Thursday, February 24, 2011

RWOP Cooking Creme Bloopers

Well, we all LOVE video bloopers.  Not only because they're HILARIOUS, but also because it makes us all feel like we're not alone when we trip over our own tongues, forget our own names (Marilyn Carriere confuses herself with Mariah Carey in this video), and our camera people suddenly lose all bodily control.

Thanks Marilyn for stepping up to be the bravest of all us RWOPs and letting me post your Cooking Creme bloopers on the new blooper blog site!  Enjoy everyone!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

First Flan Rodeo: FAIL!

Pumpkin Flan - Fail #1

Pumpkin Flan - Fail #2

During the holidays, I was itching to make pumpkin flan, based on a few different recipes I'd seen. It seemed easy enough, evaporated milk, eggs, pumpkin, etc. The first day, I made a hollow, flat souffle out of it. One of my friends said perhaps some things were better left unaltered. I refused to give up. I tried again. FAIL AGAIN.

The second batch was mush, just gross, lifeless sludge. The third batch was somewhere between the flat souffle and the mush but it was so stuck to the edges of the ramekin, it almost took a chainsaw to get it out of there !!!!

Pumpkin Flan - Attempt #3

 A few weeks ago, I watched Marcela Valladolid make a flan on her Food Network show, "Mexican Made Easy."  Of course, she nailed it, but I did learn the one crucial step that I was missing in my steps to making a flawless flan.  I needed to let it cool in the refrigerator for several hours.  It figures, my impatience got the best of me. 

Will I attempt this one again?  Probably not.  I've had some success with other "foofy" desserts like chocolate souffle that fed my ego (and my belly) sufficiently.  Brenda, you were right...some things are just better left unaltered.