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Old Dec 22 2005, 10:21 PM   #41
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AnnMarie, I just have to know what is a Christmas Waffer?
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Old Dec 23 2005, 01:44 AM   #42
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AnnMarie, I just have to know what is a Christmas Waffer?
Part of my mother's Polish Roman Catholic traditions.

If you are familiar with a Catholic mass, you know what the communion host is. The Christmas Waffer is made from the same, imprinted with a scene from the Nativity, and usually 5" X 8" in size (flat) The mother of the family offers it around, and as each member breaks off a piece, mother makes a wish for them for the coming year.
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Ok, so I was only partially right about our menu.
Full list is as follows.

Tortilla chips with guacamole
Crackers with spread, not sure what kind

Ham
Puerto Rican rice
Fried Chicken
Shrimp Alfredo
Casserole
Corn/green beans
Egg Salad
Meatballs
Corn tortillas
Dinner rolls

Jell-0
Strawberry cheesecake
Rice pudding
Brownies
Several kinds of cookies


Enough food to feed an army, lol.
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Old Dec 25 2005, 07:38 PM   #44
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Sound like you would be right at home here in So Cal, with the tortilla's and quacamole. Tamale's are a favorite local holiday treat. Ummm they are so good, I love them but I have to buy them since I don't know how to make them. Sounds like your plate was full and then some! Happy eating...
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Nowhere near right about mine: they cooked for lunch, went cold for dinner.

prawns
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Ghyle, Shrimp and watermelon, oooh that sound wonderful, I could take that to the beach for Christmas, if we ever went at that time of year! Good eating it sound like though!
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Yes, AnnMarie I know what the wafer is. I just have never heard of it being make into a kind of cake, or with the good wishes. That sound really nice, hope that you enjoyed it and your family.
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Right, Lady Maelin and others, I made some pics for you of my Christmas dinner (well, first christmas dinner as we have two christmas days here in The Netherlands [we make the Monday into an extra Sunday] I'll have another one today at my sister's house, who'se husband is a chef )

Anyway, I don't often get out the (inherited) family silver and crystal, and in the afternoon I practiced the table setup:



Here's the lobster soup with nearly invisible cream, since I already started eating, forgetting to take the pic, and chopped fresh mint leaves.



For the carpaccio I went for Parma Ham in the end, with field lettuce (don't know the english name), very finely chopped onion, italian cheese flakes and olive oil with basil.



The main course of filet of porc on a bed of a mix of chestnut mushrooms and forest mushrooms, with French Brie cheese and chives. In the background you can just see a bowl with whole, stewed pears. The art is to peel but leave the stem, then stew for about two hours in water with sweet red wine and cinnamon.



As encore, two pics of preparation (the other way 'round )

Here's one side of the kitchen with the red wine opened to come to temperature, mint, chives two varieties of mini tomatoes (cherry and roma), and stuff I prepared in bowls (finely chopped onion, hard boiled eggs and lots of garlic; to the right something every good chef needs: a truely excellent Scotch whisky - in this case an 18 year old The Glenlivet -- it's like having an angel pee on your tongue, we Dutch say



Next and last are part of the mushrooms and the meat, ready to be prepared. On the backside a sauce base in which I put some of the wild forest mushrooms, ready to go on the fire.



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b) I am like Piemur in many ways (ask Cheryl and Anneli) and I like snooping in other people's houses, bookcases and kitchens. But in order to do so I feel it no more fitting to have you snoop in mine
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Hans, That was spectacular, It made me so hungry, that I had to go and have some desert! WOW, you are a cook! That was so beautiful of a dinner, that it should have been in a fine resturant. Thank you for sharing your holiday meal, that was very nice of you to take the time to do for all of us. But perhaps you should put a "Warning" on it, "May cause weight gain in sensitive people", I know that I just gained at least two pounds just from looking.


P.S. I love to snoop too!!!

