2011/12/22

Remember when... (FFwD: Creme Brulee)

'Tis the post before Christmas...

Oh, wait, that was last year!



Back when I was a wee one, Christmas was something I just couldn't wait for. Not for traditional reasons, mind you (although, I was never one to turn away a present); but because that was the one time of year when the siblings of Cher would come home.  Relieving me from my solitary child existence for a few short days - or if I was really lucky a week or so. 

You see, both of my siblings were quite a bit older than I - by the time I reached my 5th birthday, every one had pretty much up and abandoned me.  (In my 5-year old mind, it was abandonment, pure and simple).  First it was off to college and later they settled down, found jobs, married (or not), had children (or not).  I can remember being so jealous of all my friends with similarly-aged siblings and the constant hustle and bustle that always seemed to surround them. 

But, for a few short days once a year, everyone would come home.  And I would be one of those kids with siblings - except with the added bonus that my brother and sister could drive a car :-) 

I can recall the eager anticipation that preceded the days when everyone would come home.  And then it would be "The Day".  As the hour grew later, it seemed as if mom, dad & I would take turns looking out the kitchen window - keeping a sharp ear out for any noise in the driveway.  In retrospect, I am sure I must have sorely tested my parent's patience in those hours.  I could get a little antsy & probably bothered them with a gad-zillion ridiculous questions that they had no way of answering.  I was totally a pest. 


Finally, oh finally that moment would occur - once I heard that car door shut, it might as well have been Santa Claus trying to shove a toy store's worth of stuff down the chimney.  It was that big of a deal. 

Next Christmas, instead of anxiously awaiting a sibling, it looks like I will be on pins and needles waiting for the return of a child from college.  It absolutely boggles my mind.  Where does time go?  Seriously.


On to the brulee...

Rhubarb-orange jam provided a slightly tart surprise at the bottom of this brulee.  My brulee didn't quite set up the way I thought it should (even after extended baking), so it was a little more soupy than custardy.  The flavors were spot on - the texture just didn't quite make it. 

I also didn't have butane for the torch (cook's fault) - so under the broiler these went. The effect wasn't quite as stunning, but the crackly sugar top was still there...And that's really what matters, right?


This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie.

I wish everyone a safe & joyous holiday season - no matter which holiday you call your own. 

Since I call Christmas my own - Merry Christmas!

24 comments:

  1. Cher, Merry Christmas. I agree...where has the time gone? Your brulee's look terrific. I had a bit of a setting issue too. I think it's the recipe, not us cooks! Have a fabulous holiday and enjoy that the girls are home.

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  2. How sweet that spending time with your siblings trumped santa. :-) Your creme brulees look great, and I love the bowls they're in. Super cute!

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  3. Definitely soupy. Was so disappointed in this one :( Anyway, I have loved getting to know you a little through FFWD this year - here's to more adventures in 2012 cooking along with Dorie!

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  4. Cher, thank you for your nice words on my blog. My son of nine is smoking with the word souschef (I'm not sure he is going to stop totday). Loved reading your story, I can imagine christmas being a special time for you that way, with your family. Your creme brulee does look great, your broiler did à great job.

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  5. No wonder Santa stopped visiting your part of the country - he was annoyed with the lack of attention and low ranking in your priority list:)
    I made brulee once using the broiler also - same result as yours, it was crispy like it should be. Merry Xmas and happy new year.

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  6. What lovely holiday memories. Sorry to hear that your creme brulees did not set up, but they look darn tasty anyway. Here's hoping that everything else which comes out of your kitchen this holiday is problem free and delicious!

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  7. Still packing at 5 am but could not head out without leaving a comment from Nana and I to wish you and your family the most wonderful holiday season. We are loading the mini van with the feast of 7 fish elements (and everything else we can fit....)and headed to Vt to try it all up there this year. Did not want to head out without wishing you all the best. Happy 2012 !!!

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  8. Didn't quite get to the creme brulees this week (... might skip them, in fact, given all the trouble folks had). Hope you and yours have a wonderful, peaceful holiday season!

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  9. I used the broiler for years...till my inlaws bought me a torch for Christmas! Sorry yours were a bit soupy...boo! Merry Christmas, Cher!

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  10. What cute ramekin pots! I love that you remember it as being "abandoned". So cute!

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  11. Time does fly! Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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  12. Great Christmas story! Time does have a way of creeping up on us. The creme brulees look terrific, love the caramalization on yours!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  13. It's wonderful when everyone comes home for the holidays, that's what makes it special for sure. Sorry your creme brûlées didn't set up right, bummer! The sugar on top looks good, I think the torch is kind of scary. Have a wonderful family holiday and look forward to next year's recipes;-)

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  14. Yummo! This looks superb. And what a terrific story for Christmas.

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  15. Hi, Cher! I'm glad you like the custom design - I'm thrilled with it.

    I really wanted to make the Creme Brulee, but will have to wait until next week with so much going on at the moment.

    Wishing your family all the blessings of the season and a wonderful 2012!

    Merry Christmas!

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  16. There's nothing like having family home for the holidays. Really enjoyed reading about your memories and next year the anticipation will be just as great as you remember when you await your child's visit home from college. The texture may not have been there, but your creme brulee sounds wonderful with the tartness of the rhubarb-orange jam. I wish you and your family a beautiful Christmas, Cher!

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  17. As always, a wonderful story interwoven with delicious food photos! Sorry your custards were soupy. Mine set, but I had to bake for 90 minutes. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas, Cher!

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  18. WOW, that sounds good - rhubarb orange! I have a bit of it left that I made over the summer in my fridge! Well, I didn't get a great consistency either, it was more like pudding.... I wonder if there is a trick to getting it to set a bit more? Well either way, yours looks great! Have a great Christmas!!

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  19. 700 miles and 10 hours later, seeing my little Sis would be the best present ever! However, now it is sitting around waiting on that stupid bus with with wings.....

    Here's to waiting and that straining to get that first glimpse of you walking from the gate. It never really changes does it Sis?

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  20. @ Anonymous (aka Big Bro). Awww. I guess those buses with wings are good for something? :-)

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  21. Cher, I'm always amazed at how fast time flies. My eldest grandchild is 10..I can't believe how fast that happened! Your Creme Brulee looks wonderfully delicious. Hope your Christmas was Merry...and wishing you a Happy Healthy New Year!

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  22. I couldn't get my act together to do this recipe, but I love brulee and yours looks great!
    My 4 year old is 10 years younger than his sister n 7 yrs younger than his brother and he idolises them and told us today that he doesn't want any more friends because he has his sister and brother! You made me realise how important it is to him to get a dose of their attention!

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  23. Aww, that's sweet. I am sure they didn't really think you were a pest - probably very cute!! No brulee for me, I ate like a piggy in New Orleans!

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  24. Rhubarb-orange jam sounds great! I've enjoyed reading about all of the different kinds of jams that people used. Sorry yours didn't set up right, I'm starting to feel lucky that mine somehow did. Happy New Year!

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