Gosh..How did I miss this….this little (not so much) time spent in my corner, sharing a bit of the randomness of our lives…
For long I´ve been feeling that I owe you this post, to you all, the ones that keep visiting this space, and writing me about a previous recipe shared, the lovely Gazpacho who helped you save the dinners during the heat wave, or the raw cocoa balls for the kids snacks during the holiday travels…or about a place you visited…to you all that stick there on the other side regardless of the random timelines of this blog…THANK YOU!
For all the 2017 that I kept publishing posts, either with stories, recipes, places or both, I enjoyed my time so much, I learnt more about photography, I followed several food bloggers and read and watched videos on food photography, did a lot of research on WordPress and blogging digital platforms, started having a look on digital marketing strategies and so on…and always kept this on the side of what I thought it was an intense job search as well!
In January 2018, and after some of what were for me the weirdest interviews and long recruiting processes ever, I felt that it was time to change my job search strategy and dedicate myself full time (meaning 8 or plus hours per day) to it! It was something I really desired…to be back to work, to be involved in a professional environment in the cancer clinical research sector and that was my drive and my moto!
It turns that an intense job search meant:
- A full CV done from scratch using all the notes from the weird (for me) questions I got during interviews…
- A lot of search on job postings and the language used and the differences between the interviewing processes in Spain and in the UK!
- Many emails and calls with friends in different fields with different professional experiences including clinical research for CV comments, revisions and proof reading (I can never thank them enough)!
- Completing endless job applications, many interviews, recruiting processes that from the first interview to the second one took many weeks!
…..and the application of the word RESILENCE to its maximum!!!
And of course…not time for blogging, it doesn’t mean I didn’t COOK, or BAKE or took pictures…I did …but not with the time and the quality I was doing before and therefore I mainly shared it with my sister :)!
Six months after my last Random S post (speaking about random publication dates!!!), here am I. Its my last day of work before going for a much-desired summer holiday…A job I am very thankful for as it’s a proof that persistency, believing and among all…learning with the experiences do take you somewhere….it just means you need to draw your path well, connect with everyone in your life and in the life of the others in your life and ask for help, and every now and then give a step back!
So, if you are, were or ever will be in this situation, don’t quit and keep looking at the meaning of the word RESILENCE!
Most of our friends here were very surprised when I told them we went for a weekend to Chinchón and I absolutely loved it!!!! Chinchón is a small Village (Pueblo) very nearby Madrid (30 minutes’ drive …first reason for me to love it), which is very picturesque, with amazing food and great places to eat (second reason to love it) and has one the most beautiful Paradores ever.
Paradores are a type of Spanish hotels which normally are inside emblematic buildings or monuments. The service is (and for all the experiences we had) amazing as is the staff and again…food!!! So, in a celebration mode for the new job and with the extreme heat in Madrid we grabbed a last-minute deal and went for it!
The Parador is gorgeous with beautiful outdoor gardens as the inside communal places. Very comfortable rooms and blessed air conditioning!!! For places to eat, the restaurant in Parador and Meson Cuevas del Vino are a must and the last one for all the meat lovers of course!
Beside that the Plaza Mayor has a huge amount of restaurants which by night in warm summer nights light up and the atmosphere is amazing….I really enjoyed and we will Definity be back!!
We did a late check out..stayed in the swimming pool and were back home still on time to have tapas with friends and relax and prepare for the working week ahead (that’s how close to Madrid it is)!!
Burnt cheesecake – La Vina Restaurant
Yes! You read it well…Burnt..but please don’t allow it to put you off…it´s a must and is a recipe that I go over and over on special occasions (yes…those type of ingredients for celebration days!).
Since we moved to Spain I became (I was already) addicted to cheesecakes….the famous Tarta de Queso as it is known! If there is one on the menu I normally go for it! This one is a the recipe of the burnt cheesecake from the La Vina restaurant in the Basque Country in the north of Spain..and is AMAZING! When looking through the ingredients one may think they are very simple in taste…but the slightly burnt edges make the trick and is to die for….be careful with the sugar proportions, it is way too much, start low and add only if you need, i don’t add even half of the amount on the recipe and it’s always good! For the recipe click here.
It’s a super easy and quick recipe which you can make by using your Thermomix if you have one or a food processor or bend by hand…all work well!
Here is a picture of the most recent one I did to celebrate my Mother’s birthday!
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