Senor and Linda Lou have been in Pueblo Alamos, Sonora, Mexico for 10 years.
Every day brings a new discovery.
They are still working on the casa............Senor says, it won't be long.........but Linda Lou says, it won't be long until what..............stay tuned to find out what's next.

Monday, April 26, 2010

It's a Flanperfect day

buen dia!
Ah, it is so beautiful here this morning. Wish you could be here!
The temperature is already rising, but we still have very little humidity, so a ninety degree day like we had yesterday only seems like it is eighty. The sky is slightly overcast and it is just very pleasant.

I just came back from my trip to the track, where there were quite a few folks walking or jogging. I always enjoy my track conversations with the Mexican women and men and their dogs.

When I returned home, I found this little fellow, dead on the table top. Cookies spends most of the night out now, and I imagine he threw this up in the air, thought he could catch it, and it landed on the table top and Cookies lost interest.

So we asked Umberto about it. It is a little thing, only about eight inches long, and skinny. Umberto called it a name and pointed to his arm and pantomined that a bite from that means a trip to the hospital and a shot in the rear end. Umberto solves alot of problems, I think, with a trip to the hospital for a shot in the rear end.

Grippe? shot. Nail in foot? shot. Scorpion bite? shot. Fall off ladder? shot.

So I hope this guy's mother or father is not around nearby. I would imagine they would be a bit larger.
I rode to the Panteon the other day. Here is Jesus' grave and some plastic flowers I left for him. The marker says he died April 9, but the weekend I returned from Texas, the seventeenth, someone old with white hair was back in the casa watching a boxing match on tv. I even commented to, Jesus really has the volume on his tv turned up.
Senor says he drove by the sister's house just yesterday and there was a new old man sitting out front in the chair that I had photographed. So we are confused, well I am confused. Senor says he is not the confusable type. But so far, the little casa remains empty and we do not even see any signs of Jesus' cat, the white one.

I went next door to learn to make flan. I have always had a recipe for it, but it's one of those things that is better done with a person who has done it before. So, I had the opportunity to do that.
I don't blog recipes or food too much, mainly because I have difficulty even following recipes.
But this one was worth it. i think you can make it easily.

You need:
8 eggs
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
2 cans water (use the milk cans for measurement)
1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/3 cup water
2 T kahlua
1 t vanilla
and you need a flan pan, a round baking dish with a hole in the middle
Over low heat, toss the sugar in a pan, add 1/3 cup water. Stir this Forever! It will get dry. It will get lumpy. It will get clumpy. You will think you need to add more water. Don't. You are just carmelizing the sugar and it will take forever. Eventually it will get dark dark brown and bubbly. When it does this, pour it into the flan pan and coat the pan and sides.Tony, our flan instructor, asks me if I washed my 8 eggs. Wash the eggs....... i said...........i never wash my eggs. He tells me I have to always wash my eggs, so I wash my 8 eggs. We crack them into a bowl and add the milk and the 2 cans of water. He says his favorite dessert is condensed milk on crackers. I tell him that when I worked at DIF some of the women there drank the condensed milk right from the can.........yum, he says.

We add kahlua and vanilla and beat all of this with the mixer. It gets too foamy so Tony holds the mixer just under the surface of the liquid and it gets creamy again. After a few minutes we pour the mixture into the coated flan pan.
The flan pan then is put into a larger pan, filled halfway with water and put into the oven for 1 1/2 hours at 350 degrees. More water is added during the cooking time to keep this water bath halfway up the flan pan.
The flan comes out of the oven and sits on the counter for several hours while Tony shops and my friends and I go off to buy art supplies at an art sale in someone's home.

At the art sale, I hear that La Victoria, which is Carroll O'Connor's Alamos home, has been sold, along with eight other proerties in town. Baby boomers are coming, says someone.
Indeed, on the way home, the front door of La Victoria is open and I snap a few photos. La Victoria needs a lot of love and care, so I am glad someone has bought it. I want to ask if I can go inside, but there are workers milling around and the flan is waiting on the countertop.
The flan is ready to come out of the pan. A knife is run around the edges and then, the pan sits in another water bath, this one warm with tap water. Tony jiggles the flan until it starts to move around in the pan.
Then in a very swift move, the pan is turned upside down.

And, we have flan. Isn't that pretty?

Gotta run, need to be over on Loma Gudalupe by ten o'clock. I am doing some custom glass tiles for someone there and we need to discuss the plan.
Que le vaya bien!......which when translated, means roughly, may you have an interesting life or may all things turn out well for you. Linda Lou


Steve Cotton said...

Too bad about the king snake. They are beautiful and harmless. In fact, they are the most popular snake pet in The States due to their docility. It is rather like seeing a dead kitten on the table.

Jacqui said...

My husband adores condensed milk, he drinks it straight from the container - I cannot stand it.

We have a long grass snake lives nearby but he is very shy, we have only seen him twice and neither time I had my camera with me - but he is about 4 ft long.

Our summer had also started, hot sunny days and cloudless skies. It's been a long winer but finall, it is over.

Today when I left the 'carniceria' an old lady bid me 'vaya con Dios' - go with God. Not a normal phrase heard here but possibly more used by the very elderly as this lady was.

Jonna said...

ummmm, that flan looks really, really good. I've been told to wash the eggs too but I have to admit I never do. I'm not sure about that, I guess I have more faith in my egg cracking ability, that none of the chicken poop will end up in the eggs.

Do you know the difference between regular flan and napolitano? They do taste different but I'm not sure why.

Anonymous said...

It's great!!..................................................

Calypso said...

My esposa makes great flan - however that ring design is really lovely.

The snake - we would move - well my wife would in any case.

washing the eggs - will pass that tip along - not sure how it works in our casa.

Linda Lou and Senor, Too said...

Steve, bummer i guess.
Jaqui,'a dios',which is - with God, or also go with God, and possibly a few more translations as well, is the common passing word in Alamos, especially by the elderly. I never hear vaya con Dios here either.
Jonna, hi! Tony, the flan man, says the difference is the napolitano has cream cheese and extra egg yolks.
Calypso, I an sure there are lots of flan pans around. I was thinking maybe a bundt cake pan, with fluted sides would make a cute one.
And hola to my friend with the japanese (I think it is japanese) name. thanks so much for your comments!!!

Anonymous said...

處順境須謹慎,處逆境要忍耐。 ..................................................

Anonymous said...


~~kattz*cottage~~ said...

Hi girl! That flan looks awesome - wish I had some! May have to try that someday. I am way behind on blogging so off to read more down your page! I miss you!!