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Have you ever given or received a fruitcake?

Asked at Borders, 700 N.H. on December 7, 2005

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“Yes, both. It’s been a long time since I’ve received one, but I recently gave one to a friend who said he liked them as sort of a joke.”

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“No, but I hear they make a great doorstop.”

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“No. I ate it when I was a kid, but I never really liked it. Maybe it’s an acquired taste.”

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“No, I never have. I like fruitcake, but I wouldn’t buy it for a gift, and nobody ever gives it to me.”

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Hong_Kong_Phooey 12 years, 6 months ago

ku_law: you need a hobby. You're always so fond of making everyone aware that you are "first" and then you get really ornery if someone beats you to it.

I don't really care about fruit cakes so I'm going to comment on the KU Basketball team. Has anyone seen them?! I mean, where did they go? We used to have a team but now it seems like we've all fallen into some alternate Universe where KU basketball sucks.

ku_law 12 years, 6 months ago

Actually, Hong Kong, the only time I have commented on not being first is when another person pointed out to me specifically that they "beat me." I then informed that person she needs something more exciting in their life she is so pre-occupied with trying to "beat me" at being first.

As for stating I am first when I am first...yes, I do that...along with most everyone else who is first when I am not.

Re: The basketball team...give them a break. They are young. A team full of freshman and sophs aren't going to come out performing like last year's senior dominated team. Come Big XII play, they will be playing a lot better.

ku_law 12 years, 6 months ago

Please excuse the numerous grammatical errors made in that last post. I noticed them post posting.

b_asinbeer 12 years, 6 months ago

Phooey--Have patience. When you have freshmen and sophomores (who are also like freshmen considering they got no playing time with the outstanding senior class from last year) dominating the playing time with no juniors and less then talented seniors, you can't really expect much, now can you? But, I think we'll do fine come big 12 play. If not, it should be an exciting future with this many underclassmen, and an expected good incoming recruiting class. Down year so far? Yes. Better times ahead? No doubt.

sweatpeagj 12 years, 6 months ago

Does it count that I actually married one? I think fruitcake was the nicest name that I could call him. I later divorced him. Seriously, I have never given one or recieved one. Yuck!

sweatpeagj 12 years, 6 months ago

ku-law..does it matter that they may have the same opinion as you?? Seriously, maybe they were typing it at the same time as you were. Get over yourself..

ku_law 12 years, 6 months ago

I'd hope it did not take him 4 minutes to type that. And why say something that was just said? He added nothing new to the discussion.

Go find another fruitcake.

sweatpeagj 12 years, 6 months ago

Itactually could have taken someone that long to type it. This is a computer maybe they had other more pressing needs before posting. A little sensative aren't you? Oh and First adds so much to the question doesn't it? You must have such a high opinion of yourself that anyone could care that you wait up to get to be first and then dog anyone on here for Heaven forbid having your opinion also?? Must be one of the ones that actually goes home lonely everynight. Maybe it is your "winning personality" that makes you a big hit. Just an FYI I married a very intelligent and wealthy man after the fruitcake. He actually respects peoples opinion and doesn't whine when someone agrees with I said earlier get over yourself.

sweatpeagj 12 years, 6 months ago

Maybe it was the fact that he put it much better than you did that you so hated??

ku_law 12 years, 6 months ago

Nope. No way it could take 4 minutes to post that. First does add a lot to the question. I agree. I wasn't waiting up to be first. I was already up and saw a new question and posted. My apologies for being the first to either see and/or respond to the question. I didn't dog anyone. I merely informed one person that what he said is essentially what I said in the previous post. Thus, it was redundant for him to go through all that trouble when he could have simply said he I did earlier in this post.

Why did you find it necessary to point out that the new fruitcake you married is wealthy? You must have mentioned that to make up for something either you or he lacks. Like the saying about people who buy expensive cars, etc...

ku_law 12 years, 6 months ago

"Maybe it was the fact that he put it much better than you did that you so hated??"

