Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Unless you live under a rock then as a US resident, it would have been hard to miss all the publicity about Julia Child of late. First the release of her biography, then the disclosure of her war time activities and, most recently, the film about her which was timed to hit screens right around the date of her birthday. I am not American so she doesn't hold quite the same significance for me that she does for many but none the less I can certainly see the appeal. A few weeks ago one of the ladies in my book club decided to host a Julia Child's Birthday dinner party to which we were all asked to contribute a dish. This gastronomic orgy took place this past weekend and I don't think my waistline will forgive me for quite some time!

Here is our gracious host, Benjamin, who was assisted by his humans, Lisa and Chris. As you can see, he dressed appropriately. After a glass (or two) of perfectly chilled champagne we sat down to dinner.

For appetizers (there were three!) we had stuffed mushrooms, onion tart and a roquefort stuffed pastry.

Then an Amuse-bouche of scallop bouillabaisse

Followed by a wonderful creamy mushroom soup

Then to cleanse the palette, a raspberry sorbet

Now to be totally honest, I could have quite happily stopped there and been perfectly content with the delicious selection of flavours and textures I had enjoyed.

But we were only just getting warmed up!

So we bravely moved on to the entrees (four of them - groan!!) We managed to cover all bases, vegetarian - a spinach pastry with cheese sauce

and sides of herbed tomatoe and stuffed zucchini

A fish course, and here I have to blame the copious quantities of wine for missing a photo!
A white meat course - coq au vin

and a red meat course - beef bourguinon (this was our contribution) with garlic whipped potatoes

By now I felt in grave danger of exploding! But everyone had just excelled with their dishes and it would have seemed churlish not to try them all (that is my excuse anyway!)

We took a break for coffee and to loosen our belts (!) Before plunging into deserts (plural again!) First a peach clafouti

And then the killer chocolate mousse

There was a wonderful selection of cheeses too but I had to quit at this point because I had gorged far too much and could barely move

I think Julia would have been proud of all our culinary masterpieces, now I just need to run a marathon and climb Everest to burn off all the wonderful food I consumed - oh but it was so worth it!

Photo Credits - CJT (Quality varying with amount of alcohol consumed!)


Arija said...

Oh what decadence, and in a delightful out-dorr setting. I could no more have waded through this marathon of culinary delights thanjump over the moon but I am glad I could safely enjoy it in a virtual way.

Kathiesbirds said...

What a dreamy setting with the table and the lights! Some of that food would have tempted me, but some would not. As for Julia, I really don't know much about her. I never saw one of her shows. I'd like to see the movie though. I am intrigued by how much her husband loved her from what I've seen of the previews.

So, will you be taking pictures from the top of Everest when you get there?

That chocolate mousse looks scrumptious!

Louise said...

What a fabulous party! I can't even imagine all that food, but once-in-a-while, it can't be THAT bad!

(And I live under a rock.)

Rambling Woods said...

Oh my..what a fancy feast. I wouldn't have been able to get past the appetizers..LOL... Michelle

the7msn said...

You belong to the best book club ever and I am literally drooling in envy.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I just gained 10 lbs reading this post. lol!
What a decadent evening. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself. :)