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In which we have no bread

As people have been asking, here’s the cake that K’s very kindly made me for my birthday. I haven’t actually tasted it yet – as I write this it’s sitting in the fridge – but as all of K’s cooking is wonderful and delicious, I’m sure it will be fantastic.

My favourite pudding is tiramisu, so K came up with a tiramisu-flavoured cake, with a chocolate sponge sandwiched together with the marscapone-cream-egg mixture that she makes her tiramisu from, all liberally laced with Tia Maria. I am entirely responsible, though, for the suggestion of adding Cadburys Animal biscuits, thus turning it into a tiramizoo.


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Advent update

In which we fail to open the Advent calendar

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the advent calendar my mother sent us:

So far this year we’ve opened it every day, but I’m not really sure how long that’s going to last.

This is a quick update to say: yep, we’re way behind now. So much so that we can now open at least two doors per day until Christmas and still not run out of chocolate. Well, at least my mother needn’t feel guilty any more about forgetting to buy us one each.

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In which The Mother sends an advent calendar

Despite my age, my mother still makes sure to send me an advent calendar every year. I’m not quite sure why she feels the need. She buys me one, sends it, we remember to open the doors for a few days, then leave it and suddenly remember, around the 20th, that we now have a few weeks worth of chocolate to eat. So far this year we’ve opened it every day, but I’m not really sure how long that’s going to last.

When I was small, of course, I got one every year – but always kept the previous years’. This was in the days before chocolate advent calendars – or, at least, the days before my mother felt it worth buying chocolate advent calendars, which I didn’t start receiving until the 90s. Back when I was a child, every year on the first of December the advent calendar collection would be stuck up on the doors of the house, and every day thereafter I’d run around the house opening each day’s doors. We did, after a few years, start running out of doors.

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In which we have spare chocolate

I’ve just realised something. So far, I’ve eaten one day of my advent calendar. I still have 23 days left to go. It might not be as good as K’s home-made peanut butter cups,* but HURRAH!

* although it is a morally-uplifting fair trade advent calendar, obtained by The Mother from church.

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London Weekend Blogging: Flirting with Chocolate

In which we visit bearing gifts

I’m not very good at talking to people. I’m not very good at picking up on signals. Ironically, though, this means that I’m no worse talking to people on the phone than I am talking to them face-to-face. On the phone you can’t see anyone’s body language; in person, I don’t spot it anyway.

At work, our main warehouse is over in Another Part Of The Forest. Big Dave pops over there every few months, but I never get to visit myself. All I ever get to do is talk to the office staff on the phone. They have no idea what I look like, I have no idea what they look like. On the phone, though, we get along wonderfully. As close as I ever get to flirting.*

So, I decide to visit. On my way to London, I stopped off in Another Part Of The Forest, and took them all some chocolate.

They don’t look anything like my mental image. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. And when I mentioned that I might pop by again the next time I was passing, they seemed to like the idea.

Probably because of the chocolate, of course.

* well, I was accused of it, anyway.

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