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Author’s program note. Our first travelers to Massachusetts arrived at Plymouth just in time for Winter, too late for Autumn, specifically trodding on terra firma, December 26, 1620… and were they ever irritated, taking the opportunity to lambast the luckless captain who delivered them so late after a most disagreeable voyage, my dear, anxious for something new and exciting, but not (so they all later agreed) so new and exciting as the standard walloping, punishing New England Winter they came to know so well.

In Mexico, the flan really came into its own. You can use a special pan known as a bain marie to make flan if you wish. This pan has an area to pour the custard mixture into and an outer pan that will hold the water bath. A bain marie lets you make flan using both an oven or a stove. If you do not have one, you can also use glass or porcelain dishes for flan. As long as they can be baked while sitting in a water bath, you will end up with a great flan.

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Vanilla is the primary flavor used in flan. You can also find them in other flavors, however, such as pumpkin, lime, coconut, lemon, and almond. All these flavors are delicious and they all come with the signature caramel sauce.

Bruges is located in the expensive corner of Europe, but is quite reasonable when it comes to hotel booking fares and other expenses. The city has a wonderful old-world charm which attracts a large number of visitors every year. Bruges high season lasts from June to September. July and August are the peak months when hotel booking fares can rise a little bit.

If you are going to enter into an international or even inter-racial relationship, you had better learn how to control your temper. It is the most important advice you will ever get. Being tolerant of other points of view is important too, but not getting angry is more important. Furthermore, you must try to learn something about your partner’s land, quirky festivals and language, otherwise you cannot join in any discussion your partner may have with someone who does know a bit about it.

Ramekins are often used to make individual flans, even though the sight of a large flan is impressive. Flans are not difficult to make as long as the instructions are followed carefully. The ingredients are simple and the results are elegant. What more could you want from a dessert?

Oh, and by the way, should you like a little light music to accompany this article, I recommend Edith Piaf singing “Autumn Leaves”, in both Johnny Mercer’s English and Jacquec Prevert’s French. It is superbe. You’ll find it in any search engine. Do it now before the falling leaves have all drifted past your window…