I come from a rather large family (by today's standards). One of six children, third in line to the family throne, #2 of four girls.
I speak with one of my sisters at least several times a week. Sometimes more in times of great need, crisis or glad tidings.
The other day I was speaking to sister #3 and as so often happens, the topic of "what's for dinner" came up.
I told #3 I was on my way to the store to buy ingredients for Boeuf Bourguignon* and she casually mentioned that her 14 year old son Wes had made that very dish in June.
*from here on in known as BB
It seems #3 and her merry band have a once a month family tradition of choosing a country, researching the cuisine of that country and then making a dish for the rest of the family.
June was Wes's month and he choose France. Imagine that.
So off Wes went to the library and checked out the following book:
"Yes", said M. "And that's not all. He made BB AND cream puffs from the book.
"Ohhhh REEEALLY, I replied. And how did it taste?"
"Oh, it was wonderful" she assured me.
"Can I speak with Wes?" I asked.
Soon Wes was on the phone and I was peppering him with questions.
What kind of beef did you use?
Did you dry the beef?
What kind of wine did you use?
Did you use the recipe for brown braised onions like Julia Child said to?
Did you pan saute the mushrooms separately?
What sides did you make?
Do you have photographic proof of this kitchen escapade?
Wes answered all my questions thoughtfully and knowledgeably. But I wanted proof that he had indeed mastered this difficult recipe.
Did you dad take pictures? Will you send them to me?
Herewith photographic evidence of Wes's culinary fete. His mom, serving as Sous Chef, did the knife work for him.
This is Wes's BB:
I am so proud of him.
I am so proud of my younger sister for teaching her sons to cook.
Does your family have any kitchen traditions? Any budding culinary stars? Any favorite meals that you all cook together?
AND this question is for Wes,
Are You Ready for a Throwdown?
Oh, and for the record, here is my BB: In The Pot