TEN was famished when he came over last night, so he thought it was delish. I pointed out all of my errors and he simply said, "well, I'm proud of you for trying...and I think it's tasty".
I haven't a clue what I will cook next week, but I've got to be sure I don't forget anything important this time!
Now...on to the Diet Taco...(otherwise known as the Fresco Taco at Taco Bell)
I was very excited to take my newly printed coupon from Taco Bell, that I found HERE,to my local drive thru to experience this "diet taco" of sorts. Boo....it was terrible. I can't explain why. I think it was because it had no cheese, no grease and no seasoning. In other words...NO TASTE.
It was simply some sort of meat that didn't taste like anything, lettuce & pico de gallo. I was very disappointed :( I thought for sure I would loose 10 lbs on this drive thru diet, and was anxious to get started. Oh well.
If you would like to try a free Fresco Taco from Taco Bell, print out your free coupon HERE.