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Old 04-05-2015, 11:16 PM   #101
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I often bought fruit cakes in tins to give to customers for Christmas....not the good kind, mind you, but the really cheapo 99 cent jobs back in the late 70's. I always ended up with a few extra that just sat in my trunk, maybe till the next year. After I moved on to another job, I sent the old cakes to my friends. One friend sent it back the next year and we exchanged that same fruit cake for 17 years. The last year he had used the cake to chock the wheel of his boat trailer and severely dented the old, rusty tin, exposing the 17 year old cake....causing the Post Office to decline delivery.
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:47 PM   #102
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This revelation has me reconsidering the Marmite/Vegemite/Promite experiment.
Nah…c'mon Spy…where's yasensovadventcha..?
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A Honey Baked Ham is flavorful and convenient. Great for sharing with family (and friends too!) as in this instance, immediately after the Coot's June 2011 public blessing ceremony. Counter-clockwise from lower left: my then-91-year-old father, myself, my first sister, my second-sister's husband; photo taken by companion Perla.


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Old 04-06-2015, 02:32 AM   #104
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If you take 4 or 5 Claxton fruitcakes, unwrap them, let them dry out for 2-3 weeks, then drill holes in the middle and pass a chain through, you have a good anchor for a mooring.
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OK. So I bought some Marmite (UK version) and tried the "hot method" on some whole grain toast this morning. It tasted like a thickened teriyaki sauce on toast. Not what I was expecting. It wasn't disgusting, or even bad tasting. Just not very breakfasty, per se, however a beer probably would've tasted good with all of the saltiness.

I'll try the cold method tomorrow.
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Definitely lindt white chocolate balls.
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If you take 4 or 5 Claxton fruitcakes, unwrap them, let them dry out for 2-3 weeks, then drill holes in the middle and pass a chain through, you have a good anchor for a mooring.
I grew up with Collin Street Bakery fruit cakes. Considered the best by some (I'm not a fruit cake fan). I doubt if I could get 4 or 5 on my boat without sinking it.
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Old 04-08-2015, 11:34 PM   #108
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OK. So I bought some Marmite (UK version) and tried the "hot method" on some whole grain toast this morning. It tasted like a thickened teriyaki sauce on toast. Not what I was expecting. It wasn't disgusting, or even bad tasting. Just not very breakfasty, per se, however a beer probably would've tasted good with all of the saltiness.

I'll try the cold method tomorrow.
Yes, Spy, the cold way might be best, but remember - very thin - must see the butter through it. Even so it might not impress, as the UK version definitely not as nice as the Sanitarium Downunder version. I tried it in London and was unimpressed, although, as you say, not bad, just not great. Much more runny than our version too, so getting it thin is tricky. Can you get true Vegemite..?
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Old 04-09-2015, 11:40 PM   #109
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What's your drug of choice?

Didn't try the cold method this morning. No bread to make toast. No Vegimite in town. We have a complete vacancy of Aussies. The one I know works month in month out at a mine near Darwin. I'll ask him to smuggle some back for me. But the good news is that my beriberi is now in remission.
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Old 04-10-2015, 01:19 AM   #110
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Crawfish. Mud bugs. 15 years ago, the price would drop to 29˘ a pound live (you buy them by the sack to boil~45#s). Only local demand. Today they are a little shy of $4 per pound last time I looked. HUGE demand. I love em, but Geez are they expensive! About a month ago I sold a reconditioned forklift to a crawfish/ rice farmer close to Lafayette. He has quite an operation he was telling me- and last years sales were $6,000,000. Yup...
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Didn't try the cold method this morning. No bread to make toast. No Vegimite in town. We have a complete vacancy of Aussies. The one I know works month in month out at a mine near Darwin. I'll ask him to smuggle some back for me. But the good news is that my beriberi is now in remission.
Great idea, he could smuggle you some Vegemite, and, down under Marmite - best of both worlds. They are similar, but subtly different. Enjoy…and report back. You might even convince Marin to try them again - if he could pick up some of the genuine article on his travels, that is.

PS. Being an ex-Kiwi, I must profess I prefer the NZ Marmite to the UK version or the Aussie Vegemite, by a narrow margin. Don't dob me in though, eh?
This might interest…
http://carondann.com/2013/05/25/marmiteversusvegemite/
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Old 04-10-2015, 09:57 AM   #112
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Old 04-10-2015, 01:18 PM   #114
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so I think we can make many people happy if :
1. we give them something to dink while watching the sunset (water for wifey b)
2. after eating a meal with friends which was preceded
3. by fishing for said meal.

Somewhere in there there may have been a cool ride to the boat in the morning and chocolate or vegemite snacks during the day. And if you felt you had to bring something, 17 year old fruitcake seems perfectly acceptable.
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I did the "cold method" on some very hearty flax whole grain bread this morning. It was pretty good.
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Lobster diving, followed by eating the critters at any key west water front restaurant. With a Vodka tonic and lime.
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Lobster diving, followed by eating the critters at any key west water front restaurant. With a Vodka tonic and lime.
Do you have BYOL restaurants where they will cook the catch you bring in with you?
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Yes, we go to Key West and dive Sambo reef for lobsters during the day and any place will cook them up and add two sides for 12.00. They make the money on drinks.
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Old 04-11-2015, 02:10 AM   #120
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I did the "cold method" on some very hearty flax whole grain bread this morning. It was pretty good.
YES…good…that's the spirit Spy. Now, maintain the momentum…who knows, you might start something here. You might, single-handedly, enlighten and launch to the whole of North America, the mightiness of the (culinary) Mites.
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