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Poblano Custard...a silky, creamy, slow-burning fire in your mouth. Damn, that's sexy!

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The scene was all set for a little bit of sexy.  Poblanos were roasted and slipped from their skins.  Cream and egg yolks were being gently coaxed into living in smooth, lusciously thick harmony.  The oven had the kitchen all heated up.  Water was bubbling maliciously playfully on top of the stove.  All I needed was a deep dish to set the virginal white ramekins in.  Such an unassuming task.  Stand on tiptoes.  Reach into the high cupboard that hovers above the stove.  Pull out the dish.  Watch in horror as the shelf breaks and serving bowls, hand mixer, stick blender, fiesta ware, storage dishes fly past your face and crash down around your bare feet.  Somewhere in the midst of all that has quickly turned unsexy, one of those cupboard bombs hits the pot of playfully maliciously boiling water on the stove top directly in front of you.  So, you stand there, boiling water making contact with your arms, face, neck, chest, belly...all of which were so unassuming just 30 seconds earlier...unable to move.  Why?  Because your arms are extended as far up and as far out as they will go, trying desperately to stop the onslaught of the 4 heaviest, mixing bowls you own (stacked with the consequently lighter, small ones), some other random objects, and that deep, Pyrex dish which was your original intent from hitting you directly in your oh so breakable head.  Not to mention, there are also hot tears running down your cheeks.  Yeah. Not sexy any longer.

Would you like to hear what is sexy?  Your husband running like the wind and grabbing that shelf and those dishes teetering on the edge aimed for your face and stopping the assault in the blink of an eye.  Then wrapping his strong arms around you; guiding you and your bare feet from the midst of the glass and pottery shards that litter the floor.  He then proceeds to pick up the pieces and sweep away the rubble...while your daughter grabs ice packs from the freezer like an experienced nurse.  Since the burns are pretty well spread out, she helps you by holding one on your sensitive belly.  So, your tears dry...you pick that one little piece of ceramic out of your foot that managed to stick...and you stand there wrapped in the loving embrace of your family.  Damn, that's sexy.

Know what else is sexy?  Workin' through the pain.  Ice packs reduced to slush...aloe plant decimated...and the good fortune that every single dish that was broken sailed over the counter and shattered on the floor, leaving your custard untouched.  You can still thank your family the way you do it best.  By feeding their bellies...and in turn their souls...those very souls that are intertwined with yours.

Poblano Custard
from HTCEV by Mark Bittman
yield: 6-8 svgs.

4 medium Poblano chiles, roasted and cleaned
2 c. cream
1/2 c. grated Monterey Jack cheese
3 eggs, plus 3 yolks
1/2 tsp. salt

Finely chop 2 Tbs. of chiles and set aside.  Combine remaining chiles and cream in a blender and purée.  Pour into a pot and cook until it just begins to steam.  Add cheese and stir until it melts.

Preheat oven to 300° F and put a pot (or kettle...which would have saved me here) of water on to boil.  Put eggs and salt in a medium bowl and whisk until blended.  Gradually add the chile mixture to the egg mixture, whisking constantly.  Add chopped reserved chile.  Pour mixture into a 1-qt. dish or into ramekins or custard cups.

Pout the dish or ramekins in a baking pan and pour the boiling water into the pan to within ~1" of the top of the dish/ramekins.  Bake until the mixture is not quite set- it should jiggle a bit in the middle-about 30 to 40 minutes.  Serve warm, at room temperature or cold.
So, can I just say... enjoy the little, everyday things in life.  A family who rushes to your rescue when you are hurt...food to fill your belly...friends to share your stories with.  Because damn, that's sexy.


*This post is linked to:
IHCC cookbook sundays
...our theme over at IHCC this week is: Damn, that's Sexy!