That sentence makes no sense whatsoever. Clarify it, then I'll respond appropriately.

sweatpeagj 12 years, 6 months ago

What part confused you..He stated it with more clarity and thought than you did? Is that better or do I need to type it out like I would for a child to understand? You really do have the mentality of a child.." I don't like your answer so I am going to belittle you" simple terms I am going to take my ball and go home."

ku_law 12 years, 6 months ago

After a few minutes of deciphering, I realized that what you were trying to say is "Maybe you hated the fact that he put it/worded it so much better than you." There I put that "much than you did that you so hated..."

ku_law 12 years, 6 months ago

You don't need type it out for a child, but proper understandable english would be nice.

Taking your ball and going home...does that mean you are going to bed? I'm sure fruitcake is waiting for you so you both can swim in his pile of money.

sweatpeagj 12 years, 6 months ago

It's been fun ku-law but I have got to go back to bed. An alarm went off at the guest house and the sheriff's showed up or else I would have missed out on your wit. Have a good night..

ku_law 12 years, 6 months ago

The guest house that your wealthy husband bought?

ku_law 12 years, 6 months ago

Did I say husband? Oops. I meant wealthy fruitcake.

sweatpeagj 12 years, 6 months ago

Jealous that I have someone sharing my bed or just bitter all around. Proper english was used fruitcake so yet again, I will say good night and have fun with your self appointed important person opinion.

sweatpeagj 12 years, 6 months ago

Actually goes with our house so in essence yes. It was bought at the same time we bought the property. What is your point? Nope, the only fruitcake I married was the one I divorced..maybe you would know him since you both see yourself so highly. To bad neither one of you are actually that important in the real world.

ku_law 12 years, 6 months ago

I thought you were going to bed...I must be somewhat important, to you at least, if I am keeping you from going to bed with the wealthy fruitcake. Perhaps that is what happened with your first fruitcake, you kept giving other people all your attention and neglected the fruitcake you had at home. Let me guess...he filed...

sharron5rs 12 years, 6 months ago

Have helped in making them. The way my mom makes them, they are great.

enochville 12 years, 6 months ago

I have never given or received one. I have been served sections of fruitcake before, but I really don't like the taste of them at all.

Jayhawk226 12 years, 6 months ago

Can "the world" set a posting quota on ku_law for submissions before 3am?

The opening post, "the first," is generally enough for me to read.

neopolss 12 years, 6 months ago

What about fruit baskets, or fruity pants? I've had my share of fruit, let me tell you.

About KU - This team only needs to learn one thing in particular - protecting the ball. They are very sloppy with turnovers, errant passes, and excitement gets the best of them. Too often Rush or someone else will try to juke and take the road to the basket, only to be trapped or have the ball stripped. Time management is also an issue. This will be a good team eventually, just not this year. I wasn't counting on this year being great, but a few of these games have rubbed me raw, especially when they could have won. They just needed to protect the ball more.

canyon_wren 12 years, 6 months ago

I ran into a walnut shell in a piece of fruitcake years ago and have steered clear of them ever since! There are lots of good substitutes at Christmas time!

italianprincess 12 years, 6 months ago

No I have never been given a fruitcake. They look so hard to chew and if you threw one you could probably break something.

What do they taste like anyway. If its cake......what flavor cake is it? The fruit is hardend candied kind , right? Or is it like eating dehydrated pineapple, etc.

I'm not sure if I want to experience eating fruit that way.

Manson 12 years, 6 months ago

I have given and recieved Fruitcakes. But I think it's a little diffrent in prison.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 6 months ago

I recieve a fruitcake every year from my Mother-in-law.
OMB may or may not agree, but Texas (specifically Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana) makes the only fruitcake worth eating. It is mostly pecans with a few token pieces of fruit thrown in. I never liked fruitcake until I had theirs. Now my sister, kids, and even the hubby snarf on my fruitcake. I wish I had never said "Well, just try this one, it is different." Now I have to share:(

KU Law, Have a warm and wonderful day! Seems like you need more love in your life so I'm gonna surround you with sweetness. (It worked for the Grinch) Enjoy the pretty snow coming down and I hope everyone smiles at you today. Love, love, love...smooch! (Feel any different? Is it working?)

GreenEyedBlues 12 years, 6 months ago

Yar yar yar! It's fruitcake guys. No need to bust out arguments this early in the morning. KU_Law and SweetPeaGJ should buy each other a fruitcake and make up.

