Saturday, April 16, 2011

"Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all."

My blog today will NOT feature love/men/beauty/ is about food, oddly enough! I was given the chance to be extremely inspired while watching a movie this morning. Which movie you ask? well, I have watched this movie about 5-6 times by now and I STILL smile throughout the entire thing. Its funny, romantic, and has a killer soundtrack! The movie is.....*Drumrooooolllllll*... 'Its Complicated'!!! Its with Meryl streep and Alec Baldwin and its about a 10 years divorced couple who both seem to be going through midlife cris's and end up having an affair with eachother. Fortunately, that's not the part that inspires me every time i watch this movie! Meryl streep plays this amazing mother, who owns this perfect bakery/bistro with amazing treats and goodies. In the movie she creates lavender ice cream (when she cannot sleep), scones, and also what I MUST try, Croque Monsieur! BUT, my true inspiration lies, when she is on a date, and after a party they attend they go back into her shop and bake up..wait for it...CHOCOLATE CROISSANTS! Ugh...EVERYTIME i watch this scene I die a little inside b/c i want one SO bad...they look SO delicious!

"The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. Bon app├ętit. "
-Julia Childs

SO, this brings me to my next point. FINALLY having a completely free Saturday with no day/evening plans, i decided to go and do sum casual shopping. I went and visited "Queen of Tarts" Bakery downtown, bought some sinful goodies and then Sobeys is right there and I thought to myself...IAM MAKING THOSE CROISSANTS!!!!!!! Sorry for the CAPS, but that is honestly what i thought haha. I bought my goodies and long story short...they turned out even BETTER than i had hoped!!! (there is a picture of them on my facebook!)

"Learn to cook--try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!" 
- Julia Childs

This brings us to my REAL point..I am going to try and master different recipes! It will be a new project! I will not be focusing on one certain cookbook and recipes, but just ones i find interesting and a little difficult. Today i have mastered, chocolate croissants and I also making BBQ pulled pork for supper, which is currently tenderizing in the oven..mmm. I even made homemade beef n barley soup last weekend!! and it was SOOOOOO good! Also here are somethings I plan on making..:

  • Bacon n' Egg Quiche or any quiche for that matter
  • Cake Pops
  • Whoopie cakes
  • some type of fancy cheese ball
  • Borscht (without calling Faye 600 times)
  • Perfect apple pie
  • Beer Can chicken
  • Perfect BBQ Chicken (not a charred piece of leather)
  • Big delicious red velvet cake
  • ...anything else that i come across
To some, these may seem simple. And don't get me wrong, I know how to cook! I have been doing it for a long time and I truly learned from the best! But i suppose someday I will need to cook for my own family, and I'll need to perfect my own dishes, and give my own fun spins on them! and in the words of Julia Childs "Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all." 

- Love, Laura xoxo

Question: Do you have anything you have mastered??? Or maybe something I should add to my list that you have tried and loved!???


  1. The picture of the croissants looked soooo good! I'm impressed.But what are whoopie cakes? The secret for the perfect apple pie is the crust, once you master the crust, you pretty much master all pies.

  2. I suggest reading up at The Pioneer Woman Cooks! She recently posted a recipe for an amazing Red Velvet cake and I *love* her posts - so many photos, so you can check that everything looks right at each stage :D
    Oh God how I would love to make quiche. I want an OVEN so bad...