Flan de Café

Originally posted on The Kiwi Cook:

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I was intrigued when I recently saw contestants in the Australian production of ‘My Kitchen Rules’ make someting called a Flan de Café. I searched online and discovered that it’s a traditional Spanish/South American recipe made with sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and coffee.

It  looks very much like the crème caramel we’re more familiar with but, due to the type of milks used, has a very different texture. While a crème caramel, which is made with standard milk or cream, is light and silky, this flan is quite a bit denser (as you can see from my photos) and is sliced very easily because of it. It’s also, surprisingly, not overly sweet and goes together particularly well with whipped cream and sweet tropical fruits such as banana or mango.

Thanks to Meals.com for the easy to follow recipe. I adapted it only slightly, adding in some Kahlua (well, why wouldn’t you?!) and…

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How We Spend Our Days: Richard Gilbert

Originally posted on catching days:

Annie Dillard wrote, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” On the first of each month, Catching Days hosts a guest writer in the series, “How We Spend Our Days.” Today, please welcome writer Richard Gilbert.

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photo credit: Dinty W. Moore

The essays I’ll work on this morning were drafted in response to prompts. One depicts my wife, Kathy, and her older sister playing Barbies as girls—and fighting for control of the doll’s activities. Kathy told me the story only recently, after thirty years of marriage, an amusing anecdote that illuminates sibling rivalry and her girlhood. The second essay concerns a photograph I found online of Freud’s famous chaise longue—I hadn’t known Persian rugs swaddled and surrounded it. The therapeutic stage of the severe-seeming analyst appears opulent and feels more Jungian than Freudian.

But first there’s fitness. We’re up at 5:30, Kathy’s alarm having roused us…

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You Can’t Build Inclusion on Exclusionary Language

Originally posted on Geek Essays:

Before I start, let me get some things straight: I’m a queer feminist. I think society is pretty damn sexist, and that video gaming is one area where it’s particularly obvious. I think the treatment of Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian and a bunch of other people these last few weeks is despicable. I think being angry and defensive when you’re being harassed for your gender or for how much sex you’ve had is a totally valid thing to be.

But I’m so sick and tired of how some people I otherwise respect and agree with keep responding to those who disagree with them.

This isn’t tone policing, this is asking you to stop using words and concepts that exclude people.

You can’t build an inclusive, friendly place on exclusionary, insulting language.

There’s a bunch of things that have been bothering me – not just in the recent “GamerGate” things…

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A Dispatch on the Writing of DISPATCHES FROM THE DROWNINGS by B. J. Hollars

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The morning following my first night in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, a young man drowned in the river behind our home. I was out for an early morning jog when I noticed a police car pulled to the side of the road running parallel to the river. I rerouted and peered down the ravine, where I spotted a rescue team gearing up to retrieve a body that wouldn’t be found for days.

In the time between, my dog and I regularly walked the riverbanks, scanning the water for clues. But there were no clues to be found. What had happened had simply happened, and though I naively wondered, How could this happen here? the better question was How could it not?

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It didn’t take long for me to learn that drownings were common in river towns like ours, and that the probability of drowning increased when water and people were placed…

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Canada Exclusive: $0 BlackBerry Z30 at Rogers, Bell and TELUS for Limited Time

Originally posted on Inside BlackBerry:

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One of my favorite BlackBerry smartphones is on sale through select carriers in Canada. Excellent news for BlackBerry Z30 fans in Canada. Rogers, Bell and TELUS are all promoting the award-winning BlackBerry Z30 smartphone for $0 with a 2-year contract. Pick one up now, as this is a limited-time offer. Perfect for back to school.

The new BlackBerry Z30 smartphone comes with BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 (also award-winning), which includes hundreds of refinements plus many new features that help you become more productive. We’ve covered it all on Inside BlackBerry before. Swing by this post to read about the features.

Visit your local Rogers, Bell or TELUS location to take advantage of this awesome deal, and visit blackberry.com/Z30 for more product details.

Rogers | Bell | TELUS


*See carrier specific pages linked above for full details.

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Happy Birthday! Love, Your Biggest Fan…

Originally posted on Meanwhile, back at the ranch...:

Today this guy here celebrates another year of living.

I just spent part of my morning writing about him, my husband, the man I’ve celebrated sixteen or so birthdays with in our lives together.

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I included photos and everything. I said something about the awesome birthday gift I got him that he picked out and purchased.

Kinda like the boots I told him he bought me a month before my birthday.

It was a good post. Real heartwarming.

Funny even.

Then my internet crashed and all that I wrote is lost in the abyss…

And I yelled, COME ON!

But it doesn’t matter now. What I really wanted to say is today we are celebrating the birth of a good man.

A patient man. Master of the grill. Master of the kitchen.

Folder of my underwear.  Fixer of broken things.

Troubleshooter of our lives together.

Caregiver.

Kitten

Terrible singer.

Yeller at…

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Drawn In Dust: The Great Traveling Dirty Truck Art Exhibition by Chic Decorations

Originally posted on Interior Design:

Common art travels inside, safely stowed in carefully-packed containers to avoid damage – these drawings do the opposite, playing up the folk-artsy practice of scribbling into built-up grime on autos.

“Using his finger to scribe into the layer of dirt constructed-up from exhaust emi… if you want to view full content please visit this http://www.chicdecorations.com/other-ideas/drawn-in-dust-the-great-traveling-dirty-truck-art-exhibition.html

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