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    Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:00 pm Groupie
    I've just tried to come up with the 12 days of christmas in a more food direction... this is what I got...

    12 turkey drummers...
    11 cake makers piping
    10 gourds a steaming
    9 Ladies fingers (okra)
    8 made with milk in !
    7 Swans a simmering (Queens kitchen only)
    6 Geese a laying
    5 old tins
    4 cooling birds (waiting to be carved)
    3 french sticks
    2 turtle soups
    and Partridge with pear and brie

    any other ideas ... icon_smile.gif
    Becky in Wisconsin
    Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:05 pm Groupie
    AskCy wrote:
    ok here goes.. do your best to keep up as this might get

    First off, you must realise that I live in the North of England... where Summer is when the rain is a bit warmer..(well not far off lol)... so people going out to work all day wouldn't be waiting until 8pm at night to eat a meal... they would want something hot when they got in....

    Breakfast - first meal of the day, eaten between getting up and lets say 9:30am - toast, cereal, boiled eggs, beans on toast, bacon butty type things.

    Brunch - not always eaten every day and would tend to replace breakfast and the midday meal, eaten around 11am usually done on a Sunday when everyone is off school/work and you have time to go that bit further.. a big cooked meal with "bacon, eggs, sausages, beans, fried bread, tomatoes, blackpudding, toast, mushrooms" and many variations along that line. Usually you wouldn't eat again until the end of the day if you had done this.

    Dinner time - Middle of the day , this is a bit of an odd thing... why ?.. Well because if its at home and a cooked meal we tend to call it "dinner" but if you take something to work you tend to call it "lunch" (as in a packed lunch.. which very locally in our house would be called your "bait")... so this could be a big cooked meal (after a small breakfast remember, not a brunch)... or could be sandwiches, pasta and chicken, fruit,salads etc at work..

    Tea time - the evening meal but it would tend to be around 4:30 to 6pm for most people... as the children finish school starving and mum and dad finish work.... again a cooked meal...sometimes sandwiches and soup.. sometimes a salad etc...

    Supper time - sometimes but not always you might get a big hungry later on... so around 8-10pm you might have a light sandwich, a packet of crisps, a slice of toast... etc..(not really a meal just sometimes you are starving..)

    Takeaway time - if you happen to be of an age where you go out drinking the night away.... any time from 10pm till the very early hours might find you in the takeaway ordering anything from fried chicken to curries or kebabs....

    Meals tend to vary, a big breakfast means you wouldn't be hungry in the middle of the day so might have a much lighter meal etc.. etc..etc...

    oh and not everyone in the UK follows these same times and meal names.. some call the evening meal "dinner" and other have it later in the evening...

    hope this helps.. icon_lol.gif

    First let me say Thank You for taking the time to explain that. I LOVE learning other "cultures". And what better way than with food. I guess here in the states, our meals are similiar. Except, my day starts waaayyyyy before 9:30 AM. I am up by 4:30 - 5:00 AM. My work day starts at 7:00 AM, and usually never ends until I fall into bed at night. LOL Today for example, I worked 8 hours, then came home and made 3 pans of bars for my work Christmas party on Saturday. I did 2 loads of laundry, I'm cooking supper - which is baked potatoes, veggies, and baked pork chops. I have cookie dough made to make into actual cookies tomorrow. And it is just 6:00 pm. Lots packed into the day. This isn't typical for me, sometimes more, sometimes less. All depends on what is going on. My work days vary in time, also. I sometimes can get out after 6 hours of work, then there are the 10 - 12 hour days. Occasionally a 14 hour day. I always joke - perks of ownership. LOL
    Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:49 pm
    Forum Host
    Steve thanks so much for the meal time exclamation and you 12 days of Christmas foods is too cute!!
    Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:25 am Groupie
    sounds like some of you are very busy bees !!

    todays breakfast...

    Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:24 pm Groupie
    tonights tea... lamb kebab and spicy couscous...

    Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:07 pm
    Forum Host
    Steve your photos have always been good and tasty both but these two are over the top wonderful in color and contrast.

    You Rock My Friend!!!
    Sat Dec 15, 2012 3:54 am Groupie
    I thank you !... I'd love to take all the credit but I think a lot is down to the camera... I'm getting better at setting things up in the physical world (ie plating up, making dishes that look better, getting the right angles, putting lighting in) but the camera is very good at sorting out its own settings.. well it is when I put it to the setting I want to use (Pro Focus Mode I think its called on mine..)

    Sat Dec 15, 2012 4:03 am Groupie
    I might just add, our daughter got her wedding photos back from the Proffesional Photographer and there are one or two good ones, but nothing stands out as any better than the ones we took... so maybe as cameras become more affordable we are taking better photos...?

    Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:39 am Groupie
    todays breakfast... taken indoors with almost sunshine coming in, then added the studio lights...(I think the extra lighting gives it more glow and makes the darker bits darker ?)

    Using a Warburtons sandwich pitta as a base (they are round, meant to half them but don't), spread on a good layer of well cooked baked beans (so they have thickened up), then add sliced mushrooms, grated cheese and top up with streaky bacon (or pancetta) and break up a good sausage (in this case one of Asda's special range, an Italian sausage with garlic and fennel, they are great by themselves)... then wack in the oven and cook till golden... icon_smile.gif One very tasty Breakfast Pizza !

    and a big fat sausage filled close up...

    its odd they way things get triggered.. I was watching a Jamie Oliver show where he was making a quick meal using sausage meat rather than mince meat (cooked quicker, already packed with flavour etc)... that made me want to use broken up sausage on something and thought about doing it on a pizza... Bought some sausage to do it with, but I was going to make a main meal out of it, and make the pizza base etc.. but this morning breakfast called and things happened... lol

    Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:16 am Groupie
    playing about with above photo... masking off all the beans and upping the colour saturation, doing the same with bits of sausage, bacon... leaves... and even going back and highlighting just bits of the sausage and darkening bits to give it a more cooked edge... !...

    I wonder how much of this goes on with photos used to sell recipe books etc.. ?

    Sat Dec 15, 2012 3:07 pm
    Forum Host
    Yes Steve the improvement of cameras and editing soft wear have made us all look better than ever icon_wink.gif

    How very disappointing to pay someone and then have photos you took turn out as good or better than the photos you had to pay for.

    Like the first two photos of your breakfast pizza but think you edited a little too much on the third one.

    While I know you are right some photos are stolen and used in books would like to believe that most people are more honest than to do that. Yes I know silly me icon_lol.gif
    Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:41 am Groupie
    an edit too far ?.. icon_lol.gif ok maybe a little... lol

    this mornings breakfast...

    omelette with sausage, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese

    Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:55 pm
    Forum Host
    Steve that omelette looks toooooo good! Kind of like a pizza on an egg crust yummy.gif
    Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:37 pm Groupie
    oh don't say that, you'll have THE FANG taking it... icon_lol.gif
    Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:30 pm Groupie
    with being busy and such we went for a takeaway kebab for tea... it reminded us why we don't go to takeaways !... we wished we had gone to the Chinese instead... (that wouldn't have been half as bad)... but it then left us wanting something.. a little spot that needed filling... a tastebud or two requiring a little Chinese massage....

    So I wondered what I could do that wasn't too filling, but had plenty of flavour...

    then a little light bulb lit up... soup.. a Chinese Noodle type soup..

    so armed with some veg, some chicken stock cubes, some chinese five spice and a little sesame oil....

    ps the shot above is in the house lighting (big light was on icon_lol.gif ) and my extra studio lights.... the one below is without the studio lights, think it shows how much lighting can change a photo...

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