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Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot-Two ways about it

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In Amsterdam the tram is one of the easiest and inexpensive ways to travel. However, if you want the true Dutch experience-ride a bike! then hold on tight and pedal, pedal, pedal.

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Taking sunday walks in Europe is the thing to do when you want some quality time in your relationship. Although stores are closed, food establishments and clubs are not. Nothing is more romantic than window shopping through cobbled stone streets.

The human brain is fascinating in that it can process so many things at once. However, the best way to take things in is to slow down and see the world from all angles.

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Weekly Photo challenge: Foreshadow-Dark vs Light

What better way to show what might foreshadow  our minds than dark vs light? Or is it good vs evil? Only our own conscience knows that truth.

Iphone diaries: Morocco

I love this. In an era where technology is a constancy this blogger found a way to still keep a diary…of course through the eyes of an iPhone. Take a peek you might like what you see.

Oh my! It’s Crème Brûlée-fancy to eat but easy to make.

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Crème brûlée has been one of my favorite dessert since I was first served it in a restaurant many years ago. I love the slight crunch of the sweet caramelized sugar as it touches my tongue. Followed by the slightly sweet and creamy custard that finishes off the explosion of flavors. How can you not love a dessert that was featured in a cookbook published in 1691? French chef François Massialot who published the cookbook worked in the royal kitchens. Crème brûlée was one of the featured desserts  in the world’s first alphabetical recipe listed cookbook titled, Le Cuisinier Royal et Bourgeoise (article). I bow to chef Massialot for sharing this wonderfully tasty, yet easy to make dessert. Instead of cake on my birthday I set out on a mission to make the perfect dessert: Crème brûlée.

The ingredients for the recipe are very simple.

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2  Tsp of vanilla
  • 2 Tsp of brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 of heavy cream
  • 6 Tbs of sugar
  • Torch ( available at on Amazon or Bed Bath & Beyond)
  • 4 ramekins

Put the oven at 325° F (160° C) and as the oven preheats you can start making the custard for baking. First put the heavy cream with the vanilla on the stove on low heat. There is no need to stir it, but you don’t want the cream to boil over, so keep a close eye on the cream.  You will know it’s ready when there is a thin skin formed over the cream. Beat the egg yolks and sugar together with a whisk. By this time the cream should be ready to pour in. This is where you need to be careful because the heated cream poured in too fast can result in cooking the eggs. This is what you don’t want to happen. You’ll want to pour only a small amount in as you continue to whisk. This in the cooking world is called, tempering. The pouring of cream slowly and continual whisking helps the cream’s heat to disperse evenly. When you’ve poured all the cream in you will have a creamy pale yellow liquid.

Now comes the fun part! Get a cake pan to put the ramekins in and distribute the custard evenly. If there are bubbles in the batter just use the torch heat to lightly go over it and the bubbles will disappear. You don’t want air bubbles in your crème brûlée. The bubbles will cause the custard cook unevenly or may come out runny. Another thing that helps the custards cook nicely is another cooking term called, a “water bath“, which means that the food cooking needs a moist cooking environment. Pour water into the cake pan about half way up the ramekins. Carefully transport the pan to the oven (make sure that water does not get into the ramekins) and cook custard for around 30 to 40 minutes or until the custard has a wobbly feel (like jello) when you shake the ramekins a little.  If all is well let custard cool for another hour, or for a faster cool down you can put the ramekins in the refrigerator.

Once the custard has cooled sprinkle the brown sugar on top evenly (add more sugar to caramelize of you prefer a thicker crust). Then take the torch and move over sugar lightly in a sweeping motion. You will be able to see (and smell)  the sugar caramelizing. After running the torch over once wait about 2 or 3 minutes before torching the sugar again. The rest time in between torching gives the sugar time to harden (that’s the yummy part). Let the  dessert sit for another 15 minutes. You will know it’s ready to eat because when you tap the caramelized sugar with the flat of the spoon it will be hard but brittle.

So now that it’s all done dig in and enjoy that wonderful taste first introduced in a French Royal court. Bon Appétit.

I enjoyed making this dessert. I look forward to making it again in the future for family and friends.

