Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
|Flan de Coco Usando Nestlé's La Lechera Leche Condensada|
Do you have a favorite dessert? Something so sweet that simply thinking about it makes your mouth water? For me, that dessert has always been flan.
Leche Condensada y Dulce De Leche
My Colombian godmother used to always make one for me -- moist and smothered in honey -- for my birthday. My memories are similarly sticky, because, now, it's my dessert of choice whenever dining-out. But as much as I love flan, I'd never attempted making one ... NO WAY. How? With what ingredients? And what if it didn't come out right? It had to be complicated.
Probablemente no lo hubiera intentado, sí no por un paquete de promoción que recibí (gracias a mi amiga Ruby) de Nestlé, promoviendo sus productos nuevos de La Lechera: Dulce de Leche y Leche Condensada.
I probably would've never tried it, if not for a promotional package I received (thanks to my friend Ruby) from Nestlé, promoting their new La Lechera products: Dulce de Leche y Leche Condensada.
Nestlé e escogí una receta para preparar un flan de coco para los cumpleaños de mi esposo (cumplió 46, ayer!). Estoy tan feliz porque me salió bien y también porque le gusto mucho a él ... solo sí lo hubiera saboreado un poco mas. El hombre parece tiburón. Se comió uno en menos de cinco mordidas!
So I went to Nestlé's website and picked a recipe to make a Coconut Flan for my husband's birthday (he turned 46, yesterday!) I'm so happy because not only did the flan come out well, but also, because he really enjoyed it ... if only he'd savored it a little more. The man is like a shark. He ate one in less than five bites!
- Qué el flan originó con los Romanos antiguos? No solo preparaban flan dulce con miel y pimienta, si no también uno salado con anguila!
- Qué durante la edad media, los ingredientes mas populares incluían canela, azúcar, espinacas, almendras y pescado?
- Pueden leer mas aquí (en inglés).
- That flan originated with the ancient Romans? Not only did they prepare a sweet flan with honey and pepper, but also a savory version with EEL! << Yum?
- That during the Middle Ages, the most popular flan ingredients included cinnamon, sugar, spinach, almonds and FISH?
- You can read more here (in English).
Photo by Mr. G's Travels
¿Sabian Qué Los Romanos Inventaron El Flan?
Nota: Aunque recibí un paquete de promoción de Nestlé, todas las opiniones aquí son las mias.
Note: Even though I received a promotional packet from Nestlé, all the opinions expressed here are my own.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
|Photo by clanderos1|
Zona Centro, Aguascalientes, MX
En Los Duraznos, la niña Isabel sueña de ser elegida la Reina de Mayo, pero sabe que la maestra siempre escoge una "reina güera de ojos azules," buenos grados o no, y es exactamente lo que succedé, quebrandole su corazón.
Los campesinos mexicanos descubren que los dueños del campamento instalarán cabañas y una alberca para los trabajadores que vienen de Oklahoma, y que los "oakies" tendran retretes e agua caliente. Esperanza se engrifa y se pelea con Miguel diciendole que todavia es sirviente -- ciudadano de segunda classe por que su situación no había cambiado. Miguel no se deja y le dicé a Esperanza:
"Aqui al menos tengo una oportunidad, aunque sea pequeña, de llegar a ser algo más de lo que era."
El capitulo termina con Esperanza regalandole su muñeca de porcelana (la ultima que le había regalado su papa antes de murirse) a Isabel y con su mama regresando a casa. Cuando Esperanza va a enseñarle los giros postales que ahorraba para traer su abuelita de Aguascalientes, descubre que se desaparecieron de la maleta. Todos sospechan a Miguel porque él se había ido a buscar trabajo al norte.
|Photo by La Grande Farmers' Market|
Una entrevista con la autora ... (en ingles)
Algunas Palabras Nuevas ...
consignas (órdenes) = intructions
abuchear = too boo
azadón = hoe
agredir = to attack
redada = raid
leal = loyal
torbellino = whirlwind
además = moreover, besides; also
capullo = bud (de flor)
lirio = iris
aleilí = violet
novena = nine days of worship
decepción = disappointment
esbelto = slender
delantal = apron
cavar = to dig, hoe
superficie = surface
mueca = face, expression
MY FIRST SPANISH READ! I DID IT!
Tara, thank you for reading along.
Monday, January 2, 2012
In the course of visiting some of my bloggy friends this morning, I came across a mention for the "3rd Annual No Kiss Blogfest," being hosted by Frankie Diane Mallis. Thank you Medeia for writing about it!
