I have a new love in my life. I stumble home from work at 9:30pm with no time to cook, hoping I still have a container of buffalo milk yogurt in the back of the fridge, fall on the couch, and watch Jaques Pépin cook. Everything he makes looks incredibly delicious, and I find myself thinking, "Why didn't I realize how much I want to eat mussels and saffron over pasta? Ooo, those strawberries are exactly what I want - nothing in the world could possibly be as good as they would be."
Of course, half the charm is Jacques himself, talking to me about just how to dunk my baguette into the watery, saffrony sauce, saying adorable things like, "I wouldn't want to put more wine into this, but I will add a little 'château sink'," in that lovely, soft French accent. Yes, I am head-over-heels for a man old enough to be my grandfather. Fortunately, so is The Guy, so we collapse together and plan the dinners we will make someday, when we have time to reacquaint ourselves with our kitchen. I've even started to talk him into getting me the book for my birthday (he thinks he should just get me the dvd set so I can drool over it night after night).
The show has a funny website, here, but it doesn't nearly do justice to the genius that is this particular PBS jewel. So if you can't find time to cook, look up your local PBS schedules and feed on the master and his food.
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What has become our family's favorite chicken recipe is from Jacques Pepin: Marinated Chicken, which is simply equal parts of low sodium soy sauce, honey,and balsamic vinegar, mixed and slathered over and around chicken and baked, with sliced mushrooms sprinkled around the chicken half way through the cooking. Simple and delicious! Thanks for the website link. I see lots of recipes I'd like to try....if only I had the time!
Posted by: Barbara at September 19, 2006 05:06 PM
I found your site through jamesoseland.com. Your pictures are so vivid and beautifully composed...
Posted by: Rasa Malaysia at November 5, 2006 03:59 AM