Leche Flan Recipe

05/28/07 | by Clarise Z. Doval Santos [mail] | Categories: Recipe

Leche Flan is Philippine custard. It is one of the influences Spain left in Philippine cuisine. Our family Leche Flan recipe is rich. Per Joseph’s request, here it is: ;D

:idea: Note: :idea: The yield of this recipe is 1 llanera (Philippine aluminum oval mold).

Caramelized sugar:

1/3 cup of brown sugar
1/6 cup of water
Dash of salt (optional)

Place the sugar in the center of a saucepan. Pour water around the sides of the pan. Before the pan gets hot and just when you first put the sugar in the sauce pan, make an X with your finger across the sugar. Do not stir. Turn on the stove to medium heat, bring to a full boil and cook without stirring, swirling the pot occasionally to even out the color, until all the sugar is melted and is amber-caramel in color. Pour the caramelized sugar in a llanera (Philippine aluminum oval mold) or a baking dish.

Custard:

4 egg yolks
1 can condensed milk
After emptying the can of condensed milk, fill the same can with 1/3 liquid milk or water. (Note: this is 1/3 can).
1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

1. In a mixing bowl, mix the yolk gently to break it.
2. Empty the can of condensed milk in the yolk mixture
3. After emptying the can of condensed milk, fill the same can with 1/3 liquid milk or water. (Note: this is 1/3 can) Stir the liquid milk (or water if you prefer) in the can to get all the remaining condensed milk that is sticking to the sides of the inside of the can. Pour this in the mixing bowl.
4. Mix the liquid mixture gently. To have a smooth set custard, do not whisk the mixture so as not to create bubbles in the custard.
5. Strain the mixture while pouring it into the llanera with caramelized sugar.
6. Cover tightly with foil. This avoids moisture from the steam or water to get to the custard while cooking.
7. Cook in a water bath for about 25 minutes or test it by putting a butter knife into the flan and no mixture sticks to the butter knife

To serve, run a knife around the edge of the llanera or baking dish and invert into a serving plate.

Need to make a bigger batch? Here’s the original recipe measurements:

Ingredients:
3 cans condensed milk
1 1/2 can of water or liquid milk
12 egg yolks
2 tsps vanilla

For caramelized sugar:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup water

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From Superman to Spider-man

01/07/07 | by Clarise Z. Doval Santos [mail] | Categories: General Thoughts

Update:
I snuck in too ;D to take the quiz on how I see Joseph. It did confirm that he was a Green Lantern with strong Superman streak ...

Joseph took the Superhero quiz so I thought I'd take it too... I took it a few days ago but I did not have a chance to blog about. At that time, my result was that I was equally Superman and Wonder Woman. Today I took it, and I am Spider-man. I don't know which answers were different but as Joseph said it may just depend on your mood the day that you answer it ...

Your results: You are Spider-Man

Spider-Man
90%
Superman
80%
Wonder Woman
75%
Hulk
70%
Green Lantern
60%
Supergirl
60%
Robin
55%
Iron Man
30%
The Flash
30%
Catwoman
25%
Batman
20%
You are intelligent, witty, a bit geeky and have great power and responsibility.

Spider Man

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

Update: I snuck in here and decided to answer the quiz the way that I see Clarise. Here's what happened.

Your results:

You are Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman
80%
Green Lantern
70%
Robin
67%
Spider-Man
65%
Supergirl
65%
Superman
55%
The Flash
55%
Hulk
50%
Iron Man
45%
Catwoman
40%
Batman
35%
You are a beautiful princess
with great strength of character.

Wonder Woman


Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

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Santa Gifts

12/25/06 | by Clarise Z. Doval Santos [mail] | Categories: General Thoughts

Here's a conversation between my 5-years old nephew and his dad on Christmas morning ....

Matthew: Dad, why are all the gifts from Santa made in China?
Joey: Why? Where should they come from?
Matthew: North Pole

Merry Christmas!

XmasTree
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Merry Christmas!

12/24/06 | by Clarise Z. Doval Santos [mail] | Categories: General Thoughts

Happy Holidays
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Maligayang Pasko! (Pilipino)
Merry Christmas! (English)
Feliz Navidad! (Spanish)
Buon Natale! (Italian)

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Juror No. 11

10/22/06 | by Clarise Z. Doval Santos [mail] | Categories: General Thoughts
The past 4 days, I have served as Juror No. 11. I have completed my civic duty and I could blog about my experience. Common impression I hear is that Jury Duty is like a plague that one avoids. I thought it was a very interesting experience. It was fun from the point of view that my co-jurors were fun to be with outside of the courtroom (we weren't allowed to discuss the case outside of the deliberation room). It was hard because one is asked to be impartial and to consider only the facts, the evidence and the instruction of the judge. We must be devoid of all biases, past experiences, sympathy for the defendant, and any appearance of injustice.

