Monday, July 22, 2013

The Lazy Turn to Julia Child

When I get lazy, I turn to Julia Child.  I know this doesn’t make any sense, especially since I once made this time consuming Julia Child recipe, but when the other option is going to the grocery store, Julia wins every time.  Let me explain.

I hate grocery shopping.  I hate the grocery store.  I don’t know why.  Maybe it’s the fluorescent lighting.  Maybe it’s the endless magazines in the checkout lane comparing Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton’s pregnancies and which one’s kankles are more fashionable.  I just don’t like it.

Most people, when looking in their refrigerator and looking at a questionable cucumber, a stick of butter, and a handful of assorted ingredients, would cave and go to the grocery store, but not me.  Oh no.  Not me.  I don’t give up that easily because I know I have Julia on my side.

I had some potatoes and few veggies that I cut up and roasted in the oven.  I had some leftover butter beans with bacon.  Then there was that cucumber.  That’s when Julia’s spirit spoke to me.  She whispered in my ear “Remember Julie & Julia!”  and then she said, “Awesome job on that boeuf bourguignon.  That kicked ass!” (Except she said “kicked ass” in French and it was hysterical.)  And then she said, “Seriously, you’re talking to a dead chef.  You really need to get a grip on reality and you probably need a nap.”

But anyway, back to that first point. I remembered a scene from Julie & Julia, where the main character, Julie, cooks cucumbers.  She’s having a dinner party and says something like “Who knew cooked cucumbers would be so good?”  I opened my copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and found it.  Baked cucumbers.  Then I raised my fist and said, “Not today, grocery store.  Not.  Today.”  I even got to use the butter and it even tasted pretty good if I do say so myself.

I must admit.  After the baked cucumber number our groceries were really depleted and it was time to go to the store.  That’s why I whined about it enough and now my husband does the grocery shopping. That and I think he’s not down with baked cucumbers.

1 comment:

  1. haha I only grocery shop once a month but I always have a ton of food. Sometimes I will skip shopping for a month to try and use up some of what I have and end up with interesting meals, sometimes they surprise you though.

    When my husband grocery shops we always end up with a lot of snack food and he can't find a lot of stuff. Plus he will only go to one store so it costs way more, oh and he forgets the coupons I give him haha. You are braver than I am. ;)