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  • Originally posted by vh67 View Post
    We are going to Oahu. We plan on doing the normal touristy things plus lots of reading in a cabana on the beach or our lanai since we were able to get an ocean front place and I have to limit my sun exposure still. We will have a full kitchen too so I will be preparing lots of fresh fish and local fruit.

    So I have a question for our gf English friends: what do you do for Christmas pudding? I love it but haven't had it in years because of the gluten. Or maybe it is just the brandy butter I love?
    Sounds like a fantastic respite from work and winter!

    Brandy butter sounds great! I googled paleo Christmas pudding (as I'm sure you did also) and only found one which by the author's admission came out too juicy, so I didn't bookmark the recipe.
    "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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    Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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    • I made a GF crimbo pud a few years back for my coeliac friend with butter rather than suet as YOU CANNOT BUY IT HERE unless it is mixed with flour (horrors). It grew mould and I had to throw it away. So, what I do now is make it as the recipe says and chalk it up to 20 per cent. Do I roll around in pain afterwards? Yes. Is it worth it (bear in mind I eat the whole thing and a pound of brandy butter - my mother's cookbook calls this 'hard sauce' insert your own joke)? YES IT IS.
      I like badgers, books and booze, more or less in that order.

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      • Originally posted by badgergirl View Post
        I made a GF crimbo pud a few years back for my coeliac friend with butter rather than suet as YOU CANNOT BUY IT HERE unless it is mixed with flour (horrors). It grew mould and I had to throw it away. So, what I do now is make it as the recipe says and chalk it up to 20 per cent. Do I roll around in pain afterwards? Yes. Is it worth it (bear in mind I eat the whole thing and a pound of brandy butter - my mother's cookbook calls this 'hard sauce' insert your own joke)? YES IT IS.
        LOL on it being worth it.

        I saw that Wikipedia also calls it hard sauce, with some brandy butter or rum butter also being called hard sauce.

        I was thinking that if you took all the ingredients except the flour, and added a little unflavored gelatin...
        "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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        Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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        • Give Thanks!

          It's the wee hours of the day before Thanksgiving. So, my darlings, I wish you the Happiest of Thanksgivings. And for those of you who don't celebrate, join us for a glass of cheer and a moment to reflect on all we have for which to be thankful!

          I won't get all gloppy, but just so y'all know... When you post your stories, bumps in the road, scares, and especially triumphs, whether here or in your own journals, I give thanks for the generosity of your spirits.

          The other day, someone posted a poll about Thanksgiving, and I chose the 80/20 option. I fear that I should have chosen the "bring on the stuffing" option. And I'm not even having turkey! I googled recipes. As always, the neighbors invite. And there is always the making of reservations if I want. But when all is said and done, I've been jonesin' for some burgers. On bagels. One with brie. One with some fried green tomato. I haven't totally decided what to do with the oysters yet, but I'm thinking that with the pastured cream cheese, and some skanky crackers... The only nod to turkey really would be in this form:


          Today's food was minimal and odd for me. About a pound and a quarter of potatoes with mustard. And one and a half scoops of whey protein shake. No hack or anything, I just didn't feel like preparing anything. Potatoes are easy. Putting stuff in a blender is even easier. I did have coffee of course.


          Haiku 23 of 30:

          Over the river
          Through the wood was where we drove
          When Daddy was drunk.

          Haiku 24 of 30:

          Beautiful pictures
          Turkey and fixin's galore!
          Reservations please.

          Haiku 25 of 30:

          The weather so cool
          I sleep like a baby, but
          no peeing the bed.

          Haiku 26 of 30: (posted already a few posts back)

          Oh! My darling SPAM
          Squishy, slimy, salty, pink
          Perfect with fried eggs.


          30 Haiku in November. Post 'em here if you want to, even if you don't want to do all 30.


          The gallery:














          The little ones can't always keep their eyes
          open after all the food and fun.



          Peace, love, and thanks,
          J
          "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

          B*tch-lite

          Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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          • Originally posted by vh67 View Post
            We are going to Oahu. We plan on doing the normal touristy things plus lots of reading in a cabana on the beach or our lanai since we were able to get an ocean front place and I have to limit my sun exposure still. We will have a full kitchen too so I will be preparing lots of fresh fish and local fruit.

