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

-Pop

-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.

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