A Remake of Julie & Julia: Monique & Anne-Marie

When my friend Monique (@labelle_eco_life on Instagram) told me she planned to do a Julie & Julia of my cookbook, I thought she was kidding. If you haven’t seen the Nora Ephron movie, in it, dissatisfied cubicle cog Julie, looking for a creative outlet, cooks and blogs her way through Julia Child’s classic cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She gives herself a deadline of one year to make all 524 recipes. Meltdowns and scrumptious food shots ensue.

Well, Monique was serious. Every day I’ve watched my recipes come to life in her Instagram feed. And while I doubt my simple dishes will trigger any meltdowns, the food Monique has been posting, like the food in the film, certainly does look scrumptious.

Photo credits in this post: Monique Labelle-Wheeler

Monique in her Ottawa kitchen with my cookbook, perhaps choosing which recipe to cook first

Monique’s first nine recipes

Monique, very efficiently, started off with some ferments. The hot pepper sauce and preserved lemons ferment for a month or so (it depends on your kitchen) and they both go really well with other dishes that Monique will cook later, such as the potato-cauliflower dal, which itself goes well with the dosas, which go well with the sautéed chard…

Sourdough discard tortillas and refried beans

Next, Monique moved onto the sourdough discard tortillas and refried beans (the hot pepper sauce will go really well with that meal). Like my pita bread recipe, you can keep the tortilla dough in the refrigerator and tear off hunks of the dough when you want to cook a few tortillas.

Sourdough bread proofing

Monique already bakes sourdough bread so no meltdowns here… I updated the recipe for the book.

Lebanese tabbouleh

I wanted a recipe (or two…I have two) in the cookbook that calls for an entire bunch of herbs. When we need herbs for a recipe, we usually need only two tablespoons—great if you grow herbs but not so great if you buy them. This tabbouleh—a parsley based salad with cucumber, tomato and bulgur (cracked wheat)—uses a large bunch of parsley. Monique grabbed the fresh mint from her backyard.

Whole wheat sourdough waffles

Monique recently went vegan so she has been adapting recipes in my book when necessary, like these waffles. She used vegan yogurt and substituted flax meal for the egg and chose coconut oil for the fat. She said her family loved the waffles!

Kernel-to-Cob Corn Chowder

I’ll end with this last dish for now—Monique has signed up to cook all 75 recipes—my Kernel-to-Cob Corn Chowder. You first make broth with the cobs, silks and husks and then make a chowder, thickened with puréed cashews. Monique’s husband Dave and their son Marc cooked this for Monique for Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Monique and I chatted on Instagram Live today and you can watch that below if you like. She had lots of questions for me about fermentation (my favorite thing to talk about!). I showed up wearing my Julia Child shirt dress and pearls.

If you ordered my book, thank you very much. I hope you are enjoying it. If you ordered it from Amazon, will you please write a review? (Goodreads also works!) Thank you for your support!

4 Replies to “A Remake of Julie & Julia: Monique & Anne-Marie”

  1. Kathy Cronk says: Reply

    Bought the book. Love it. Enjoy supporting your great work.

    1. Hi Kathy,
      Thank you very much for buying my book. I really appreciate it!
      ~ Anne-Marie

  2. I might need to cook my way through à la Julie & Julia as well! I love every recipe I’ve tried so far: the tortillas (I’ve tried to make homemade before and was always so sad they didn’t turn out. Yours are so delicious!), brownies, ginger bug with ginger beer currently brewing, tepache is also brewing, sour cream, sourdough pancakes, and dosa batter (though I left it in a too-warm oven and killed it. Oops! Trying again!). My little guy and I are going to make the sourdough zucchini bread today and I’m planning on making dilly beans and preserved lemons this weekend. I’m hooked in your book! Left an Amazon review too 🙂 Thank you for being such a wonderful resource!!

    1. Hi Jess,
      It sounds like you are cooking your way through it à la Julie & Julia. I’m so glad you like the tortillas and everything else. Thank you very much for buying my book and for taking the time to write a review on Amazon. Those reviews really help other readers discover books.
      Have a great weekend and enjoy all of your delicious food,

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