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Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #270 on: December 28, 2015, 09:11:35 AM »
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Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #271 on: December 28, 2015, 11:27:47 AM »
Thanks Pye that rye punch sounds really good!

I've always wanted to try to make an adult version of that punch I remember from birthday parties when I was a kid, the one with juice, soda and a big block of sherbet floating in it.  That bubbly, creamy texture is just so damn festive.

My pleasure K_Dubb- I hope it's every bit as good as it looks and sounds.

Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #272 on: December 28, 2015, 11:25:57 PM »
With New Year's approaching, do you have any favorite songs that are a reminiscence of younger days? One that I recall was a Russian folk song, "Dorogoi dlinnoyu" (By the long road) which was adapted for English listeners as "Those Were the Days" by Mary Hopkin.


 


Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #273 on: December 28, 2015, 11:53:07 PM »
New Year's in Japan!


Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #274 on: December 29, 2015, 12:08:59 AM »
The Old Farmer's Almanac is a good source for fun, folksy traditions.

http://www.almanac.com/content/new-year-traditions-around-world

Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #275 on: December 29, 2015, 01:08:29 AM »
With New Year's approaching, do you have any favorite songs that are a reminiscence of younger days? One that I recall was a Russian folk song, "Dorogoi dlinnoyu" (By the long road) which was adapted for English listeners as "Those Were the Days" by Mary Hopkin.



I've always liked that song Pye, thanks for posting it.  I used to play Tim Buckley a lot during my younger days.  A bunch of his songs went real good with apple wine. lol  Some of his songs still take me back there.


Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #276 on: December 29, 2015, 10:48:52 AM »

Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #277 on: December 30, 2015, 03:35:59 PM »
The Old Farmer's Almanac is a good source for fun, folksy traditions.

http://www.almanac.com/content/new-year-traditions-around-world

Thanks Pye.  This is my go to source for finding the names of the full moons.  For instance, January's full moon name is The Full Wolf Moon because the wolves are howling more than usual due to hunger.  My favorite full moon name is June's Strawberry Moon.  I love strawberrys but usually mine don't ripen until July.  lol


Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #278 on: December 30, 2015, 03:48:03 PM »
Thanks Pye.  This is my go to source for finding the names of the full moons.  For instance, January's full moon name is The Full Wolf Moon because the wolves are howling more than usual due to hunger.  My favorite full moon name is June's Strawberry Moon.  I love strawberrys but usually mine don't ripen until July.  lol

Do you know which month has the Three Wolf Moon, Rix?  :D



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Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #279 on: December 30, 2015, 04:04:20 PM »
The Old Farmer's Almanac is a good source for fun, folksy traditions.

http://www.almanac.com/content/new-year-traditions-around-world

I alway enjoy reading that, and in 2016 I'm looking forward to the first edition of Cam's Camelsocks Almanac!




Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #280 on: December 30, 2015, 04:43:09 PM »
Do you know which month has the Three Wolf Moon, Rix?  :D



http://www.amazon.com/The-Mountain-Three-Short-Sleeve/product-reviews/B002HJ377A

No, please enlighten me Robert.  I do know that I was almost crippled with laughter from reading the Amazon reviews for the shirt.  My goodness...those reviews were definitely written by BellGabbers.  lol.

Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #281 on: December 31, 2015, 12:10:38 AM »
No, please enlighten me Robert.  I do know that I was almost crippled with laughter from reading the Amazon reviews for the shirt.  My goodness...those reviews were definitely written by BellGabbers.  lol.

I had the same reaction to the reviews--great stuff!  ;D

Have you seen the video?


Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #282 on: December 31, 2015, 05:10:27 PM »
I had the same reaction to the reviews--great stuff!  ;D

Have you seen the video?

Thank you for posting this Robert GG- those reviews and the video are beyond funny.  ;D

That video reminded me of a drinking game a friend made up - if you see a mullet- someone has to drink a shot. If it's a woman wearing a mullet- it's 2 shots.  ;D

Happy New Year to you and everyone on BG. Just be careful tonight and don't overdo...




Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #283 on: December 31, 2015, 10:53:54 PM »
I must be drunker than I thought because Moe wasn't a bad looking bloke with his hair combed back.

Barkeep, another one please!

Happy New Year, Pye and all the Holidayers


Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #284 on: January 01, 2016, 12:06:54 PM »
With New Year's approaching, do you have any favorite songs that are a reminiscence of younger days? One that I recall was a Russian folk song, "Dorogoi dlinnoyu" (By the long road) which was adapted for English listeners as "Those Were the Days" by Mary Hopkin.



This song has formed a 'still frame' in my life. I was seven years old and it was on the radio of the coach my dad was driving (he took me out when I was on school holidays). It was winter, snow on the ground and the passengers were air cadets-I've no idea where we were going. And Mary Hopkin was telling us about the days we had. And I have no idea why it's stuck there, because my memory is usually shite.

Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #285 on: January 01, 2016, 01:34:57 PM »
I must be drunker than I thought because Moe wasn't a bad looking bloke with his hair combed back.

Barkeep, another one please!

Happy New Year, Pye and all the Holidayers

Happy New Year, UC- I thought the same thing about Moe- Haha....what a difference a hairstylist can make.  ;D

Thank you for the music- bagpipes are great! My youngest is a tenor drummer- the one who uses the fuzzy beaters and twirls them (flourishing) in a pipe and drum corp.  :)

Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #286 on: January 01, 2016, 01:44:01 PM »
Are any of you brave or crazy enough to try? I got cold just listening to this.


Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #287 on: January 01, 2016, 01:47:01 PM »
This song has formed a 'still frame' in my life. I was seven years old and it was on the radio of the coach my dad was driving (he took me out when I was on school holidays). It was winter, snow on the ground and the passengers were air cadets-I've no idea where we were going. And Mary Hopkin was telling us about the days we had. And I have no idea why it's stuck there, because my memory is usually shite.

