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This isn’t really flan either

Jonna wrote about How Not to Make Flan , on her blog. She came by the house and shared some with us.It tasted like flan but was dense and heavy.Not a bad first effort.I recently made this low carb ginger flan without the ginger. Husband says that I cannot call it a flan, he thinks it’s more like a mousse. Refrigerating it for 3 hours really does make a difference, but with one of the liquids being water, I shouldn’t have been surprised that it was a light weight rather than the heavy body of a good Cuban or Mexican flan.  I am going to try it again this time, I am using coconut milk instead of water. I bought a heavier crema 30% rather than the 20% most media cremas consist of. To humour Husband’s sensibilities, I am calling it coconut cream pudding. You can make coconut milk from fresh coconuts but I haven’t seen the coconut vendor on ...

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Soldiering on

image courtesy  Joanna van der Gracht Rosado Adelita is the nickname that was given to the  women who fought in the Mexican revolution. I dressed up as one for the Grito party, Joanna gave in September. The Adelita is a powerful symbol, a strong woman, combination soldier, camp follower, nurse, often carrying a baby on her back alongside her rifle. Darstellung zweier Soldaderas image courtesy Wikipedia Deutsch Carrying on my La Calavera Catrina theme, this week’s painting combined an iconic image of an two Adelitas that I found on Wikipedia’s German Language Edition, with a calavera catrina. Spanish spellings seem to be variable because I have seen the word written as canterina, catrina and catarina, today, I am using catrina. Tomorrow? Who nows? For now I have separated the two companions. I am planning on painting the remaining Adelita next week and perhaps the two together after that.  

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Is this an April fool´s joke?

two posts in one day! after I posted A different viewpointI checked my email.I found that I received an award. Here is the email: Hello there,Tripbase Awards 2011 I am pleased to inform you that your site has been chosen to receive a Tripbase 2011 Blog Award. This year our panel of judges reviewed hundreds of sites from across the Internet before hand-selecting the best ten for each travel category. Your site is among these elite ranks, and can be seen here: http://www.tripbase.com/d/awards/2011/categories/winners/spanish-cuisine.htm I would like to congratulate you on your continued hard work and achievement in winning a Tripbase Award – this year, the awards have been featured in CNBC, CBS and AOL News. We have created small and large badges for you to show off your achievement to your readers, so please feel free to grab the code and upload it onto your site. Well done once again, and keep up the great work. Kind Regards, Claire Tucker ...

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A different viewpoint

           image courtesy of Wikipedia  Arriving at painting class armed with a photocopy of John Singer Sargent’s watercolor  A Morning Walk, some fashion plates from the same era and  photocopies of a human skeleton, I announced that I had an idea. This idea either would be one of my best paintings yet or would serve as a learning exercise. I wanted to do something more painterly. However, I didn’t want to copy Sargent’s portrait, but rather do something similar but  more Mexican in feeling. La Bella Epoca (La Belle Époque in France, Edwardian Era in England) is also the heyday of the henequén trade.  So my choice of costume worked for me. The seaside was more appropriate to Mérida than a lake.    La Catarina del Henequén Takes a Morning Walk Here is my portrait. Does it work?

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everything is going swimmingly

plants in an old pot The hot and sultry days are here. I love the pool. One of my friends says that having a pool will change your life, I didn’t really believe her.Maybe it changed her life, but it wouldn’t change mine in any noticeable way, I thought. I was wrong. I am not a fan of air conditioning, in my opinion it keeps you from adapting to the weather. Going outside after being in air conditioning makes the heat and humidity seem worse. Cooling down in a pool makes the heat and humidity more tolerable. Your core temperature goes down and stays down. Now if only I could start taking siestas midday, I would never notice the heat.

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Swans and fish

The IWC meeting today was fun, lots of interesting information, several new SIGs (special interest groups) and interesting guests. There was a reading by a couple of members of Merida’s new little theatre group. They also did  a casting call. Since my plate isn’t totally full, I am going to thinking of auditioning. Sylvia Ponce de Leon, Director of Culture / Marketing Manager of Yucatan Times attended too, they are having a launch of their print edition in April. I forgot the date but it sounds like a fun event. Good thing I don’t even pretend to know what is going on around me. Though I am a bit annoyed to learn that I somehow missed all the giant billboards around town announcing the free performance of Swan Lake by the Cuban Ballet, last Thursday night. There is another performance on Saturday at Dzibilchaltun, so if I can score some tickets we are planning on going.Just us and 3000 other ...

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routine matters

I’ve been hibernating again, this time due to a cold that really knocked me out.Tuesday felt like it should have been Sunday, don’t ask me why. Spending most of the day sleeping probably did it, though that isn’t how Sundays go around here.You would think that not having a job makes every day the same,but they aren’t. Each day has it’s own flavor.  I find that having a routine helps mark the time and keeps me from being overwhelmed. My tipical week is Monday, stitch & bitch, our motto is sometimes we stitch, sometimes we bitch, but we always have a good time. Tuesday, laundry day, I hang around all day Wedneday,  grocery shopping every other week, La Muchacha comes to clean and iron clothes that I washed the day before. Thursday,   pool service comes in the morning otherwise,nothing scheduled Friday, from 10am to 2pm I have painting class. La Muchacha comes to clean. Lunch probably will come from the ...

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Same person, different day

Mijo at 21 Same subject as in Faire Brat just fifteen or sixteen years later. The beard stubble was done in pencil rather than acrylics. Unfortunately, I overdid the glaze and it puddled in places on the portrait, I wanted to make sure that the pencil didn’t smudge. This is the smallest painting that I have done about 10 x 10 inches.

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Neighborhood hangout

Husband and I wandered out of the house and back in time last night. Back to the time of coffee houses, beat poets and guitar soloists. Next time I am going to wear all black clothes and a beret. The decor is black and white, I would fit right in. We attended the 1st English Language Open Mic Wednesday at El Pendulo.  We came, drank wine, ate some tasty bruschetta made from goats cheese and olives and listened to a stand up comedian, several poets and a singer. Debi  and Tom were there too, along with Mexichica. One of our friends, MK read her excellent poetry. I love knowing all these creative people. I think Mérida attracts creativity, many of my friends are writers, photographers, and painters.  My neck was hurting so we left early, but we’re planning on going back next week. We’re regulars there on Sunday mornings for breakfast. Mr Dog knows the routine by heart. Since the ...

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Blasé about blogging?

This is my 700th post. Finding material suitable for blogging has gotten harder and harder for me. Part of the problem is that things that I would have found puzzling or novel 7 years ago are just part of the water that we swim in. Take Carnaval for example, this is the first year that I didn’t attend  a single parade, not even the children’s parade. Husband is not big on crowds and I didn’t feel like going alone. Or maybe the truth is closer to “I didn’t feel like going”. On the other hand this was a good Carnaval for us. Comparing notes with other expats, we realized that we live in the ideal location for enjoying Carnaval,close enough to walk but we don’t hear the festivities. We’re between San Sebastian and La Ermita, but seldom hear anything from either park. One of my friends lives several blocks east of San Sebastian, she heard the salsa music emanating from ...

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