Sun Dan Quai Le

My first Christmas not in Canada.  Things might have been depressing if I hadn’t made eggnog and the temperature hadn’t plummeted.  Well, maybe not eggnog; more like eggnog flavoured rum.  It’s especially good in my morning coffee. I bet this is how Parliament wakes up in the morning.

I went sweater hunting (which is predictably difficult) and I found this scarf instead.  Now it has a new home over my bedroom door instead of the bottom of a box in some Chinese store.  This was the first thing to greet people when they came to my Christmas party yesterday night.

I prepared a variety of foods:

-smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers on crackers.  I wasn’t sure how people would like the combination of them so I left them to be put together by the guests.

-a nice fresh salad made from tomatoes, cucumber, snap peas and red onion all topped with a vinaigrette.

-A Danish havarti and some Italian pepperoni

-eggnog with and without rum both of which are now gracing my morning coffee and tea.

The guests, the other foreign teachers and some students that have helped me over the past few months, brought some things as well.

-salted broad beans and dried mango mix.

-Chinese twinkies (as we have dubbed them, they actually aren’t twinkies).

-roasted pistachios.

-knock off Ferrero Roche


-A fully edible Chinese Birthday cake(we sang Happy Birthday Jesus)

It was quite a night and went very well.  We ate, drank, and were merry for a few hours and forgot about the weather outside.  The temperature has dropped to 6 degrees, a 60 KMph wind has blown in, and the sun is shining.

It was a Christmas to remember.  Thanks for the smoked salmon Mum.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone.

3 thoughts on “Sun Dan Quai Le”

  1. Graeme…….nice to see that your party was a great success….we just loved the opportunity to see you and talk to you on the 24th….at our age we still marvel a the technology…people incl us were have great difficulty in getting a phone call to the UK or
    Eastern USA and here we are, us talking to you and seeing you and it not costing us an arm and a leg. You look really good and your spirit looked really good to. We’ll look forward to seeing when we return from the states in Feb. Our Christmas dinner went really well and the turkey was done just right….Sheila’s kids are fun to have at something like that and added a great deal to the party. Alwyn was in great spirits and even slogged in kitchen doing the dishes with your dad. There were 14 of this year but we really did miss you. Particularly the day before when Nanna prepared a lasagna and we had too much left over….It was a great Christmas and we all feel lucky, and we all thought that you looked good and that you seemed to be enjoying your experience in China. When your old and grey you’ll look back and realize what a great opportunity it was for you.
    Lots of love and have a great New Year filled with health, happiness and a generous spirit. Take care Nanna and POPs

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