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Family Party [Sep. 8th, 2008|10:26 am]
Tony Grist
I was at a family party last night- a party of three generations. The middle generation- who were all funny little kids when I married into the family- are grown up now. Nick has a husband and stepson, Jenny is in marketing and Matt is shortly off to Brunel with a doctorate under his belt.

You know the Large Hadron Collider at Geneva-  they're about to switch it on and have it replay the Big Bang? Well, Matt is going out to Cern when he's done his initial stint at Brunel. He's going to be a part of all that.

Provided, of course, that the Collider doesn't generate lots on mini black holes (as some fear it will)  which then proceed to eat the world from the inside- like weevils.

We only glimpsed him last night- blurring past the living room door on a brief visit to the kitchen. Sunday is the night he captains an international World of Warcraft team- than which nothing is more important.

It's a great little family. It accomodates eccentricity. I find I fit in.

The food's good too. Keith and Ruth are serious about food.  And Nick had brought along a fabulous orange cheescake with a ginger biscuit base.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2008-09-08 03:50 pm (UTC)
I think almost everyone feels trapped and restless at a formal party.

One of the things I have sworn is that I will never wear pantyhose again. I think along with that, I will swear off formal parties. (Though I seldom have to attend that kind of thing anyway.)

ETA: That cheesecake sounds wonderful, and makes me want to make one!

Edited at 2008-09-08 03:51 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-08 04:45 pm (UTC)
I don't know why people have formal parties. Does anyone enjoy them?

She got the cheesecake off a page on a BBC website listing simple recipes suitable for Mother's Day
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2008-09-08 05:01 pm (UTC)
I think a very few people enjoy them; most people throw them and attend them out of some sort of obligation.

Speaking of which, I am watching "Lost in Austen"--it's about a girl who goes through a door in her shower and ends up in Jane Austen's world (she and Elizabeth Bennet trade places). I can't say I recommend it, but I was amused to see Hugh Bonneville as Mr. Bennet.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-09 10:21 am (UTC)
I believe I've had enough of Austen for the time being. I'm an admirer, but her world is terribly claustrophobic. Besides, how many versions of P&P does the world need?

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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2008-09-09 02:31 pm (UTC)
I don't disagree--but since I have successfully avoided most Austen except for the Ang Lee movie several years ago, I'm enjoying it.

Yes, it's overdone. Just the fact that this would show up as a TV show says that.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-09-10 12:50 pm (UTC)

Cheesecake recipe

And here it is - the famous cheesecake recipe! :-)

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/3430/nobake-orange-cheesecake

I substitute the digestives for ginger biscuits, everyone seems to agree it works. I also use full-fat Philadephia cheese (naughty but nice, no point doing these things by halves is there!?)

Oh and it's super-easy - the hardest thing is zesting the oranges!

Enjoy!

Nicola
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-10 01:05 pm (UTC)

Re: Cheesecake recipe

Thanks, Nicola.

That was just about the best cheesecake ever!
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