## Christmas Dinner

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### Re: Christmas Dinner

The last one, 14 adults, 13 kids.

I forgot the Italian sausage..... hot for the manly men, mild for the sissies. And the party trays with provolone, prosciutto, sausage, pickled artichokes, 3 different kinds of olives, real mozzarella...you get that from Gallucci's over on the boulevard, they got everything there. And pizza from Mazzone's.
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You of the wopish persuasion?

Damn sounds like holidays with my ex wife's family .... saaaaay
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Half...I am what you might call a mutt.
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ed wrote: Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:46 am How do they fit those bearded guys into those little shells?
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ed is not a saint.

He's an 'elder god'.

Elder gods ... make ... saints.

Very soon now, he'll see my point and make me a saint. OTOH, I might win the lottery too...

Oh, and fuck.
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### Re: Christmas Dinner

French onion soup, scallops and then lamb steaks in cream, brandy and pepper sauce with roast potatoes, sprouts, roast parsnips, Yorkshire pudding, baby corn, braised red cabbage and apple, leeks in cheese sauce, pigs in blankets, honey and ginger glazed carrots and chestnut stuffing. Strawberry cheesecake for pud.

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### Re: Christmas Dinner

Sounds good.

lamb steaks in cream, brandy and pepper sauce particularly this lamb steaks in cream, brandy and pepper sauce

Best to you and your lady wife, AC.
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asthmatic camel wrote: Wed Dec 25, 2019 6:02 pm French onion soup, scallops and then lamb steaks in cream, brandy and pepper sauce with roast potatoes, sprouts, roast parsnips, Yorkshire pudding, baby corn, braised red cabbage and apple, leeks in cheese sauce, pigs in blankets, honey and ginger glazed carrots and chestnut stuffing. Strawberry cheesecake for pud.

Dang, I thought you folks were starving what with the Brexit and the German U-boats. Anyway happy happy bud for your lovely wife and your sorry arse too.
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### Re: Christmas Dinner

Horrible dinner.
Virginia ham, sucked, my "glaze" was putrid and nondescript

"Scalloped potatoes" were slivers of starch in wallpaper paste. "There is no difference between good scalloped potatoes and bad scalloped potatoes", to paraphrase Wag the Dog

Crappy broccoli and cauliflower in "creme sauce" simply leveraged the wallpaper paste from the potatoes and added green and white embellishments. Bland and horrid and shitty

Sweet potatoes were out of a can and slavered with brown sugar and butter and pancake syrup. Should have been the worst, turned out to be the best and that tells you something.

Forgot there was pineapple. Hate it though.

Thing is we usually do the fillet in stilton with roasted pototes etc. This year we were pissed off at everybody and thought "fuck all if I'm spending $500 on this ungrateful lot". Horrible horrible. No booze because of the "problem" that 2 of them have (the third one was a no show, no call, no nothin'. But hey, just spent$300k on fucking RISD so she can wait tables. Really ) Lack of booze is bad because everyone could stew and recognize how we are not terribly happy together in a sober state.

This is no exaggeration. My wife and I woke up muttering and exchanging angry glances (not at each other, just general piss offedness).

I wanted to run off to Isla Morada in the Keys for xmas. "Nooooooooooooooooo we have to be with family". Well, as Jesus said "we have our reward"

I will be irritated for a day or so. Watch out. No metric. No modulo

eta and AC keep your fucking food to yourself And your pleasantly surprised wife too.
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### Re: Christmas Dinner

Sliced chicken breast smothered in mozzarella and marinara, baked in a baking dish slathered with olive oil, then served over the pasta of your choice, upon which one ladles an appropriate portion of additional marinara.
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Steamed broccoli- no seasoning- none! no butter, oil- none!
Brown rice- no seasoning- none! no butter, oil- none!
Silken tofu- no seasoning- none! nothing!
No alcohol- NONE!
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Vegan bastard
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Dying carbon unit.
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No salt, NONE!NOTHINg!

They shoot horses, don't they?
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No.

It's organic too.
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Tonight:

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Weiners.

Two of them.
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Looks good.

Simple yet satisfying.
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Please don't tell me you put ketchup and mayonnaise on them. The only thing worse would be
covering spaghetti with chili.
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No... that's ketchup, brown mustard, and relish. Sweet potatoes fries. Whole wheat buns. All low sodium.
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I didn't want to embarrass you by mentioning the whole wheat buns.
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This could also go in the Japan thread.

My Japanese girlfriend is currently pissed of at me for, among other things, not buying a Christmas cake.

