They say that God never gives you more than you can handle……but I would like to clear one thing up. When I say that things couldn’t get much worse, I don’t mean it as a challenge….sigh
Thank goodness I went to the BSP3 last weekend and not this weekend, it’s been one of those weeks that ended with being woken up at 5 am, with Lisa telling me something I never expected to hear. I will give her credit for remaining calm as she came into the bedroom I was sleeping in (I had been snoring very badly last week) and woke me up to tell me “There’s a Bat flying around the Bedroom” .
Of course I got up immediately, there was no thought that she was having a dream, I could tell by the tone of her voice she was serious. I went down the hall to the master bedroom to see a bat circling the ceiling fan.
Needless to say I was fully awake at this point, but not really thinking as clearly as I could have been, as I picked up the only thing I could think of a towel, to capture the bat. I won’t try to be manly and say that I wasn’t just a little afraid, but I would honestly rather face an intruder than a bat. So as I ducked, trying to figure out a plan of attack the bat flew by never to be seen again.
At this point every light in the house was on, and I was in search of a runaway bat, hoping he hadn’t turned into Count Dracula. But, friends with the week I’d had, I wasn’t counting anything out. At this point I made Lisa come out of the bedroom I had been sleeping in to help me look, because the bat was no where to be found. But we never found it…….sigh
At this point there was no going back to bed, so coffee was definitely in order, Lisa spent the next two hours googling bats (too much information is not a good thing) and when she finally did get a hold of her doctor, it was decided that there was no alternative but for her to begin the rabies shots. She was not happy, and I don’t blame her. My snoring had saved me, but since there was no way to be certain she had not been bitten or bat saliva dribbled on her, she had to get the shots. We spent the rest of the morning trying to find an exterminator to look for the bat, and to make sure we didn’t have an colony in our attic. We did find a very understanding local exterminator that had a lot of experience, and two of the nicest young men were here to help with our problem. They never did find the bat, but did find a little evidence it had been up there flying around, but it seemed it he had been the only one. They also found an entrance on the outside of the house where a air vent had come away from the house and allowed access, which they resealed for us. He did share a bit of information that was a little unnerving, Bats can get into your house in an opening the size of a ball point pen. He also told me if I ever did see it hanging that it would be asleep and to put on a glove and just grab it…..lol….like that would ever happen.
Lisa came back from the hospital after getting 5 shots, the first in her series of injections. Luckily they have seemed to improve the technique somewhat and she wasn’t in too much discomfort from the shots.
I did make Lisa one of her favorite dinners, pasta with jumbo lump crab meat in a spicy red sauce, and one of my signature desserts Bread Pudding. I wanted to add anew twist to the pudding so instead of the cream cheese frosting I normally use, I decided to make Creme Anglaise to use as a sauce. I also had a quart of Jersey Fresh Blueberries in my fridge, and added those to my pudding to make it an extra special dessert. I have to say it was amazing!
- 1 loaf of sliced potato bread -cut into cubes
- 4 cups (960 ml) of whole milk
- 3 large eggs
- 11/2 (300 gm) cups of sugar
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) pure vanilla
- 1 teaspoon (5 gm) ground cinnamon
- 2 cups (280 gm) Blueberries
- ½ stick of butter melted (optional)
- 1 cup (240 ml) whole milk
- ⅓ cup (80 ml) half and half (or heavy cream)
- 3 oz (86 gm) sugar
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon (5 gm) vanilla bean powder
- You will need a 13×9 inch baking pan
- Cut the potato bread into cubes and place in the baking dish (it should be higher than the pan)
- Gently beat the eggs, then add the milk, sugar, and vanilla and continue to whip with a whisk until the sugar has been fully incorporated.
- Pour this milk and egg mixture over the cut bread, mixing it well so that all of the bread has absorbed some of the milk. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
- Add in the blueberries, distributing them through out the bread mixture. Drizzle the melted butter over the entire pan letting some of the butters richness touch as much of the top of the mixture that it can.
- Cover the pudding with cling wrap (restaurant habits die hard), then cover it with foil.
- Bake for One hour at 350 degrees, then uncover and continue to bake for 15 minutes more or until center is fully set. (if the butter has pooled in any area, spread it around before the finally 15 minutes…this will help get it golden brown.)
- Allow the pudding to cool some, but serve it warm with the Creme Anglaise
- Bring 4 eggs to room temperature, and separate using only the yolks.
- Whip the egg yolks with the sugar until fluffy and pale yellow, set aside
- In a small pot heat the milk and half and half until it is simmering, remove from heat.
- Slowly mix half of the milk into the egg mixture, stirring the eggs as you pour the hot milk into them.
- Add the egg mixture back into the remaining milk and continue to simmer for about 5-7 minutes until the mixture has slightly thickened, use a rubber spatula to stir the mixture constantly, getting into all the corners.
- (The Creme Anglaise should be thick enough that when you run your finger through a coating on a spoon it remains separated.)
- You may strain the Creme Anglaise if it looks like it might have cooked egg in it, but if you’re careful you should not need to. **
- Place the pot with the finished sauce in a bowl of ice water to cool it down quickly, stirring as it cools.
- Place the Creme Anglaise in the refrigerator to get completely chilled and serve with the warm bread pudding.
This is a wonderful summertime dessert, perfect for any occasion. My original recipe without the blueberries and cream cheese frosting can be found here. I did cut down the sugar a little in this recipe, and I did not miss the extra sweetness. The blueberries were plump and delicious, and the Creme Anglaise add such a nice touch to the dessert!
Let’s hope for a better week!