To participate, all you have to do is include a clip or excerpt from a favorite film, book, or your own work-in-progress (WIP), depicting a kiss that never happened.
I've included a clip of my favorite "no kiss" from the 2005 film adaptation of Jane Austen's PRIDE & PREJUDICE (one of the few books I've read twice). The scene starts immediately following a marriage proposal (not shown) that is poorly delivered by Mr. Darcy. Rather it comes off more as an insult. What is it about the guys in this time-period? Same thing happens in Jane Eyre. I digress ...
Anyhow, I never tire of watching this film.
Enjoy the sparks. : )
Sunday, January 1, 2012
|Planned for 2012|
I've decided to renew the challenge because the truth is, I'm my happiest clutching a book. Except, this year's count will see non-fiction reads from school (to be fair. : ) and a few spilling over from 2011, that are at various stages of reading.
Following are a handful of my faves from 2011 ...
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
" ... in Spanish my name is made out of a softer something ..."
A collection of vignettes that reveals the author's soul with an economy of words. Cisneros took me home.
Burro Genius by Victor Villaseñor
"Who were these schoolteachers who had helped me?
And what was it in my life that had given me the heart ... the guts ...
to go on and on and never give up, no matter what!"
My first exposure to the discrimination and segregation experienced by Mexicans in Southern California. Villaseñor is an inspiration for his tenacity to succeed, in spite of his dyslexia. This book made me cry.
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (Nook)
"Why had no one told me that my body would become a battlefield, a sacrifice, a test? Why did I not know that birth is the pinnacle where women discover the courage to become mothers? But of course, there is no way to tell this or to hear it. Until you are the woman on the bricks, you have no idea how death stands in the corner, ready to play his part."
Beautiful and lyrical, Diamant's depiction of the Old Testament's Dinah angered me (I wouldn't have done well in a polygamist society). Even though women are claiming what's theirs, today, not much has changed.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
"It is not violence that best overcomes hate --
nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury."
This flawed but strong heroine endures an abusive childhood and fights to survive. The story enthralled me with its gothic texture and seductive prose. I LOVE Jane Eyre.
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
"It is a fact that we historians are interested in what is partly a reflection of ourselves, perhaps a part of ourselves we would rather not examine except through the medium of scholarship; it is also true that as we steep ourselves in our interests, they become more and more a part of us."The vampire non-vampire book. Dracula hovers in the periphery in this dark tale. Question: If your passion were scholarly, would you exchange your soul for an eternity of research and cataloguing of history? A tempting proposition?
The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
"Spirit of Cave Lion, the girl Ayla, is delivered into your protection."
This book came recommended by a friend who has read all the books in this series. I was skeptical, at first, but ended up not being able to put it down. It brought out the geek in me. Auel's interpretation of what life between primitive Neanderthals and more advanced Cro-Magnuns might've been like during the Ice Age made me want to run off to examine fossils and study herbs. Ayla, the main character, is a Cro-Magnun who is adopted as a five-year-old, by Neanderthals, sparking "racial" intolerance reminiscent of that which we see today. A thought-provoking and at times enraging read.
Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
"If there is a fundamental challenge within these stories,
it is simply to change our lurking suspicion that some lives matter less than others."
This one was a gift from a friend back home. Father Boyle raises the question of where compassion originates and what it means to truly have empathy. It's an inspiring tale of one man's dogged pursuit of salvation for a segment of the society deemed disposable. Let's not judge simply by what's visible at the surface. I highly recommend it for anybody working in the social services with at-risk youths, or with an interest in social justice.
Esperanza Renace [Esperanza Rising] by Pam Muñoz Ryan
This is a tender story of a young girl who loses her father and material possessions but who discovers that the most valuable gifts in life are those that money cannot buy. It's a retelling of the real-life struggles of Mexican migrant farm-workers in the San Joaquin Valley of California, during the 1920s and of the prejudice experienced by them at the hands of the locals. As my first Spanish read, Esperanza Renace will always be special to me. Wrap-up to follow! ... Y mil gracias a mi buena amiga, Tara, for following along.
Looking forward to 2012 and will let my curiosity lead me to the next read. You'd probably laugh at the hodge-podge of fiction and non-fiction stacked up against a wall in my office begging to be read. I'd like to make a priority reading Jane Eyre, again, an anthology of Mexican essays and more YA Spanish.
We'll see what the year brings. Let's stay loose, until rigor counts. : D
Anything you'd like to recommend?