Creme Brulee in Mini Pumpkins

The only time i remember a pumpkin is during halloween and there’s no better way to remember it than eat it. Following is my favorite pumpkin creation from Nandini’s GOAN IMPORTS

My newest favorite desert is Creme Brulee in Mini Pumpkins. My husband and I love creme brulee but making it in mini pumpkins felt like it was a much healthier option. Its more to convince the mind then to the waist…just kidding. Made it twice in the last 2 weeks. I know it’s not a dessert but it is perfect for thanksgiving and so I wanted to share this recipe.

I adapted the recipe from Group Recipes of their version of Mini Pumpkins according to my taste by only adding vanilla extract to the creme brulee. The ingredients are few and its simple to make just a bit of patience on baking. Can be done the day before, in fact I thought it tasted better as the baked pumpkin was sweeter compared to the one I ate on the same day. Also another observation was that baking it in a water bath  made a difference in keeping the pumpkin moist and better looking then when I baked it without.

Mini Pumpkins | Goan Imports


8 – 10 mini pumpkins (5.2 oz each cleaned on the inside)

1 cup whipping cream

2 egg yolks

1 egg

1/4 cup sugar (adjust to your sweetness)

1 teaspoon Vanilla

pinch of salt

Cleaned Mini Pumpkins | Goan Imports

Preheat oven to 360 degree F. Cut open the pumpkins with a pairing knife and clean it out with a teaspoon. In a sauce pan add the whipping cream and bring it to a simmer. Take off heat and keep aside. In a mixing bowl add the whole egg, 2 yolks, sugar, salt, vanilla and lightly whisk the ingredients together. Add the whipping cream slowly will whisking it so it does not cuddle the eggs.

Place the pumpkins in a pan, pour in the custard mixture and then add hot water to the pan till midway of the sides of pumpkin. Bake for 40 – 50 minutes depending on the oven or till the custard is done. Insert a toothpick to check and it should come out clean. Chill for at least 2 hour or more. Serve with some sprinkled cinnamon powder if you like.

Creme Brulee in Mini Pumpkins | Goan Imports

This recipe of Creme Brulee in Mini Pumpkins is great if you are trying to control your portion size and perfect size for kids.

Creme Brulee in Mini Pumpkin | Goan Imports

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Avocado Acai Parfait

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Avocado Acai Parfait

A parfait with alternating layers of acai blended with berries and avocado blended with frozen bananas to create a delicious and nutritious breakfast or snack. Topped with granola and fresh fruits, this parfait has so many flavors and texture.

Author: Andrea Giang


2 packs Sambazon smoothie or 2 cups blueberries/acai

1/3 cup strawberries, sliced

¼ cup raspberries

½ avocado

1 frozen banana

1 cup granola, more to taste

½ banana, sliced

3-4 raspberries or strawberries for topping


Blend the Sambazon smoothie packs or blueberries or acai with the strawberries and raspberries until the mixture becomes smooth.

Blend the avocado and frozen banana together until it becomes smooth.

In a bowl or cup, first pour half of the acai berry blend. Top with granola.

Pour the avocado banana blend for the next layer. Top with granola.

Continue alternating between the two until all the ingredients are used.

Top the parfait with extra granola, raspberries, and sliced bananas.

Serve the parfait immediately cold.


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Rock Island and My Banana Split


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Rock Island and My Banana Split –

My memorable photos during my rock island wandering days….alone and longing for something, i end up eating an ice cream on top of the banana. Sweet!

Savouring it while it lasts, once gone, only the memories linger and nothing could be sweeter than remembering that great feeling.

Walking away , finally realizing that once tasted always wanted but some good things never last so might as well continue the journey and let The Rock Island and My Banana Split remind me that most of the time, forbidden things are sweet. 🙂


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Thomas Haas IT!

thomashaas I remember An An and Steve bringing me to this Patisserie in Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver. Its name is “Thomas Haas”  Patisserie.

So many people lining up at such an early hour,  there’s something great in this shop that people don’t mind waiting.

One can see wide selections of desserts and chocolates. Chocolates paired with fresh fruit like that ooh lala silky dark chocolate layered with passion fruit and tahitian vanilla, chocolates infused with exotic spices, herbs and teas and the unforgettable almond meringues (macarons) in assorted flavors (chocolate, mango coconut, pistachio, cassis etc.)I remember Sharl and Rob buying several boxes of these meringues and i finished almost half of it in just one heaping, That’s how good it is, and how great my friends are!

So many choices, you’ll go gaga! No wonder, people are lining up. It’s like watching the premiere of a Hollywood movie. I can really say “Thomas Haas”  it!  😉   – by JoelF