My fabulous blogger friends Lina and Stephy have nominated me for this award and I am really grateful. There is something very special about someone thinking of you and unexpectedly recognising you for whatever you are doing. Thank you so much, ladies. Those of you who have not stopped by their blogs should do so, not because I say so but because their recipes and ideas are fantastic and speak for themselves!
THE RULES TO ACCEPT THE AWARD:
DISPLAY THE AWARD CERTIFICATE ON YOUR WEBSITE
ANNOUNCE YOUR WIN WITH A POST AND LINK TO WHOEVER PRESENTED YOUR AWARD
PRESENT 15 AWARDS TO DESERVING BLOGGERS
DROP THEM A COMMENT TO TIP THEM OFF AFTER YOU’VE LINKED THEM IN THE POST
POST 7 INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF.
* Please remember that you are not obligated to participate. If I nominate you and you are not keen on participating, no problem. I am not ofended. I just want you to know that I appreciate your support and your blogs xxxxx
Since I was nominated twice, I have nominated 30!
Ok, now for 7 ¨interesting¨things about me.
1. The Pachelbel Canon is one of my favourite pieces of music ever, especially if played or conducted by Andre Rieu. Here it is if you are interested in hearing it. It is a famous piece and when things are driving me nuts, this calms me down. Andre Rieu is, in my opinion, just wonderful because he is so talented and you can see that he loves what he does. It is inspiring to see people doing what they love to do and using their talents! The video is beautiful not only because of the music but also because there are also children playing instruments. I confess I get a bit emotional watching this.
2. I just love the Muppets. Miss Piggy just cracks me up. Another blonde who is a bit crazy haha!
3. Every Friday I send my colleagues their ¨Happy Friday¨photos on their mobiles. It is good to start the day with a laugh.
And this is how I exit work on Fridays.
3. I get disgusted by women who feel the need to expose themselves so much in order to get attention, show off or to stay relevant. It is pathetic.
I am no prude, but for the love of God, have some modesty. ¨Influential¨but pathetic women. The contrast between these two photos is really surprising.
4. I don´t like ¨Big¨ voices. No Celine Dion, No Mariah Carey . They just make me nervous. Mariah Carey hollering that she can´t live without you is enough to drive me to drink.
5. I have a pet bird. His name is Lucky. My husband brought him home after the poor little critter had fallen out of its nest. Incidentally, Lucky follows my husband everywhere and thinks he is his mother.
When he was a baby!
6. I am an Elvis Presley fan. And no, I don´t think he is still alive.
7. I have a very hearty laugh that can be heard from a distance. It can be a bit embarrassing sometimes but I would prefer to laugh than to cry! People usually know where I am, especially at work. But all I can say is that if i can teach AND have a good laugh than that is a good thing!
And now for the nominees
Flan is fantastic during the summer especially when it is served cold. You could be a bit naughty and serve it with a scoop of ice cream too. I especially like this recipe not only for its simplicity but also for its use of stale bread.( You can use fresh bread too) . The name of this flan is, ¨Pan Perdido de Canela¨ which means “Stale bread Cinnamon Flan”. This is also unusual because raisins are also used. Overall, a winner!
1/2 liter milk
1/4 cup sugar
50 g raisins
70 g sugar
1 small cinnamon stick (I did not have this so I used a teaspoon of cinnamon)
Caramel sauce (I buy mine)
Preheat oven to 160°
1. Generously coat the inside of a baking pan (I used a 21 cm by 11.5 cm loaf pan)with the caramel.
2. Heat the milk on low heat. Then add the 1/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon. Let it infuse for ten minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside and remove cinnamon stick, if using.
3. Beat the three eggs and 70 g of sugar well. Add the cinnamon milk mixture and mix.
4. Arrange the bread slices flatly in the baking pan. Sprinkle the raisins on top.
5. Pour the egg mixture on top. Gently press down with a spatula to help the bread absorb the liquid well.
6. This must bake Bain Marie style. I put the baking tray in a large casserole dish that was halfway filled with water. Need tips on Bain Marie?Check Here.
7. Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes or until it complelety solidifies. Check the middle part to test if it is baked through. It should be hard, not the least bit liquidy. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.
8. When it is completely cooled down, turn over onto a serving plate and drizzle with caramel. Refrigerate until read to serve. You can also serve it immediately after it cool down if you can’t wait!:)
Enjoy! Xxxx Natascha