            So I have a question for our gf English friends: what do you do for Christmas pudding? I love it but haven't had it in years because of the gluten. Or maybe it is just the brandy butter I love?
            Never really done that much crimble pud, pre primal, not having much of a sweet tooth, so I can't really say what others have done, not having done it meself, I did try christmas pudding vodka last year though, which actually did have crimble pud tinctures, still too sickly for me, but....

            Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
            Sounds like a fantastic respite from work and winter!
            Hear, hear, well said J....

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            • Originally posted by Dhansakdave View Post
              Never really done that much crimble pud, pre primal, not having much of a sweet tooth, so I can't really say what others have done, not having done it meself, I did try christmas pudding vodka last year though, which actually did have crimble pud tinctures, still too sickly for me, but....
              That vodka would be great if one just left out the sugar. With all the dried fruit, the sugar is hardly necessary. The only vodka infusion that I ever added sugar to was the one I infused with coffee beans. I was trying for a poor man's Kahlua.
              "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

              B*tch-lite

              Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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              • Update on Tday plans our friends are not coming, they have a cold moving through their family. This time of year I'm very cautious when it comes to being around sick people, we are hoping to avoid the hospital this year, having spent 3 weeks each fall for the past 3 yrs there.

                Our meat grinder arrived so Hubby and I decided to try it out by making some sausage that will go into our dressing. We ground up rabbit loins, meat from 1 quail, some pork fat, apple, sage and parsley. We cooked up a little pattie to test if the seasoning was alright and I'm happy to report that it's delicious.

                I deboned the turkey breast and thighs of the turkey and froze the wings and legs for later use. Since it's only the 3 of us we really don't need to cook the whole turkey. I browned all the bones with celery, carrots and onions in the oven,and then put it all into my wonderful pressure cooker to make the glorious stock which will become gravy tomorrow.

                Now I'm just kicking back with eggnog and brandy.
                Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                • I got 4 bottles of Chardonnay, 2 of rosť, a bottle of Titos, and some vanilla cinnamon baileys today.........
                  Female 55
                  Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 165
                  Started at a size 16 down to loose 10

                  With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy

                  My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60175.html

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                  • Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                    That vodka would be great if one just left out the sugar. With all the dried fruit, the sugar is hardly necessary. The only vodka infusion that I ever added sugar to was the one I infused with coffee beans. I was trying for a poor man's Kahlua.
                    That's what I would do, if I was to make it, it was waaaaaay to sweet for me!

                    Originally posted by Pedidoc View Post
                    I got 4 bottles of Chardonnay, 2 of rosť, a bottle of Titos, and some vanilla cinnamon baileys today.........
                    That sounds like some serious thanksgiving....

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                    • Originally posted by Pedidoc View Post
                      I got 4 bottles of Chardonnay, 2 of rosť, a bottle of Titos, and some vanilla cinnamon baileys today.........
                      Home alone, are we?
                      I like badgers, books and booze, more or less in that order.

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                      • Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
                        Update on Tday plans our friends are not coming, they have a cold moving through their family. This time of year I'm very cautious when it comes to being around sick people, we are hoping to avoid the hospital this year, having spent 3 weeks each fall for the past 3 yrs there.

                        Our meat grinder arrived so Hubby and I decided to try it out by making some sausage that will go into our dressing. We ground up rabbit loins, meat from 1 quail, some pork fat, apple, sage and parsley. We cooked up a little pattie to test if the seasoning was alright and I'm happy to report that it's delicious.

                        I deboned the turkey breast and thighs of the turkey and froze the wings and legs for later use. Since it's only the 3 of us we really don't need to cook the whole turkey. I browned all the bones with celery, carrots and onions in the oven,and then put it all into my wonderful pressure cooker to make the glorious stock which will become gravy tomorrow.

                        Now I'm just kicking back with eggnog and brandy.
                        Keeping fingers crossed for a hospital-free holiday season for your darling son. Drooling over your dressing. Sounds like your holiday meal will be splendid!

                        Originally posted by Pedidoc View Post
                        I got 4 bottles of Chardonnay, 2 of rosť, a bottle of Titos, and some vanilla cinnamon baileys today.........
                        A smart hostess knows to stock up on much alcohol. Should the meal fail for any reason, she will graciously serve grilled cheese sandwiches and enough alcohol to make everyone forget that it did. I stocked up on whiskey and sweet vermouth - Manhattans will be my holiday drink.

                        Originally posted by Dhansakdave View Post
                        That's what I would do, if I was to make it, it was waaaaaay to sweet for me!