I've never seen a fruitcake in real life. I think I'm all the fruitcake I can handle.

hawkrew 12 years, 6 months ago

Man, there is a lot of hatred going around about people marrying rich and being a "first" poster. Who cares? If someone marries a wealthy person so what? If someone wants to be the first poster everyday (although saying first everytime is pretty lame, no matter who does it) let them.

About the basketball team, it is really disappointing so far. I didn't expect them to be top ten material, but what's disappointing is they have been so close to winning all four losses and can't pull off the win. They have been in every game and they just can't get over that hump. Also, can we just state that "they are young" and have that be the last time it is said? I am really tired of hearing that and it's only seven games into the season. I know they are "young", everyone else does as well. Being "young" shouldn't stop you from making free throws though...

As for the question, no. Actually, I am not sure I have ever tasted one, only heard about how horrible they are from everyone.

badger 12 years, 6 months ago

The Bobs have it.

Fresh fruitcake is pretty good, especially if your grandmother is like mine and thinks those little red and green mystery candied fruit are an abomination before the Lord (her words, not mine!). Hers is full of dates, and nuts, and golden raisins, and big chunks of dried apple soaked in brandy.

I tried her recipe last year, and added some figs I got from the Merc. It gave them an odd occasional crunchiness, but the taste was pretty good. You have to remember to spice the batter well (lots of allspice and freshly ground nutmeg), and not make a heavy glaze.

sweatpeajg and ku_law, I certainly hope you guys slept well and are in a less hostile mood. I know fruitcakes can get people a bit tetchy, but that was really kind of ridiculous on all fronts!

justathought 12 years, 6 months ago

scared of fruitcake..never given or recieved one.

Ku need to work on their free throw skills. I didn't think it was a horrible game...but I cringe when we miss all those free throws.

trinity 12 years, 6 months ago

good GRIEF why is everybody seeming so snarky this beautiful snowy morn?? my gosh. e_m, how's about some pancakes¿

my mominlaw makes home made fruitcakes, soaks 'em in's a really fancy expensive brand, can't remember the name...they're heavy as all get-out but dayum, pretty yummy! only a tiny bit tho.

let's all hold hands&sing kumbaya, k? ;)

Grundoon Luna 12 years, 6 months ago

Post posting, KU_Law? Wasn't that a song by Tommy Bolin? Unless it's fresh, you may as well use it to make your center piece. It will hold up all that greenery quite nicely. If it's fresh it can be wonderful. My sister makes a really good high-test fruitcake - no kids allowed. A couple of pieces of that and you'll be taking the tinsle off the tree and wearing it on your head.

All you '70's rock anthem heads, be sure to download (Don't Let Your Mind) Post Toasties by Tommy - you won't be disappointed!

badger 12 years, 6 months ago


Does that mean we wouldn't have all this Fruitcake Hatin' if we could just accept that muffins and pineapples have the right to be happy however they choose, and fund culinary programs to hand out free paper muffin cups in kitchens across America so they aren't forced by shame to hide their love, and trapped into the production of unwanted and unplanned fruitcakes?

Though, on another note, last week I unpacked a tin of biscuits and a bag of slivered almonds, and today I found tiny biscotti lurking behind the coffeepot.

Perhaps this goes deeper than we think?

sunflower_sue 12 years, 6 months ago

If you take the buns out of the oven before they are done baking...what then? Is it a sin? I did this last week with some pumpkin muffins and I still feel guilty.

Badger, let the biscuits and almonds breed. They're kids are so yummy, especially when dunked in scalding hot coffee!

angelofmine 12 years, 6 months ago

Fruitcakes certainly aren't my favorite thing. I have actually received one, but I handed it off to my dad. That man loves fruitcakes...EVEN THE CANNED ONES!! Eww! He also likes mincemeat pie....which we always make for him at Christmas. He and Grandma are the only ones that will touch it!

Linda Aikins 12 years, 6 months ago

Uh oh. I like fruitcake. I guess I'm even more weird than originally thought!

What silliness in the first posts. Good grief.

I think the bb team will be amazing to watch. They are learning alot in these close games, and will hopefully be prepared for the conference teams. I think I heard they've only lost their games by a total of 17 points. Their time is coming!

