After watching Nora Ephron’s supremely comforting Julie & Julia on Boxing Day, which sees New York food blogger Julie Powell attempting to work her way through culinary maven Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, I felt inspired to unleash my inner Child. While I’ve long been a food lover, my approach to cooking is somewhat scattergun and could do with a little refinement, so what better place to start than by beginning with the country that wrote the culinary rulebook.
Having snapped up the solitary copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking at my local bookshop, and admired its elegant red fleur-de-lis motif, I hunted down some equipment to prepare me for battle, beginning with a balloon whisk for beating egg whites into submission. Keen to share my tragedies and triumphs, on a whim I set up this blog at a time when blogs have probably never been more unfashionable.
I may be writing into a void, but I hope this site may attract a follower or two who will join me on my culinary journey. Without realising it, my domain name, Return to Blender, tips its hat to another Ephron classic – You Got Mail. I couldn’t believe it hadn’t already been taken, but there seems to be a distinct lack of irony in the food blogging sphere. I plan to tackle one recipe or technique per week and am hoping to blog about my endeavours every Sunday. My first challenge… sauces. Bon appétit!