Happy New Year, YP! Music can do that. Sort of like 'time travel'- at least a more possible form of it.  :)

Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #288 on: January 02, 2016, 03:50:59 PM »
January 6th is "Three Kings' Day"- celebrated mostly in Latin America and Spain.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/06/three-kings-day-celebration-history-and-traditions-behind-el-dia-de-los-reyes_n_2412379.html

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Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #289 on: January 02, 2016, 03:55:10 PM »
January 6th is "Three Kings' Day"- celebrated mostly in Latin America and Spain.



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/06/three-kings-day-celebration-history-and-traditions-behind-el-dia-de-los-reyes_n_2412379.html

How to make Rosca De Reyes



Cool thanks!  I always wanted to make that.  I have friends in Portugal who have been eating their Bolo Rei since the beginning of December.

Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #290 on: January 02, 2016, 03:59:08 PM »
I have only had this French version with frangipane in puff pastry:

They put Baby Jesus in it, too.

Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #291 on: January 02, 2016, 04:12:32 PM »
My pleasure K_Dubb- I hope it come out well and your French version looks delicious.  :)

Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #292 on: January 02, 2016, 04:33:37 PM »
My pleasure K_Dubb- I hope it come out well and your French version looks delicious.  :)

Haha how can it not with all that good stuff in it?  I will have to spice it with saffron and cardamom, though.  No holiday breads are worthwhile without them.

The French version sounds better than it is; it's usually too soggy.  A simple fresh almond croissant is infinitely more pleasurable.

Here is an appropriate song with an elaborate melody sung against the ancient German hymn Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern.



Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #293 on: January 02, 2016, 05:11:47 PM »
Thank you K_Dubb, that was lovely. Do you use Fiori di Sicilia or other emulsions in your recipes? Here's a good source for spices and other flavorings.

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/ingredients/flavors

Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #294 on: January 02, 2016, 07:09:24 PM »
Thank you K_Dubb, that was lovely. Do you use Fiori di Sicilia or other emulsions in your recipes? Here's a good source for spices and other flavorings.

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/ingredients/flavors

Have never used that but wondered about it.  Is it worth a shot?

Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #295 on: January 02, 2016, 07:57:44 PM »
Have never used that but wondered about it.  Is it worth a shot?

I've used emulsions like Butter Vanilla and Princess Cake (which has a hint of citrus flavor) in cakes, cookies, breads, frostings with excellent results. I've not tried the Fiori di Sicilia and will probably order a bottle. I think they give a much richer flavoring than extracts. There are also flavor oils if you make your own chocolate candy. I've tried making chocolate covered cherries but that inverted sugar method is tricky and I'm not an expert candy maker. You have to wait x number of days for the enzymes to liquefy the fondant/sugar filling. I think I also had to use Grenadine- it's been a long time since I tried. 

Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #296 on: January 02, 2016, 08:34:13 PM »
I've used emulsions like Butter Vanilla and Princess Cake (which has a hint of citrus flavor) in cakes, cookies, breads, frostings with excellent results. I've not tried the Fiori di Sicilia and will probably order a bottle. I think they give a much richer flavoring than extracts. There are also flavor oils if you make your own chocolate candy. I've tried making chocolate covered cherries but that inverted sugar method is tricky and I'm not an expert candy maker. You have to wait x number of days for the enzymes to liquefy the fondant/sugar filling. I think I also had to use Grenadine- it's been a long time since I tried.

Wow I know nothing of candy making.  It sounds more like chemistry!  But I love cordial cherries, drugstore or old-fashioned alcoholic ones, doesn't matter.

Do you think emulsions are more flavorful, or retain flavor better, than the same quantity of freshly ground spice?  Whatever chemicals make up cardamom's flavor must be hugely volatile since they disappear so quickly.  I wonder whether an emulsion is any better.

Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #297 on: January 02, 2016, 09:11:31 PM »
Wow I know nothing of candy making.  It sounds more like chemistry!  But I love cordial cherries, drugstore or old-fashioned alcoholic ones, doesn't matter.

Do you think emulsions are more flavorful, or retain flavor better, than the same quantity of freshly ground spice?  Whatever chemicals make up cardamom's flavor must be hugely volatile since they disappear so quickly.  I wonder whether an emulsion is any better.

I can only compare emulsions to extracts because they are both a liquid form of flavoring. Both have the same strength- 1 tsp extract = 1 tsp emulsion. The difference is that extracts dilute flavor in alcohol and emulsions suspend flavor in a water base. Water is a more neutral carrier than alcohol - it imparts no added flavor and does not evaporate as rapidly when exposed to heat. This allows the flavor to taste better, smell better and not "bake-out" as readily as an alcohol-based extract.

I have used both an emulsion and powdered spices in recipes with success.

I hope this helps.

Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #298 on: January 02, 2016, 09:58:07 PM »
I can only compare emulsions to extracts because they are both a liquid form of flavoring. Both have the same strength- 1 tsp extract = 1 tsp emulsion. The difference is that extracts dilute flavor in alcohol and emulsions suspend flavor in a water base. Water is a more neutral carrier than alcohol - it imparts no added flavor and does not evaporate as rapidly when exposed to heat. This allows the flavor to taste better, smell better and not "bake-out" as readily as an alcohol-based extract.

I have used both an emulsion and powdered spices in recipes with success.

I hope this helps.

It does indeed, Pye, thank you!  I shall order a few to play around with.

Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« Reply #299 on: January 02, 2016, 10:04:07 PM »
It does indeed, Pye, thank you!  I shall order a few to play around with.

You're welcome K_Dubb. I'm sure you'll enjoy them and get great results.