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Day 577 - This 'n' That, and a Blatant Plug--!

Friday, December 04, 2015

First, I wanted to share a couple of photos of The Christmas Cake:

Today was feeding day, as you can probably see. By the time Christmas is here, the cake will undoubtedly be 80 proof.

Second, while the other day I made the traditional Christmas pudding,* today I tried something new. I made an authentic (or so the BBC Food section assures me) figgy pudding. Yes, the kind featured in "We wish you a merry Christmas... Oh, bring us some FIGGY PUDDING..."

*Traditional British Christmas pudding is actually "plum pudding." Back in medieval times - and possibly into the 18th / 19th centuries - "plum" was the word used for most dried fruits. Plum puddings always had dried currants, raisins, and any other fruit they had to hand. Even today they tend to be loaded with an assortment of dried fruit.

I have two pudding steamers, a fairly small one (plenty big enough to make puddings for Himself) and a rather large one that probably makes a pudding big enough to serve 6-8. I'll be using that one tomorrow to steam the figgy pudding:

We're having a special Christmas dinner a little early with family who can't be here on Christmas day, so we'll aim to have the figgy pudding when there's a bunch of us - though Hiimself tells me leftovers are always welcome!

Last but not least - a couple of years ago we went to a place in Tennessee called "The Museum of Appalachia." It's not too far from Knoxville. We love it! There are something like three or four dozen buildings, most of which have been rescued from their original sites and brought to the Museum where they've been restored and furnished in a mostly 19th-century style.

The collection they've built over the years is incredible, with everything from woven coverlets to old instruments to furniture and even a horse-drawn hearse. They have more than rustic cabins and houses - they also have a large mill, various farm buildings, a chapel, a one-room school, and a small portable jail.

Had it not been for the founder many of these structures would have been lost. They had fallen into disuse and were literally rotting away. The Museum gives you a good idea of how people lived in remote areas of the mountains. I always get a much better sense of history from places where I can see such things rather than from reading dry facts.

I digress.

I signed up for their newsletters and today's email featured information about their Christmas events. Next week, on Saturday, the 12th of December, they are having a special festival, A Candlelight Christmas. The Museum will be open from 5 pm until 8 pm, with many of the buildings open and featuring Christmas trees with handmade ornaments, displays of children's toys, a carol sing, and an opportunity to make your own hand-crafted ornament.

The Museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian and is non-profit. If you're anywhere near Knoxville, maybe you'd like to stop in. I'll bet it will be beautiful with candles and lanterns. If I was anywhere in that area, I'd go!


Okay, that's me done. G'night, Sparklers, wherever you are--!
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    I like dried fruit as long as it's not in fruitcake! Can't wait to "hear" the feedback from your fam on the British desserts. Since this town is an historic British town, maybe on one of your trips you guys can make the trek down here!
    Thanks for the info on the museum! Good to know it's worth the drive!
    1752 days ago
    I LOOOOOVE leftovers.....lol...
    Enjoy your family christmas...
    1757 days ago
    Oh yum! ("Feed me, feed me!")

    Blatant plug or no, candlelight and Christmas just go together, don't they? I'm making note of this little restored gem of Appalachia, and although it won't be this Christmas, I will definitely make a visit next time I am in their neck of the woods!

    Merry, Merry to you and Himself!
    1757 days ago
    I love the look of your Christmas cake...so wish I was close to taste your figgy pudding...my favourite Christmas dessert...I am in southwest Ontario but can smell your baking from here!!! WITHOUT ALL THE EXTRA CALORIES!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Hope you enjoy it with those special guests who share it with you!
    1758 days ago
    Ooh! I am not near Knoxville, but you reminded me of a couple of closer to home spots: The Homestead National Monument, near Beatrice (pronounced Be AT tris, not like the British princess's name) Nebraska. One year we visited when they had the Christmas decorations of the various European immigrant populations up.

    Another spot your post reminded me about: near Minden, Nebraska, Pioneer Village, where founder Harold Warp preserved buildings, cars, farm machinery, etc. from our local area history... a very similar concept.

    How wonderful that some folks invest themselves in preservation of history in more than books. Reading is wonderful, but so is seeing, walking around in... "being there"!

    Thanks for sharing this! emoticon
    1758 days ago
    Sounds to me like you are here in the states ????????
    1758 days ago
    LOL, nice to see a post from Himself, too. The pudding sounds interesting Hope it turns our amazing and that Himself has no leftovers to eat---like he says, he doesn't need the calories---heehee. That sounds like a neat place---I haven't been to that area yet but hope to one day---will definitely put that on my list of places to see.
    1759 days ago
    The Christmas cake looks yummy...and the figgy pudding seems interesting. Let us know how it turns out. The Christmas in Appalachia sounds wonderful...wish I lived close enough. emoticon
    1759 days ago
    emoticon Wonderful Blog!! It makes me want to try Foggy Pudding, even though I'm not a big fan of dried fruit!! And the Christmas Cake?!?! I'm gonna look for a Recipe! Is Rum an option?!?
    emoticon If I was near Knoxville, I'd be at the Christmas In Appalachia! ! A chance to see, touch, and Taste History? Sign Me Up!!

    1759 days ago
    Bun - Bun - Give me Bun . . .

    Probably not the right thing to do - a gazillion calories I shouldn't consume!

    It Holiday time ... give me BUN.

    Actually while we were visiting Springfield IL (Lincoln and all that) we went to New Salem a few miles away for one of their candle light night visits sessions. (Pure lucky chance as we had never heard of it before we got there) It was wonderful, magical. I will look out some pix and give the Museum a bit of a boost! We would go if we were in driving distance. Give it a go.
    1759 days ago
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