Monday, 7 December 2015

Quiet Christmas.- Nigella's A Slag


I've just watched Nigella flirting outrageously to the camera whilst squeezing the begeebers out of a lemon. She's such a slut.
I got all excited as her lemon pavlova is something , even I may be able to crack off and as we have invited ourselves to dinner with the affable despots before Christmas , I will actually give it a go. We are doing starters, wine and pudding....I like the thought of bringing food with us at Christmas visiting time...its all very American.
I saw Mrs Trellis today, she has written a poem " for the blog" she told me, " its about Autumn" 
I didnt tell her that I thought it was winter..but what do I know. Anyhow She reminded me that there is a carol service in the Church here next Sunday with A VIOLIN SOLOIST no less! and I told her that we will be going ....I hope Gaynor the Mad organist will be there, Ive bought her a santa hat to wear....I'll dare her to put it on during prayers.
Other Christmas jaunts include a family meal and visit to the panto in Llandudno and a cinema trip to see " It's a wonderful life"
As long as you stop thinking  and go with the flow, Panto's can be quite fun. it's a trick I finally mastered last year. 
Some has-been from "Strictly" is starring in it, so I suspect it will be as camp as a row of tents....but I am looking forward to it. 
Next week I'm off to London to see Nuala and London is always rather sweet just before Christmas ...we are off to Sadler's Wells for a Seasonal ballet ......which will be amazing but I am sorry not to be able to fit in a quick nip over to South Yorkshire too......but you cant fit everything in..........
It's starting to feel rather festive, I 'm delivering the village Christmas cards tomorrow and I've already noted that the new people in the police house have gone to town with their lights ! .......even the house with the bin bagged windows has put up a lurid flickering , flashing light reindeer underneath the plastic..
Hey ho

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  1. Has the police house got flashing blue lights?

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    1. Lol...and Three outdoor sets of lights .......its like las Vegas x

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    2. Perhaps some of us in the States should send in local Christmas lights pictures. I am not sure how crazy you all get over there, but here, Vegas is EVERYWHERE!!!

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  2. Pavlova is super easy to make! Tutorial on my blog if you need it! Enjoy all of your Christmas antics and fun.

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    1. Off to make notes xx

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    2. I will check that one.x

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  3. Nigella is a shameless hussy. She makes cooking look fun though.Good luck with the pavlova.I can't believe flashing reindeers will catch on around your village.

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  4. you and the prof are going to be VERY busy the next couple of weeks.

    I always like to bring something to a host's home, be it wine, or flowers, or dessert. it shows I appreciate the efforts the host has gone to for a good celebration. don't know whether it's an american custom or not, but it's the way I was raised.

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    1. Yes, it's customary to take something when we dine out. Usually Wine for the host and chocolates, flowers or sometimes a pretty candle for the hostess.

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  5. Know what a Pavlova is. I've made them and they are beautiful and delicious. Had to google Panto.
    Nigella is a slut and makes a pretty penny for her efforts, I would say. She's gorgeous.

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    1. That she is..i love her dearly...oh i forgot no one but Brits know about panto....you Americans have vaudeville which has similarities I suppose

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    2. To be read out loud in your best 'panto voice' "Oh No It Doesn't"! X

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  6. I just caught the tail end of Nigella whilst waiting for London Detective. I have to say that the flirtation with the lens also put me off the food.

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    1. I feel like an aging spinster who wants to shout " you dirty loose woman"

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    2. Careful. I know she reads your blog.

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  7. You live in a magickal place!

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  8. Sorry that we won't be seeing you. hopefully we can catch up in the New Year.

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    1. Been tooo long....what dvd do you want for crimbo?

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  9. the box is on it's way so you might be able to bring along some interesting gingerbread men too!

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  10. Ah ... Your blog reads like Greek to me today, but I take it the countdown to Christmas chores and games have begun. Have fun!

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  11. Busy, busy busy. good times ahead, John!! enjoy.

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    1. Apologies a slag is UK SLANG FOR A SLUT
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      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slut
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      Its all good natured x

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    2. Beyond Beige - I learned most of my slang from Absolutely Fabulous. Season 1 alone will set you to rights. :)

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  13. I like slag better than slut.
    Or as my grandmother would say - a floozy .
    I have been hoping someone would buy my house before now so I could be in a new home with family or friends for the Christmas holidays ... but so far .. here I am .. in the north woods with the cats.
    Send Pavlovas !

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    1. I thought floozy carried an overtone of heavy drinker as well as ' loose morals'?

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  14. You know what is really funny ?
    I have an Apple computer .. it , like all computers, has a translator .. but mine says it out loud .. so I put it slag and the computer said Slaag LOL ... then I did it in French and it said Slag with a hilarious french accent .. this is my entertainment tonight .. listening to my computer imitate Monty Python. slaaag.

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  15. I made pastries last weekend, it is that time of the year.

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  16. How come Nigella Lawson remains on the BBC following her confessions about cocaine and cannabis use? Next we will learn that Mary Berry got caught shoplifting from "Poundstretcher" or that Fiona Bruce ram-raided a branch of Gregg's.

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  17. Lemon pavlova sounds delicious, but Bah Humbug!!! at It's a Wonderful Life. I just want to slap that angel.

