I went over to my aunt & uncle's on Friday night to help make the ratatouille and coq au vin. Man, Julia does NOT cut any corners. These recipes have many steps, but all of the hard work and attention to detail really does pay off as every recipe I've made of hers is fan-freaking-tastic. And really, is there a better way to spend a Friday night than at the stove with 2 of my favorite people, with a glass of wine in hand? I don't think so.
Now I will let the pictures do the talking - and yes, there are MANY pictures! I'll start with some 'night before pictures' and then move into pictures from the big day!
Julia Child Night - Part Un
|We spent most of Friday night at the stove, sauteeing up a storm! I love how my aunt and I have the exact same apron in different colors!!|
|The ratatouille, simmering away!|
|We had to Flambe some bourbon for the Coq au Vin!|
|The appetizer spread: French cheese, GF crackers, assorted olives, and Tapenade (super easy recipe for the tapenade can be found here)|
|2 of my nephews were there and had a blast playing with the cool toys my aunt and uncle keep around for the kiddos|
|Stripes! Berets! Aprons!|
|The first course was an amouse bouche of ratatouille|
|Matthew LOVED the ratatouille - so much so that he licked his spoon clean. I was impressed he ate it all as it had eggplant, zucchini, onion, and peppers in it. The kids were sort of familiar with the dish having seen the Pixar film.|
|Each courses required an assembly line approach for plating!|
|The 2nd course was a potato leek soup, garnished with some sour cream and parsley|
|The 3rd course was a grated carrot salad with currants, walnuts, and parsley. I twas a unique salad, but was a hit with everyone!|
|Next up was the main course of Coq au Vin, mashed potatoes, and peas, served by my cousin's girlfriend, Ellen|
|Of course the night would not be complete without a photo of all the ladies in their aprons!|