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Old 29th December 2006, 11:41 AM   #41
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An ex colleague used to say that for him the three most important food groups were the "Ines". That is, Caffine, Tannin and Nicotine!
The funny thing is, black tea upsets my stomach. Which is why I only drink herbal tea like rooibos or yasmine, and green tea.

Good for me I don't live in England! I wouldn't know what to say every time they offered me a cuppa!
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Old 29th December 2006, 09:51 PM   #42
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Edith: You could always say that Chris would be happy to drink your tea!

The only foreign foodstuff that I regularly hunt out in Spain is "British" tea so if you find people offering you the stuff, save your stomach and send it on!
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Old 29th December 2006, 09:53 PM   #43
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Edith: You could always say that Chris would be happy to drink your tea!

The only foreign foodstuff that I regularly hunt out in Spain is "British" tea so if you find people offering you the stuff, save your stomach and send it on!


By the way, how about Christmas pudding and those other Christmas goodies, don't you miss them? I think it would be fun to organize an international Christmas buffet with all the national delicacies!

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Old 29th December 2006, 10:51 PM   #44
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By the way, how about Christmas pudding and those other Christmas goodies, don't you miss them? I think it would be fun to organize an international Christmas buffet with all the national delicacies!
Beat you to it this year. We went next door to our Swiss neighbours for a raclette (?spelling) which is a form of grill on top with small shovels of cheese to warm up underneath. I took Xmas pudding and custard for sweet.
Nochevieja I'm doing the soup (Marina's tomato recipe but hot) and providing cava and grapes. La vecina will make the other courses Swiss style.
I think the 10 kilos weight loss has reduced somewhat but I'm not getting on the scales until Feb
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Old 29th December 2006, 11:11 PM   #45
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Beat you to it this year.
Sounds great! Raclette cheese is rather fragrant, which I like.

In Germany they have got this delicious Christmas loaf called Weihnachtsstollen. It's full of nuts, raisins and other goodies, and you have to make it in advance to let it 'ripen', just like a Christmas pudding.

Holland doesn't have a national Christmas specialty of its own, although many people prepare some kind of wild game recipe. I'm fond of venison myself, not only as a roast but also in stews. I always prepare it with red wine and I use black pepper, bay leaves, cloves, garlic and juniper berries for seasoning. Great with croquetas de patata, cranberry sauceand Brussels sprouts (al dente)!

P.s.: you have still got some time left before the great meetup in Madrid!
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Old 30th December 2006, 01:16 AM   #46
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In Germany they have got this delicious Christmas loaf called Weihnachtsstollen. It's full of nuts, raisins and other goodies, and you have to make it in advance to let it 'ripen', just like a Christmas pudding.
Yeah, and the Dresdner Weihnachtsstollen is the best of all!!!!!! As Edith said, the Stollen has to ripe. My mother has some thats more than one year old!

When you buy it, the Stollen is covered with "dust-sugar" (whats the english term?). Usually my mother puts small holes into the Stollen using a stick and adds another layer of melted butter. So you get a delicious mixture of sugar and butter. i'm getting hungry!
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Old 30th December 2006, 05:41 AM   #47
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When you buy it, the Stollen is covered with "dust-sugar" (whats the english term?).
I think you mean "castor sugar", or are we back on the cocaine theme again?
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Old 30th December 2006, 09:44 AM   #48
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I think you mean "castor sugar", or are we back on the cocaine theme again?
and the christmas-market in dresden is the biggest conference of dealers in the world? with some 100g of cocaine on top of each stollen?

and if the cocaine doesn't help, we have some Glühwein, that's vino caliente. we add some spices, cinamon and others, heaten it up to 80 degrees celcius, and, bottoms up!
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Old 30th December 2006, 11:20 AM   #49
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... When you buy it, the Stollen is covered with "dust-sugar" (whats the english term?). ...
"dust-sugar" = icing sugar, very fine powder
caster sugar, less fine - still has granular consistency

They sell stollen in Spanish supermarkets. I love the small chocolate covered spiced cakes with jam in the middle (leberkuchen or something like that I think). Got a taste for those in Norway. Also they appear in some supermarkets here. Christmas should be called caloría-más
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Old 30th December 2006, 12:39 PM   #50
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I think you mean "castor sugar", or are we back on the cocaine theme again?


I almost spilled my espresso over my keyboard when I read that!
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Old 30th December 2006, 12:42 PM   #51
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"dust-sugar" = icing sugar, very fine powder
caster sugar, less fine - still has granular consistency

They sell stollen in Spanish supermarkets.
But is it the real one? In Dutch supermarkets they also sell stollen but they are definitely not the same. It's just a cheap loaf filled with some raisins and almonds. You have to go to an expensive delicatessen to get the real thing.
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Old 30th December 2006, 01:13 PM   #52
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Stollen cake seems to have become very popular in UK supermarkets in recent years along with Panetone and Pandoro from Italy. Can't say how realistic it is since I haven't sampled the real one.
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Old 30th December 2006, 03:22 PM   #53
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In the US, depending on the region, it is known as confectioner's sugar or powdered sugar.
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Old 30th December 2006, 08:13 PM   #54
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In the US, depending on the region, it is known as confectioner's sugar or powdered sugar.
Funny how it's come around...started talking about white powdery residue on Spain's bank notes, now we're just talking about powdery white stuff.
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Funny how it's come around...started talking about white powdery residue on Spain's bank notes, now we're just talking about powdery white stuff.

Back to Cocaine then...

99.9% of UK bank notes have traces of cocaine
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Old 11th January 2007, 01:36 AM   #56
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And the problem is worse in Ireland - 100% of notes had traces of cocaine
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6250189.stm

Although the test sample should cause whoever at Dublin's City University conducted this study to be thrown out - the sample was a mere 45 notes.
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Old 11th January 2007, 07:18 PM   #57
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Maybe there's some money to be made here in extracting all this cocaine from the notes? :P
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Old 12th January 2007, 02:23 AM   #58
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That kind of talk get US-backed special forces landing on your roof somewhere not too far from here.
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Old 12th January 2007, 12:18 PM   #59
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I haven't dared to ask this before because it may sound a bit naïve, but why bank notes? In other words, why do people use bank notes - which are full of germs - to snort cocaine?
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I don't think health is the center focus for those who consider cocaine a staple in their diet
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