                        That sounds like some serious thanksgiving....
                        It does indeed!

                        Originally posted by badgergirl View Post
                        Home alone, are we?
                        Even if, drinking alone is the first sign that you've finally decided that the "experts" are idiots.
                        "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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                        Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                        • Happy Thanksgiving!

                          A Capacity for Joy.

                          Based on the types of folks who land here in B*tchapalooza regularly, I'm guessing that I'm going to be preaching to the choir. Though it regularly confounds me how many mentally healthy people hang out here.

                          Since last week, the topic of conversation, on and offline, has been largely about Thanksgiving. And as you can imagine, the emotions run the gamut. "I can't wait to see everyone!" "I hate my family, but I have to go." "I can't wait to show off my "fill in dish here." "I just spent $100 at the bakery so I wouldn't have to cook." There are people who are alone - some lonely, some not. There are those couples who spend every free moment with just each other. There are those spending it with the gang at the Senior Center or with other students not flying home. Those ladeling out soup and a hot meal to the homeless. Even those who are going to go get Bourbon-faced on Shit Street (though truth be told, few NOLA residents would ever admit that they actually like Bourbon Street.)

                          I've done a lot of versions of Thanksgiving. The family. As a couple who invited the single folks. As a single who was invited to a family or couple's fine feast. Reservations for two someplace romantic. Hotel buffet. With a friend at a Chinese restaurant. Alone. And I've even worked on Thanksgiving so that other employees could spend it with their families (and for the double-time pay). I've eaten turkey, deli, salmon, pizza, pot luck, or whatever - and so I've learned that the point for me isn't really the food.

                          And the point isn't always a lofty ideal. Yes, the idea of a loud and large family is delightful. As is a couple's first romantic Thanksgiving, or the baby's first Thanksgiving. But sometimes gathering with a boisterous group around a pile of mismatched food with a tub full of ice and beer is just as gratifying. Hell, sometimes just getting a paid holiday is enough to bring on a smile. And as M2M posted, even hot dogs with the right person can make the holiday memorable.

                          I'm not so Pollyanna as to not see the downside. Being alone can be painful for some people. And the commercialism is horrifying. In fact, I'm going to make this commitment right here in front of everyone: If I ever plan a whole spread for a group, and anyone gets up to leave because Macy's (or any other store) is opening its doors at 4pm Thanksgiving Day, I will toss a very large spoonful of mashed potatoes at his/her head as s/he leaves. For others, the stress of trying to turn out the perfect meal can bring down what should be a festive mood.

                          I guess what I'm getting at is that whether Thanksgiving or any other day of the year, there are always things to get bummed or angry about. Kids with threadbare shoes and coats two sizes too small. Christmas showing up in retail stores right after Halloween. What some perceive as gluttony.

                          So, for those who feel sad or grumpy for Thanksgiving, may I gently recommend that you take charge of your lives and exercise your capacity for joy. Don't like the commercialism? Get any shopping done in October, and avoid retail stores until next year. For televised ads, ff or mute is the answer. For those stressing over the perfect feast, relinquish some control and ask for help - the green bean casserole might not be your green bean casserole, but maybe you'll get to try something new. Maybe you'll get to sit down and enjoy yourself. Don't like your family and only go out of obligation? Make up an excuse and ditch it. Feel guilty or angry that we pig out, while others go without? Go buy some food, blankets, and socks, and donate them to an organization that can get them to people in need. See if any of the churches or shelters need volunteers. Vow to work at a soup kitchen on days other than the holidays, as they actually turn volunteers away this time of year, while they go begging once the "holiday guilt" disappears.

                          For the alone thing, I don't really know what to tell you because I like being alone a bit better than being with people. So maybe a splurge? Or maybe create a new tradition like cleaning out an entire attic or closet? Accomplishment can lift spirits. Or maybe just don't buy into the whole alone = lonely thing. I will tell you one of the best truths I've ever learned. At the end of my second marriage, though I still liked him, there were times when I felt painfully lonely because we no longer clicked like we used to. My first year after the divorce, was actually an emotional sigh of relief. IOW, the appearance of being with people can sometimes be a much lonelier experience than actually being alone. Geez, at the very least, you can binge watch an old TV series, or some movies, or read (though it's harder to eat while reading). And, if none of that appeals to you, there are surely places where other people that are alone congregate. The holiday brings out the best in a lot of people. IOW, make being alone another good experience in your repertoire.

