A Party without Cake

A party without cake is really just a meeting.

Julia Child

be kitschig blog A party without cake is really just a meeting. Julia Child

We are celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th. Due to the current situation, and as of recently, that doesn’t necessarily mean some pandemic thingy, I am not incredibly inspired to post cute kitschy stuff… Let’s keep it light for today and take it from there.

Julia Child is joining the party. The famous Chef and TV personality showed people, that it is totally OK to make mistakes when cooking. Child joined the Office of Strategic Services in 1942, where she started as a typist and was later involved in the development of a shark repellent. Apparently it was a bit of a nuisance that curious sharks kept dying, while the explosives were really meant for German submarines. Rumors go, the concoction she cooked up is still in use today. Later, she lived with her husband in post-war France and attended Le Cordon Bleu culinary school.

She was co-author of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, published in 1961, which is still in print today. She moved on to teach cooking and became a well-loved figure on American television. Back in the days her TV shows aired uncut, which left out no blunders. Therefore, Child appeared very relatable to housewives of the time. She was a true icon. As a fun fact, her kitchen is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.

Have a good start to your week!

As they said in the good old times, let them eat cake.

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23 thoughts on “A Party without Cake

  1. The story goes that Child dropped the chicken (or whatever she was cooking) as it came out of the oven, looked at the camera, and said, “This is why you could never allow your guests into the kitchen while you cook.” Then she picked it up and put it on the platter.

    1. Ha ha, I had her on all morning, so far no dropping yet. I liked her treatment of the fish “I can’t be bothered to get them all out [fish bone] so I just won’t” — I may need to watch this, til she drops something

      1. I actually haven’t seen a cooking show in a lont time, until Julia … This lady would not go for low fat / low carb 😉

      1. Mmh, that does sound like an investment. You could live happily ever after though. (Which might not be long after all that butter?!?)

      2. Well, it’s a two volume set, so I suppose it’s worth it. Also, the ones on Amazon are late prints and I have made bad experience with Amazons prints, so I stay away from it.

    1. Hi, I’m glad I could! I watched a great deal of it and she lifted me up with “You can lighten the Holondaise by adding some cream.” Sometimes it’s better to watch these things rather than the news …

  2. That was so funny! Your cartoon but most of all Julia Child. I have heard of her, but never seen her and what a way to get introduced to her in this hilarious skit with the ladies!

      1. I did and she was animated and I like the way she kept patting the chickens. 🙂 I’ve never stuffed a chicken nor handled a chicken … a real novice. I’d be squeamish touching the skin. Yes, I agree – nothing beats that creamy taste of butter. Even on toast – the other stuff may be better for you, but what tastes better than crispy toast or an English muffin with a pat of butter delightfully seeping into the that toast or muffin. I believe I’ve must made myself hungry!

  3. I recently caught maybe the last 10 minutes of her show recently with Martha Stewart making a wedding cake, and it was the most hilarious thing I’ve seen in a long time. I understand the episode is two parts, so I plan to watch them both this weekend.

    1. I just checked the Tube — I can watch it over here! There will be wedding cake today, THANK YOU. That sounds like fun! Have you seen Martha with Snoop Dog?

      1. I hope the wedding cake is the Martha Stewart one. I have not watched Snoop and Martha; I did try their red wine recently and it was delicious and affordable. 

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