P.S.S. No wonder I don't like Scotch whiskey not with the Angels doing that to it!!
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Oh yes, I forgot to mention we did have tamales! Didn't have room for them that day, but I had some leftovers today. My maternal grandmother makes them. And does tortillas from scratch, though I think the ones we had were store bought. They're both everyday foods for us.


Hans, those pictures are scrumptious!
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Being born and raised in Southern California, that type of food is normal fare for me. I was raised on Taco's, Burrito's, and Tamales with Refried Beans and Tortilla Chips, Spanish Rice, with Salsa on everything. When I lived in Chicago thirty years ago, they didn't even know what a Taco was. I thought I was going to starve to death Then I discovered the kinds of foods that were in that city. They have something from all over the world. I fell in love with Greek food, now I can't find that anywhere around me here, except in San Deigo. My husband treats me to Greek food once or twice a year when we go and visit! Go figure...Have a tamale for me, I didn't get one this year.
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Oh wow Hans! I am so jealous of people who can have a cooked Christmas dinner! Mine was
Salad
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Cold Meat
Cold Boiled eggs
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Christmas pudding with Ice-cream
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I haven't had a spider since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.

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Being born and raised in Southern California, that type of food is normal fare for me. I was raised on Taco's, Burrito's, and Tamales with Refried Beans and Tortilla Chips, Spanish Rice, with Salsa on everything. When I lived in Chicago thirty years ago, they didn't even know what a Taco was. I thought I was going to starve to death Then I discovered the kinds of foods that were in that city. They have something from all over the world. I fell in love with Greek food, now I can't find that anywhere around me here, except in San Deigo. My husband treats me to Greek food once or twice a year when we go and visit! Go figure...Have a tamale for me, I didn't get one this year.


Must not have been in the right part of Chicago then...my great-aunt lives there, and I know she still gets tacos along with everything else.
Course, East Chicago, just on the Indiana side of the border, is practically a Hispanic center...it even has a Mexican bodega.
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Geeenrider Tresa, I sure wish that I would have known your Aunt, back then. Where I was there was not a decent Taco to be found. But like I said it helped me discover many other wonderful foods from all over, and to enjoy them. Still wish I would have been able to meet your great-aunt!!!
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Heh. I think you'd have liked her.
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If she could cook a realy good Mexican dinner, you bet I would. When I was in school, My best friends mother was the best cook. I used to try to get invited to her house at least once a week so that I could eat one of her mothers dinners. I haven't eaten like that in years!
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<G< Actually, her older sister (my Abuela) is the best cook... But good luck trying to get any recipes off her. Always fun going over there to eat, though Mom does a good job on several of the dishes too.
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don' think mum'll be letting me loose with the cake alone again...
it tastes great cept i left in the oven a teensy bit tooo long and my sister who decided to ice it didn't cut off the burnt raisins!
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Greenrider Tresa, I would have loved anyone at the time who would have feed me any food from home. Enjoy for me will you!
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Edith, OH my, I have been there my girl, yes indeed with a whole Christmas turkey once. It was a new stove, and I didn't quite know all the bugs. I had to go to the store and get Chicken in stead. Family was great, they ate it all.
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Greenrider Tresa, I would have loved anyone at the time who would have feed me any food from home. Enjoy for me will you!

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I think that all of us at one time or another have had a burnt offering to give our family or friends. If its friends and they stay around then you know that they are true. Your family will eat anything if you get them hungry enough, while you are fixing you mistakes. Once after making a rather hideous meal(I was trying something new) my Grand-daughter turn to me and said "gee Grammie, I didn't know that you knew how to make bad food too." I thought my husband would choke, but instead he turned to her and said with a strait face, "oh sure she does, and she works real hard doing it to." Then my Grand-daughter replied, "Grammie please don't work so hard making it next time ok."
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I set my sights lower. If they come back after a bout of food poisoning, or if they don't die, they're still my friends.

