Someone asked me “How did you get into food blogging?” Well, About 5 years ago I think it was, a movie was out called, “Julie and Julia.” It was about a blogger named Julie whole blogged her way through Julia Child’s cookbook, “Mastering the art of French Cooking.”
Admittedly I was also at a low point in my life. I was dealing with acceptance of my divorce and everything my ex-husband had done to me. I had started finding myself again, so to say. In that process, I must have watched that movie about 100 times.
Suddenly, I realized, why can’t I do that? I love to cook, why not do a blog about it. So I dived in started finding Dee through the art of blogging.
I made mistakes with that first blog, but I have learned what to do and not do. So when I took a break and decided to come back to blogging, I knew what to do, and I think that helped me with the success of Seduction in the Kitchen.
One of the things I had in common with Julie from that movie, besides a love of cooking, was I am a huge fan of Julia Child’s as well. She is a cooking icon of mine. I think why she is adored by many was her presence she had. She was entertaining, but she wasn’t afraid to try things and if it didn’t go quite right, it wasn’t a disaster to her. She made cooking look so easy and fun.
I have always loved trying different world cuisines recipes. I have never attempted a French recipe by Julia Child. Our supermarket was having a huge seafood sale, and I saw a beautiful piece of Orange Roughy.
I thought instantly of the beginning of Julie and Julia. This fish dish is being brought to Meryl Streep who was playing Julia Child, and she mumbles “butter.” Later in the movie, they talk about beurre blanc. I decided I want to make Julia’s beurre blanc for this fish.
Something interesting I discovered as I was trying to track the recipe down on Google, there was different versions of it. Then I saw this image on Google:
Julia Child was the master of French cooking. Mandarine Napoleon is the Emperor of French liquor, together these two elements make for a great recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.
- 1 Tablespoon finely chopped shallots
- 1 tablespoons stick of cold unsalted butter, sliced into
- 1/4 cup of heavy cream
- 1/4 cup chicken stock
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 1/8 Tablespoon salt
- 1/8 Tablespoon white pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Mandarine Napoleon
- 1 large Orange Roughy Fillet
- lemon pepper salt
- In a saucepan, heat the shallots in the stock on medium low. Let it cook for about two minutes.
- Add the vinegar, and cream. Whisk it with the stock. Add one piece at the time, the butter. As the butter is melting into the vinegar mixture, start whisking it together.
- Let it cook for about 2 minutes as you keep whisking the sauce.
- Add the Mandarine Napoleon, and season with the salt and pepper. Whisk it one more time, and let the sauce cook for one more minute.
- Take the sauce off the heat.
- In a shallow cooking pan, place the fish, season it with a little lemon pepper.
- Pour the sauce over the fish, but reserve about 1/4-1/2 cup of the sauce for finishing. Cover with foil the pan.
- Place the pan in a oven that has been preheated for 400F degrees. Let the fish cook for 10-15 minutes.
- The fish will be done when it flakes very easily with a fork.
- Place the fish on a plate and drizzle the remaining sauce over it, then ENJOY!