Tuesday, 1 January 2013

How was your holiday?

We've enjoyed tasty Goose
with Black pudding
and Christmas pudding...
and all this and more...


and especially being with family...


and also spending some time in places like this.
But I have been wondering what my friends in blogland have been up to this holiday?
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all -
I hope you have all had a great holiday and are looking forward to a wonderful 2013!



32 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a lovely family time, and what's better. We had a wonderful festive time too with family and friends visiting, they are so special. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year from down here in deepest darkest Devon :)

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    1. Thanks Ann, I can see you've been brightening up deepest, darkest Devon with festive family warmth.

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  2. Dear Jerry, is the time when the home gives me maximum comfort! What a comfort to be on the couch with the computer on your lap to write while the tree lights blink hypnotic and I'm digesting our dinner tete-a-tete! The family gets here in exactly 16 days, then 'this' day will truly be "the first day" of the year 2013 together! I like to see your family with crowns on their heads ... in Sauze restaurant in the V & A Hawkins (10 years ago ...)we had these dishes characteristic of England ... and the crowns!
    All the best to you and your beautiful family, Rita.

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    1. Hi Rita, I love reading a little of your family life in Italy which will be even better when the rest of your family visit soon. The paper hats were inside our homemade Christmas Crackers. We made them so that we could put better presents inside to match each person (but the jokes were as bad as always!!).

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  3. Happy New Year to you - Wishings from the North of Denmark after a heavy snowstorm followed by lots rain.
    In Scandinavia we are celebrating Christmas Eve with family and friends having a nice meal (duck with stuffing etc. and riz á l´amande). After the meal dancing and singing around the Cristmas-tree and at last the presents. A long time to wait for the young children, but this our tradition. Here, too, Chrismas is time for family gatherings.

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    1. Thanks for telling me about your celeations in North Denmark. I think you often have colder weather than us as we are protected slightly by the Gulf Stream. I think riz á l´amande must be like rice pudding with almonds (I have never had it)? Happy New Year.

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  4. It all looked wonderful Jerry, I can see you had a lovely time. Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year :-)

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    1. Yes it was wonderful thanks Jan. Hope yours was too and that you have a great 2013!

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  5. I looks like a wonderful family Christmas, Jerry! I wish you and your family a wonderful New Year!

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    1. Thank you Judy I hope you have Happy New Year too.

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  6. A wonderful family picture for the Holidays...the food looks so yummy!!
    I look forward to all your wonderful posts in 2013, Jerry!!!

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    1. Thanks Hilda - and to you and yours.

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  7. It looks like a wonderful family Christmas with lots of scrumptious food Jerry. Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Healthy New Year and I look forward to more of your lovely posts :)

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    1. Thanks - yes Karen makes us all very happy with her scrumptious cooking and these days expertly assisted by Anna. Happy New Year to you too.

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  8. What a lovely Christmas table Jerry, I was quite impressed by the size of the goose :-) My oven wouldn't have been able to contain it ! Wish you and yours a wonderful and serene 2013 ! xox

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    1. Thank you Jane, Goose is our favourite at Christmas as it tastes similar to Duck but it needs to be big because there is less meat on it compared with a Turkey. Hope you also have a wonderful and serene 2013.

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  9. Oh, I would have love to have been at y'all's Christmas table!! Such beautiful and delicious looking fare! Wishing you and yours all the best 2013 has to offer, Jerry! blessings ~ tanna

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    1. Cheers Tanna. I hope you had a lovely Christmas celebration too. Best wishes for this new year - I'm looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful creativity as well.

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  10. What a feast Jerry. It looks fit for Kings which you all were with your traditional Christmas Cracker hats. Just like us. I'm glad to see others actually wear them too. It wouldn't be Christmas without them and the bad jokes. Looks as though you had the same fayre as us except for the fabulous goose. Never tried it. I will have to learn how to cook it and to organise myself to order it in time too. Happy New Year to you and all your family. Take care xx

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    1. Thanks Laura, I love your commnts - yes the crackers are a bit of daft fun that we wouldn't be without. We buy them as kits that come with the hats. My family love my high quality jokes (they just don't realise it yet) so the cracker jokes are very bad by comparison. We name each cracker so that we can get little presents to suit each person. Btw - yes give goose a go next year, if you like duck you will love goose and the fat makes the best roast potatoes ever!!!

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    2. Jerry you made me laugh with your bad jokes story. Reminds me of my hubby's bad jokes. Is it in hubby's job descriptions to be rubbish at jokes then??? lol Love the homemade cracker idea. Take care. x

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  11. Feliz año nuevo a ti y a tu familia, Jerry. Ayer hemos vuelto de vacaciones y no habíamos podido ver esas fotos de vuestra comida de Navidad con el ambiente entrañable de la familia y ese maravilloso pato y pudding, que realmente nos hubiese gustado probar. Lo dicho, feliz 2013 para todos y un fuerte abrazo.

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    1. Great to hear from you Francesc. I hope you and Sonia had a fantastic time away. How did you celebrate? I'm sure enjoying good company and plenty of that amazing Spanish food and wine!! I think you would have enjoyed trying ours too. Karen loves cooking for us all and this year she accompanied the goose with locally made black-pudding wrapped in bacon which was delicious and different to the ususl 'pigs-in-blankets'. God bless and Happy New year to you all.

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    2. Hola Jerry. Feliz Año para ti y toda tu familia. Veo que Francesc no te ha contado con mucho detalle nuestras navidades en Tenerife, pero para eso estoy yo :)
      Fue una estancia muy agradable. En nuesto hogar celebramos la Navidad la víspera, por la noche. La cena la realizamos entre todos, teniendo en cuenta las preferencias de cada uno. Hicimos un caldo navideño de primero, luego langostinos, cordero al horno y también pollo al horno, todo acompañado de verduras al vapor. Acompañado de vino de Toro y cava español. Los postres los típicos navideños: turrón, mazapán, polvorones, etc.
      He visto el vino de calabacín que preparaste para la ocasión. Me ha gustado mucho vuestro menú navideño, es muy variado y exquisito.
      Un abrazo. Sonia.

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    3. Hola Sonia. Thanks for all the extra information. It sounds as though you had a lovely time and your food sounds just the sort of thing I love! I think your wine was probably better than my Marrow! I am guessing that the cava español was for you and Toro for Francesc??

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  12. Hi Jerry!
    I looks like you hade a lovely holiday. I wish you all the best for 2013.
    /Ingemar

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  13. What a fabulous looking meal.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Karen. Happy New Year to you too.

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  14. Glad had a great holiday happy new year to you and your family

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  15. Thanks Julie, I imagine you still had snow on the ground over Christmas?

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  16. wow! looks like a true family feast for you. great!

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