Christmas = Foodmess

Well we both didn’t gain any of the lost pounds back over Christmas. I was very careful. On the 24th we had as usual fondue. On the 25th I was at his parents home and we had goose and on the 26th my parents took us out to a fancy restaurant in France – as they have done for the past few years.

The name is Le Cygne in Gundershoffen. We had a very very good menu including several Hors d’oeuvre, 7 courses and then some …. great wine and a very happy family including my vegetarian sister. She has to ask each time that the meat courses be substituted with some type of fish for her and sometimes everything runs smooth (as this year) and she even gets a substituted fish “Amuse Bouche” …. the menu was mostly fish anyhow – just two meat courses.

My parents who eat a lot at fancy restaurants during their vacations in France said it was the best they had all year. Since I have been to a lot of fancy restaurants as well I can say at least that it was superb and close to perfect.
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Presenting the presents

This year I got mostly kitchen stuff. I had tons of cook books on my wishlist and I got the one I wanted the most: “Das grosse Buch der Desserts” (Teubner Edition). It’s a book full of the most delicious desserts you can think of. My mother has a copy but that on is hers and not mine. Now it’s mine, all mine! My precious 🙂

Some of my absolutely favorite recipes are in that book (Orangeneissoufflé, Gouglof au Vin, Mohr im Hemd) and then some more. My mother got lucky with that one on ebay.

I got two more of the Teubner books and then some more 🙂 And I found out that there is a pictured hardcover version of the Bocuse cookbook. Now I know what I want for my birthday.

Yesterday I made a Vanilla-Almond-Christmas Soufflé from the dessert book. Of course the flavor was created by me but the base recipe is from the book. And we had french onion soup in the new soup bowls ….

From my sister we got a bunch of things needed to make sushi and a promise she would come and help us make our first sushi.

My dad gave us a six-pack each. I guess this special six-pack is going to last for half a year. I haven’t taken a look at it but the wine is most certainly very good 😉

Old dusty bottle

My father dug out a rather old bottle of wine this year. It was good. 1973. I have had wine from 1978 before: that is younger than me. But that 1973 was older by four years. It was from Burgundy from the Côte de Nuits (as far as I remember). Yummy. But think of that: four years before I was born the wine was made.

Setting up dns

I am just now setting up my local dns, just because …. currently I have to access my local server by IP-address which is not quite optimized. I found a (so far) very good dns howto and a list of dns tools.

Debian packages: dnsutils, bind9, bind9-host, nslint (very helpful -> checks syntax of dns files)

Debian helpfuls:

apt-cache search searchword
apt-cache show packagename
dpkg -S filename

One problem with the howto mentionned above: all files have different names on a debian system. So far I added a search and an additional nameserver to my resolv.conf and added a zone file for my domain and a zone in named.conf. On debian all dns config files reside in /etc/bind/ by the way!
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Night Sight

This christmas while driving I found out what it is that has been bugging me at night since a few years now. At night all lights – especially car head-/tail-lights – have huge flares around them. Yes exactly like the lensflare effects. It sure looks nice on a photo. It is not good while driving.

I talked to my mother and she has the same problem. She also has to sneaze when she looks at the sun. So do I. Funny, isn’t it? I don’t even need to go to the doctor. There’s nothing to be done about it except driving really carefully at night.

Happy Holidays

We’re about to leave for the family. Each for their parents today, tomorrow his parents, the 26th my parents.

I wish everyone save and happy holidays.

I’ll be back late on the 26th to write about the tons of food we ate, what the family says and all the presents we got. Note how the first in the list is food 😉

All packed up

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I just packed up all the presents for my family and now that I am done with it I still don’t feel the ‘christmas mood’. There is so much to do and I am going out tonight which is highly unusual for me on the 23rd and I still have to clean up half the flat and …maybe it’s because it is the first christmas in this apartment?

The last four years I prepared in the old apartment where I lived with Uli and Agi. The years before that I still lived with my parents.

Only this is the first year we have our own apartment.

But there really is a lot to do still.

I have to send out some christmas greetings to people I won’t be seeing …. I just cannot settle down into quiet holiday mood right now.