This crème brûlée berry tart is a show stopper. But apart from being shamelessly pretty it is also two desserts in one. Why have a regular custard tart when you can brûlée the top so you get a thin layer of toffee crunch? The custard is flavoured with rose and it is topped with jewel like berries and redcurrants!
I have this terrible habit whenever I buy beautiful fruit. I can't just eat it, I want to put it on a tart or a cake to show how exquisite it is. And when I bought some perfect raspberries, blueberries and dainty little strawberries for Mr NQN's lunch I put them aside for this slightly inconvenient tart.
You see it wasn't the best day to be making a tart. I had lots of meetings and errands to run and I was in and out of our apartment. After the custard filling finished baking I decided to let it cool and run to the shops. I was on a simple but essential mission: to replace my lipstick as I had an upcoming video shoot that I needed it for. My stomach had been growling for an hour already and I was famished but I had set my eye on the long list of tasks and food had to wait.
I walked into the shopping centre and looked for a directory. There were no directories, just flashing ads on the screens. I googled the shop and the address came up but no floor and by then I had walked around two floors of the shopping centre. I might just skip over the bit where I asked someone about the shop's location and she just pointed me 20 metres to my left. Oops.
"I need this lipstick please," I said to the sales assistant breathlessly.
"Oh darling they don't make that colour any more," she said.
"Hmm okay, what's the closest there is?" I asked thinking about the tart that needed brûléeing and photographing at home and my stomach did another loud growl that I swear could be heard from a distance. She quickly got to colour matching and we got lucky on the first go and then she went to take one from the supply.
"Okay... I should have looked before but we are out," she said solemnly. "Sorry," she said sincerely. She took lipstick and my predicament seriously. I mean she just knew, do not mess with a woman and her lipstick.
My posture crumpled and I cursed out the lipstick gods. She started riffling around and turned around with an enormous smile on her face. "You will not believe what I found!" she said. And from behind she revealed a lipstick. "There was one stuck in the little hole!" she said excitedly.
"Yayyyy!!!" we both exclaimed.
"I feel like we need to dance," she said and I agreed and in the middle of Sephora we danced to the 80's music that was playing. After that we hugged and got all teary. I think we were both tired and hungry and well sometimes a little hat tip from the universe is all you need to give you unexpected joy.
And a slice or two of an inconvenient creme brûlée tart when you get home.
So tell me Dear Reader, do you feel that you are a lucky person? Do you ever spontaneously dance and hug people?