47 comments

  1. you almost had me crying too (the eyes welled up) :( I'm glad you're ok....man, that sucks though...the burns, and all those broken dishes. You need a glass of wine now. if not, I sure do!!
    As for the custard, that looks heavenly! btw...I'm gonna make your chorizo again and this time with the pork as directed LOL

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  2. Boy! What an almost disaster. Thank goodness for your family and that you weren't seriously hurt. These look amazing and certainly, when you eat them, will bring up a story!

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  3. I've been reduced to a drooling mess. This makes my goofy mac n' cheese soup recipe I've got lined up for tomorrow's Cookbook Sunday look like something out of a box!

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  4. Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! You poor baby you. All that beautiful dishware in pieces. Oh? I mean, I'm glad you were saved in one piece!:)
    Oh my goodness sweetie, that must have been horrible. You are so lucky to have a sexy sweet husband and lovable child to come to the rescue. I hope you are not hurting too bad.I'm so sorry you got burned, etc. That dish looks great, really sexy.:) Take care.

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  5. ...and here we are having a curry with edamame, and I could have made this! Definitely a Wow! and Sexy!

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  6. So sorry about your kitchen disaster. :( I hope your burns get better soon- so glad it wasn't worse. I know it felt good to be taken care of by your sweet family! This custard looks like it was totally (well almost) worth it- it looks fabulous!

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  7. You are the sexiest chica I know. I am so glad you are okay.
    Please pass me a custard. I shall sit at the end of your table and gently hold your tooties. ♥

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  8. Oh Heather, I'm so so sorry!!! :o( What an awful thing to have happen but thank God for your sweet family and I'm so glad you're okay. Wow!!! Your dish really does look great, but WOW.... Hugs!!!

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  9. Wow..Heather,
    Thats a really new and innovative recipe! Gotta try it! Looks so delicious and creamy!
    Sinfully Spicy

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  10. bunny! So sorry you burned yourself! I hate kitchen mishaps like that, but thank god it wasnt worse. I know that doesnt make the pain of healing any better....This recipe does look amazing though! and YES, it is DAMNED sexy just like you! :) Alex

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  11. poblano custarda looka very dealicious ...creamyyy ...yummy ...feel like to digging a spoon into that lovely dish n slurp it right away

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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  12. wow luks delicious and creamy...love the gr8 presentation.

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  13. How scary! I hope your burns aren't too bad. Thank goodness for your sexy hubby that he was there to help. It was fated that your gorgeous custard be spared so you could all be comforted.

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  14. ohmygoodness.
    Sure are glad you made it through the shelf and dishes and mixer avalance with help from your loving family. Poor you.
    The custard looks fabulously intriguing...I'll just be prepared and wear a sexy helmet.
    The Olde Bagg

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  15. Gosh, sorry to hear about the accident and hope you are fine by now. Take care!

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  16. First off...very sexy writing in the beginning. Second...so glad that you are okay. I too have crazy kitchen disasters like this. I had a whole cupboard collapse on me two years ago...very similar mess...minus the boiling water. But I did have a new born screaming from the bouncy on the countertop and a three year old screaming and trying to walk through the mess. Calgon...

    This turned out to be a great post, though. And I'm so digging the recipe. Be well, and be careful. : )

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  17. Oh yeah, this really is ultimate sexy! :-)

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  18. PS - So sorry to hear about the accident in the midst of such a sexy dish and hope you are ok!

    That happened to my youngest son but thankfully there was nothing on the stove at the time. The shelf is still broken, there is a note on it reminding everyone that it's the shelf of doom!

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  19. Oh my gosh, I can't believe you continued on with the recipe! I would have been a shaking, crying, worthless mess.

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  20. That's a very brave sexy indeed...it's amazing you still have the spirit to cook!

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  21. Heather!!! i'm just glad you're okay! Never MIND the poblano custard. Although it does sound downright sexy. Poblanos stripped of their skin, all sleeky and roasted. And custard-ized. Yes. THat's so a word.

