Happy Fall! (I could throw a y’all it but ehhh kinda cliche)
– It’s Fall. Not “technically ” here, because I live in a land without seasons, so we get deloo-loo and slurp up all the PSLs and decorate with the artificial leaves and gourds like crazy and claim it’s Fall in our own special Florida way.
For instance: baking up all the fall treats. And, after much testing, I came up with the perfect pumpkin spice creme brûlée recipe…. (among others)
Take this pumpkin bread with oozing sweet frosting.
(backstory: my dog happens to love this, too- if you follow me on the social media sites, you saw that post)
Okay- this recipe is so easy. The hardest part is also the most fun. Blow torching. Knowing I have that much powerful heat contained in a vessel in my hand makes me feel like I connected to a super hero power, and in the wrong hands could go dangerously wrong. Intrusive thoughts begin to surface, like: “what would happen if I torched this or that?”… lol nothing alive, folks. Nothing alive- maybe a few marshmallows and bread….
I maintained my composure and only torched the sugar, thoooooo….
I did good. I try to always do good to people and animals… but sometimes that backfires and blindsides you in a most unexpected way.
Now: lemme tell you about shitty
friends people. ( if they are shitty, they aren’t really friends anyway.) They are just shitty. Like, you do all you can do and then they just, well –shit on you.
So, what do you do when that happens? Revenge? Forgiveness? Try to glue the friendship together as if it were a broken vase? My advice? Broken vases will never be good enough to hold water and flowers. Metaphorically speaking; a friendship is a delicate flower and needs to bloom somewhere secure, and safe. So, throw out the damn vase. Don’t hold onto it… it’s never going to be like it was. It will never hold itself together under pressure now that it’s been damaged.
Damaged relationships are like broken vases.
This year, I’ve had two long term friendships shatter like crystal vases.
Do I care?
Well, yes- I’m not a monster.
Do I dwell? Nope. Because I know that beneath it all, there was something down the road that I’m being protected from. More hurt, drama, backstabbing… who knows. Yes, I was sad to toss out the vases. They had once held a beautiful bouquet of memories and conversations. But the vase is empty and broken now and the flowers are dead.
This has nothing to do with creme brûlée , I know. I suppose the cracked sugar topping sent me down a metaphorical rabbit hole. Have you ever had a relationship either romantic or friendship end bitterly? Who comes to mind? Did it ever restore itself? Or was there always the bitter taste of hurt and betrayal in the back of your mind?
Back to the food…
These are so easy: you whirl up the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pour them into ramekins, bake in a water bath and top with sugar to broil . You’ve got this. Go make these now. Enjoy and….
happy fall y’all.
pumpkin spice creme brûlée
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 eggd
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- In a blender or food processor, blend ingredients divide evenly into 6 ramekins. Place in a casserole dish and fill halfway with water. Place in preheated 350F oven for 35-40 minutes or until set.
- Sprinkle with 1 tbs coarse sugar and broil either with kitchen torch or broiler until sugar is crisp and caramelized.