That said it's certainly got a little colder at night, so I would highly recommend snuggling down on the sofa wrapped in something warm.
Any Mexican recipes?
Well, I had a night off from cooking when Colin and I went out with Sam and Becks for a Mexican meal. I introduced them to the delights of the Mojito cocktail, which I had quaffed on a beach in Ibiza, but they weren't all that smitten. So not wishing to appear ungrateful, I drank theirs too!
The sombreros and ponchos weren't standard dress code but I think they looked pretty good, don't you?! A cracking night was had by all, and I'm now introducing enchiladas and fajitas to our weekly menu. Actually, if you know of any variations on the theme, or an alternative to chicken, I'd be really grateful, and then I could always create and blog the results!!
'Julie and Julia'
I've had another lovely night out recently to see the film 'Julie and Julia' with Lucy and Jack. To be fair, it really wasn't Jack's first choice but being a true gent he graced us with his presence and motored through a huge bag of popcorn while Lucy and I sat enthralled.
The film is based on a true story of how in 2005 Julie Powell set herself the challenge to cook 524 recipes in 365 days. All the dishes were created by the American chef Julia Child, whose cookery book was published in the '50s. The story moves constantly between decades and from Paris to America and back again.
The story of how Julia came to put the book together in itself is really entertaining, but she went on to become a TV chef – one of the first on American TV - and looked a bit like our very own Fanny Craddock, if you can remember that far back! Also, a little reminiscent of the sadly departed Keith Floyd… although not sure if alcohol was her poison.
Not only is there the TV element, but Julie chooses to write in detail about what she's cooked every night in a blog, and, of course, over time it's not just the food but every aspect of her life and relationship that is included. It's a fantastic idea for a film, and I truly think Meryl Streep deserves an Oscar nomination for this one… she's long overdue her third in my opinion :)
I was still talking about it a couple of days later when a little parcel arrived for me, and my very thoughtful girl had bought me the book of the film, so I can become word perfect! Do let me know if you've seen it, and what you thought of it. For me I'd give it five stars in our review system :)
Have a great weekend.
Love Ali x