Ho Ho HO!

badger 12 years, 6 months ago


You feel guilty about underbaked pumpkin muffins (I think there's a complicated set of rules covering it, dealing with exactly how much too soon you took them out, whether you crossed state or county lines to do so, and the difference between the baking time of the pumpkin muffins and the baking time of the apple crisp, but I'm pretty sure you're legally all right. However, you are probably going to Muffin Heck), and then advise me to encourage forbidden nut-biscuit love in order to provide myself with a ready supply of innocent crunchy offspring to scald and devour?

I like the way you think.

enochville 12 years, 6 months ago

I'll weigh in on the basketball issue. Does anyone know whether they have a sports psychologist working with them? Because I feel that is one thing they need. Last year's team needed one, too.

I agree with others that they need to practice free throws, going up strong under the basket so that they can score while drawing the foul, and other skills as well. I have to give them credit that they played better last night than they have in their earlier games (i.e., they did not run the baseline for a throw-in, have so many turn-overs, Jeff Hawkins wasn't making bad decisions, etc.) But, I think they would be a much better team if they had a psychologist train the whole team (coaches as well) on how to use their mind to bring out their best performance. They could work on concentration, mentally rehearsing plays and shots (research shows it improves performance), maintaining aggressive play no matter what the score is or the quality of the opponent, creating energy and momentum when their is no crowd support, ignoring the waving arms behind the glass, and responding well to pressure. They could also work on developing "flow", a psychological term for that experience of complete and energized focus in an activity, with a high level of enjoyment and fulfillment.

Here is one site among many that describe sports psychology:

Even if Self doesn't want to take any time away from practice for this, he and his coaches should take some lessons. I remember last year during one game, in which Self was so visibly "at the end of his rope," hopelessly substituting players, that he completely drained all ability to perform from the team.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 6 months ago

for the OTS question: what Enochville said. ate pieces but not liked.
I bet I would like that texan fruitcake though w/pecans!

still awaiting KU_LAW's chocolate tort [humor impaired: pun on tort/law term].

Been very busy lately, see last post of yesterday's OTS.

if you're the first one to correctly Identify me while we are downtown this afternoon, I'll buy you a cup of coffee/tea/cocoa.
Mrs. Gnome and I will be downtown most of the afternoon, on and near Mass st.

be careful 'cuz the snow is making it slick, especially on campus.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 6 months ago

Gnome, Wish I had time this afternoon...I'd hunt you down (I'd find you too, so just consider that you owe me a cup of coffee). I went to my Mom's this last weekend and there in her house was A BEARDED GNOME! I just had to laugh! She said she didn't want to put it outside for fear it would get stolen. Ha!

Be careful out there. Hubby just called and said it was getting slick. Well, my printer is done working so I gotta get back to work. :(

ladysilk 12 years, 6 months ago

Fruit cake is good but only if it is made with real fruit and not the glow in the dark red and green things. Oh, and you must soak it in brandy. Maybe fruit cake is not good but after that much brandy you just don't care.

ms_canada 12 years, 6 months ago

I am astonished at the lack of affection for fruitcake that exists in Lawrence. Truly astonished. I thought everyone ate fruitcake at Christmas. I have eaten f. c. every year of my life. It just goes with Christmas. We don't even call it fruit cake. It is Christmas cake. Maybe it is a Canadian thing, you think? And also there is Christmas Pudding. C. dinner would not be the same without C. Pudding. The english call it Plum Pudding although there is not a plum within a country mile of it. I make mine with grated carrots and potatoes, raisins, currants and lots of pecans and suet and grated apples and when I serve it all the lights are put out and I pour warm brandy over it, light it and carry it in to the dining room to the oohs and aws of all present. Tradition, tradition. Served with a warm lemon sauce everyone loves it.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 6 months ago

Ms_C, I'll eat anything soaked in fat, brandy, and on fire!;)

sunflower_sue 12 years, 6 months ago

OMB, I'm steering clear of the spotted dick!

Jayhawk226 12 years, 6 months ago

Chicago Tribune's online edition featured the KU prof beating on the front page.

"¢ Creationism-as-myth prof beaten"

The mockery of Kansas continues to thrive.

badger 12 years, 6 months ago

And as yummy British food is a rare and elusive beast, one must celebrate it.

