Searching For Ambrosia: Food For a Rainy Day

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 12.47.54 PMToday, it is raining and I’m writing about food. It is well documented that events and environment affect the way we feel, and the way we eat. With that said, I ‘m thinking about what I like to do and eat when the weather outside is dark and wet, and sometimes to me, gloomy.
A quick search on Google tells me that most people want comfort food: soups, meat loaf, mac and cheese; hearty fare that comforts them from the storm and soothes their souls. As for me, rain tends to have a calming effect, sometimes so much so that I feel I need to counteract the calm with something stimulating. These are the days I want to clean house, go shopping, or participate in any other activity that keeps me moving. And if I cook, this would be the day to pull out that involved recipe I’ve wanted to try, but have never seemed to have time to do. On one of those days, I finally tried Julia Child’s Beef Bourguignon.
If you love reading books or watching movies as well as you love food, you may have seen the movie “Julie & Julia,” or read the book, of a true story written by a woman who worked her way through a year, preparing every single dish inside of Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” After watching the movie, a scene inspired me, as well as many others, to try this complex dish. Even though it is time consuming to make, the efforts are well worth the outcome. It is by far, one of the best dishes I have ever eaten.
The recipe is lengthier than I have space to have printed here, but if you have the cookbook, or want to search it on the Internet, you should try this recipe, at least one time. If you do, you may be tempted to leave out steps, or make substitutions, don’t! Outside of food allergies, I think the dish deserves to be made as written. Then if you want to cut steps or make substitutions, see if you can bring yourself to do it. My guess is, you won’t.
So the next time a rainy day comes your way, pull out the recipe and give it a try. If you really want to be inspired, you can do what I do…put in the movie “Julie & Julia” and cook along beside them. After trying this dish, like me, you may be happy to wake up hearing raindrops.
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Rose Klein

Written by Rose Klein