                          The holiday is called Thanksgiving. We in the US have the international reputation of being some of the most shallow, stupid, commercial, greedy people in the world. And yet, kind of sweetly, we have a holiday for giving thanks. A whole day when no matter how schmaltzy, we are allowed to say aloud, "I'm so thankful for...." There's joy in that concept.

                          On to more mundane things.

                          The toughest thing after going grocery shopping or getting a delivery is wanting to sample a little of everything. LOL. I've got assorted bagels (it's Thanksgiving, yo). I've got onion and caper cream cheese (and some of the best butter ever). I've got my little treat of two slender biscotti. I've got kumquats. And I've got oysters. I could dive in head first and just chomp on sweets - did I mention that I also have a pint each of raspberry and chocolate sorbet? But, hearing the voice of one of my doctors from the past, I decided to be my own parent and short-circuit the urge to turn my order into a tasting buffet. So, I came in here and wrote this post. Now, I just have to shower and consider what Thanksgiving cocktails are appropriate for hamburgers (Manhattans?), go buy the hooch, and settle into my little cave.

                          A good experience. I think I've mentioned that one of the very few things that I don't like about Good Eggs is that some of the vendors don't give an indication of weight. And because I've been burned on that before (even from USW, though they issued a credit), I rarely buy anything that is "by the bunch," for example. So when I saw beef tongue price "by the tongue," and not even a range of weight given, I was hesitant. But it's been ages since I had tongue (don't be dirty-minded!), so I took a chance. Nice. And not only did the per pound price work out to a fair amount, but I was totally surprised that they'd skinned it and chopped off the big hunk of fat at the end. I like the fat, but this is so pretty. I can't speak to taste yet because I need to defrost it and brine it, but it's good to know that there are some fair deals out there. And if you haven't tried tongue yet, I encourage you to do so.

                          Some things about Thanksgiving:
                          • Depending on whom you believe, the average person will consume between 2500 and 4000 calories today. Except for Mr. Anthony, this is a bit much.
                          • The average turkey in 1930 weighed 13.2 pounds, stood upright, and was smaller breasted. The average turkey in 2014 weighs 29.8 pounds, has an unnaturally large breast, is bowlegged, and has been debeaked.
                          • Last year, Mother Jones reported that we ate about 46M turkeys last Thanksgiving. (Which is a smaller number than I would have guessed.)
                          • Americans throw away about a third of all edible turkey. Though I'm betting that we cave people have been taught to suck the nutrients out of every bone and muscle, and render the fat, and chop up the giblets for use in something.
                          • And just a tip (maybe too late for this year), but peruse your local ads if you like eating turkey for the protein. Some grocery stores use turkey as a loss leader during the holidays to get you into the store, and some will even offer a free turkey if you spend $X. Even if you don't eat turkey for Thanksgiving, you can freeze it whole, or roast it and hack it into meal size portions to freeze.




                          Haiku 27 of 30:

                          Grass fed burgers - yum!
                          Gooey brie all over them
                          For now, life is good.

                          30 Haiku in November. Post 'em here if you want to, even if you don't want to do all 30.


                          The gallery:


                          Tempting the dingo yet again.






                          Looks like a great solution to keep the breast meat juicy!








                          Peace, love, and joy,
                          J
                          "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                          B*tch-lite

                          Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                          • Thanks for the sermon and Happy Thanksgiving, Joanie.
                            Female back to the basics: 5-2017
                            CW: 2017: 150
                            GW: 130 a dream, I know
                            Muscle soreness surrounding Neck, Thyroid and Rosacea issues.

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                            • Originally posted by badgergirl View Post
                              Home alone, are we?
                              My dad is the only one who drinks wine. Dudes are beer drinkers. Should last until Monday...........
                              Female 55
                              Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 165
                              Started at a size 16 down to loose 10

                              With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy

                              My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60175.html

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                              • Originally posted by perennialpam View Post
                                Thanks for the sermon and Happy Thanksgiving, Joanie.
                                Happy Thanksgiving back at you, Pam!

                                Originally posted by Pedidoc View Post
                                My dad is the only one who drinks wine. Dudes are beer drinkers. Should last until Monday...........
                                LOL - I didn't think it was all for you. Happy Thanksgiving!
                                "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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                                Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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