Spring, 1958. Apart from the French, this story could have taken place in America. Secretaries applying for a job for a handsome man; cliche. However, a woman who has a gift of speed typing paired with a boss who is competative in nature, well that makes for a bit of a twist.
I immediatly fell in love with the protaganist, Rose, a girl wanting to get out on her own and not stay in her village is a dream of many a girl. As it was in the era of ‘Mad Men’, being a secretary carried an aire of glamour and big city life.
Her boss, happens to be the same actor in another film I wrote about, L’auberge Espagnole, Romain Duris took on an entirely different persona in this film. Duris was discovered while standing in front of his high school in Paris and has since then starred in many films and was ranked 8th in for Elle Magazine’s Sexiest Men Poll in 2007.
In order to train her, he tells her to move in with him. It’s a bit ‘My Fair Lady’ in this way and you can see the romance brewing long before the characters have any idea it will happen. Rose is a bit of a clutz, a terrible secretary really, but she can type fast and Mr.Eschard is competative so their arrangement works. She takes her typing so seriously, she paints her nails the colors of the keys. There’s humor in this film and the witty banter between the characters is palpable, even if it’s just on the surface.
Even though this film may have a familiar premise, it still feels like a fresh new film and rewards you for keeping along with the ride. Who knew a movie about a typing competition could be so great? And it made me nostalgic for my grandfathers type-writer I used to click-clack away on, writing love stories such as this.
The question of the week, what to make to pair with this film?
This week’s dish is a simple Goat Cheese Pasta. So easy to prepare, even Rose couldn’t mess it up!
Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta with Walnuts and Lemon is my vision of Heaven on a plate. You could really add in any creamy formage, but if you enjoy goat cheese as much as I do then this is the sauce for you. I used tagliatelle but pappardelle, linguine or fettuccine would work well also.
3/4 lb Tagliatelle Pasta
2 tbsp Fresh Lemon Zest
1/2 Cup Toasted Walnuts
7 oz Goat Cheese
1/2 cup Arugula
Salt and Pepper to taste
Boil salted water and add the pasta. I always add a dash of olive oil to keep the pasta ‘loose’ for cooking. My husband thinks I’m crazy but placing a wooden spoon a top the boiling pasta, keeps it from running over. If you want to know the science behind why this works (and occasionally doesn’t) check it out here.
In the meantime, take a small pan and add some olive oil and add your goat cheese. Keep the temperature at a low heat, a light simmer will do. While the pasta and goat cheese cook, chop the walnuts and place in the oven, 350 degrees for about ten minutes. When those are in, zest your lemon into a bowl and set aside.
The goat cheese should be mostly melted, add salt and pepper and stir. Then add about half of your lemon zest and blend it into the sauce. Drain the pasta, saving about 1 cup of pasta water to add in with the sauce.
Add the goat cheese and walnuts into the pasta (save a few on the side to use to top later) and mix, being sure the pasta is evenly coated. If you see the need, add a bit more olive oil. Add the rest of the lemon zest and a dash more salt to taste.
Lastly, throw in the arugula and give the pasta one last mix to blend it. Plate the dish with a tiny drizzle of honey and a bit of the toasted walnuts. If you are a meat eater, I’ve been told bacon goes very well with this dish if you feel it needs something extra.
This pasta is delicious and fresh and will have you going back for seconds and thirds, I know I did!
Enjoy this light summer dish and this light French film!