My thoughts.

First: "You work, buy your own fucking cake."

Second: "Christmas cake (other than fruitcake) is a Japanese thing, so buy your own fucking cake."

Third: "I don't remember any present for me sitting under that tree, so I hope you're planning on working yours off this year."

I know, I'm a romantic.

But, seriously, this relationship may have run its course.

Incidentally, for our non-Japanese based friends, in Japan they sometimes call unmarried women over 25 "Christmas cake" because ... well you can probably guess. Maybe I should remind my over 25-year-old girlfriend of her nation's views on the subject.
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ed wrote: Thu Dec 26, 2019 5:56 pm Horrible dinner.
Virginia ham, sucked, my "glaze" was putrid and nondescript

"Scalloped potatoes" were slivers of starch in wallpaper paste. "There is no difference between good scalloped potatoes and bad scalloped potatoes", to paraphrase Wag the Dog

Crappy broccoli and cauliflower in "creme sauce" simply leveraged the wallpaper paste from the potatoes and added green and white embellishments. Bland and horrid and shitty

Sweet potatoes were out of a can and slavered with brown sugar and butter and pancake syrup. Should have been the worst, turned out to be the best and that tells you something.

Forgot there was pineapple. Hate it though.

Thing is we usually do the fillet in stilton with roasted pototes etc. This year we were pissed off at everybody and thought "fuck all if I'm spending $500 on this ungrateful lot". Horrible horrible. No booze because of the "problem" that 2 of them have (the third one was a no show, no call, no nothin'. But hey, just spent$300k on fucking RISD so she can wait tables. Really ) Lack of booze is bad because everyone could stew and recognize how we are not terribly happy together in a sober state.

This is no exaggeration. My wife and I woke up muttering and exchanging angry glances (not at each other, just general piss offedness).

I wanted to run off to Isla Morada in the Keys for xmas. "Nooooooooooooooooo we have to be with family". Well, as Jesus said "we have our reward"

I will be irritated for a day or so. Watch out. No metric. No modulo

eta and AC keep your fucking food to yourself And your pleasantly surprised wife too.
Does this mean there'll be no more jibes about the quality of British food?
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I have never suggested that ever. I have had wonderful meals in the UK. In fact, I often wondered where the calumny originated.

Not british but one of the most memorable meals I ever had was at a place called One Devonshire Gardens

Loved dining in London, York and places in between.

You will never hear me criticize Brit food. Ever.

Wanker.
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I suspect the calumny originated with American GIs returning from Britain after WWs I & II when food was strictly rationed.
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Could be. My father (aka "Warrior Ed") was statoned in London for 6 months before D-Day (the one where we won the war for you lot) and I don't recall him commenting on the food.

Incidentially. I was at a business dinner in London a while back and one of the gents at the table said something to the effect "thank you for your help in the war", he raied his glass in a bit of a toast.

We here forget that the war was different for you all, both of them. We forget (or never knew) how desperate it was. I recall visiting a little cemetery in Scotland, must have been outside of Inverness somewhere. My wife said something like "gosh, all these people died on the same day". I pointed out that it was a day during the Somme offensive. All the Pals. Can you imagine what it was like in that village? Really inutterably sad.
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solely wrote: Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:48 am I didn't want to embarrass you by mentioning the whole wheat buns.
They keep me "regular."
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ed wrote: Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:01 pm We here forget that the war was different for you all, both of them. We forget (or never knew) how desperate it was. I recall visiting a little cemetery in Scotland, must have been outside of Inverness somewhere. My wife said something like "gosh, all these people died on the same day". I pointed out that it was a day during the Somme offensive. All the Pals. Can you imagine what it was like in that village? Really inutterably sad.

Perhaps a difference in degree but not so much in kind.

See, for example, the Sullivan brothers:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sullivan_brothers
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How many potatoes does it take to kill an Irishman?
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shuize wrote: Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:18 pm
ed wrote: Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:01 pm We here forget that the war was different for you all, both of them. We forget (or never knew) how desperate it was. I recall visiting a little cemetery in Scotland, must have been outside of Inverness somewhere. My wife said something like "gosh, all these people died on the same day". I pointed out that it was a day during the Somme offensive. All the Pals. Can you imagine what it was like in that village? Really inutterably sad.

Perhaps a difference in degree but not so much in kind.

See, for example, the Sullivan brothers:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sullivan_brothers
I'm familiar with their story.

