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Archive for December, 2007

Merry Christmas

    D and I are off France to spend the next week snowboarding the Alps.  Well, he will be.  This being my first snowsports holiday, I’ll probably be spending the week on my backside.  Or in the bar.   Wishing you all a very merry Christmas. See you next year.  Wendy xxx  

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Blondie

My brother was outraged the other day when one of Rosie’s random admirers asked him: “Do you dye her hair?” I’m not sure who was more insulted: my brother (“Of course, I don’t colour my dog’s hair!”) or Rosie (“Of course, I’m a real blonde!  Pah!”).   One can hardly blame the admirer for asking – [...]

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D and I are heading off to France next Sunday to spend a week ski-ing the Alps and eating pain au chocolat.  As we won’t be spending the holidays with our families I decided to hold a pre-Christmas Christmas dinner to satisfy all of our festive food cravings. This is the third Christmas dinner that I have cooked and I had the [...]

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Cranberry Royale

Remind me sometime to tell you about the hogmany (New Year’s Eve) that I spent in Paris.  It was an amazing night spent partly on a roof top balcony in Montemarte and partly on the steps of the Paris Opera House.  I’d tell you about it tonight but I’m busy preparing food for a family [...]

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Christmas Veg

There’s an advert on tele at the moment which toys with idea that everyone has a favourite part of Christmas dinner.  Some people love the turkey the most; other lust after the roast potatoes; lots – I know – go wild over the bacon-wrapped sausages.   Personally, I swoon over the indulgent nature of the vegetables.  At Christmas honey is paired [...]

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Several weeks ago I received the following (abridged) email:   ___________________________________________________________ I’m sure you have all heard of the wonderful Menu for Hope event that is the brainchild of Pim and takes place once a year around Christmas. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the campaign involves food bloggers (and others) from around [...]

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Learning to Love… Beetroot

A while back I completed a meme and in one of my answers I mentioned an aversion to beetroot. John from Sandaig Primary School responded: Beetroot: boil in skin, split into 8ths, roast with red onion, dress with oil, lemon and walnuts.  What’s not to like? Suddenly, I was interested.  My problem with beetroot is its cloying [...]

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Glögi Nights

  Patience is not a virtue that I possess in great quantities.  Especially not when it comes to Christmas.  At the first sniff of December I’m writing cards, listening to Slade and draping fairy lights over every plant in the house.  Saturday, being December 1st, was no exception.  After finishing my gift shopping (impressed?) and having [...]

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 I can sing two songs in Finnish: the theme tune to Bob the Builder (AKA Puuha Pete) and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  Both were learnt during a stint as a pre-school teacher in a Turku kindergarten called, believe it or not, Wendy House.  During my time there we sang lots and lots of songs, especially in winter [...]

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