Sunday, January 07, 2007

A Craving for Creme Brulee

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(I have no idea why my pics are so small. They were fine when I first loaded them on Sunday and then on Monday the quality was really bad so I tried to reload them and now they are small...it's a typical Monday for me!)
I was watching Rachel Ray's $40 a Day show on the FoodNetwork Channel the other night and she ordered Creme Carmel at one of the restaurants she visited. Ever since that I've been craving creme brulee and I can't get it out of my mind. One time I made this when I was living in another rental and I was trying to impress some guy I was dating so I fixed him dinner and then made creme brulee for dessert. He was in my living room and I was in the kitchen using the kitchen torch to brown the sugar. He said something to me and I turned around to answer him, and with the torch still on, my arm moved enough that it was off the dessert and burning my Formica counter top. It put a big brown spot about the size of a nickle in it. I was so stressed when I moved out of that place that my landlord was going to take a big chunk of my deposit because of this. When she came in to do the walk-through the day I moved out she threw her purse up on my kitchen counter and directly on top of the burnt spot. She never saw it! I felt kind of guilty because I'm an extremely honest person but she ended up selling the place within a couple of months. Now every time I make this I remember that day. I learned another lesson that day...never make a big, expensive dinner to impress a man you just started dating. I think it was our second or third date and I didn't know he was a picky eater. He didn't really like what I made and then he commented that I must be really hungry because I was eating a lot....he was history after that date!

This time I decided to try a new recipe. I picked Ginger-Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee that can be found here. Trader Joe's has a really good deal on whole vanilla beans if you are lucky enough to have a Trader Joe's close to you. This was really good but I love anything with ginger in it.

Note: See the glass jar with sugar in it? I bought that at a thrift store a couple days ago for $2. I love it!

9 comments:

cityfarmer said...

Let's get together, yeh, yeh, yeh!!!!
I'm thinking our hearts beat at the same time.!!!!
I go thrifin' every week and there is ALWAYS something there callin' my name...I'll be posting my latest find this week...take a peek.

Cindy said...

Hi Cityfarmer: I just noticed that you are a Libra too!

I can't wait to see your latest finds!

diana said...

Cindy... I am droooooling... that looks delicious... dont waste that fabulous dessert on a man.... you know your cyber girlfriends would love to come over and have a bite of that... yum, yum, yum... and I love that jar. great find

Susie Q said...

Love that jar...and the pig is exactly like mine! Didja get yours at Target too? : )
Your pictures were so lovely...we all LOVE creme brulee'. Yours looks so good. Now I have a craving for it!

We have Trader Joe's here. LOVE that store.

Have a wonderful week...stay well.

Hugs,
Sue

Meg said...

Cute story, Cindy! The torch has always made me believe that creme brulee was out of my league...perhaps it's a mind-over-matter thing.

Jen said...

$2 for that jar? You lucked out lady! I want some creme brulee.

selva said...

i like to stay once again in this Alpine Peaks restaurant , i have never feel such a restaurant in my life, i found the meaning of relax there. i like to take family too in my next journey, i think they too will like me

selva said...

i like to stay once again in this Alpine Peaks restaurant , i have never feel such a restaurant in my life, i found the meaning of relax there. i like to take family too in my next journey, i think they too will like me

selva said...

i like to stay once again in this Alpine Peaks restaurant , i have never feel such a restaurant in my life, i found the meaning of relax there. i like to take family too in my next journey, i think they too will like me