    Go take care of yourself! <3<3

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  22. I broken a few things of my own but your adventure sounds a little serious..hope you are doing ok..good to see you are still kidding around about the bad accident .
    Poblanos custard sounds like a cool idea and yeah definitely sexy !!
    US Masala

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  23. Ok, so that had me in tears. I am so sorry that you were hurt, but your wonderful story is a great reminder of the things that matter to us most. I'm so grateful that you have such a loving and supportive family. The custard looks pretty darn good too. Hope your burns are not too serious and you recover soon.
    Sue

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  24. Glad to hear you survived your ordeal with no serious injuries. Shows you, a kitchen can be a dangerous place. Love the look of the custard.

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  25. Wow, what a disaster! Glad you made it through well enough to get these incredible photos!

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  26. Definitely a very inetresting recipe...

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  27. Una receta diferente y estupenda. Se ve delicioso el plato.

    saludos

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  28. Heather, I've come back to thank you for submitting this recipe to Cookbook Sundays and also to say I hope you're feeling better today!!

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  29. And you STILL managed to make this??

    This was such a sweet post =) Hope you're getting better quickly!!

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  30. My heart skipped a beat BBFF. So glad hubs was there!!!!and glad it wasn't even more serious. Very scary indeed.

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  31. Wow, you really sacrificed your all for this dish! What a nightmare. I'm glad your family was there to help out. Hope your burns and wounds heal quickly.

    The custard sounds wild. A spicy custard, yum.

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  32. Have a quick recovery!

    That's quite the fusion. How do those custards taste, more cheese and spice, or sweet and creamy?

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  33. Yesterday, I put the call out that I had 6 large beautiful poblano peppers. I don't have a clue what to do with them. I see this recipe and the question, do you serve it alone? Or as a side? I have all the ingredients!

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  34. Oh man...at first I thought you were having an affair with the poblano custard...then I discovered that you got hurt just being too playful with it.
    I wish you a rapid recovery!

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  35. You know what else is sexy? Your husband is your hero. And that custard is a worthy dish for the wonderful hero.

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  36. Wow, I am so glad that you have such a wonderful husband and daughter and that you are safe from all that could have happened. On top of that you could also enjoy the custard which in itself is mind blowing and just super tempting.

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  37. This is a great post...the unfortunate story with a happy ending and the poblano custard!

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  38. Yep, you are right...it's the family who loves you who is sexy! so sorry tho...for all your broken dishes.

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  39. Oh poor you that it had to happen but lucky that you have such a great family to get you through it! Your custard looks delicious and damn sexy too. ;-)

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  40. Ouch! Burns just flat out hurt! How sweet of your family to rush to your side. I love this custard idea! I've got roasted poblanos peeled and in freezer bags...gonna have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  41. Oh, dear! I hope you're ok and healing fast!

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  42. Oh my god!!! I have lived in fear of something like that happening in my own kitchen. I've come close but mnaged to escape relatively unscathed each time. How much does that suck??? Shopping therapy...you're going to need to buy new serving dishes...clearly. :)
    On the up-side, those custards look absolutely luscious...

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  43. Oh no!!! Your Fiesta Ware? Oh lordy no! And your lovely arms? What a disaster but its at times like this you see how much they love you! What a wonderful family! And damn sexy pudding!

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  44. Oh no, Heather! I'm glad no one was too seriously injured and you were able to forge through the pain, trooper that you are.

    I would have ran into my room and cried, gathered myself eventually, but my first insticnt would have been to run somewhere to hide and cry. LOL.

    I am sooo clumsly. Things like this happen to me all the time, especially in the kitchen.

    The dishes came out goregoues, nonetheless. I'm so glad Mexie was there to help see that you were okay.

    =)

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  45. Hi Heather! Just to let you know I am doing a Tackling Bittman recipe roundup this week featuring exotic takes on his recipes and I am featuring this hot little number! Thanks so much and big hugs! Alex@amoderatelife

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