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This will be my second as a US citizen. I doubt I had a turkey last year, and I certainly won't have one this year - there's little point in having anything that big when you live on your own. Maybe I had a chicken last time.

This year though, I fancy giving it a bit of side. I think I'll allow my Britishness to influence the meal by making a Sunday roast, probably pork, although I'd prefer lamb. But lamb is so expensive here. And it's not easy to get a decent joint.

So it'll probably be a shoulder of pork, which should take me through the weekend.

Although, I've never made Beef Wellington...

I'll go with something American for dessert, just because.

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Latest reply: Nov 24, 2015

It is what it is

Some of you may have seen this floating around teh interwebs. I reposted it myself, in fact, on Twotter

I'm facing the same problem myself. This weekend we're having a little party at work, a Thanksgiving party where everyone brings something in the way of food. Mostly people are going to bring traditional Thanksgiving dinner fare, naturally - turkey, cornbread stuffing (this is Texas, after all), cranberries, mash, glazed carrots and sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, pecan pie etc.

I thought I'd bring along a few things of a more... British nature smiley - tongueout But here's the problem - there are people who are gluten free; there are people who are vegan; there are people who are vegetarian; there are people who can't digest milk.

Well, I'm going to make some gluten-free cider bread, if I can find the necessary millet flour. But I'm also taking along cider ice cream, and some smiley - porkpiesmiley - porkpiesmiley - porkpie, plus home made chutney.

A smiley - porkpie is a smiley - porkpie is a smiley - porkpie. It's made with meat and I really don't think gluten-free flour will make a good hot water crust. And ice cream is ice cream is ice cream. Hey, it's all organic and I'm using our own product in it. As for the chutney... is there such a thing as vinegar intolerance?

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Latest reply: Nov 17, 2015

What can I do with egg whites?

Besides meringues and besides making tempera. I have three left over from the buttermilk pie F50359?thread=8251735&post=110966858#p110966858 (a bit less actually cos I brushed some of them over the top of the pastry to brown it).

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Latest reply: Nov 11, 2015

Crashy byes

Or not, as is more usually the case smiley - yawn Since sleep, the lack of it, and waking up at stupid o'clock has become such a part of various other conversations in my journal it might as well have its own. The first post covers point number three and that list and is a repeat of a previous post in another conversation - I wake up, toss and turn for 15 or 29 minutes, realise I'm unlikely to get back to sleep, turn on the radio and hear the main (top of the hour) news, hope it's 6am not 5am.

It's 5am.

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Latest reply: Nov 11, 2015

A Proustian moment

The bloke sitting next to me on the bus home yesterday was reading a newspaper, and I suddenly got a huge pang of sadness that I haven't done that for so long, and really, really miss it. But they really ain't what they used to be.

When I was a kid we got the Daily Mirror delivered every day, and I always read it, especially The Perishers smiley - biggrin The Mirror Online is still running classic Perishers strips The Mirror was still a halfway decent paper then, for a tabloid. Tabloids as we know them now hadn't really emerged, and even after The Sun came along The Mirror kept its standards, for a time.

Then, when I was at my first job, I started buying The Times every morning, after becoming familiar with it at a friend's house where his parents took it. Back then you didn't read The Times, you took it. Difficult to describe properly, apart from a slogan - 'Top people take The Times'.

I had a job where there were periods of inactivity throughout the day while I was waiting for a process to complete, so I'd read it on and off, and even by the time I got home I still hadn't read the whole paper. This was in the mid 70s when William Rees-Mogg was editor, and the paper wasn't nearly as right wing as a lot of people thought, although it was very, very establishment.

Then Murdoch bought it and I didn't any more smiley - sadface

I might have turned to the Guardian for a while, I don't remember for certain, but I missed The Times. It wasn't the same.

Then along came The Independent. I used to own a copy of its first edition. I wish I knew what happened to it. Any road up. It was my newspaper right up until the day I left for Texas. My morning routine was to read it while eating breakfast, and then later in the evening, and it had a cryptic crossword that I could do pretty well. I even finished it once or twice. After I'd been here for a few years and Mrs Gosho and I were earning pretty good money, I got an overseas subscription (it arrived sporadically and several days late, sometimes three or four day's-worth in one hit) and repeated that routine.

And that's what I really miss. Holding a broadsheet (I know The Independent isn't one any more) in my hands, getting newsprint on my fingers and reading that Times New Roman font. Reading news on a screen (or anything, really) just isn't the same, and trying to find quality news coverage now is getting harder and harder. I tried a few US newspapers but there are just too many ads, and there's little world news coverage.

I still go to the Independent website every day. It's more sensationalist and lowbrow than I remember the paper being when I had it delivered.

Oh, I made myself sad again.

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Latest reply: Nov 3, 2015

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