Recently, I started reading some food blogs. I am SUCH a housewife-in-training, storing the recipes I want to make once I own things like a food processor or a grill and have access to a grocery store that is not Gristede’s and therefore doesn’t charge me $8.99 for pesto.
My favorite food site happens to be foodgawker. It pulls a bunch of recipes into my reader and from there I scroll through and see what looks good. Granted, it’ll pull like, 100+ per day so when I skip a day or two (or 5) I end up with 689 unread items. Whoops.
Anyway, I’ve noticed that it’ll pull in posts in trends. One week every recipe seemed to have something to do with ramps (a green thing that I still couldn’t fully explain to you except that I think it’s like a leek–another green thing that I couldn’t fully explain to you). Another week, fiddlehead ferns were in (and they are weirdly creepy and bug-looking if you ask me). Just this morning I had 3 recipes for “chipster-topped brownies” (which apparently are just brownies topped with cookies).
But there is one item that seems to be constant on the list. And it’s one that I can’t, for the life of me, figure out.
I just don’t understand how a food product that looks like this:
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is supposed to taste good. That is gelatinous and speckly and just creepy. It looks like something you might pull from a person during surgery and need to take great care not to drop because eventually you’re going to need to put it back in.
I’ll admit right now that I’ve never eaten flan so I can’t say whether or not it tastes good. I just don’t understand it. Jell-O I get. Jello is jiggly and sugary and brightly colored and doesn’t look like someone could have sneezed it out or coughed it up:
photo from here.
But flan is…well…the exact opposite of all of those things!
And look, I’m not trying to offend the flan-eaters of the world. Or even the flan bakers (especially the flan bakers who I borrowed photos from–I swear, I’m not saying your flan doesn’t taste good, I’m just saying it doesn’t look all that appealing).
I’m just asking that someone, anyone, please explain flan to me.