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Yes I know, but it'll be here soon...Christmas!

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Posted on 26 Dec 2015 16:28:50 GMT
happy says:
Didn't decide in the end Ori. Left it too late for this year. Got the website on favourites so shall have a good look for next year. My top choice, I found on Pin interest,I think it's in a church. I'll see if I can find the link.
Glad the cardsmon chicken went down well, it's a favourite here. Managed to buy some cardamon pods loose last week. They look nice and plump and smell delicous.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Dec 2015 13:23:46 GMT
What did you decide re: Nativity scenes, Happy?

Btw your cardamom chicken recipe is da bomb!!

Posted on 26 Dec 2015 13:23:04 GMT
It's also the fact that company comes, but doesn't offer to help out with prep or cleanup. In that sense I prefer the American way; everybody brings a dish, and everybody helps clean up.

I always choose something that I can throw in the oven and forget; DH doesn't care much for veg so with a main and a salad for me, and then the heavy Christmas sweets, which are all bought-in (mantecados, turrón, etc) and it's just a question of opening boxes.

Not a peep out of DH's only sister this year. Nice. She hobnobs with his brother's (well-off) widow, but seems to forget she grew up in the same tenement her brother did.

Posted on 26 Dec 2015 12:04:44 GMT
happy says:
I often wonder whether christmas is worth all the effort. Having started 9am yesterday and finished tidying up at 1am, followed by another five hours this morning. Yes, the turkey was lovely, the company good. Perhaps it's just the whole anticlimax, and that feeling of never wanting to eat anything ever again.

Posted on 11 Dec 2015 15:21:00 GMT
Found my pinwheel cookie recipe. I even wrote on it delicious but a lot of work. For anyone who wants a try at it:
3 cups flour
2 tsps. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter or margarine (I used butter)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsps. vanilla
2 (1 oz. ) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted & cooled
Sift together flour, baking powder & salt; set aside.
Cream together butter & sugar in bowl till light & fluffy at medium speed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla.
Gradually stir dry ingredients into creamed mixture, blending well.
Divide dough in half. Blend chocolate into one half. Cover dough & refrigerate at least 1 1/2 hours.
Divide chocolate dough & vanilla dough into halves. Return unused portions to refrigerator.
Roll out chocolate dough on waxed paper to 12x10 inch rectangle. Roll out vanilla dough on waxed paper to 12x10 inch rectangle. Place chocolate dough on top of vanilla dough, waxed paper side up. Peel off waxed paper. Roll up dough like a jelly roll, starting from wide edge & peeling off waxed paper from vanilla dough as you roll. Wrap roll in waxed paper & refrigerate till firm enough to slice, about 1 1/2 hours. Repeat with remaining refrigerated chocolate & vanilla dough.
Cut each roll into 48 slices, about 1/4 inch thick. Place slices, about 2 inches apart, on greased baking sheets.
Bake in 375 degree oven 7 minutes or till lightly browned. Remove from baking sheets; cool on racks. Makes 8 dozen.
You can make these up the day before and refrigerate the rolls until the day you want them; the rolls or sliced cookies can be frozen till you want to bake them, too.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2015 07:44:27 GMT
pixie says:
That sounds nice...a bit of goats cheese popped into an aprict of dried fig is nice too.....

Posted on 10 Dec 2015 19:31:26 GMT
Stay at home as usual as I no longer drive and public transport doesn't exist.
We're having goose this year for the first time. When it's collected from the butchers I'll break it down into sensible sized roasting portions, and make make some stock from the well roasted carcass.
And a duck for new year.

We purchased a small, carved olive wood nativity scene as a decoration from Westminster Cathedral on a visit there earlier in the year, which looks rather nice on the sideboard.

I've managed to already eat the whole box of rather nice Turkish Delight I bought...guilty pleasures.

I've discovered that a walnut half in a in split dried apricot is rather nice (prise open an apricot, insert walnut, eat) and a few marcona almonds in a de-stoned date to be of equal moreishness. Working on the principle that these are fruit and nuts and therefore "healthy", they contain no discernible calories...

