Friday, November 12, 2010

French Fridays with Dorie - Pumpkin-Gorgonzola Flan




It's that time of the week again!  I'm loving November's FFwD because we get to choose when we cook which recipe.  (OK...I kind of love it...part of me would rather not have to decide and just be told what to cook when...but I'm coping!)(See what everyone else is making here.)





Have you ever wondered how many pictures a crazy person takes while cooking one of these recipes so that she can then write an interesting blog post about said recipe and cooking experience?  Well, if I told you how many pictures I take on average for just one recipe...you would definitely think I'm crazy amazing!  So, I'm not going to tell you how many total I usually take, but I thought I'd share with you how many pictures I took for the opening shot.  (This is the total after I deleted all the badly out of focus shots and the ones with terrible glare and the ones I just didn't like at all...so you're still not getting an accurate number, but you're gonna get an idea of how many shots I take.)


Yep, I took 8 shots (plus several really bad ones) to get one I kind of liked.


And, I only liked this one because of the greenery from my backyard sneaking a peak through the window...every thing's not as focused as I would like.

Okay, enough of my boring process stuff.  Here's the good stuff.  This week I chose to make Dorie's pumpkin-gorgonzola flans.  For me, these were a no-brainer.  Everyone here likes loves Gorgonzola, we all like pumpkin and we are HUGE fans of flan!  I figure, put them all together and we're going to have a home run.

Dorie's recipe was super easy!  If you want it, buy her fabulous book!  Heck, it's only $24 on Amazon.  I paid full freight ($40) at Borders.  You won't be sorry you added this to your collection.

Basically, you put the base ingredients in a blender (here's my new one...which I had to buy because St. James broke the blending jar on mine...boo hoo!).  Then fill up your ramekins, add gorgonzola & walnuts and bake in a water bath.  Seriously, it took me longer to remember how to use my tripod than to actually make this recipe!


Ooh...yummy gorgonzola...I had quite a few nibbles as I was cutting and crumbling it.



Dorie's recipe called for a generous 1/2 cup of gorgonzola...I'm a very generous person!

Before adding gorgonzola & walnuts
After adding gorgonzola & walnuts






So I thought I had enough natural light streaming through the window for these shots, but discovered I really didn't.  Sorry about that!

And the verdict is.....I liked the flan...especially after a few bites.  Neither of the boys liked them...at all...one bite was all they would take.  Which totally shocked me because of their love of the base ingredients.  Oh well.

Anyone want to help me eat flan???







25 comments:

yummychunklet said...

I can relate about the number of photos taken for the post! My photos don't come out nearly as awesome as yours and I still take/delete a bunch! My sister's dislike of this dish surprised me as well because she also like all the base ingredients, just not together.

Elaine said...

Oh, I am so very glad I am not the only one that takes a gazillion photos! :) And, I am glad to hear that you liked the flan. It looks wonderful I am saving this recipe for last. I enjoyed all your photos!

Cher said...

Very nice! Sometimes it is harder to get the shot than to make the food...

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

Me ,i want to help u eat that up !!
Bdw,u have company i take lods of pics too and jus a few which find their way online are already lods:-)
Looks nice and well baked, i love it that way!

Kathy said...

Love your photos….I also take way to many! Your flan looks wonderful, this will be my next recipe. I'm hoping I like it. I know I will love the flan. I'm not so sure about the addition of the gorgonzola, even though, I also love this cheese.

Sis. Boom. said...

I think if this wasn't called 'flan' more people would like it! lol. I mean, whats not to like?
Trevor Sis. Boom.

Jacque said...

Nice pictures! I hear you on taking a bunch of photos, I'm the same way. Glad you liked it, it does look nice.

Betsy said...

I LOVE all your photos!!! I made this twice and tried to love it. And I'm a fan of the base ingredients like your boys. Oh, well.

gaaarp said...

Your photos are lovely! I really liked these flans. My older daughter liked it; the younger, not so much. My wife and I were big fans.

Beth said...

Steph Your site is really great. I got a kick out of your diatribe on the blog process ...I can relate! Love your pictures. I did the flan last week and really enjoyed it. Thanks for the post... B

Allison said...

It's so true! We take so many photos just to get one right. And sadly I haven't entirely figured out the timing between when to reach for the camera and when to continue cooking. Urg.

Love all your notes on the flans. I'm thinking about swapping out gorenzola for goat cheese. The blue cheese just sounds too strong.

Glad you take so many photos! The ones we get to see look great!
Allison

KY said...

Aren't we glad for digital cameras. :) Your flans and photos look great!

Kayte said...

Okay, now we are getting to the heart of the matter, and that is why your photos look so much better than mine on a daily basis...because you take multiples, unlike me who has a "Folks, I came, I saw, I conquered" attitude about posting, i.e. proof I did it and the photos are just incidental. I have got to start taking multiples!! I was skeptical about this recipe, but I have been seeing a lot of it, so I am trying to adjust that attitude completely and think along the lines of giving it a chance...okay, a FAIR chance. Next week, I guess we will know next week. And I will try to make you proud and take multiples!! Great job on the flan.

Steph said...

I'm so glad to find out I'm not the only crazy one about all the pictures. Allison...I agree...getting the timing down of when to shoot and when to stir has definitely caused some problems in recipe execution! :) Kayte...I'll look forward to your post next week and see how your multiples do.

onewetfoot said...

It's amazing how many photos we have to take to get a few good ones! Yours turned out well and the flans look lovely.

Di said...

I like all your pictures. =) Part of me really wants to make this recipe, but I really dislike the texture of flan, so I'm probably going to skip it.

Frolicking Night Owl said...

Taking photos is part of the fun, right? :)

Flourchild said...

Im glad you liked this recipe! Your photos are lovley! I am going to make this one soon.
I made the PG this week!

Amera said...

Turned out beautiful! My kids weren't into it either!

Lexi said...

These look delicious! I can't wait to make them myself.

scrambledhenfruit said...

I'd love to come and help you eat them- mine are all gone! They look delicious. :) I take way too many photos as well, because I really don't know what I'm doing. I figure if I take enough, I'll at least like a couple!

tricia s. said...

I noticed your new pictures the minute I opened your blog- your entire blog is so lovely to look at. Nana and I treated ourselves (left boys and hubbies all home) for 10 days this spring. I don't have to tell you how spectacular it was. Nana is on the hook for this recipe this Friday and I told her I am scared already. Can't quite see this combo but am game (imagine one spoon will be my limit too :) I was glad to see your very honest comments- that's what makes the FFWD so valuable. Great job and great photos !!

Lindsey said...

Wow! Great photos. I take a crazy amount of photos too, but that is part of the fun, right?! I am looking forward to making the flan & I am thinking this might be the week!

lolo13 said...

Your photos are amazing! you have peaked my interest for this recipe.

Jess said...

I'm glad you liked these - I love all the pictures of the ingredients. Mmmm, gorgonzola!