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What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Bill Spohn » Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:09 pm

My wife and I limit ourselves to modest small gifts. She got me, among other things, a new pair of pot holders - we seem to go through them about once a year. I got her an assortment of teas to try and a newish book by Laura Calder, 'The Inviting Life' about the niceties of entertaining (she is a Canadian cookbook author and TV personality).

The one thing that she got for me that I didn't immediately understand was this (my first comment was that I didn't think it would fit, but then she told me what it was for):

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Does anyone know if these things actually will ripen an avocado overnight?

Did anyone else get any culinary items for Christmas?
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Jenise » Tue Dec 25, 2018 5:37 pm

Haven't opened gifts yet so if I have food-related items awaiting me, I don't know them yet.

The avocado sock--no. But it would probably work--it's just a cute version of the paper bag that captures whatever gasses hasten the ripening process. I wouldn't expect overnight though. Best to just buy an avocado or two every couple days and always have one ripening and/or available. I buy 4 or 6 at a time. We eat a lot of avocado here!
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Paul Winalski » Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:56 pm

The ripening gas is ethylene (H2C=CH2). I'd think the paper bag would do a better job--less porous than the sock, hence better at trapping the ethylene.

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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Jeff Grossman » Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:49 am

No culinary gifts this year. Nicest gift is a beautiful wooden cribbage board.
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Bill Spohn » Thu Dec 27, 2018 12:13 pm

One of my favourite gifts from prior years was a hand made chess board. I know the work that sort of thing takes! Unfortunately I lack an opponent these days.

My wife 'found' a couple of small presents she had forgotten about - some duck rillettes and pate she had stashed in our second fridge. Planning on a nice glass of pinot and some duckage and quackers in front of the fire this afternoon!
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Howie Hart » Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:37 pm

Bill Spohn wrote:One of my favourite gifts from prior years was a hand made chess board. I know the work that sort of thing takes! Unfortunately I lack an opponent these days.

I'll challenge you to a game. We can exchange moves via PMs. If you're interested, you get white and move first. ;)
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Bill Spohn » Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:30 pm

Howie, thanks for the opportunity but it's only fun when you get to have a glass when you win - we've tried that where loser goes without and winner drinks a glass. It tends to even out the chess skill after about a bottle!

I used to play duplicate bridge and noticed that if anyone happened to be imbibing, their bids got more and more aggressive (and they usually lost).
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Howie Hart » Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:24 pm

Bill Spohn wrote:Howie, thanks for the opportunity but it's only fun when you get to have a glass when you win - we've tried that where loser goes without and winner drinks a glass. It tends to even out the chess skill after about a bottle!
I have a collection of odd chess sets and one of them has all the pieces as small wine (or whatever) glasses, where every time you capture a piece, you're supposed to drink the piece you captured.
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Bill Spohn » Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:35 pm

That would make an interesting game. Especially if added to a 3D chess set (I used to have a three plane version). A bit mind bending.
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Jenise » Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:03 pm

Still haven't opened presents. :(
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Bill Spohn » Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:12 pm

Jenise wrote:Still haven't opened presents. :(


Why not?

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by Jenise » Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:21 pm

Sick. Today's Day 11. Zero sense of smell. Had to cancel our holiday plans and we've put off opening gifts until we can enjoy a good champagne with them.
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Bill Spohn » Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:03 pm

Sorry to hear that.

I have a hard time restraining my better half from pillaging the presents until she has finished breakfast!
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by Jeff Grossman » Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:21 pm

We pillage the presents before breakfast.
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Tom NJ » Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:26 am

Jenise wrote:Sick. Today's Day 11. Zero sense of smell. Had to cancel our holiday plans and we've put off opening gifts until we can enjoy a good champagne with them.


How awful! Has it passed yet?
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Tom NJ » Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:28 am

Jeff Grossman wrote:We pillage the presents before breakfast.


Same here. I've waited all year for that Chia Head dammit, and no plate of rubbery scrambled eggs is gonna keep me from getting it!
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Tom NJ » Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:30 am

For Christmas this year my wife gave a gift to another man: https://dangerdangerwordpresscom.wordpress.com/2018/12/26/oh-henry/
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Rahsaan » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:50 am

Jenise wrote:Best to just buy an avocado or two every couple days and always have one ripening and/or available. I buy 4 or 6 at a time. We eat a lot of avocado here!


That is our strategy as well. Although I don't buy 4 or 6 at a time! More like 3-4 consumed per week.
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by Rahsaan » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:53 am

Aside from what I bought myself, I got a range of truffle-related products: oil, mustard, honey, salt. Initially I was suspicious but it seems the purchaser went to a reputable outfit: The Truffleist, who uses real truffle slices instead of synthetic crap.

And the smell is certainly very very strong from the unopened package. We fly home tomorrow and I'll probably start using the products with tomorrow night's dinner. But hopefully we don't run into problems with sniffer dogs at the airport!
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Jenise » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:09 pm

Tom NJ wrote:
Jenise wrote:Sick. Today's Day 11. Zero sense of smell. Had to cancel our holiday plans and we've put off opening gifts until we can enjoy a good champagne with them.


How awful! Has it passed yet?


No. Went to the doctor yesterday; they think it's pneumonia. :(
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Jenise » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:12 pm

Rahsaan wrote:That is our strategy as well. Although I don't buy 4 or 6 at a time! More like 3-4 consumed per week.


I frequently eat an avocado half for breakfast. Avocado toast and avocados in salad are also much loved.
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Jeff Grossman » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:19 pm

Tom NJ wrote:
Jeff Grossman wrote:We pillage the presents before breakfast.


Same here. I've waited all year for that Chia Head dammit, and no plate of rubbery scrambled eggs is gonna keep me from getting it!


Speaking of which... we made a huge scramble of a couple eggs and all the whites leftover from my ice cream making. Not really my thing -- His Squashy Majesty likes whites-heavy eggs more than I do -- but I had a hellatious time cleaning that pan afterward. No idea what happened... just a huge gluey mess.
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Barb Downunder » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:13 am

Jeff Grossman wrote:No culinary gifts this year. Nicest gift is a beautiful wooden cribbage board.


Haven’t played cribbage for a while but a beautiful board would really be an added enjoyment. Do you play much? Cribbage that is LOL
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Re: What Did You Get For the Holidays

by Barb Downunder » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:17 am

Jenise I hope you get better really quickly! Take good care of yourself.
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