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Friday, 21 April 2017

Five on Friday

Easter week has flown by and I almost can't believe that it is time for Five on Friday already!

It is Auroras 2nd birthday tomorrow so we will be getting everything prepared for the little tea party that we've planned to throw for her, so this week I really do have a Fast Five to share with you



Roses in Bloom
1. Roses
We have a red rose bush at the front of our terrace and over the space of the last week it has burst in to life with dozens of huge red roses, it seems silly to say it but no rose scent comes close to the perfume of a real rose, especially when they are still on the bush.

Traditional Dish
2.When in Spain
Our Spanish neighbours are without a doubt the best neighbours we've ever had, they are fantastic friends with our children and have welcome us with open arms in to the area and their lives. On Easter Sunday they invited us to join them and their family in the Easter celebrations, there was music, good food, cold beer and dancing. Despite only having a basic grasp of the language and them being unable to speak a word of English we are treated as part of the family and for that I will be forever grateful to them. Juan showed us how they cook a traditional dish that is typical of the province, it is like a garlic dough that is cooked over an open fire and flipped like a pancake! It tasted delicious and Juan has said that he will cook it again for Rori's birthday to mark the occasion :)

Monas De Pascua
3. Easter Cake
Rather than chocolate eggs (which are almost impossible to find over here) in Spain they celebrate with Monas De Pascua which is a sweet bread with a hard boiled egg in the middle, often stained/painted bright colours. Not wanting our little ones to miss out on this time honoured tradition our neighbours Juan and Lola bought the kids one each as a gift for Easter. I imagine it's probably healthier than the chocolate and at least it doesn't melt in the heat here!

Paella Time!

4. Paella
We seem to have a very Spanish theme going today don't we? Over the Easter weekend we tried one of our all time favourites, but this is the first time we've made it since we turned veggie. Instead of the meat we used artichoke hearts and it came out just as delicious as it always used to. above you can see the Father-in-law Terry being head chef over the paella pan

Dragons Fire!
5. Embroidery
This week we completed one of our favourite custom embroidery orders. The patch above was for a charter of the UKSN (UK Survival Network) and for those like myself that cannot decipher Gaelic it reads: "North Wales, UKSN, Dragons Fire". I think it looks fantastic and fierce, it almost makes me wish I was Welsh!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, thanks for stopping by and for those joining in be sure to visit other participants and spread the love, TTFN!


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36 comments

  1. What a lovely Five. I don't mind the Spanish flavour at all. I LOVE paella - though I want prawns in mine, please! And I adore the Welsh bit at the end. Believe it or not I can speak enough Welsh to understand it. But that's probably because we visit North Wales (so I recognise that bit) and the first thing you learn about in Welsh is dragons. :) (Dw'i ddim yn siarad Cymraeg yn dda iawn.) Happy Friday.

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    1. Well I don't speak Welsh at all so you're miles ahead of me! (had to google translate to reply lol)

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  2. You will have to have a go at that garlic dough and post a recipe it sounds lovely, its great that you have neighbors that are so welcoming and helpful, it goes a long way, we are lucky to have really nice neighbors.

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    1. True to his word he came round saturday with everything he needed to cook it again for us and made enough for about 20 people!

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  3. Ooh I loved this post. I worked a long time ago in Southern Spain and still love Spanish food and speaking the language when I get chance so ALWAYS love reading your posts. You indeed have fab neighbours, love the look of the paella, sweet bread look yummy and the dragon work is just fantastic, enjoying the Welsh connection, too, of course. Diolch yn fawr!

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  4. When I moved with my parents to Belgium in 1950 they didn't have Easter Bunnies, they had bells ! the bells of Rome ! How the Bells carried the eggs I don't know. The only thing I remember was that I was very disappointed not to see one single Easter Bunny !
    How nice that you have such good neighbours that's always very important !

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    1. They have such a different way of life and way of thinking that it is always great to watch and learn from them :)

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  5. So happy you have wonderful neighbors .....that makes all the difference in how one perceives an area.

    Are the in-laws vegetarian as well?