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  18. We are planning to be in the British Isles for a few months next year. Can we come to the church? Can we see the neighborhood? I want so much to SEE your life. I've followed you (hardly ever commented... guess I'm shy)... but want so much to SEE it all. Feel it all... not feel like a stalker... but just be there.

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  19. Bringing food is very New Zealand too. I guess it's colonial then. ;-) I do an orange and balsamic pav that everyone adores - just use your normal pav recipe, sub the malt vinegar for balsamic, finely grate in the rind of an orange and add a dash of white pepper. SErve with cream and orange slices. People go doolally over it. Screw Nigella!

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  20. I thought it was still autumn until about Dec. 20 or so. Depending on the year.

    Aside from that, it's all systems "go" at your house for the Christmas festivities, I can see :)

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  21. Bringing food is an Aussie thing to do . The old saying of "bring a plate" ie a plate of food. Funny stories of people turning up with a plate minus the food.

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    1. I once held a party which was designated 'Black Tie'. One invitee turned up wearing a back tie.

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    2. And that's all???

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  22. If I have to witness that Gawd awful Wonderful Life one more time I will poke my eye out! Bring on the moonshine!

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  23. I noticed that It's a Wonderful Life has been on TV twice recently. I refused to watch it, as for me it is strictly for Christmas.

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  24. I'm one of those who has never understood the attraction of 'It's a Wonderful Life'. Being force-fed its salvatory and over-simplified message brings out the converse in me. Wonderful life, indeed! In parts, maybe, but only from time to time - though overall, Bah, Humbug!

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    1. Thank you Stanley Unwin....

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    2. Brilliant reply to that load of twizzle Wanda :-)

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    3. Absolutely! How did he get in here?

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  26. Why don't we ever get to watch Nigella eating a banana very slowly? It might not be adventurous food but what the hell....

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  28. that 'What...???' was to Mark Pasko by the way.

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  29. It always amuses me when I watch Nigella flirting with the camera, because cookery programmes are usually aimed at the "little woman". But I guess the Beeb, in their twisted wisdom, figure the that Nigella's approach will attract the men as well, and raise the ratings. Wonder how many men actually cook anything they've seen? In our house, "himself" usually sleeps through it !

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    1. Some of us lady-loving-ladies like Nigella!

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  30. I like parties and dinners where you take along something. I also enjoy theme such as Cro mentioned he had!

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  31. Winter arrives on the solstice - 21st. (Oh no it doesn't. Oh yes it does. Just getting you in practice.)

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  32. I often want to slap Nigella, but she does do some good food. I copied ( with slight variations ) the salmon on a bed of watercress and sliced avocado ( with low fat vinaigrette) and it was extremely simple and very delicious. I fried the salmon in butter rather than poaching it in all sorts of bits and bobs, which made it all much quicker. Eaten with crusty bread; it was a delightful supper.

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  33. Nigella's just there to make all us 55 year old small holders feel totally tomboyish!!

    Although I have to say I was very taken with her Pavlova last night and will be making it at some point over Christmas.

    Your seasonal plans sound brilliant I hope everything goes to plan. I must say we're both tempted by panto this year, the tickets had all sold out last year, I'm nipping over to the website now to check out availability :-)

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  34. Whenever you return the subject of bin bagged windows, I always find myself thinking of Mr Carraway's advice to his son Nick: "Whenever you feel like criticising anyone, just remember that all the people in the world haven't had the advantages that you've had."

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    1. They have a 60 inch tv, and car too bel.......dont be so pious

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    2. Tis strange that you can have the most critical tongue...but sound so saintly in print

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  35. It's a unique gift.

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  36. I am not a Nigella fan. Where is Mrs. Trellis's poem? And I can't wait to hear about that panto!

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  37. "Some has-been from Strictly" WHAT??? It's only the lovely Robin Windsor! You'll enjoy this panto like no other.

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  38. Nigella must have a strong grip; those plastic lemons aren't easy to squeeze the bejeebers out of. As for Mrs. Trellis, she's got until 21 December to share her Autumn poem.

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  39. My husband turns into a giggling teenager whenever Nigella inuendos herself around the oven. I just want to tie her bloody hair back!!! Loose hair and kitchens-yuck.

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  40. Christmas madness is unstoppable...it even spreads under the bin bags.

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  41. Completely off topic - I love the photo of you and The Prof on your wedding day, you both look so happy and "meant to be", it makes me feel happy too everyday that I see it. (Love all the animal photos too of course!!)

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    1. Pantos are big business here in Northern Ireland, but I haven't been to one for donkey's years, not having any children or grandchildren. I always enjoyed the panto dames and the sing-a-longs and the pantomime horse. It's all totally absurd but it's a wonderful comic tradition I would hate to see disappear.

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    2. It's amazing that the Politically Correct lot haven't had it banned years ago !

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  42. There are no words to tell you how envious I am of your ballet jaunt. Back in the days of Money we used to take the kidling (she's 18 now). Have a most wonderful time. Nigella....I watched in disbelief every week this series, not her best. x

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    1. No, it's not one of Nigella's best is it, smacks of desperation in places. Apart from Monday night's glorious lemon pavlova, most of the food in this series has looked as though it's just been chucked on the plate.

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  43. Mrs P switches over as soon as Nigella appears on the box. Apparently she isn;t good for my blood pressure.

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  44. Visitors dead on time meant that I completely missed that lemon pavlova, but I am going on line to find the recipe.

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