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Crème Brûlée French Toast

As August and summer inevitably draw to a sweltering hot end and my last semester in college resumes lethargically, I can’t help but wonder, ‘what’s for breakfast?’
It’s the timeless and unwaning question that immediately enters my mind upon waking and sits there until happily answered Monday through Friday (or whichever days I am – *eh hem* – required to be present and awake behind a desk in a less-than-comfortable classroom). In the past,  this question would sometimes be answered by melodious noises and heavenly aromas elicited by my mom in the kitchen. Other times, this question would be answered as early as the night before consequent to my excited and persistent chirping to have something to dream about and look forward to come morning. Breakfast is one meal I can have at any given hour of the day and if you couldn’t tell, it happens to be my favorite kind of fare. From veggie-stuffed omelets to pastries and bacon to Crème Brûlée French Toast, hey, what’s not to love?!
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Crème de la Crème.

I’ve been watching a copious amount of Food Network over the past month or two. The Holidays are creeping up ever so quickly and instead of getting busy in my own kitchen, I’ve become irrevocably mesmerized by what’s been going on in Ina’s or Giada’s or well, in Kitchen Stadium (since I am officially obsessed with The Next Iron Chef). Perhaps this (or Jersey Shore, God forbid) is what has been withholding me from my own beloved kitchen and keeping me oh-so-comfortably plopped on my belly, eyes glued to the screen. (Eh hem – it is apparent that this is all despite the never ending piles and piles of papers, presentations, readings, and so on and so forth that I try very hard to avoid and ignore to no avail). Nevertheless, I realize that the festivities are nearing and  I better hop chop to it!

Or, in this case, I better get crackin’!  Crème brûlée has to be one of my all-time favorite desserts. To me, it represents The Holidays in a nutshell an eggshell (oh boy, I’m feeling quite pun-ny today – please, accept this apology in advance before I commit another heinous act of unnecessary gimmickry to repel you once and for all from my undeservingly neglected blog). Although this dessert really resonates the month of December for me and surely for many others, I recently saw it being prepared on an episode of Barefoot Contessa and haven’t been able to get my mind off it since. Hence, in order to free my mind of such sweet and creamy distractions, I had had had to make it (and eat it)!
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Dessert Disaster – Part I.

I know, I know. Cinco de Mayo was over a week ago, but as I’ve been grumbling on and on about, school has indeed bereft me of all sources of happiness. This clearly includes baking, cooking and of course, the chronicling of both. So, yes, to my utter dismay, I’ve neglected the food blog. This means, the next couple blogs are going to be slightly outdated.

Nevertheless, here I am and here is what my kitchen has been up to the last week or so.

As I was saying, Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May. While over here in Hawaii, it seems to be just another excuse of a holiday to go party and get wasted, I realize that that particular day has very much significance in the Latin American world. It’s the day where the Mexican forces won unlikely victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Therefore, people celebrate this day in order to commemorate this event.

As a student currently taking Spanish class, it was not surprising to hear my teacher excitedly say,
“Para la proxima clase, prepara una comida para una fiesta”, assigning us to bring some sort of regional dish of some sort as homework for our next and finally, last class of the year.

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