There are so many people I do miss, though....
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Ghyle, maybe dear friend you should stop cooking for them and take them out to dinner. Maybe they would come back again soon. Or just take them out for a beer or two, that is a definite friend grabber, they will flock back to your side.

But to be serious, there are so many who are your friends, that you would go broke having a drink with them all. Not to mention falling on the floor out cold.
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Maybe I should take them out for dinner. Chook and Chuc... er... KFC anyone?
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Oh, that reminds me of the time one of my uncles decided to make Thanksgiving turkey...None of the rest of the family wanted to, because my grandmother usually did it but she was in Mexico that year. He ended up burning it, and no one else would eat it. Still have a pic, too. LOL
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I would not like to see what my husband would do if he had to cook for him self. The last time he said he was fine he had a can opener, and he went out to eat instead!
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Fruit salad shouldn't be easy to burn, should it? I'm sure you won't be able to go wrong with that.

Besides, I wouldn't have learnt how to cook without the occasional burnt offering (embarrassing when it's ice cream, though).
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I can cook, really. I just grew up cooking with gas and open flame, and adjusting to electric STINKS! That being said, I DO love my crockpot, and there is chili cooking now for supper tonight. It's the first time I have made chili over here, and I had to do a bit of searching for what I needed because Tescos doesn't carry the same brands I am used to, nor is it set up in the same manner I am used to.
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I hope that the chili goes well which, if I know you well enough, it will.

Mind you, I would love going to Tesco's, if only because I love going food shopping, and looking at all the goodies on display.
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AnnMarie, I thought that you were in Australia and that was where you were from, are you from somewhere totaly diferent?

And Ghyle, my husband can do fruit to, he loves that and does it for himself often. But if you put fire to it he is in trouble.
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AnnMarie, I thought that you were in Australia and that was where you were from, are from somewhere totaly diferent?

And Ghyle, my husband can do fruit to, he loves that and does it for himself often. But if you put fire to it he is in trouble.
Nope, I am in Bedfordshire, England...originally from New York State, and only been here since September.


And Ghyle, I prefer hitting the market in town...they have all these excellent tent/booths in to of the squares on Wednesdays. I adore it! And if I can get chilis there, I will.

Because the brands and methods are different, the chili was a bit hotter than I usually make it with Dancer around.
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I love markets as well. At least, those with poetry books, but then a market isn't one without some poetry books, is one?

What sort of goodies do you usually buy on the Wednesdays?
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We didn't do anything special for Christmas as we had a large group for Thanksgiving and we had just gotten home from our trip. When we go to my parents for Christmas mom really does it up. She usually has a roast (with the most wonderful mushroom sauce that has 7-10 different kinds of mushrooms), a salad with both cooked and raw veggies, a carb of some sort, and dessert.

Lady M, when my husband and I used to live in Hayward (Bay area CA) there was a little whole in the wall Mexican restaurant in the strip mall next to Acme. They had the BEST traditional SPICY food!! I miss it soooo much!
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Fruit and veggies grown locally, cheese, meat from a REAL butcher (also local stock) ans sometimes sweets.


Hey Poopa Ghyle...I am currently listening to The Seekers Collection...and there is a song on here called "South Australia"! (And of course, "Waltzing Matilda")
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the market in aber is usually on a saturday morning so I tend to miss it!
I live out of town and often go home for the weekend.
Tho Nick's a bit of a pest at these things...
last time all we got was a large cherry cake-nice but I wasn't exactly looking for it!

meet from the butchers is faaar nicer than the supermarket!
trouble is butchers (and boyfriends) have v inflated ideas of what 3 or 4 portions is!
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AnnMarie, so you are a New yorker, in Britian, do you like it. I would love to go there. I have a sister in law from Norwich. The electric stove thou, that is a problem any where you find them. I hope that your chilli came out good even though it was hotter. I haven't been to a real butcher since I lived in Chicago, that was a about thirty years ago.
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