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2015 15:30:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Dec 2015 15:31:44 GMT
There's a very nice stylised olivewood one there, not too expensive...and another that's over a thousand Euros!! And one over three grand. WOW.

Posted on 9 Dec 2015 14:37:06 GMT
happy says:
I've found some lovely nativity scenes, but they are SO expensive. If you google nativity, you will see an Ad for holyart. I liked the flat metal one, but it's 1m high and weighs 7kgs. I also like some of the white ones that have little detail, but they are even more expensive.

Posted on 9 Dec 2015 12:26:26 GMT
We are having cardamom chicken, courtesy of my FRIEND here who gave us the recipe!! (Who was that, I wonder? ;) The first time I made it DH said, "You know this would be nice for Christmas!" Then for New Year he is going to try his hand at fresh cod en croute...yes I know but it's one of his "unventions." I'm sure it'll eat very well.

No cards anymore, sometimes I send ecards but that's it. Spain doesn't have a card culture like in the UK or US.

So sad you can't come here for a nativity scene, Happy, we have a nice little "naif" one that is cute without being sick-making, and they have some lovely classic-style shops that sell them (those are more expensive). Last year in the cheap Chinese shops they were gross, with the Holy Family all decked out in fake velvet and gold lace--as if poor old Joseph had ever seen such robes! The Virgins all had robes that stood out round her as if she were in a high wind.
I bought mine because, to be frank, I fell in love with the sheep. ;)

Posted on 8 Dec 2015 21:51:37 GMT
happy says:
So what has everybody got planned for this Christmas? We"re going to have turkey, as we haven"t had one for about twenty years, and DD"s OH has never had a traditional Christmas turkey dinner. He only gets salt cod which he hates at his parents.
I"ve posted all the cards and letters, bought all the presents, just the food shop to do. Not putting up a tree, DD has pinched it. Got a few few tasteful decorations, and I'll make a Christmasy table centre piece. I'd like a really nice nativity, but they are all so garish or twee.

Posted on 25 Dec 2013 10:34:07 GMT
happy says:
Merry Christmas everybody.

Posted on 25 Dec 2013 09:30:32 GMT
And God bless us, every one!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Dec 2013 09:26:35 GMT
Merry Christmas to you too Sam, have a lovely

Posted on 25 Dec 2013 09:23:12 GMT
I noticed something interesting this year: stores weren't hokking us with the too-loud, too-constant noisy regional Christmas carols. And last night was the quietest 24th I remember. I think my upstairs neighbours went to their married daughter's instead of everyone coming here. Also it rained long about midnight, which put the kibosh on firecrackers etc. People here are allergic to rain! LOL

Posted on 25 Dec 2013 07:04:37 GMT
M Inx says:
Merry Christmas friends I hope you all have a lovely time xxx

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Dec 2013 06:46:16 GMT
:-D Merry Christmas, Diamond.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2013 23:50:43 GMT
IT,s a promise, not a threat, prepare to be

Posted on 24 Dec 2013 16:44:34 GMT
DH is a good man. He gave me an Oster rice cooker/steamer for my present. For a person who goes through 12 lbs of rice every 10 weeks or so, that's the gift that keeps on giving.

Posted on 24 Dec 2013 11:09:32 GMT
happy says:
Have a great time Bearman. Look forward to hearing all about your holiday on your return. Looks like you picked the best day to travel, should be back to normal tomorrow.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2013 10:18:36 GMT
Promise? :-D

Posted on 23 Dec 2013 21:36:28 GMT
Charlie says:
Merry Christmas everyone. Hope you all have super super days. Xxx

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2013 21:21:18 GMT
pixie says:
Playing right into his hands Diamond!lol!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2013 20:34:32 GMT
Hey!, who are you calling strange Samuel. You,ll get the slipper and go to bed early if you,re not careful, naughty

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2013 20:31:39 GMT
Never you mind about us, just have a wonderful time, we will still be here when you get home and then pixie can take you gently by the hand and lead you to the diet forum. Xxxx lots of love to you and yours Bear.xxxxx
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