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Old December 22 2013, 06:43 AM   #31
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Our bookcase topped with some of our Star Trek favorites:



Nothing says "Merry Christmas" like Picard in a Borg alcove...



And of course, the Spock shuttlecraft with greeting is an all-time classic.

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Old December 22 2013, 12:35 PM   #32
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I am debating with myself if I should make a White Christmas or not this Christmas and I was wondering if this is an Australian/NZ food or whether it is eaten elsewhere. Its main ingredients are Rice Bubbles, desicated coconut, glazed cherries, copha, mixed fruit etc - some photos here
It is beyond disgusting. Can't you just feel it coating your arteries?

A friend of mine once made two 4 litre ice cream containers of white xmas squares to bring for xmas day and it was 38 degrees and they all melted in the car and it was just buckets of rice bubbles coated in white stuff.

Also I seem to recall they don't really have copha in the US. Maybe it is called something else.
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Old December 22 2013, 06:11 PM   #33
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I am debating with myself if I should make a White Christmas or not this Christmas and I was wondering if this is an Australian/NZ food or whether it is eaten elsewhere. Its main ingredients are Rice Bubbles, desicated coconut, glazed cherries, copha, mixed fruit etc - some photos here
It is beyond disgusting. Can't you just feel it coating your arteries?

A friend of mine once made two 4 litre ice cream containers of white xmas squares to bring for xmas day and it was 38 degrees and they all melted in the car and it was just buckets of rice bubbles coated in white stuff.

Also I seem to recall they don't really have copha in the US. Maybe it is called something else.
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Old December 22 2013, 08:12 PM   #34
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I am debating with myself if I should make a White Christmas or not this Christmas and I was wondering if this is an Australian/NZ food or whether it is eaten elsewhere. Its main ingredients are Rice Bubbles, desicated coconut, glazed cherries, copha, mixed fruit etc - some photos here
It is beyond disgusting. Can't you just feel it coating your arteries?

A friend of mine once made two 4 litre ice cream containers of white xmas squares to bring for xmas day and it was 38 degrees and they all melted in the car and it was just buckets of rice bubbles coated in white stuff.

Also I seem to recall they don't really have copha in the US. Maybe it is called something else.
I don't eat it myself, far too sweet, but one of my sons has especially asked for it. His ex-girlfriend's family has it every Christmas. Maybe I might buy the ingredients and tell him if he wants it he has to make it himself.
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Old December 22 2013, 08:48 PM   #35
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I am debating with myself if I should make a White Christmas or not this Christmas and I was wondering if this is an Australian/NZ food or whether it is eaten elsewhere.
It looks very much like Turkish Delight (what the French call Nougat). Yummy stuff!

Your hubby sounds adorable! I'm experimenting, too, atm: my mom vaguely remembers a special kind of lemon cookies from her childhood which she loved but never learned how to make. I'm trying to restore the recipe, based on her description. So far I came up with a few quite good cookies but not exactly what she remembers. Gotta ask my uncle if he recalls the cookies. With more information my chances are better to get the recipe right.
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Old December 23 2013, 01:19 AM   #36
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Old December 23 2013, 01:24 AM   #37
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Nice little Trek ornaments. Redshirts, huh? Keep a close eye on 'em!
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Old December 23 2013, 01:28 AM   #38
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Thanks, I made them myself. Although, The Tribbles are to be worried more about. The tree is full of them.
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Old December 23 2013, 01:34 AM   #39
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At least they're not little Mogwai. All the bright, twinkling lights would fill your house with another type of squeaking, hungry furball in no time.
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Old December 23 2013, 02:28 AM   #40
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I am debating with myself if I should make a White Christmas or not this Christmas and I was wondering if this is an Australian/NZ food or whether it is eaten elsewhere. Its main ingredients are Rice Bubbles, desicated coconut, glazed cherries, copha, mixed fruit etc - some photos here
It is beyond disgusting. Can't you just feel it coating your arteries?

A friend of mine once made two 4 litre ice cream containers of white xmas squares to bring for xmas day and it was 38 degrees and they all melted in the car and it was just buckets of rice bubbles coated in white stuff.

Also I seem to recall they don't really have copha in the US. Maybe it is called something else.
I don't eat it myself, far too sweet, but one of my sons has especially asked for it. His ex-girlfriend's family has it every Christmas. Maybe I might buy the ingredients and tell him if he wants it he has to make it himself.
It's the copha I find so repulsive. If I made it I would fill it with mini marshmallows and raspberry jellies.. BUT it would still disgust me because of the copha. I think it is pretty easy to make though, and would be fun to do because you can put anything in it.

Looks like I was right about copha..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copha

"It is 100% fat, at least 98% of which is saturated."

"It is popular in Australia.."

"In the United States it is not easily available."
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Old December 26 2013, 08:33 AM   #41
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Although both my parents are currently out of the country, it turned out to be a really fun Christmas for the rest of the family here in the Bay Area. I ordered a turkey dinner and had everything ready by noon. Then the whole family did our "Secret Elephant" gift exchange. We rented Insidious 2 on Vudu and had a good scare.

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Old December 26 2013, 09:25 AM   #42
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Here's a few from our Christmas:



Our tree



@BobTheSkutter's visit from Santa




As opposed to mine.



Though he was in the mood for Santa early!

I'll leave him to post a few more.
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Old December 26 2013, 01:05 PM   #43
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Ooo nice food pics Gryffindorian, that fried chicken looks DELICIOUS.

This is what we ate..

Four salads, each different. Roast vegies and feta, a rice and bean and leaves one, potato with mustard seed and egg.. boccancini with yellow and purple tomatoes (the yummiest, I ate like half this bowl).




The rest of it.. chickens, korean bbq meats, home made dips of beetroot, pesto, sweet potato and cashew, olives, salami, cheeses, salsa and korean sauce all made that morning.. there was also a big panettone which is my favorite kind of cake and fig biscotti. 14 people. Had a whole chook leftover that we never brought out and some cheese, otherwise it was all eaten.

That's a Clone Wars plastic table cloth, the theme this year was Star Wars.



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Old December 26 2013, 09:52 PM   #44
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Mouth watering!
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Now that's a Holiday table spread. Impressive. Most impressive.
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