Posted by: njbrown | September 15, 2009


September 15, 2009

I had a Julie Powell moment last night when George informed me that I had two comments!  The first as not from my mother (as Julie’s had been), but from a dear friend.  The second was from a stranger and fellow food-lover, and it had kind words of encouragement.  Her blog looks interesting:  I am totally ignorant of the world of blogging, but it is so neat to be able to connect with like-minded people from all over.  I had been hoping to hover under the radar since the most positive thing said about my writing came from my master’s degree thesis advisor, and it was a left-handed compliment:  “Well, you don’t write badly.”

Yesterday’s food television watching included a show by Canadian chef Michael Smith on chocolate.  (Julia would have liked Michael for a number of reasons, I think.  He’s 6’7″, humble, knowledgable and seems to be a thoroughly nice person.  He lives and cooks on Prince Edward Island, but has another show – Chef Abroad – where he travels all over the world learning about different foods.  Yesterday, Michael created (on this show he cooks without a recipe) a variety of chocolate treats:  decadent brownies, chocolate popcorn, chocolate caramel sauce, chocolate covered grapes, and whipped chocolate cream (really a whipped ganache) that he used on the most over-the-top chocolate sundae I have ever seen.  I am a huge lover of chocolate, but all of that chocolate was more than even I could cope with.  (However, on a trip to the mall later, I did get a dish of chocolate caramel ice cream with nuts on top.)  Julia apparently loved chocolate, but it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t.  Michael explained the reason as the “mouth feel” – the quick melting aspect of chocolate, but I prefer the explanation that it gives us the same feeling as being in love.




  1. Really nice posts. I will be checking back here regularly.

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