Food lovers are celebrating Julia Child's birthday today. And in her honor, the 99 Cent Chef's new palate-pleasing video, "Julian & Julia," introduces Julia Child's nephew, Julian Child. He's a real chip off the cutting board and a chef worthy of sauteing with Aunt Julia's copper-bottomed pot!
As we walked through fresh and fragrant stalls of produce Julian stopped at a stack of organic oranges and reminisced about his childhood summers in Paris, France, and how he would tug at Julia Child's apron and beg for his favorite dish: Crepe Suzette in an Orange Butter Sauce.
Aunt Julia eventually grew tired of always preparing it and soon taught it to her nephew, a budding chef. I seized the opportunity to invite Julian to The 99 Cent Chef's kitchen to cook his Aunt Julia's Crepe Suzette for everyone!
Play it here. The video runs 6 minutes, 20 seconds.
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- 1 cup of Flour
- 3/4 cup of Milk
- 3/4 cup of Water
- 2 to 3 Eggs
- 2 tbsp. Butter
- 1/4 tsp. of Vanilla - optional.
- Pinch of Salt
- 1/2 cup of Orange Juice - freshly squeezed or store-bought pasteurized.
- Zest of 1/2 Orange - optional.
- 1/2 cup of Sugar
- 1 stick of Butter - OK to use less.
- Airline bottle of Cognac (or Brandy) - about 1/4 cup.
Don't worry, it takes a couple of Crêpe to get it right. Your crêpes may not be perfect, but with a sweet Orange Butter Sauce, no one will be complaining about its appearance. Set aside your cooked Crêpes to add to the Orange Butter Sauce.
The other half of the movie is about Julie Powell blogging and cooking her way through, in one year, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" co-written by Julia Child. Both stories resonated with this Chef.
And the movie's Paris locale is intoxicating. You will find yourself leaving the theater with the booming voice of Julia Child in your head and your utterances will have her cadence. She is so fun to mimic you cannot help but bellow "Bon Appetit" every chance you get!
And 99 Thanks to Bob McGinness for his creative camerawork!