Tuesday, December 18, 2007

everything's covered in powdered sugar!

No, I don't mean snow, unfortunately. Only a 5% chance of that happening for Christmas. But I've been doing more baking and have gone through more little boxes of powdered sugar than you can shake a stick at.


apricot pecan bread



rugelache at the back, vanilla crescents in the front (recipe for those in this post from last year), and the ones with the jam centres are Spitzbuben

One place we did see lots of snow was at the movies. Well, on the screen at least. I took Boy11 to see His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass on Sunday and we quite enjoyed it. Intriguing concepts, unanswered questions, a giant polar bear and a very, very skinny Nicole Kidman as one of the bad guys. I think we're going to have to read the trilogy to get the whole picture.

Oh yes, and we also scored another couple of bits of Christmas cheer.



It's just not Christmas without fresh cranberries. One bag says 'Product of Canada' on it, the other 'Product of U.S.A.' What's up with that? Are they carrying little passports? Different package designs too. I'm familiar with the top one, but the bottom one is new to me. Anyway, with these safely tucked away in the freezer I'll be able to make tons of cranberry sauce and muffins galore.

And you know those sugary red and white striped peppermint-flavoured treats that appear at Christmas time? You and I call them candy canes, right? Well, here they apparently have a different name.



Party sticks!! Yes, my kids went to town making jokes about these. I have trained them well.

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24 Comments:

At December 18, 2007 2:55 AM, Blogger In Actual Fact said...

"Product of Canada" is surely a sign of higher quality (he said, sickeningly, before wandering off to show his comment to a certain Canadian 'friend'....)

This might show up twice, but that's because Blogger is even more stupid than me.

 
At December 18, 2007 3:08 AM, Blogger Rositta said...

Christina, your cookie tray looks lovely. Would you like some of our snow? We truly have enough right about now. I'm going to try to make your Apricot Bread, thanks for the receipe...ciao

 
At December 18, 2007 3:08 AM, Blogger Tracy said...

The "party stick" thing made me laugh out loud!

 
At December 18, 2007 4:49 AM, Blogger GL'sD said...

I've just returned from a two week trip to Switzerland and southern Germany. I looked high and low for powdered sugar to no avail. Where on God green earth did you find it???

 
At December 18, 2007 5:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those cookies look very artistic!
Did you really make those??? Wow!
And at which store chain did you find them cranberries???
The kicker for sure are the party sticks...did not know they had them over there...LOL
Silvia

 
At December 18, 2007 8:36 AM, Blogger beaverboosh said...

Oh boy Party Sticks! I haven't had those since I was in Thailand! Have a couple of those and see the movie again! Top of the seaon to ya! BB

 
At December 18, 2007 8:45 AM, Blogger christina said...

actual - Higher quality, yes, that's it. You have Canadian friends?? Do tell. :-)

rositta - Oh man, I've heard about all the snow. My brother and his family are buried under it in Ottawa. I'll mail you the recipe for the bread if you want but it's just basically a sweet bread with chopped apricots and pecans in it.

tracy - Me too! I had to buy two boxes. :-)

gl'sd - Ummm, every supermarket has it next to the regular sugar. It's called "Puderzucker". Ours is from Nordzucker and comes in 200g blue boxes but the packaging will vary from place to place.

Silvia - Yes, I really did make them. Got to get that creative energy out somehow. :-) We got the cranberries at Real. I haven't seen them anywhere else. The candy canes are from Plus. They seem to have suddenly popped up in the past few years. We like to hang them on the Christmas tree.

 
At December 18, 2007 8:48 AM, Blogger christina said...

BB - LOL! Happy holidays to you too.

 
At December 18, 2007 9:09 AM, Blogger CaliforniaKat said...

God you're lucky, I haven't seen candy canes or cranberries in Greece once. People still think cranberries are blackberries here, if that gives you any idea about how rare they are.

Btw, I'm familiar with the bottom bag, not the top one, which just goes to show how packaging can differ by region (not just country).

I wish I were at your house eating some of those powdered goodies. Instead, I'm here contemplating if I even want to start baking. The only thing I made so far was egg nog.

 
At December 18, 2007 9:50 AM, Blogger swenglishexpat said...

You are certainly gearing up for Christmas, Christina. All that baking and blogging! How do you find the time? Do you sleep at all? It looks very yummy, all of it!

 
At December 18, 2007 1:27 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

You totally blow me away with your seasonal (and otherwise!) baking every year, Christina! You win all the awards, hands down!

Party sticks? Hmmm. That's a new one for me as well! :)

 
At December 18, 2007 3:12 PM, Blogger Maribeth said...

The yummies look so....YUMMY!
I grew up on Cape Cod in cranberry land. I wonder if they were produced on Cape Cod, and then packaged in Canada. Does Canada have cranberry bogs?

 
At December 18, 2007 7:56 PM, Blogger Mar said...

Oh, your cookies look delicious!! I don't think I have seen any "party sticks" around here...should check that out, just for fun :)
Wishing you happy holidays und einen guten Rutsch!!

 
At December 19, 2007 9:33 AM, Blogger Antipodeesse said...

I love the way you present your baking for the photos. Wanna pop over to my house this afternoon and style my photos? I'm doing Florentines and Butter Maple Tartlets.

Have to get out of my pjs and away from the computer first though....

 
At December 19, 2007 9:18 PM, Blogger Ms Mac said...

I *heart* candy canes. So much that we usually need three boxes of them. Spitzbuben are a new favourite but we have them with little faces on them. Your hearts are so pretty!

 
At December 20, 2007 4:09 PM, Blogger Betsy said...

Party sticks?! :-D

Your cookies look delicious! Please feel free to send them our way if you end up with any leftovers...

 
At December 21, 2007 4:39 PM, Blogger Angie said...

I'm laughing so hard at "party sticks"! You did train those boys well.

I promised you snow pictures, didn't I? Ask, and ye shall receive, finally. :)

 
At December 21, 2007 10:26 PM, Blogger Lynda said...

I want some snow too! It is just too cold and I am finding the whole xmas thing a bit slippery... oh my your baking frenzy looks totally delicious.

 
At December 22, 2007 3:22 PM, Blogger CaliGirl said...

oh my everything looks so yummy. I would love to have the recipe for the bread. mmmmm...bread!

have a merry christmas with your family christina.

 
At December 22, 2007 6:53 PM, Blogger Cathy said...

You are amazing! What wonderful Christmas treats; I am feeling guilty for not having baked more. Off to the kitchen...

Merry Christmas, Christina!
xo
Cathy

 
At December 24, 2007 4:55 PM, Blogger Angie said...

Fröhliche Weihnachten! Or as they say in Canada, Merry Christmas! I hope you got some snow. Ours melted in a day-long heatwave, but now we're back to frigid temperatures and a dusting of snow. Just as it should be on Christmas. :)

 
At December 25, 2007 2:53 AM, Blogger hexe said...

Merry Christmas Mausi! There has been a bit of cooking here but I've been to frazzled to photograph it.

Thank you for the kind note about the possible response to a job in Germany. Will keep you updated as I would enjoy living near such a talented baker :)

 
At December 25, 2007 5:40 AM, Blogger Pippa said...

A very beautiful, peaceful and contented Christmas to you, Christina!

 
At December 31, 2007 5:50 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Oh I forgot to tell you that we had some marizpan loaf bread from Berlin hand delivered via two German friends to my uncle... I loved it (forget the exact name though.)

 

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