Thinking Out Loud- Blow Torches and Favorites

“I think every woman should have a blow torch” – Julia Child.

These words, Julia’s words, are brilliant. I can’t help it but to look it up again every so often because it makes me laugh out loud and it doesn’t matter where I am when I’m reminded of it, people look at me crazy because I’m laughing into the wind. I’m totally cool with looking like a looney and giggling because Julia’s words just strike a chord with me.

I can interpret Julia’s words literally and say “Yes! all chicks need a good flame for creme brulee.”.

And I can see her words figuratively and feel so empowered by her statement. What ever she was trying to say, I agree with all of it. Yes, every woman needs that source of inspiration, of flame, of fiery passion and that occasional bit of heated vent. Be open, strong, feisty and fierce with your commitment to what ever is that you are doing.

Oh, blow torches are for boys too. Let’s not forget that boys like to play with fire. Todd has three blow torches of his own!  I just wanted to leave you with Julia’s words for the upcoming weekend. Interpret it how you may, but most importantly, I hope that it gives you the same chuckle and smile that it does for me.

Aside from this quote, here are some other things that I found to make me happy:

– Apricots. They’re coming into season now and I’m as happy as ever. And guess what? We finally carved out a space in the garden to plant our very first apricot tree! We are super excited to introduce a Gold Kist apricot to our SoCal garden.

– I love breakfasts. This breakfast pizza is killing me softly. It looks incredible.

– I need my lunches, it’s my biggest meal of the day. I want need these fully loaded spring samosas.

– And for dinner, this avocado romaine salad.

– These mango & salted coconut popsicles for dessert!

Eat well, friends and have a wonderful weekend.



{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Cate O'Malley

    That first picture is gorgeous!

  2. Eliza B

    My sisters and I are constantly trying to buy my mother a mini blow torch for her cooking. And also because they are fun. Now I have a quote to show her which will explain why she needs one, figuratively and literally.

  3. Donna A.

    OK, I just wanna know which blow torch is the best. I have a small culinary torch, but wonder if it’s worth a trip to my local Home Depot for an upgrade? Todd?

  4. Amanda

    Something about all these things makes me exceedingly happy too…happy Friday.

  5. Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    I’ve never thought about that quote as an inspiration quote, but just as “every woman needs a blow torch” but that’s a great way to see it! ps. those fully loaded spring samosas look good!

  6. Katy @ Katy's Kitchen

    I love that quote from Julia Child. She was right, as always. I can’t wait to see what fresh recipes you come up with using your apricots. I’ve been seeing many grilled apricot recipes recently, both sweet and savoury and they are completely mouthwatering.

  7. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    I busted out my blow torch for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I was caramelizing some marshmallow frosting. Almost forgot how much fun it is 🙂

    Beautiful shot of the apricots! I love their silky soft skin.

  8. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking

    I’d be right there with you laughing about Julia’s quote! We all need a source of inspiration and to be strong. Have a great weekend you two!

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