To anyone who has ever been confronted with a boiled roast beef, Spotted Dick is an oasis in a land of scary culinary landmines.

ms_canada 12 years, 6 months ago

Christmas cake is baked for 2 hours in a square pan that is lined with greased brown paper. Christmas pudding is steamed for 3 hours in a bain d'Marie (if you don't know what that is, ask me) in a pudding basin that is only used for this pudding. Tradition. Ah, Spotted Dick, I think there must have been some English man in the woodpile of my German ancestors. Roast goose on the Christmas dinner table is another tradition of my family and I believe that is English also. My husband being of the Ukrainian persuasion, we always do the Uk. traditional Christmas eve supper of twelve meatless dishes (for the 12 apostles of the Christ) We start the meal with a small dish of boiled wheat to which we add honey, poppy seeds and walnuts. This meal is only begun after the youngest child spots the first star of the evening. As I said, we like out traditions.

ms_canada 12 years, 6 months ago

e_m - you need some educating on British food. Let's begin with the creepy yellow custard, shall we? The Brits are very fond of their pudding and lots of Brit food is covered with a yellow custard. Yummm. They have the funniest names for their food. Toad in the hole, Melton Mowbray, Stargazy Pie are a few. But the interesting thing is that supper is always called tea. Moms will call to the kids, "What do you kids want for your tea tonight?' Also any kind of dessert, whether it be jello, apple pie, or cake is called 'pudding'. Strange!!

ms_canada 12 years, 6 months ago

I may be in danger of getting zapped, so yes, I have received a tinned fruit cake from a relative each year for several years and did not know what to do with it. Not our cup of tea, tinned cake. :o)

neopolss 12 years, 6 months ago

Ban fruitcake.

We haven't banned anything for awhile.

ms_canada 12 years, 6 months ago

TOB - about the boiled wheat and cream of wheat. I grew up on cream of wheat porridge too. But boiled wheat is just whole grain kernels of wheat, hard as bullets and needs to be boiled for hours to soften it and then add the honey, etc. When first married, my mother in law tried to explain how to make it. (she knew no english) and so I put all the ingredients into the pot and boiled it for 6 hours and it remained hard as bullets. Then my sister in law explained that with the honey it would never, never soften. I personally don't care for it too much but everyone else loves it so I eat a spoonful or two just to keep tradition OMB - funny how meals take on different names. I think the Brits still call lunch dinner. They used to have high tea at 4pm. which consisted of tea served with cakes and small cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off the bread. Later in the evening they had supper. Then gradually high tea and supper were removed from the vocabulary and condensed to tea meaning the evening meal. Strange people, the Brits! Please don't take that as offense, anyone out there of British persuasion. None meant. It is a nice strange. I love all things British. :o)

sunflower_sue 12 years, 6 months ago

OMB, You are partially correct. Lunch is interchangeable with dinner except on Sunday's where it is always dinner. Supper is always supper unless you go "out" in the evening for dinner. Soft drinks are always "pop" and never soda. (Coke is something that some people put up their noses.:))

jonas 12 years, 6 months ago

Nope, but I want to be your fruitcake. . . .

I want to be. . . your sledgehammer.

Doo da dodododadoo. . . .

badger 12 years, 6 months ago

That really depends on where omb grew up, doesn't it, sunflower_sue?

I also spent part of my childhood in a place where you walked into Burger King and ordered a Whopper, fries, and coke. When asked what kind of coke, you said, 'Pepsi' and no one looked at you funny at all. Dinner was a noon meal eaten at home, lunch was a noon meal you ate at school or work. Supper was for eating at home, but some people would go 'out to dinner' and then talk about the supper they had while they were out to dinner.

Then I moved to MD, where it was all 'soda' and 'lunch' and 'dinner', where you didn't ride the train or the subway, you 'took the metro', and life was divided into the worlds 'inside the Beltway and outside the Beltway,' not 'Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.'

Regionalisms are pretty funny.

