Guest Blog: Featuring Midge
Hi Everyone, Midge here! My cousin Molly asked me if I could do a guest chat on her blog every week. I am super new at being a homemaker. My husband and I were only married for a year when we found out we were going to be parents for the first time. Sarah Rose was born in July of 2011, and for the first time in my career-focused life, I am home all day long. All things “kitchen” are somewhat foreign to me, but I love researching for my new stay-at-home mom career. I am so glad that Molly asked me to write this every week so I can share what I learn! Hope to have lots of fun learning and growing with you through my trial and errors!
If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – I might be in trouble!
Tonight was Valentine’s Day and I thought I would try to bake something special for my husband. Awhile back, my niece and nephew were really into this made-fo- TV musical and one of the songs included a kid singing about making really great Crème Brulee. I actually looked it up on the internet to see what this dessert was all about.
The video really makes this dessert look too easy to make. How hard could it be with so few ingredients? Here are the ingredients that the website listed: 1 1/3 cups of cream, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup of sugar, and a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.
My daughter, who will be 7 months old on the 16th, was very content playing in our family room on her special blanket. I decided that today was the day to give this recipe a shot. It should be done in time for our after Valentine’s Dinner treat and my husband will be so impressed with the fancy title of this dessert.
Our kitchen has a cute little breakfast counter that opens up into our family room, so I was able to keep an eye on little Sarah Rose while standing at the stove. I put my apron on and pulled out the half-and-half (I abhor heavy cream), measured it out and set the pot to medium heat. Have you ever tried to heat a dairy product up slowly? It seriously felt like it was taking FOREVER!
So, the short story is this . . . since it was taking so long to heat up the half-and-half, I left the stove to quickly change Sarah’s diaper. After tidying her up and putting her in her swing, I came back to the kitchen just in time to see the half-and-half bubbling like crazy. In my haste to get it to heat quicker, I had turned the knob up to medium high heat and thought I would be back just in time to pull it off the stove.
Although Crème Brulee is literally translated from French to English as “Burnt Cream”, I was pretty sure that what I saw in the little pot was not what the original chef had in mind. Having ruined the first batch of half-and-half I only had enough left to modify my recipe and make one Crème Brulee. I moved Sarah, who had fallen asleep in the swing, into her crib for a nap and there was no way I was going to wake her in order to run to the store for more ingredients. So I set it heating again, this time on low heat, and got out the rest of the ingredients to mix together.
It is in the oven now, so I will have to let you know next week how it turned out! After Sarah wakes up, we get to run to the kitchen store and get a fun new kitchen tool; a hand held blowtorch! It shouldn’t be too much money, right?
O,h and if I get creative, I saw another recipe for Crème Brulee that uses only egg yolks. We have a kitchen tool for separating egg yolks that we received for our wedding . . . can’t wait to try it! How do you separate egg whites and egg yolks? Do you use a special tool or do it the old fashioned way? Oh and what do you use the egg whites for after you separate them? Do you save them or toss them?
Thanks for reading and happy Valentine’s Day! – Midge