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Today was the first official day of Dr Wheel's holiday*.… - Tactical Ninja

Dec. 24th, 2016

01:53 pm

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Today was the first official day of Dr Wheel's holiday*.  Naturally, I woke up at 5:45 and then woke him up going "Entertain meeee!"  Well actually he wanted to get to the supermarket early to avoid the Christmas rush and buy a chicken.

In NZ, even though it's summer for Christmas, folks still seem to go for the giant roast meal - usually lunch - full of stodgy and hearty winter-filling goodness.  And pav.  It's not Christmas without pav, preferably decorated with kiwifruit (note Americans - it is *not* called a kiwi, that is a type of bird) and strawberries thus:

tourta-pavlova-570
Basically if it doesn't look like this you're doing it wrong.

Consequently, after lunch on Christmas Day everyone sits around nursing their foodbabies, but unlike those northern hemisphere types, it's also quite often 25 degrees.  Some folks go to the beach.  We usually host the Christmas for our lot because we're the ones with a house big enough for Dr Wheel's large and boisterous family.  Dr Wheel's large and boisterous family also enjoys shared feeding.  This means that everyone brings something, usually in large enough quantities to feed everyone, and so we end up with enough food to feed about 20 people. Everyone makes a valiant effort to make it disappear, and whatever's left over ends up being our meals for the next 6 weeks**.

In my family, the traditional Christmas meal was eggs, beans, and chips.  My Mum believed that fancy Christmas meals were often the result of unsung labour by one person while everyone else had a holiday, and she wasn't having that - thus, the simplest meal anyone could think of.  Also, not huge.

In my view there is something to be said for not consuming your own bodyweight in fat and sugar in the name of capitalism/religion.  But .... PAV!!  Pav will always be my downfall.

* Not mine. Mine started on Wednesday and goes gloriously till the end of February,  the fact of which I'm reminding anyone who will listen because it's the first holiday longer than 2 weeks that I've had since I started working my first proper job and OMG.
** Slight exaggeration alert.

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From:siduri
Date:December 24th, 2016 01:13 am (UTC)
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Well, now I have learned something about fruit.

That looks so damn good.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 24th, 2016 08:38 pm (UTC)
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It is impossible for me to resist....
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From:randomdreams
Date:December 24th, 2016 01:40 am (UTC)
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Okay so what's pav and how do you make it?
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From:tatjna
Date:December 24th, 2016 08:41 pm (UTC)
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It's basically a giant meringue covered in whipped cream. And some fruit, but usually kiwifruit and strawberries for Christmas.

http://edmondscooking.co.nz/recipes/cold-desserts/pavlova

It was invented in NZ. Don't let any lying Aussies tell you different.
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From:randomdreams
Date:December 25th, 2016 02:08 am (UTC)
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Hmmmm. Baked meringue. So is it crunchy? I'm familiar with meringue cookies which are actively crunchy (a texture that makes me shiver) and meringue topping on lemon pies, which is more like marshmallow in consistency.
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From:ivonava
Date:December 25th, 2016 07:47 am (UTC)
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Crunchy on the outside, marshmellowy on the inside. Invented in Australia, ignore the New Zealand jealousy. 😀

Mine has cream, strawberries and chocolate on top.
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From:randomdreams
Date:December 25th, 2016 05:19 pm (UTC)
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I am quite enthusiastic about the sudden addition of chocolate to this narrative.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 25th, 2016 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Bollocks. About the Australia bit anyway. Australia's always trying to steal our stuff, and it's usually lies. Except Russell Crowe. They can have him.
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From:nick_101
Date:December 24th, 2016 07:30 am (UTC)
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That looks yummy.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 24th, 2016 08:41 pm (UTC)
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SO.GOOD
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From:anna_en_route
Date:December 24th, 2016 08:12 am (UTC)
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I hope you and the wheels have a marvelous holiday =)
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From:tatjna
Date:December 24th, 2016 08:42 pm (UTC)
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So far it's pretty awesome. Coffee and presents in bed while tracking sharks, now I'm on the internet while Dr Wheel goes for his traditional Christmas run, and then the familial onslaught begins.
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From:meathiel
Date:December 24th, 2016 11:12 am (UTC)
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I wouldn't mind having pav for dessert on Christmas. It looks delish.

The family from my dad's side comes over to ours on Christmas Day and everybody brings a cake or cookies or stuff. And we go to a restaurant to dinner ... so ... not too much work either.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 24th, 2016 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Wow, we would struggle to find a restaurant that was open! I guess that's what you get for living in the arse end of nowhere. :)

Pav is awesome, if you get the chance!
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From:meathiel
Date:December 24th, 2016 08:58 pm (UTC)
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The "big" day here is the 24th - I doubt any restaurants are open tonight.
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:December 26th, 2016 09:56 pm (UTC)
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Eggs, beans and chips sounds just fine to me!
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