Last night I watched Julie & Julia. Thanks to Netflix, I am catching upon all of the movies that have been recommended to me. This was on my list. It was adorable and Meryl Streep was great as Julia Child. I related to Julie Powell (Amy Adams). She was stuck in a dead end job, wanting to find some sort of outlet to free herself from everyday life. I have always considered myself an artistic person. I used to paint. I used to sketch. I still occasionally like to write. I started cooking when I moved in with my boyfriend. I felt it necessary to become domesticated. My parents are good cooks. I didn’t want to lose any of those tastes from home. It wasn’t until a friend told me that food was my new creative outlet that I realized she was right. I had been discouraged and felt that I had lost my creativity. Food was now my art and a delicious one at that. It was one that could still inspire and make people happy with full bellies. I’ve enjoyed cooking for over a year now. Mike has become my best food critic.
Just last night I put together fluke fillets that were caught over the weekend. I had two fillets each and placed them in a sheet of foil. I squeezed the juice of one lime over each fillet, sprinkled Pampered Chef citrus & basil seasoning over them, topped them with chopped garlic and finished them off with a splash of white cooking wine. I thought about adding paprika, but left it in the cupboard. I served the plates of fish and Mike got up to get…paprika. I knew it needed it! Mike gave me a thumbs up anyway. We had our fish with sweet potato fries (the frozen kind). I’ve perfected Mike’s way of crisping french fries. You don’t leave the oven on the entire time. You shut the oven off when the fries are almost done and that is the trick to getting them nice and crispy! They don’t tell you that on the back of the bag!
Thanks to Julie & Julia, I want to continue trying to perfect recipes and try new dishes. I want to continue writing and blogging even if some days it feels like no one reads this thing. I want to keep the faith that outside of the four office walls I visit each week, there’s a life that could one day lead me somewhere spectacular.