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Take her to the Chase - it is lovely in winter

And you'll still have months of winter left when you come back - honest, it will wait for you
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We're going to do some stuff - but we pretty pushed for time. A seafood restaurant we've had recommended, a trip to my home village (I'd be happy to never set foot in it again, by MN wants to see my 'roots'), hopefully a decent carol service at a nice church... but much more than that is likely to be impossible.

But I want mountains! And schabziger! And Adler beer! And raclette!
Look on the bright side....when you get your mitts on that first handpulled DRAFT Pedigree, you'll forget about the mountains. And when the boss tastes her first bag of traditional pork scratchings (with hair), she'll never push you to return to your roots again! Win-win
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Old 01.12.2012, 22:12
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Re: 'Back home' too far- what are you doing for Christmas?

My daughter volunteered to work on Christmas day and on the morning of 26th, so our main meal will take place late afternoon on Wednesday 26th December.
The menu is "keep it simple": shrimp + salad, fillet beef steaks with gratin and 3 vegetables + Yorkshire puddings. Later on, Christmas pudding with vanilla sauce.
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And when the boss tastes her first bag of traditional pork scratchings (with hair)
I once found a scratching with a tattoo on it.

(... I still ate it, though)
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Old 01.12.2012, 22:31
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Re: 'Back home' too far- what are you doing for Christmas?

We will also spend Christmas here. My husband will cook a turkey, will make the stuffing himself. He never cooks but for Christmas lunch, he is the best! We will also have roasted potatoes, brussels sprout, and carrots, drink a nice glass of wine and then we will probaly go for a walk, hopefully in the snow it would be nice. The dessert if any would be a chocolate pudding with melted chocolate in the middle... I think!
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Old 01.12.2012, 22:54
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I once found a scratching with a tattoo on it.

(... I still ate it, though)
Did it say 'Danish'?
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You are home since home is where you come back to each night and sleep! Change your perception and start treating where you are as home and even if its only for a period of time then you will feel all the better.

Personally for me attempting to go back where I came from for christmas is madness and in fact I refuse to go even if members of the family have done so before. After a number of years here I find it a real chore to even consider going 24 hours in a plane at the most expensive and stressful time of the year, much rather being here but theI have only ventured to the land down under about once each 5 year period
That is very true Wallabies. I do think of Switzerland as my home, as home is where the heart is.

We went back last Christmas to NZ and it was lovely, but chaotic. And I couldn't believe the cost of flying. Next time we visit NZ it will be off season and we can add a trip to Rarotonga for some proper rest and relaxation
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Old 01.12.2012, 23:38
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Since we've been here in CH, our Christmas trifle has been the perfect mix of English and Swiss - black cherry and kirsch trifle.

Cake in the bottom, splash of kirsch all over. Two good quality bottle of black-cherries (reserve about 8 for decoration) - boil with some sugar for a few minutes - sieve and place cheeries on top of cake, then boil juice and sugar again to thicken with a bit more kirsch- add a bit of cornflour or arrowroot to thicken, pour over cherries and cake. Top with custard with a bit of cream added - then top with whipped cream and grated dark chocolate- decorate with cherries. Everybody absolutely loves it.
Too many things with the potential too spoil the kirsch, Keep it simple
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Re: 'Back home' too far- what are you doing for Christmas?

My dad will be coming to visit from the US! We will also have a Thanksgiving-style meal to celebrate both holidays together.

Last Christmas was my first here, and I was alone, which was pretty awful. I'm thankful this year to have him here with me. It's also the first Christmas this year since my mom passed away. Unfortunately my brother will be staying in the States to be with his in-law's family, but thank God for modern technology so we can still "see" each other!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
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I once found a scratching with a tattoo on it.

(... I still ate it, though)
Okay, I have to ask...

WHAT ze hell is a "pork scratching???"

(I'm scared, Mommy...........)
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Re: 'Back home' too far- what are you doing for Christmas?

Pork Scratchings

http://www.porkscratchingworld.com/Scratchings.html

Fresh pork bellies
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Okay, I have to ask...

WHAT ze hell is a "pork scratching???"

(I'm scared, Mommy...........)
I'm pretty sure it's what we call pork rinds in the US.
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Re: 'Back home' too far- what are you doing for Christmas?

I hope everyone -- wherever you will be -- has a WONDERFUL holiday season this year!

We'll be staying home with "Mr. Biscuits" (the baby, Julian). My Italian mother-in-law will probably come over and stay a night or two and bring lots of ridiculously good food with her, which I will (of course) eat too much of.

I would love to take Julian somewhere entertaining for the holidays, though. He's only about 14 months old right now and is just starting to walk on his own (but is still very wobbly ). Any suggestions, anyone?
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Old 02.12.2012, 00:08
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I'm pretty sure it's what we call pork rinds in the US.
Ew. Those meat-flavored, melt-in-your-mouth thingies?

Well, I guess that's slightly better than what I had previously envisioned... which was something like crispy pig toenails.

(Do pigs HAVE toenails?)

I need to go to bed..............
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I would love to take Julian somewhere entertaining for the holidays, though. He's only about 14 months old right now and is just starting to walk on his own (but is still very wobbly ). Any suggestions, anyone?
You could sign him up for ice skating lessons, nobody will notice if he falls down.
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You could sign him up for ice skating lessons, nobody will notice if he falls down.
Oh, sweet jeebus. That sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.

I wish he was old enough to take sledding!!!
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Ew. Those meat-flavored, melt-in-your-mouth thingies?

Well, I guess that's slightly better than what I had previously envisioned... which was something like crispy pig toenails.
I think it's the genuine article - pork skins fried to a crisp. Hence the tattoo. I always thought pork rinds were pork skin, but are they pork flavored bits of fried stuff?

Pigs have hooves. Cloven hooves.

I guess this won't help your sleep much.
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We will also spend Christmas here. My husband will cook a turkey, will make the stuffing himself. He never cooks but for Christmas lunch, he is the best! We will also have roasted potatoes, brussels sprout, and carrots, drink a nice glass of wine and then we will probaly go for a walk, hopefully in the snow it would be nice. The dessert if any would be a chocolate pudding with melted chocolate in the middle... I think!
How do you make the chocolate pud? sounds good
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Re: 'Back home' too far- what are you doing for Christmas?

For some reasons I won't go "back home", but I will cook delicious food (someone will help me) and decorate my home to the smallest detail, and invite a few friends over...what could be any better.
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Christmas Day is for snow running. My old buddy Niranjan will be visiting from India, so we'll probably end up waist deep in snow wondering why ...
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