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November 8th, 2010
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Tea Party.






















Birthday celebrations for Leilah and me, with crafty girls and bellydance girls and Blair, who fits neither category and every occasion.
I'm so glad the lawnmowing bloke hadn't been able to knock over the daises. Also Irene made hot icecream, which was incredible.

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From:wcg
Date:November 8th, 2010 09:16 am (UTC)
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I recognize Kelly. I'm guessing you took the picture, and are thus not among the lasses on the grass. I think I've seen all those faces at some point but I can't put a name to any but Kelly. Looks like great fun.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:November 8th, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)
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Many of them have featured before, yes. Tell, you what, next tea-party of mine you come to, I'll introduce you ;D
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From:wcg
Date:November 8th, 2010 09:38 am (UTC)
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I look forward to the opportunity!
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From:dianavilliers
Date:November 8th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I know. I'm sorry. I was totally impressed by xiphias and friends' move to reclaim the word though.
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From:fatfred
Date:November 8th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
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Hot ice cream???
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From:dianavilliers
Date:November 8th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
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Home made chili-chocolate iceceram, rather heavy on the chili, which provoked exclamations of "This icecream is hot!"
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From:fatfred
Date:November 8th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Ah! A friend of mine makes chili-chocolate truffles. Fire and Ice!
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From:pixie_nz
Date:November 8th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, I love Irene's dress! And hot ice cream sounds amazing.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:November 8th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Hot icecream is amazing. And Irene's frock has a tulle ruffle 'round the bottom which makes it extra cool.
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:November 8th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
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lovely! Is that onion dip remains I see in the first picture?
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From:dianavilliers
Date:November 8th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
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No, it's ambrosia.
Are you feeling homesick for Kiwiland, perchance?
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:November 9th, 2010 08:05 am (UTC)
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Want onion dip!
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From:dianavilliers
Date:November 9th, 2010 08:14 am (UTC)
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Do you need a care package ;)
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:November 9th, 2010 08:16 am (UTC)
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I'll wait til I get back. Actually there are NZ shops here that sell onion soup if I get desperate. No reduced cream here but there's something called extra thick cream which is similar! And really good thick cut salt and vinegar crisps!
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From:micheinnz
Date:November 13th, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
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You can use sour cream. It's not quite as thick but it tastes almost right.
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:November 13th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
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True, because here in the UK they make proper soured cream, without adding gelatine like they do in NZ!
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From:micheinnz
Date:November 13th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
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Er. I am in New Zealand, and I've never noticed a problem.
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:November 13th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
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If you've never noticed a problem perhaps you've never read the ingredient list. Because I was vegetarian in NZ for 13 years, and trust me, they put gelatine in SO many dairy products there. Makes it difficult to order the only "vegetarian" option in cafes when the menu says it comes with sour cream...

Here's the ingredient list for Tararua sour cream for example: http://www.tararua.net.nz/products/Sour-Cream-Traditional?i=7&p=21
Halal gelatine.

And as for yoghurt, here's some sample ingredients for Yoplait NZ: http://www.yoplait.co.nz/products.aspx?catid=25&proid=158. In Europe they wouldn't even be allowed to call it yoghurt.

Sorry for getting a bit passionate about this but I think it's a bit rubbish that in a country that produces 90% of all dairy traded worldwide, consumer choice and health is basically trampled on by Big Dairy.
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From:micheinnz
Date:November 13th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
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A problem with the taste.

And I'm not interested in yogurt. I don't eat it.
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:November 13th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Sorry, I read your comment as saying you'd never noticed a problem with gelatine in sour cream.

And well, I happen to think it is a problem when something that should only have one ingredient (the container in my fridge says "fresh soured cream pasteurised") in fact has eight.
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From:micheinnz
Date:November 13th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
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And that would be why I encourage people to read labels and not buy products they don't like the look of the ingredients list, yes.

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