Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Two Heart Warmers: A Dog’s Tale and Some Caramel Custard

It was their midweek movie night. A ritual she and he have been following for many months now. They would finish their dinner, do all the chores for the day, curl up in bed and click a movie on. Tonight it was Hachiko: A Dog’s  Story. 

Hachiko They laughed while they watched. She giggled each time Professor Parker Wilson’s Akita puppy refused to fetch ball. His heart warmed at the story of a special bond between a dog and his master. And melted when he saw tears roll down her eyes.

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He stroked her hair when she wept, watching Hachi wait at the station for his companion, who’d never come back…

They walked up to the balcony in silence. The late night air was not nippy enough for their warm hearts and her hot, pug-nose. Since she was a child, her nose always got hot at the tip when she cried a lot. She never knew why!

They sat on the balcony talking about their own pets. He had Sultan, Moshi and Kaya. She, Jimmy, Gittu, Doogie and Miss Webby. He told him once again how Kaya, his Cocker Spaniel would rest her snout on his neck and sleep. She chirped (for the upteempth time) about how she would put the German Spitz twins Doogie and Webby in her t-shirt and roam around. They continued talking about their own doggy memories…

The light from the receding traffic fell on their faces, revealing the glint in their eyes. That’s when he abruptly said- let’s never get a dog. And she nodded in silence. Too scared to go through the pain and loss both him and her had gone through in their past.

He squeezed her hand and went in to get the Caramel Custard she had made earlier that evening. Maybe that could act as a picker upper, he thought.

IMG_1481IMG_1479IMG_1484The Caramel Custard was still warm. The familiar taste of the amber-colored caramel caressed their taste buds, helping them to loosen up a bit. The jiggle-y custard underneath was the perfect soul soother, these two dog lovers so needed tonight…

Ingredients for Caramel Custard are:

3 cups milk
4 eggs
1/4 cup + 1/4 cup sugar
Vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon butter (unsalted)

Pre-heat oven to 325° C.

Boil milk still scalding hot. Caramelize one-fourth cup of the sugar in a saucepan till you get a nice amber color. Line the ramekins with butter. Pour the caramel immediately into the ramekins to coat the base evenly.

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IMG_1467 Beat eggs in a glass bowl. Start adding the hot milk little by little. Keep mixing with a whisk so that you don’t “scramble” the eggs! Add one-fourth cup of sugar and vanilla extract. Mix well.

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Pour the milk and egg mixture into the caramel-lined ramekins. (Use any other baking dish if you don’t have ramekins.)
IMG_1471 Keep all the ramekins in a larger baking dish. Pour hot water into the dish to cover three-fourths of the ramekins. Bake for 45 minutes. Poke a small skewer at the center of the custard. If it comes out clean, the Caramel Custard is done.

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Slide a knife around the edge of the custard, invert on a clean plate and serve.

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15 comments:

GB said...

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Satya said...

caramel custard looks awesome

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

Torviewtoronto said...

this movie is good lovely story
caramel custard we make little different

Sulagna Mukherjee Basu said...

Loved your write-up..Caramel Custard looks awesome !!

Sayantani said...

Ohh Pree even we also have promised not to get a pet. I had four pets all spaniels named Ninni, Don, Dabbu and bichchu. bichchu actually was born in our house. loved them like my own brothers. now when I see the same fondness for pets in my son's eyes am scared as he is too young to handle that pain of losing dear ones.
caramel custrad looks great but I love them chilled.

Jay said...

Wonderful write up...

Very very professional clicks with awesome presentation...Can t move away from your space...

Tasty Appetite

magiceye said...

loved this post!
the caramel custard was a bonus!!!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

i love dogs and know what you mean... so well written! amazing dish to go with the writeup...

Geeta Mahesh said...

You weave in the story so beautifully. Enjoyed your post.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Very nice write up!..E :)njoyed your caramel custard

Kamini said...

Love Caramel custard, love dogs even more! So you can only imagine how much I loved this post!

pritiahuja said...

The Caramel Custard looks irresistible!

notyet100 said...

feel like eating this now

Sushma Mallya said...

caramel custard looks so delicious,loved the pics...

Moved by movies music and more said...

Simply awesome girl.... its just too good.... !!!