I want to send my thanks out to Rebekah F. reminding me of this wonderful dessert and encouraging me to make it. Thanks to Olga L. for lending me her ramekins and torch. Thanks also to Leslye S-L for coming over to help and support me during the process. xoxo to you all.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

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Masterpieces are not hard to find. It’s just that we need to slow down enough to appreciate them. My favorite part about Europe is how much they love to display their art around the city. You could stroll down a small residential alley way just to find a masterpiece when rounding the corner.

 

The Journey Home: The Final Destination

Wow, it’s been almost eight months since I last blogged about our landing on American soil. So much has happened since then I hardly know where to start the telling. My family and I have come a long way since that night we stumbled sleepily towards our hotel room and waiting beds.

The Dome of the Texas State Capitol

The Dome of the Texas State Capitol (Photo credit: Kumar Appaiah)

So, this is Texas, our final destination and my family and I are smack dab in the middle of it all. When we first heard we were heading to Texas none of us thought we would ever get used to it. Texas is certainly a far cry from the European lifestyle of outdoor café bistros we are used to patronizing. However, Texas has a lifestyle of its own. Its beauty is reflected in its people’s love for their state as well as appreciation of the bounties the land itself delivers. While I contemplated the heat index that I would have to endure I tried to make as many trips out to explore during the cooler months.

During a night out with friends my husband and I had the opportunity to experience South by Southwest. South by Southwest (aka SXSW to locals and fans) is a festival that concentrates on promoting films, music, and interactive connections with the people who attend it. The night was fun and full of sights and sounds from celebrity sightings, street musicians, and television networks promoting new shows. IT was an entertaining and fun night. I look forward to attending SXSW 2014 which is right round the corner as the festival is usually held near the beginning of Spring in the month of March. In 2014 the festival runs from Friday March 7 through Sunday March 16.

The night we weren't expecting to happen but it did. what a great experience to run into.

The night we weren’t expecting to happen, but it did. What a great experience to run into.

Since that night we have discovered that Texas is not just a huge empty desert, but a large community of people who really love where they live. I have really enjoyed visiting the beautiful lakes and parks here. My husband has discovered the sport of fishing which he is finding is not as easy as it may seem. We had a chance to explore the Capitol in Austin. The history and architecture here is just as grand and rich as in Europe. I look forward to discovering more of Texas and the people in it.  Now a new journey has begun as I close one chapter to begin another, and rediscover  America again. I hope that you will be there discovering it with me.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Re-“fresh”-ingly Life

When I think of something refreshing water and breezes always come to mind. I love the way water can cool you inside and out. The way the soft breezes can caress your skin causing it to tingle and come alive. I enjoyed the times I spent in these waters. I hope that there will be another moment in my lifetime when I will again enjoy their refreshing beauty. For a closer look just click on the photo and experience fresh.

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour Is the Moment We Exhale

the rainbow the universal sign of "hope".

The rainbow. The universal sign of “hope”.

There is always a time in the day, week, or month when we stop what we’re doing and exhale. In this moment we become more observant and see what we might have missed in our daily lives. I saw this rainbow after waking from a mid-afternoon nap. I woke  opening my window to see the rainbow streaked sky. It was a nice view to wake up to, and as I stood there for a few moments more I thought of all the other people who might be seeing the same sight. I wondered what this sight of a rainbow meant to them? What feelings it might evoke. Hope? Beauty? Mythical beings that may or may not exist?

Exhale, but remember to enjoy the next intake of breath then exhale. Each new breath clarifies the mind to enjoy the world around us.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia on the Brain

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The train ride to Venice…two perspectives.
The train ride was not too long around about 6 hours…but the girls couldn’t wait for it to be over. My hubby took the time to enjoy the passing scenery. Now the adventures once we got to Venice that’s another story!

The night life is lively and the seamless connection of past and present make a visit to this beautiful city priceless.

The night life is lively and the seamless connection of past and present make a visit to this beautiful city— priceless.

Call Me King Trailer- What Do You Want To Know?

Hi Brouhahas…I need your help. Check out this trailer and let me know if you recognize any of the actors here. Now, if you had a chance to ask the director some questions about the movie, what would they be?
Hints: There are some pretty well known actors here, one actor appeared in GI Joe: Retaliation along with The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson and Channing Tatum. He played part of the Cobra Secret Service and is also a producer for this film Call Me King.

