She licked a rich chocolate batter from her spatula and told us with a smile, “That’s not part of the recipe.”

melted chocolate

What would Julia Child do? Go on, you know you want to.

…I watched all — was it 134? — episodes of The French Chef for the cooking, but I reveled in her humor. Spontaneous humor – such as the time she pulled a bouquet garni out of a bubbling stock and said of the used bundle of herbs, “It looks like a dead mouse,” and the time she announced, to cover for a bell that inadvertently rang during taping, “That must be the plumber!” Unable to resist, she licked a rich chocolate batter from her spatula and told us with a smile, “That’s not part of the recipe.” I laughed out loud when the long, slim baguette of French bread she planned to slice for onion soup slumped lazily in the middle when she held it up, so she declared it pathetically lacking in character and flung it dismissively over her shoulder.

the words of Julia Child (August 15, 1912 ā€“ August 13, 2004)
from Backstage with Julia: My Years with Julia Child
by Nancy Verde Barr
image – peter pearson

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2 Responses to “She licked a rich chocolate batter from her spatula and told us with a smile, “That’s not part of the recipe.””

  1. Elisa Says:

    I think that licking the spoon should be part of any recipe. If it’s any good, that is šŸ˜‰

  2. Elizabeth Able Says:

    šŸ˜€ I succumbed to the powerful temptation of licking a virtual chocolate spoon, while in the process of putting up a Tao Te Ching quote for later today. I couldn’t choose between them, so I’m going to put up both.

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