Tony Kisner 12 years, 6 months ago

Enoch I have used a sports Psychiatrist. I have found that the talk therapy was effective but the prescriptions helped me forget my bad performance.

canyon_wren 12 years, 6 months ago

ms-canada--would you actually post your pudding recipe--or, if not, would you send it to me at canyon_wren? My mother made a carrot pudding for Christmas that was similar, but yours sounds so good. Thanks!

sunflower_sue 12 years, 6 months ago

Regionalisms...Slug Bug or Punch Buggy?

(Slug Bug for me)

sunflower_sue 12 years, 6 months ago

Ms_C, I'm also in favor of you posting the recipe:)

har_de_har_har 12 years, 6 months ago

TOB, I never heard of such a thing! But then I'd never heard of "little bunny froo froo" until I moved to KS. I'm a true-blue Southern lad. My mother was born & spent most of her childhood years in Texas so moving to Houston was kinda like coming home.

oldfashiongirl 12 years, 6 months ago

even_money, you're so right about the A&P fruit cake. It came in a 5 pound size and baked in a round shape. Dad would slice it and all us 10 kids would eat it up in a hurry. Since we are being nostalgic, I remember Mama would bake 2 or 3 cakes and several pies and on Christmas morning there would be a slice missing from each of them. Mom explained that Santa must of sampled them.

At school we had to bake a fruitcake and the recipe called for port wine. Being teetotalers, we didn't have any around and my parents wouldn't hear of anyone from the family going to the liquor store to get it, fearing some neighbor might see us. Another neighbor man got it for me and I made my cake. Homemade cakes are better than the store bought'n ones. Later we discovered the Claxton Fruitcake, made in Georgia, which was just full of soft fruits and filled with pecans. Really great-in fact I'm eating on one now and Christmas is 18 days away.

I know you all must be cold--we're getting it tomorrow.

ms_canada 12 years, 6 months ago

Christmas Carrot Pudding Cream together well 1 cup butter 1 cup each white & brn. sugar Sift together 2 cups flour 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg 3/4 tsp. allspice 2 tsp. baking powder Add a bit of flour mixture to butter mix and then a bit of the carrot and potatoe. Repeat this until all are well mixed. Then add 1 1/2 cups raisins 1 1/2 cups currants 1 cup walnuts 1 cup grated apple. Pour into a large greased pudding basin (bowl will do) and place in a large stock pot of warm water and bring to a boil. Turn down heat to a soft rolling boil and steam for 3 hours. This pudding is best made 2 to 3 weeks ahead of serving. Reheat in a water bath for serving. Loosen the pudding from the bowl with a knife and turn out on a largish platter. Warm 1/4 cup brandy and pour over pudding, touch a match to it. Enjoy the soft blue flame. Lemon sauce. Juice of 2 lemons and rind. Add 1 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tsp. cornstarch. Bring to boil while stirring. Spoon sauce over individual servings of pudding. This pudding has a very unique flavour because of the carrots and potatoes. I do hope you will try it and enjoy it.

enochville 12 years, 6 months ago

I grew up in the South - Georgia. I even had the accent, but once I went to college, I decided to get rid of my accent. It was hard at first. I could not hear the difference between can't and cain't, ten and tin, pen and pin, but eventually I got it. I would say purdy instead of pretty, buggy instead of shopping cart, and use y'all and ain't. There were a lot of sayings as well, such as "I fixin' to" for "I am about to...". And I agree with one-more-bob that "the generic term for any brand of soft drink was "coke". The meal you ate at noon was dinner, the evening meal was supper."

oldfashiongirl 12 years, 6 months ago

ms. c: Do post that recipe-I meant to ask that in my last post.

e.m. I nominate you to be mayor of Lawrence or for City Councilman. I bet you'd get things straightened out!!!

canyon_wren 12 years, 6 months ago

ms_canada--thanks so much for taking time to post that. I am definitely going to give it a try this Christmas. I need a new "tradition"--especially for dessert for Christmas dinner. My daughter and I generally make about 4 kinds of candy and 5-6 kinds of cookies to take around to friends, but I have never hit on the right thing for Christmas dinner. This sounds just right!

enochville 12 years, 6 months ago

"And then the good fairy comes down and says, Little Bunny Froo Froo, I don't want to see you, Picking up the field mice and Bopping 'em on the head"

I'll give you three chances.

