A Dragon´s Loyalty Award and a surprising flan!

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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!

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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!

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3. Every Friday I send my colleagues their ¨Happy Friday¨photos on their mobiles. It is good to start the day with a laugh.

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And this is how I exit work on Fridays.

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Hahaha!

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.

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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.

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When he was a baby!

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Now!

6. I am an Elvis Presley fan. And no, I don´t think he is still alive.

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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!

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And now for the nominees

The Cricket Pages

Beck@GoldenPudding

How Mummy Flowers Does It

Jane´s Patisserie

Mercedes Mosaics

Lety

Linda

Tuck-in

The Culinary Jumble

Spring Tomorrow

My Pinch of Yum

Siljedaber

Happiness and hazelnuts

Rachel

Merrildsmith

The snowwoman

Cooking without limits

Ms K

Elena

Sadie´s Nest

Purplenais

Andrea Giang

Martha Bernie

Pinkie Bag

Sarah Moore

Smiling Notes

A Tale of Two Cities

Old Country Girl

Redbird Recipes

TwinDays

And now for the flan!
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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!

Ingredients
120 g stale or fresh bread, sliced
(I used a small “barra” that was baked the previous day.)
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1/2 liter milk
1/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
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.
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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!:)

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Enjoy! Xxxx Natascha

22 thoughts on “A Dragon´s Loyalty Award and a surprising flan!

  1. This recipe looks delicious! Thank you for the nomination! I am humbled. Absolutely loved your bird pet, he is beautiful!

  2. Hi Natascha! I was just browsing through your blog after having been away on vacation for a while, only to find you had nominated me (again)! Thanks so much. I still feel guilty about not finishing the post for the previous award. 🙂 It is sitting in my drafts. I highly appreciate the nominations and now that the vacation is over, I will get back to my blog as well and respond to both this one and the previous award. 🙂 Hope you have had a great Summer. You have definitely made some awesome food at least. 🙂

    1. Hi! Thank you so much. don´t worry about not responding so quickly! I hope you had a lovely (and no doubt well deserved) holiday! Sending a big hug and kiss from Madrid! ;))

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