Holiday Time. Again!

Posted by admin | Christmas,Just Food Articles - writers invited | Wednesday 13 December 2006 7:08 am

I’m wondering, is it allowed, to recycle stuff off your own blog? the fact of the matter is, all the info, all the good advise, and all the recipes (recipes especially! Can you really change an old Christmas favourite? Can you replace Traditional Christmas Pudding), still stand.

I can’t believe I’ve made it through one whole year of doing this blog site. Some months have been very active, and some totally lazy. But by and large, it hasn’t been too bad at all, even though I do say so myself.

I’m wondering, is it allowed, to recycle stuff off your own blog? Last year after Thanksgiving, I started a Countdown to Christmas. It was fun doing, and I admit, stressful, keeping it up everyday. But the fact of the matter is, all the info, all the good advise, and all the recipes (recipes especially! Can you really change an old Christmas favourite? Can you replace Christmas Pudding?), still stand. Besides, I see all over the internet, articles that more or less replicate the same things.

Like this article on Holiday Gifts for Foodies or I can shamelessly lead you back to my back articles on X’mas Gift Ideas, here or here.
The same goes for Tips for De-Stressing Your Holidays and Managing Holiday Stress from this blog. (If you were stressed last year, it was probably because you didn’t read my posts. So read on!)

Just kidding. I wouldn’t want to add to your Christmas Stress by adding to the things that should go on your TO DO list. Just relax and enjoy this time of year. And keep warm.

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Food Quiz

Posted by admin | Just Food Articles - writers invited | Tuesday 12 December 2006 7:09 am

Hey, try this quiz. (I failed miserably)

1) The name of this hard cow’s milk cheese dates back to about 1840. It originated in North Yorkshire, and at that time had blue veining. Due to changes in production techniques, the blue veining was eliminated, and it is very hard to find the blue veined version today. Name this cheese.

2) These trees are members of the cypress family, and are found throughout the Northern Hemisphere. An essential oil is obtained from the wood, and is used in perfumes and medicines. The fruit have a fragrant, spicy aroma but are too bitter to be eaten fresh. The dried fruit are used in cooking, soft drinks, and the manufacture of wine and spirits. Tea made from the dried fruit is an old folk hangover cure.
Galls produced on the trees by a fungal infection are commonly known as cedar apples. Name this tree and its fruit.

3) What transparent, pure form of gelatin was obtained from certain aquatic vertebrates, and was used to clarify wine, in jellies and as an adhesive.

4) This bushy, aromatic plant is native to southern Europe and Asia, and has a pungent, spicy-minty taste. Both the leaves and flowers can be used in salads, soups, fruit salads and teas. It is also used in the production of cordials and liqueurs such as Chartreuse. It is widely grown as an ornamental garden plant, and attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The name is mentioned in the Bible, (1 Kings 4:33, Psalms 51:7 and John 19:29) but it is most likely a different plant then the one we now know by this name.
Name this plant.

5) What is the name for wines made from white grapes or red grapes with the skins removed?

Answers to this Quiz and a lot of other food info and trivia at an interesting site called Food Reference Website

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