Repeat one_more_bob's verse and mine a couple of times, reducing the number of chances as you go. Then the fairy turns Froo Froo into a goon. Moral of the story, "Hare today, Goon tomorrow".

canyon_wren 12 years, 6 months ago

ms_canada--how much carrot and potatoes do you put in? I assume they are raw--correct me if that's wrong.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 6 months ago

Ms_C, I must try the pudding but am with canyon wren, how much corot & potato? And what happens to the pudding in 3 weeks? Is it dense or airy?

ms_canada 12 years, 6 months ago

So sorry folks I forgot to say how much carrot and potatoe. It 2 cups of each of the carrots and potatoes. Grate them fairly fine. Another thing I forgot to mention is to tie a cloth over the top of the bowl. That is why a pudding basin is nice to have because it has a lip around the top edge so that the string fits under it and holds the cloth on well. When the pudding is cooked, remove the cloth, cover with cling film (Saran) and store in the fridge. It just mellows nicely in the three weeks. But 3 weeks is not necessary. 2 will do as it is getting rather late this year. These fruity things are always best when aged a bit. It is a rather dense pudding. Or firm is a better word.

canyon_wren 12 years, 6 months ago

Thanks, again, ms_canada! I hope to get mine made this weekend!

Ceallach 12 years, 6 months ago

ms_canada: The Christmas Pudding does sound good!! Of course, in Texas they would probably treat it as a form of fruit cake and would use those two - three weeks to periodically stick it with a meat fork and pour on some rum :) The same formula make the cheapest fruitcake a well received gift!!

I would also like to see that Christmas Cake recipe

e_m for mayor??? I think it sounds like a great idea -- but I wouldn't want the commissioners to push him over the edge -- although I suspect that our e_m is right at home on the razor's edge :):)

oldfashiongirl 12 years, 6 months ago

Ms. C.: Thanks much for the recipe and I have a small question. In your 10:40 am post you mentioned using suet in your pudding, but see no reference to it in your recipe, as there is no fat at all. Could you clarify?

Ceallach, I have no doubt whatever that e.m. could handle any job he sets his mind to. He has a wonderful sense of humor and I enjoy his posts so much. He's my kind of man!!

italianprincess 12 years, 6 months ago

I can't believe the fruitcake question has this many posts...........LOL

sunflower_sue 12 years, 6 months ago

darn it! I just clicked on e_m's last post and it took me to an e-mail address. When I got back to this site, it was removed. (whatever it was I missed it by a split second) Who on earth is removing posts this late in the evening? Don't you know that option is only to be used before noon...and then, only if you are un-American. Yeash!

Ceallach 12 years, 6 months ago

Lawrence schools are closed tomorrow! But as long as the buses can run KU will be open

Only just now had a chance to look over the end of yesterday's posts.

beatrice: Congrats for kicking butts -- oh yeah, and also for quitting cigarettes :)

gnome: I hope you did not spend too much time downtown on this snowy, bitter cold afternoon. I'll have to take you up on that coffee during Christmas break, doesn't look like things are going to slow down on the hill until then. Sorry to hear that Yellow Rose was let down by those who were supposed to assist her. I look forward to meeting with both of you again.

e_m: I did get the images and you are right, they turned out great, all y'all are quite photogenic!!! What a fun evening!!

RE: Fruit Cake. I will withhold my criticism until I have tasted ms_canada's Christmas Cake.

sweatpeagj 12 years, 6 months ago

I just wanted to apologize for the little spat with ku-law this morning. I just became irate over the fact that someone having the same opinion would upset someone so much. There has been a lot of opinions expressed and normaly the ones that are different get the heat but never have I seen anyone get upset when people agreed with them. You are correct, wether my husband is wealthy or not had no bearing on the question but I led the OTS question with a bad joke about my ex husband and ku-law decided he would go further by making statements about my current husband. Normally, I am one of the ones that say to be nice even if they don't like the opinion expressed. Again, I do apologize to everyone for the poor attempt at humor that became a childish disagreement. By the way, the recipes sound delicious. Thank you..I am always looking to try new dishes.

killjoy 12 years, 6 months ago

My, the post removal team has been busy. Fruitcake is certainly controversial; I'm looking forward to the full-blown dessert question. That should generat over 200 posts

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