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    1. No, they still eat meat but since they live with us they don't get the opportunity very often haha

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  6. Looks like a great Easter! Good neighbours are great. Ours are ok but of the kind that have gigantic television screens in every single room (the blue flicker at night gives it away). We have nothing in common unfortunately.
    We didn't have chocolate eggs when I grew up (in Switzerland) but chocolate bunnies instead. We usually received a little basket containing a small chocolate bunny, decorated boiled eggs and teeny tiny sugar eggs.

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    1. I love finding out about the different traditions in different area and how we perceive the holidays :)

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  7. Good neighbours are a great blessing and yours sound brilliant. Despite living in a very urban area I am lucky to have good neighbours too. Like Dawn I would love the recipe for the garlic dough. Happy Birthday to Aurora and I hope she has a great day tomorrow.

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    1. I will post the recipe, I made sure to pay attention and fing out the name of the dish so I will post it up later this week :)

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  8. We have good neighbors too, what a blessing. My husband is Spanish, his parents immigrated from Spain to the States many years ago. Love Paella, hardly ever put meat in mine, shrimp yes, meat no or if I do I put in chicken.

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    1. Paella is amazing and one of the few dishes that I preferred when I did eat meat

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  9. Oh just LOVE your Five this week! What an awesome Easter celebration with friends. That paella looks wonderful. I've tried to make it before and just could not! The Spanish know the "trick" to make it awesome...I couldn't get the hang of it! That bread looks amazing too. Beautiful rose!!!! Just loved your embroidery patch...what talent you have for this! And I want to wish Aurora a happy second birthday! Blessings, dear friends! So happy to get to connect with you.

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    1. The people that commissioned me to make it are shocked at how well they came out, the pictures don't do them justice they are amazing in the flesh

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  10. Happy Birthday to Aurora! Love the rose. When in Spain -- do as the Spainards. I love Paella and the bread is making my mouth water just thinking about it. I enjoy learning about customs from other countries and making some of them mine. The embroidery patch is amazing. Beautiful work! Happy Friday and thanks for hosting.

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    1. I'll be sure to post the recipe up this week so everyone can give it a try :)

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  11. I was taught to cook Paella by our Spanish friend's mother, many years ago, and it's a firm favourite in our house.

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    1. The Spanish know the secret to paella, the stuff you can buy in the shops is nothing compared t the real stuff as you will know

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  12. What a fun five Tricky! And you really do have lovely neighbors!! ;) I think that cake with the egg in the middle is such a neat tradition. And beautiful blooms just in time for your little Aurora's birthday - perfect!
    I love the dragon - how cool is that?? And it's especially neat to me as I have Welsh heritage. ;) My great Grandparents came to America from Wales.

    Blessings on your weekend ahead! xoxo

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and you lovely comments Carrie :)

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  13. I really enjoyed reading your Five on Friday this week. The rose is beautiful, good that your neighbours are so good. Our immediate neighbour lives somewhere else (lol, I know sounds weird) and is trying to sell or rent his house meanwhile.
    He lives with his family and occasionally for part of some school hols brings them to stay next door in his house. I think they do up the building a bit each visit, a gardener takes care of the outside and then leave again. If we see each other we chat and unfortunately in the time we've been here - nearly 10 years, it remains empty. The other side of us is a road but village life is good at least and I do join in with some things here and in town.
    The embroidery looks great, well done. Happy birthday to Aurora. Cathy

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    1. Great to see you joining in this week Cathy, I really enjopyed your Five on Friday

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  14. I love reading about traditional foods and the stories behind them. Sounds like you have wonderful neighbors. We do too. I love it!
    Happy Birthday Aurora!

    Cindy

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  15. Just catching up so it was wonderful to read that you have such good neighbours, a great blessing.

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  16. Happy Birthday to Aurora!
    It was a pleasure to read your post. Sweet bread look yummy!
    Have a nice weekend
    Loretta

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    1. Thank you Loretta, stay tuned for the recipe this week :)

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  17. An interesting five items. A beautiful rose,clever embroidery and it's good to hear of the different Easter traditions associated with food and the paella using artichoke hearts must be delicious. Good neighbours who are friendly and treat you like family are a blessing. I'm glad that I'm able to join in the Meetup again. Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much for joining in Linda, hope you had a great weekend :)

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  18. Very interesting post. What wonderful neighbors you have!

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    1. They really know the value of community spirit around here :)

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