The case was about a 22 year old man accused of First Degree Burglary (California Penal Code Section 460 (a)) and California Penal Code Section 647 (h) - Peeping Into Windows or Doors Without Lawful Business. Given our judge’s instructions, we must find the defendant guilty if we find him breaking and entering an inhabited home with the intent or mental state to commit a rape or indecent exposure, even if the defendant did not mean to willfully hurt anyone. According to the judge’s instructions, it is indecent exposure even if the genitalia were not seen by the victim. If we did not find the defendant guilty of first degree burglary, we must decide whether he was guilty of trespassing.

The defense has presented his case that the accused had some mental deficiency. That he entered the room of the complainant with the firm belief that he was going to have sex. In his mentally deficient brain, he thought that the woman “hitted on him”. He alleged to have knocked on the door and on the window. When no one answered, he climbed through the window thinking that he was going to surprise the woman. He did not touch the woman but he undressed. When the victim awoke and saw the young man in her room, she grabbed him on the neck and asked him what he was doing there. The defendant then replied that he was horny. The victim then asked him to get out and the defendant, not touching the woman just kept saying “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.” The victim called the police but did not find the defendant. A few hours later, he came back, lingering at the victim’s back yard looking in. The victim came out and swung a bat at him. During police interrogation, he was asked why he came back, the defendant said he wanted to say he was sorry.

The defense attorney was not polished like the prosecutor. He seems to have some speech impairment that he was not eloquent. The prosecutor on the other hand was very professional. She had visual aids during closing. She was very sensitive to the juror reactions. One of my co-jurors felt that the defense was not represented properly. I tend to agree with him.

My heart went to the young man who was the accused. He certainly was a troubled soul with some mental deficiencies. I felt that if he were rich and can afford a non-court appointed defense lawyer that maybe his case would have been stronger. Maybe a stronger police investigation would have been conducted or some of the circumstantial evidence would not have been admitted in court. Maybe if he had a stronger defense his confession would not have been admitted given that he had mental deficiencies. But at the end of the day, we had to be impartial. We had to work only with what we have and not what we think should have been. The confession of the accused was in. He admitted to going in through the bedroom window with the intent to have sex. We had to believe beyond reasonable doubt that given the legal definition the crime, the instructions of the judge and the evidence admitted and presented before us that a crime was committed. The jury did not have to decide whether it was rape or indecent exposure but that one of those was committed.

We had one holdout. It could have been a hung jury. My co-juror, Harvey, felt the injustice of the system. But at the end, he agreed with the rest of us and we gave the verdict of guilty. Harvey had to ask for a few minutes alone (so we asked the bailiff to grant the jurors a recess) because he said he needed to think whether or not he can live with himself.

I may be naïve but I believe that the defendant due to his limited capacity really thought that he was going to have consensual sex. I thought the intent to commit rape was too strong. But, I think he did commit indecent exposure. According to the judge’s instructions, it is indecent exposure if he exposed himself to direct attention to himself OR to gratify and satisfy himself. He came to the woman’s bedroom at 1:30 AM with the intent or state of mind of having sex. That is why I believed that he committed burglary. In terms of the second count, we also found him guilty of lingering and looking into a window because he came back and just stood there watching the victim.

When the sentence was read, the defendant’s family cried. One of my co-juror’s who had served before warned me not to look at the family. But I did. I can’t second guess my judgment. I believe that I had been impartial as I have been. I had given the defendant as much benefit of the doubt as I can. Intent and State of Mind was what we were asked to judge. I agree with Harvey that no one can judge what someone is thinking. But no matter how much benefit of the doubt there is, the accused had singleness of purpose to go in the bedroom, removed his pants with the intent and single purpose of having sex whether he intended to hurt the victim or not. Whether or not the victim would consent was not something we were supposed to consider in indecent exposure.

I have to live with my judgment that I had contributed to sentencing a young man to prison. The legal system is not perfect. Proving one’s innocence or guilt is in the hands of the lawyers and the jurors and how they interpret the law. I have trust that everything will be ok and if my nephew Raphael ever becomes a criminal attorney that he will do the system right.

I question if putting the man in jail will make him a better person or if he will evolve to be a hardened criminal after being in the company of those who committed greater offence. As Joseph said to me that one can’t “possibly make someone a hardened criminal. And if his experience in jail does so, it is still him exercising his free will to enter that life, and shows even more that he has the capability and the will to intend to do crime.”

Jury duty is a serious responsibility. Don’t take it lightly. Don’t do it just to have a Juror Appreciation bookmark. ;D If you can’t be impartial, find a way to excuse yourself.

So, Juror No. 11 rests her case.
Juror Appreciation Bookmarks
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This blog contains thoughts that range from non-technical to technical. Its name is derived from "Yakity Blah Blah" a column I once had that discussed a cornucopia of ideas. Who am I? I'm Clarise Z. Doval Santos, providing Project Management and Technical Leadership as part of InterActive Systems & Consulting, Inc.

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