Wednesday, August 19, 2009

James vs. Julia


Current conditions: 75% humidity and rain.
What's on my mind: soup, namely potato.

I am a long time fan of James Beard's An Old Leek and Potato Soup. After reading the book and seeing the movie Julie & Julia, I was intrigued to open my copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking again. You can bet you'll never see an aspic come out of this kitchen. Duck, boning of, on page 570 isn't going to happen either, BUT Potage Parmentier (onion and potato soup) is on the menu for dinner tonight.

The recipes are similar: Onion, potato, chicken broth, salt, and butter. I am afraid however, James has won my heart over. It's his touches of cayenne and nutmeg that make this recipe sing.

Not to worry Julia, I can't wait to try some crepes and of course.. Boeuf Bourguignon!


13 comments:

Nancy said...

My grandmother swore by Julia's crepes. They're good. I ate enough of them as a child filled with strawberries to know.

Soup sounds good to me too but it's just not cool enough here for me to make it...I'd eat it but the family would pitch a fit. So, have a bowl for me too, would ya?

dmoms said...

I made potato soup for the first time last fall. yum. now, it is forecasted to be 90 here today. soup is not on the menu. enjoy yours for me too.

Jessica said...

I really need to see that movie--really, really I do. I also need to put that book on my library list. Potato soup sounds perfect.

Michelle said...

You are so cute...xo This post made me giggle... And of course you're making potato soup! How many pounds did you just dig up? 200 and something? I think the addition of cayenne and nutmeg sounds delicious...if not a bit too warm. Supposed to be in the high 90's here today...ick.

Jeannine said...

This is the first recipe I ever made from Julia's book (I have my grandmother's copy). Yum - even my husband loves it! I'm hoping to tackle the Boeuf Bourguignon when the weather cools off.

Enjoy your soup!

bridgmanpottery said...

I'm a big fan of aspic, but only as tomato aspic. It's a southern thing.

Camie | Red Gate Gardens said...

I'm with you on the aspic thing - maybe it's just me, but there's something wrong with beef Jello...

Kelly said...

I recently read 'My Life In Paris' which was really interesting, Julia was quite the character! The movie that is out does look cute, but I would probably rather read the book.

underthebigbluesky said...

can you believe i haven't seen this movie yet!!! arrgh! i don't have any james beard? how is that possible?
i have to tell you how badly you cracked me up with your post over at michelle's about the chicken tenders, i feel a little better about myself!!!!!!

Bloom fine art fotografi said...

Julia is my hero...always have been, always will be. She just represents so much hope and inspiration to me. I remember years ago when she did shows with Jaques Pepin...my husband would probably not have become a chef if it wasn't for those 2.

gardenmama said...

I have heard so much goodness about this movie all over blog land, your dinner sounds realllly good! and you made me laugh about 'page 570' ; ) Thinking of you, I hope you are enjoying these summer days!

Sarah / Bee House Hives said...

I am so happy to hear you made it to the movie. Wasn't it good?!

I will have to try Julia's crepes. My hubby makes crepes every Saturday and they are hard to beat.

Potato soup is a staple around here... just waiting for a rainy day.

Molly said...

i adore potato leek soup. can't wait until it cools down enough to make and eat it! and crepes have been on my mind. i think perhaps coconut crepes are on today's menu.