While waiting on line at the Hicksville (NY) B'way Multiplex Cinemas to see "Julie & Julia," starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, I overheard several interesting conversations:
"Remember the story about the Jewish woman who always cut off the end of a roast beef before putting it into the "skovrode" (pan) to cook? One day her husband asked why she did it. She replied, "I don't know. My mother always did it that way." So she called mom and asked why she always cut off the end of the roast before cooking. Her response was "poshet" (simple): "Because my roasting pan was too small."
"Did you know that Julia Child's kitchen was located on Cambridge Street, a block from Harvard's creative writing and women's studies departments? It was described as 'a comfortable old-shoe of a kitchen.' Its painted-glass-fronted cabinets were schoolroom green. It had a long butcher- block counter, and it was Julia Child's height. Two magnetic strips hold 28 knives, all of them properly sharp. The pegboard walls support 62 pots and pans, most "kuper" (copper), with a few "ayzn" (iron) pans in rare shapes and sizes. A half dozen pairs of shears, 8 magnificent rolling pins, (one crenulated, for puff "gebeks" (pastry), two scales, three fish molds, a doughnut cutter, a corn-slick pan and a heart-shaped mold. Yes, her 'kikh' (kitchen) was both "eng" (crowded) and orderly."
Julia Child said, "All my mother knew how to cook was baking powder biscuits, codfish balls and Welsh rarebit."
"Julia Child's joie de vivre was her ability to explain techniques, and what-me-worry approach to mistakes made serious cooking fun."
For many years, New York Magazine's Mary Ann Madden, offered her readers an opportunity to enter"vort" (word) competitions. In some cases, the reader was asked to provide fanciful definitions for words beginning with a particular letter of the alphabet. In others, the reader supplied original REDEFINITIONS for familiar foreign phrases. One example: "salto mortale" - sodium kills.
Nora Ephron, Julia Child, Meryl Streep, Julia Powell, Stanley Tucci (Paul), and all of the students at the Cordon Blue cooking school would have loved these humorous food-related words:
And my favorite:
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