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Flan de Mato tips, help? Traditional Catalonian Flan

After having a life-changing experience eating some awesome flan at Bar Pinotxo @La Boqueria in Barcelona, I am obsessed with trying to figure out how to recreate it at home. Some recipes online appear to use just milk, cream, sugar, and two types of cheese - what seems like ricotta made from goat or sheep milk, and another cheese that seems similar in texture, like farmers cheese. I also noticed that they don't mention ingredients I typically have used with flans - evaporated or condensed milk, eggs or gelatin. I am good with that - I am just going for authenticity. Since I am currently in Germany, I was thinking of using cream quark and maybe cream cheese with one of these onine recipes. Thoughts? Would especially love some input from someone familiar with Catalonian desserts. Thanks!

Mar 31, 2013
de_soie in Home Cooking

Mark Bittman's Cornstarch Ice Cream

Tried this recipe last year as well, and the taste was awful. I think the proportions of cornstarch to liquid was a bit high. I think guar gum may be the way to go for me.

Oct 15, 2010
de_soie in Home Cooking

Clove is the new Lime (Vancouver)

The restaurant appears to be called Japenese Kitchen now, and Atsu is not there, Just Masa. The food was pretty good; outstanding selections include the slow-braised short rib and the toro stack (albacore and raw quail egg). But I really went to see if Atsu would be there as I had visited him for years at Sakae. If anyone knows where he ends up, please do report.

Aug 07, 2010
de_soie in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Icelandic Yogurt Further Devalues Iceland

I agree with the reviewer - this stuff is hugely disappointing - and it's expensive to boot. I don't eat yogurt sweetened with anything - even with fruit - as I prefer to actually taste the yogurt itself and this stuff didn't taste like anything. I would rather eat Chobani 2%, or Fage, or Wallaby plain.

If you are in Canada, though, the 2% Liberte yogurt is fantastic, with or without fruit added. It tastes the way yogurt it supposed to taste - a little tangy, a little floral and a bit creamy without being too rich. Not as good as Landluebber yogurt in Germany, but pretty close.

Aug 07, 2010
de_soie in Features

Billington's Dark Brown Sugar

I'm an avid baker, and have noticed that it's been increasingly difficult to find Billington's Dark Brown sugar in the Seattle area. We used to carry it at Whole Foods and most co-ops, as well as QFC, but it hasn't shown up for a while. I see the other Billington's products frequently, though. Any news?

Jun 26, 2009
de_soie in General Topics

New 30 for $30 (use to be 25 for $25)

Second this - I did Zoe's last night and had a great menu. I loved the butterscotch pot de creme.

I've had great experiences at Etta's, Market Street Grill, and Eva's. Not so good at cascadia or Nishino.

Nov 13, 2007
de_soie in Pacific Northwest

Cupcakes? [SEA]

Just tried Trophy Cupcakes, and I love them. Definitely better than Sugar Rush in West Seattle. Also, EATS Market cafe at the West Seattle Farmers Market sells cupcakes at their booth that are awesome.

Aug 07, 2007
de_soie in Pacific Northwest

Help me decide on dinner in Seattle

I love 35th street bistro, although I can't comment on how it is since their head chef left.

Jun 27, 2007
de_soie in Pacific Northwest

Adding Egg Whites to Sorbet

Hey, this is a great recipe. What happens, though, if you heated the egg whites, then whipped them, like an italian meringue?

Jun 27, 2007
de_soie in Home Cooking

Real opinions on Goldberg's in Factoria

I was just there today, and I thought the food was great, the portion sizes perfect (not overwhelming, like most places), and our server was excellent. She checked with us repeatedly throughout our meal, although they could have refilled my water a little more frequently.

Jun 27, 2007
de_soie in Pacific Northwest

Fromage Blanc Seattle

I have purchased it from Mt. Townsend Creamery folks when they are at the Capital Hill Farmer Market. Here's a link to their website:

http://www.mttownsendcreamery.com/buy...

Jun 26, 2007
de_soie in Pacific Northwest

Seattle excells at the following....

Gotta disagree - Fran's blows Dilletante's out of the water.

May 06, 2007
de_soie in Pacific Northwest

Seattle- Perfect french fries?

Yup, right there with you on Cafe Campagne. Adding Zak's in Ballard, and Geraldine's Sweet Potato Fries.

May 05, 2007
de_soie in Greater Seattle

Best Bahn Mi in Puget Sound

I second the recommendation for Pho Cyclo's BBQ pork banh mi. Fresh, fragrant and the pork was great. Excellent overall sandwich, and a steal at $3.

May 05, 2007
de_soie in Pacific Northwest

Ultimate Resturants 2006 (SEA)

1. Lark
2. Salumi
3. Union
4. Crush
5. Zoe's

Dec 27, 2006
de_soie in Pacific Northwest

Beehouse teapots SEA

Whole Foods also carries BeeHouse teapots. I've purchased very fine green tea from Whole Foods as well - Silk Road teas carries an incredible Sencha.

The teahouse on Capital Hill is called Remedy Teas.

Dec 27, 2006
de_soie in Pacific Northwest

Looking for Good Burger in Seattle

Has anyone else tried Zak's in Ballard? I love their burgers, and the chocolate shakes are to-die-for.

Nov 03, 2006
de_soie in Pacific Northwest

visiting son at Seattle University

Across the street from SeattleU on the north-eastern side is Lark. My favorite restaurant in Seattle, and considered one of the best. Next door is Licorous, Jonathan Sundstrom's new casual drinks place. Try either or both; the prices are slightly high but you won't regret it.

Oct 09, 2006
de_soie in Pacific Northwest

Best Sushi in Seattle?

Second Kisaku. I've tried the others and felt they weren't as great value or quality for the money.

Sep 27, 2006
de_soie in Pacific Northwest

Harvest Vine

I had decent service there at a recent dinner, but surprisingly the food was merely fine, and not as great as in the past. All the dishes were dressed very simply, which is fine, but I didn't feel like there was a symphony of true yet distinct flavors like I have at Lark or at Crush. Even the foie gras was just ok.

Sep 27, 2006
de_soie in Pacific Northwest

Dessert in Capitol Hill

Gotta second Tango's El Diablo. Definitely worth trying. I'm also a sucker for the Coupe Caramel sundaes at Dilletante's.

Sep 27, 2006
de_soie in Pacific Northwest

Cupcakes? [SEA]

Gotta second Macrina's cupcakes. Their Mom's Chocolate Cupcake is fantastic, with perfect frosting. I never eat frosting on any cake, since it's usually too rich or sweet, but this stuff was perfect. They also had a little cake there that was chocolate, with maple buttercream and it was to die for.

Sep 26, 2006
de_soie in Pacific Northwest