Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Creme Brulee Fiasco

After reading about creme brulee on the Pioneer Woman's blog at , my little sis and I decided to make some. It didn't look so hard, after all. We were sure we could do it!

This is me and my little sis. She always stays behing me in pictures, making it look like she's tiny, and consequently I'm BIG! It's a conspiracy! Never mind that in reality I weigh 15 lbs. more than her. Any way, that's muscle! ;)
OK, so we decided that we had to get pretty before we made creme brulee.

Only being "prettied up" is very different for each of us. She was already beautifully dressed with her hair all coifed and wearing accessories. She needed make-up to feel beautiful. I, on the other hand, wanted to put on a clean shirt that didn't clash too horribly with my scarf that hides my messy hair. And brush my teeth. Clean teeth mean I'm set for the day, regardless of anything else.
It's funny about that. A friend recently commented that there's no way we both grew up in _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ . But we did, really!

So, the creme brulee was a fiasco! It was my fault, really. I was in controll of the mixer. I mixed WAY TOO MUCH air into the custard. If you've never made it before, please remember NOT to do this. The custard was supposed to fill 6 ramekins. It filled at least double that. We had to find something else to put the rest in. This happened because I was so nervous about tempering the eggs. Next time, it will be much better. I won't make that mistake again.

Because it was so light and fluffy, the custard began to brown right away. It's NOT supposed to brown, just set nicely. It was also not very dense. It should be a lovely dense custard. It also fell after baking so there was yucky custard on the sides of each ramekin. That burnded dirung the sugar torching process (that we did with a propane torch of my husbands).

However, it was incredibly delish even after all the mistakes. I can hardly wait to do it again! Oh my, it will be heaven next time, I'm sure!


  1. I don't really care for custard so I won't worry about making a mess, LOL! I did,however, enjoy seeing the photos of you too getting some sister time! Your little sis is cute as can be, and you look great! I'm the same way, clean shirt, hair in a ponytail, if my flip flops match I'm good to go :)

    And tell your sis it may be a conspiracy, but what a great idea on her part, I'm going to start hiding behind people when the cameras come out LOL

    Nice seeing a photo of you, enjoy the next try on the custard!

  2. :) Thanks, Erin! I'll be sure to relay the message to my sis!

  3. Saw your sis in town tonight and that girl should be banned from this little northwoods town. Her sense of style and the way she dresses makes me look like Daniel Boone.

    P.S. Chicken Mama makes a killer creme brulee, too. Me? I make plain ol' custard. :o)

  4. Mama Pea, Don't I know it! She's really something! I'd love to try Chicken Mama's creme brulee. Oh, how I would love to! ;)