Nov 20, 2009

Vanilla Bean Pots de Créme (Minty)


I collect cookbooks. Not on purpose. I'm just a sucker for food porn. I look at those beautiful photos and my head is filled with lofty visions of me cooking fine meals. Unfortunately, I'm also lazy, and the books end up collecting dust on the shelf. Not that I don't cook ever, just not that often.

I could call myself a Foodie, for my ability to appreciate (consume) fine food, but that would be pretentious. I'm more of an Eatie.

Costco is evil, in a good way. Or good in an evil way. Where else could you buy a dvd copy of The Young Frankenstein for 5 bucks? Recently they had two large, hardcover books for sale, Bouchon and The French Laundry Cookbook - for almost half price! Now, if you are 'in the know' (i.e. food snob) you know that those two are The Cookbooks to have. I could not resist.

Out of guilt I made one of the recipes: Vanilla Bean Pots de Créme. Bouchon, page 268. It's a custardi thing, consisting of milk, cream (lots), sugar, egg yolks, vanilla bean. It has downtime of cooling and chilling, but otherwise very easy to make. There are also for flavoring options offered: chocolate, cinnamon, almonds and mint. I did mint. It's very nice, rich, creamy, yum.

11 comments:

altadenahiker said...

French Laundry, gosh darn, and you didn't get me a copy? Just for the articles, of course.

Petrea said...

I looked at food porn once when I was in college, but I haven't looked again. But for half price...

Foodie/Eatie, very funny.

Vanda said...

Karin, you funny. You know, I sat next to Larry King on a plane once. He was reading Playboy. Just for the articles, I'm sure.

Petrea! You can buy food porn online these days. Anonimity ensured.

Petrea said...

I wouldn't want to give my credit card info. If I can buy it at Costco I can get a discount AND pay cash. It's a win/win. Plus, while I'm there, I can buy the ingredients in bulk. Oh, baby.

Emma J said...

And why is it the spoon scoops just make this look all that more tasty?

"Eatie" - yes

Vanda said...

They accentuate texture and creaminess.

dive said...

Ooooh, yummy!
Do post the recipe, Vanda!

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Looks to me like someone scooped out Casper the Friendly Ghost from your minty mixture.

Cafe Pasadena said...

We expect these at the next blogging potluck.

Margaret said...

You are speaking my language, Vanda. Your custards look wonderful.

AmyR said...

I have a similar problem. Very similar. I have a stack of six cookbooks by my coffee table to look through. Eventually.

Those pots de creme are just my kinda food porn.