A lead character in this film is also known for his portrayal in the popular series Friday Night Lights as ” Coach Bill McGregor”. Do you know who this is?

This Chinese actress wows us with her unique and independent style on the red carpet, as well as making appearances on Entourage and Lost? Who is she?
Website http://www.IMDb.com has the answers. Remember to respond with your questions; then I can put them to director R.L Scott in a one on one interview coming soon to http://www.brouhaha-access.com

Coiled-Through The Eyes Of Director Tim French

Richard Hoyt as Cobb Mills in Coiled. The film “Coiled” are the property of Tim French/Moot point pictures.

Richard Hoyt as Cobb Mills in Coiled.
The film “Coiled” are the property of Tim French/Moot point pictures.

The Shakespearean definition of “coiled” is described as the troubles and activities of the world. Coiled, a new drama directed by screenplay writer and director Tim French, can be described in this way. Coiled is the story of a man named, Cobb Mills (Hoyt Richards) who carries the weight of guilt in the death of his daughter Tess, seven years before. On the anniversary of Tess’s death Cobb returns to the small sleepy town to leave flowers at her grave stone then heads for home. However, this year will be different as Cobb finds that he won’t be heading straight home as planned. Cobb’s car breaks down during his annual visit, and he finds that repairs will take several days. Cobb has no choice but to stay in the town and wait. While he waits, Cobb becomes involved in a series of events that may lead him down the road to either condemnation or redemption.

During his stay Cobb meets and falls romantically for a much younger woman, Nash Fuller (Anabella Casanova) who has her own dark secrets. Cobb falls under her spell feeling that his love for her can break his bonds of guilt and remorse. That is until Nash runs off with $100,000 of his money. Soon, the police is hounding him to turn against Nash, and help them put her away for a long time. Cobb must make a decision he doesn’t want to make because even after Nash’s betrayal he still loves her. Nash’s betrayal hits him hard, and he goes on a self-destructive streak that will eventually lead him to answers he has been seeking all along. Cobb is definitely coiled in the troubles of his world. The question is, will he ever become uncoiled?

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David Kagen as Lt. Jackson.
The film “Coiled” is the property of Tim French/Moot point pictures.

Director Tim French speaks on the making of Coiled and how the storyline came about. Tim French’s Q&A gives us a look at his enthusiasm for filmmaking and writing a screenplay.

Q: Hi Tim. “Coiled” sounds like a drama that many can relate to.  A life ruled by regret of a long ago action can definitely impact a life. I read, on the Coiled Facebook page, that you and Michael French wrote the screenplay. What is your relation?

Michael is my padre and a novelist by trade. He currently has a new book he is promoting called “The Reconstruction of Wilson Ryder”, which is available at amazon.com.

Q: What inspired this story line?

The story line was loosely inspired by the loss of someone very close to Michael and I. Both grieving, we decided that writing about someone who experienced a loss of their own, would be good therapy for us. Next thing you know we wrote the first draft of “Coiled” and the rest, as they say, is history. 

Q: Do you and Michael write a lot of your screenplays together?

Yes, we have written three screenplays together and hopefully we will collaborate on more in the future.

Q: What was the your favorite scene in the film to direct?

Jeez, that’s a tough one. I don’t know. I loved working with all the actors involved so… I guess one of them would be the scene when Detective Jackson (David Kagen) and Sergeant Flanders (Chris Cleveland) question Cobb at the police station. There was just something about the chemistry between the three actors that put a big smile on my face.

Q: Is drama your usual genre or have you also directed other genre?

This was actually my first time directing a drama. Before this I had directed a dark comedy called “Setback”.

Q: When is the release date for Coiled?

As of right now the rough release date is sometime in November. However, I am hoping to have it out before then. You can always check out the status of the release date at

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2828310/combined 

For more on Coiled hit up their Facebook page.

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Once Upon A Time – Episode 14 – “Manhattan”

Once Upon A Time – Episode 14 – “Manhattan”.

Tell me what you thought about the “twists” in this episode.

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