I think that the difference in degree is orders of magnitude and that makes it a difference in kind. (<---n.b. quotable)

My experience in talking with Brits (YMMV) is that it is still a close in thing with them. Very close, like intimate.
Many of these locally raised battalions suffered heavy casualties during the Somme offensives of 1916. A notable example was the 11th (Service) Battalion (Accrington), East Lancashire Regiment, better known as the Accrington Pals. The Accrington Pals were ordered to attack Serre, the most northerly part of the main assault, on the opening day of the battle. The Accrington Pals were accompanied by Pals battalions drawn from Sheffield, Leeds, Barnsley, and Bradford.[4] Of an estimated 700 Accrington Pals who took part in the attack, 235 were killed and 350 wounded within the space of twenty minutes.[5] Despite repeated attempts, Serre was not taken until February 1917, at which time the German Army had evacuated to the Hindenburg Line.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pals_battalion

They really lost a generation of young men.
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ed wrote: Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:24 am Weiners.

Two of them.
Broiled...none of this newfangled microwave thing.
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Pyrrho wrote: Fri Dec 27, 2019 3:45 pm
ed wrote: Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:24 am Weiners.

Two of them.
Broiled...none of this newfangled microwave thing.
So then would it be fair to say that you mike multiple weiners, both on the dark side, "served" simultaneously?
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ed wrote: Fri Dec 27, 2019 3:30 pm
shuize wrote: Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:18 pm
ed wrote: Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:01 pm We here forget that the war was different for you all, both of them. We forget (or never knew) how desperate it was. I recall visiting a little cemetery in Scotland, must have been outside of Inverness somewhere. My wife said something like "gosh, all these people died on the same day". I pointed out that it was a day during the Somme offensive. All the Pals. Can you imagine what it was like in that village? Really inutterably sad.

Perhaps a difference in degree but not so much in kind.

See, for example, the Sullivan brothers:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sullivan_brothers
I'm familiar with their story.

I think that the difference in degree is orders of magnitude and that makes it a difference in kind. (<---n.b. quotable)

My experience in talking with Brits (YMMV) is that it is still a close in thing with them. Very close, like intimate.
Many of these locally raised battalions suffered heavy casualties during the Somme offensives of 1916. A notable example was the 11th (Service) Battalion (Accrington), East Lancashire Regiment, better known as the Accrington Pals. The Accrington Pals were ordered to attack Serre, the most northerly part of the main assault, on the opening day of the battle. The Accrington Pals were accompanied by Pals battalions drawn from Sheffield, Leeds, Barnsley, and Bradford.[4] Of an estimated 700 Accrington Pals who took part in the attack, 235 were killed and 350 wounded within the space of twenty minutes.[5] Despite repeated attempts, Serre was not taken until February 1917, at which time the German Army had evacuated to the Hindenburg Line.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pals_battalion

They really lost a generation of young men.
My parents grew up during WW2 and my grandparents lived through both. Although I wasn't born until 1965, the effects were still being felt and the air raid sirens were still regularly tested when I was a young man. Yeah, it's still close for many who are alive today. At least we were never invaded: our losses were dwarfed by those elsewhere. Russia lost millions of troops in both wars and many millions more civilians died. Grim times indeed.
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You know, AC, the thing that really drove what happened to england home to me was on my first visit to London. We were walking to the Houses of Parliament and saw pock marks on the wall. A helpful Bobbie explained that that was from shrapnel from the bombing.

To see that in a modern city was sobering. That replaced 50 books on the Blitz.
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My cellar is an air raid shelter! My grandfather built warplanes at Fairey's, Heaton Chapel, about a mile away, and the Luftwaffe bombed the crap out of Manchester during WWII in an attempt to hit it and other heavy industries. Stockport Air Raid Shelters, about a mile of tunnels in the town centre, is now open to the public.

I remember asking my mother why some of the trees on the road where I grew up had white rings painted on them. "So people could see them during the blackout." came the reply. They're still just about visible now.

And we very nearly lost. Both times. That's sobering.
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Damn right.
But you had Churchill.
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Churchill visited Cleveland once. Gave a lecture. There's a painting hanging in one of the hotels...depicting him looking out over city not unlike New York City, which according to the plaque next to it, was something he said at the time, to the effect that he foresaw Cleveland becoming a magnificent, teeming metropolis.

Can't find it on the web. There's a quote from his lecture though:

"We are stripped bare by the curse of plenty."
Sir Winston Churchill, Lecture, Cleveland, Ohio, February 3, 1932
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Okay guys. Let's not let Hitler fuck up christmas dinner.