Midsummer Festivities

Not exactly being particularly Christmas people and not doing the family visit to Perth this year, caseopaya and I instead caught up with Brendan E., and Kerrie H., on the allocated day. Being the person with some vague semblance and interest in cooking my role for the afternoon was pretty well set, with Brendan providing increasingly strong gin and tonics. The fare was relatively simple; salmon steaks with sour cream and dill, with rösti, plus a tiramisu with added cherries. The afternoon was spent chatting although we were convinced to watch Megladon, which could have been a good comedy if they deliberately tried to make it worse. Returning home we watched The Beyond, which was a low-budget, faux-documentary, which was fairly sound thematically.

It was actually the third tiramisu I had made in as many days, including one for the regular Eclipse Phase gaming group on December 23, one for an unofficial work function on December 24 (a few hours of chatting and watching the National Lampoon Christmas Vacation), and of course the Christmas variant. They are devastatingly simple to make (my original recipe comes from frou_frou), and well-received. Apropos, I have also heard mentioned that northern hemisphere students visiting Australia that they find the "traditional Australian Christmas feast" (i.e., the heavy, hot, and imported from the UK style) to be amusing and perplexing the first time they encounter it, and increasingly unpleasant after that. Fortunately, I think there has been a cultural shift over the past twenty years or so that has seen the North European Christmas feast fall out of favour.

Yesterday was a trip to the Astor Theatre with ser_pounce and hathhalla to watch Die Hard which is a Christmas movie of choice among those who don't want it to be Christmas thematically, but are happy for it to be the setting. A very good combination of action with comic relief, plus an opportunity to practice one's German. Speaking of which, another Golden Owl approaches, only two more branches to go for the Esperanto from Spanish tree. I should have it finished tonight.

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