All good things come to an end. This is week 50 of blogging about the “50 Women Game Changers” outlined on Gourmet Online. Julie Powell is the honoree this week. If you’ve seen the movie Julia and Julia, you might know that Powell is the blogger behind the movie. Powell was a secretary, and bored. She turned to blogging and came up with “The Julie and Julia Project,” and cooked her way through 424 recipes in 365 days from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Her blog found its way into a 2003 New York Timesarticle and she was thrust into the limelight.
It seems like food bloggers are divided into several camps when it comes to the whole Julia and Julia phenomena. Some bloggers seem to think she had a unique idea, kitchen clueless and cooking her way through Child’s masterpiece. They are happy to see a fellow blogger make it into the big world of publishing and film. It’s not uncommon to for a blog idea become a book, but a film falls into the category of rare. Others see her as being disrespectful to Julia Child, as it comes off more as a stunt, and in the cooking world Julia Child is revered; you don’t mess with her. And there is another camp that seems to be upset that she’s gotten recipe book contracts and she’s not even a cook. I like what Jennie Yabroff at The Daily Beast has to say about it:
“Powell never claimed to be a great cook. She was clear, from her project’s inception, that it was simply a conceit: not to get a book deal, but to get a life. She was miserable in her job, hated her apartment, and was losing faith in herself […]. In this way, she resembled Child before she became a cookbook author and star of her own cooking show. Child, too, was looking for something to restore her self-confidence.”
I do see Powell as a game changer. She changed her life through cooking and writing, and she’s inspired countless numbers of other cooks and writers. Her two books are Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, and Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsessions.
According to Delish one food Julie did not try until her project was the poached egg. Here I make it and serve it over a bed of sautéed mustard greens. It makes a light, and healthy lunch.
Cook Time: 4 to 8 minutes
Prep Time: 3 minutes
7 large leaves of mustard greens, washed, and stem and spine removed
1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 to 4 slices whole wheat toast
1) Put 8 to 10 inch pan on the stove and fill it with 2 inches of water. Bring the pot to boil and then add 2 teaspoons of vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Lower the heat to a simmer.
2) While you waiting for the water to come to a boil, get out an 8-inch sauté and add to it 1-1/2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the garlic and begin to cook it over medium-low heat. Cook about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes and then add the mustard greens and sauté until they are tender.
3) Crack an egg and gently release the egg into the simmering water. Repeat with the second egg. Cook 4 minutes for a runny egg, and 8 minutes for a hard egg. Put the toast in the oven.
4) Use a spatula or a skimmer to remove the eggs from the simmering water. Rinse them briefly under warm water and then serve them on top of the mustard greens and sprinkle with salt and Spanish paprika.
Check out what these other great cooks have come up with:
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