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Crumbs...

I like to eat Dutch Rye bread with Cumin cheese for breakfast.

Paired with freshly pressed orange juice and Prince Wladimir tea I am off to a great start of the day.

Good morning everyone, have a good one. 🙂

 

 

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Kipper kipper...

One of the things I know I will miss most in the UK is their breakfasts…
There is one thing in particular that makes a British Breakfast into a Brilliant British Breakfast:

Kippers

My godfather in Norfolk has introduced me to this brilliant traditional morning feast from the Norfolk shores. Sliced, pickled and smoked whole herrings just have the perfect combination of salty, savoury and greasiness that is perfect for a day in the countryside.

Just have yourself some hand-smoked kippers sizzling from the AGA with a slice of rye toast and butter… and you know this will be a brilliant day.

Alternatively there are Bloaters (smoked whole – the Emperor Charles V erected a statue to the inventor of bloaters from Yarmouth) and Bucklings (without the heads)…

Blub blub bloaters...

Pity though that you will need a robust AGA for preparation, as the smell somehow seems homely and nice when emerging from an enamel pile. If attempted to cook them in a modern kitchen the smell is impossible to subdue. Not even the strongest overdrive driven fume cabinet can prevent the scent from moving into the kitchen drapes…

I will have to see if something similar can be sourced across the pond…
In worst case I will have to make do with soft shell crab…

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Swing and Swirl...

Last weekend I went to the Royal Caledonian Ball.

It truly was a lovely night. It is normal for Reeling Balls that you get invited into someones party. A party usually consists of between 10 and 16 people who have dinner together separately. And it is the custom that you dance at least once with all the men in your party.
So it is an excellent way to quickly meet a lot of people.

Reeling is a really excellent activity at a ball. For those who do not know it, it slightly resembles Square dancing or quadrille, where you dance in a couple as part of a larger group.
The figures are different per Reel, but once you get the general swing of it you usually survive.

There are several rules for ladies dresses when it comes to these (sometimes rowdy) Scottish dances:

– wear flat shoes, heels will make you fall over or break an ankle.
– do not wear a dress with a train… it will be ripped off by someone stepping on it while you twirl.
– do not wear a strap-less dress unless you have taped or stuck it to your skin with glue.
– do not wear a tight or fishtail skirt as you will almost certainly fall or be pulled over.
– do not have a high hairdo, as it might be ripped off in a twirl later in the evening…
– oh and do not fall for the free bottle of Scotch on the table, you will regret it after a few reels…

In return for all this trouble there are two added bonuses:
Firstly most of the men are excellently dressed in the most colourful uniforms and kilts, so there is plenty to look at…
Secondly there is the added bonus of kilts whipping up in the many quick turns in the reels… 🙂

So it is an excellent way to quickly meet a lot of people. Added bonus is the large amount of men in Uniform and the way that kilts elegantly whip up in the many spinning parts of reeling… Hmmm life could be worse. 🙂

Yum Kedgeree!

I agree reeling is a most athletic way to spend a ball. But still you will see all generations at it. (there is even a facility for children and nannies at this ball.)
It is truly the greatest fun to spend the night running and twirling around each other. The dancing just keeps everyone involved and included.

But the best thing for sure is the full cooked breakfast that arrives at midnight…
scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon and Kedgeree keeps the revellers going till the early hours…

In the end I made it home at 7.30 AM…

Luckily it was a Bank holiday weekend.

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