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#172354 - 12/31/07 10:07 AM Odds and Ends
BranShea Offline
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Sylvester' s pride.

oliebol

This grotesque lump of deepfried dough filled with raisins, currants and orange peel is the once a year national treat for Sylvester night.( life size)They should be home baked, but sure I and many other's have lost the old houswives'skill. Good bakeries can rival with old mom's bolletjes. They are grotesque but good!

As there is no page in English I add the local wiki -page.
wiki-bol

You, who live in different parts of continents, where descendants of all different nationalities must have brought their own specialties, do you have a Sylvester special?

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#172355 - 12/31/07 10:55 AM Re: Odds and Ends [Re: BranShea]
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The English page for the oliebol is linked from the Dutch one. I like the literal meaning: oil ball. Truth in advertising. I also note the Flemish have a different word for them: smoutebollen. In Kölle om Rhing, there's a similar treat: Muuzemändelche.
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#172356 - 12/31/07 11:25 AM Re: Odds and Ends [Re: BranShea]
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Sylvester' s pride and Sylvester night--

New years day? new Year's eve? this term is not one i am familiar with.. (I know St Stephens day (aka boxing day/day after christmas) but not Sylvesters night!)
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#172357 - 12/31/07 11:35 AM Re: Odds and Ends [Re: of troy]
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Silvester is also the German term for New Year's Eve. It's named after the anniversary of the death of Pope Silvester I on 31 December 335 (according to the German Wikipedia entry). A grand tradition, which I plan to fulfill with the help of YouTube this year, is to watch Dinner for One. Now if only I could find some oliebollen to go with the Sekt.
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#172358 - 12/31/07 12:54 PM Re: Odds and Ends [Re: zmjezhd]
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If you tilt your head to the left Ollie has a distinct, tho' as you said grotesque, face.

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#172360 - 12/31/07 01:46 PM Re: Odds and Ends [Re: zmjezhd]
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Today's paper contained a discussion about whether the church put st.Silvester's death on dec. 31 to cannalize paganism or if he really died on that date. It still is a night to chase off bad spirits. Can't miss them with over 12.000.000 euros of fireworks aimed at them.

[It's on (Dinner for One)at 9.45 PM local time here.]
West Deutsche Rundfunk
You tube? I'll give it a try. 'smoutebollen' is such a comical word.The ou pronounced like in pronounce. The lore of the 'bol'
is pretty weird.

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Zed: If you tilt your head to the left Ollie has a distinct, tho' as you said grotesque, face.

Yes, they look you in the eye before they say goodbye.

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#172361 - 12/31/07 06:42 PM Re: Odds and Ends [Re: BranShea]
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Sufferin' succotash!

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#172362 - 01/01/08 03:26 AM Re: Odds and Ends [Re: Faldage]
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Fully agreed.
I prefer the ritual rain- snow- or sundance.

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#172375 - 01/02/08 09:50 AM Re: Odds and Ends [Re: BranShea]
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I never knew there was anything associated with New Year's other than relating to a change in the calendar. Cool. Maybe that's why they served beignets at the Congolese concert we went to over the weekend.

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#172382 - 01/03/08 05:55 AM Re: Odds and Ends [Re: Jackie]
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Funny! After looking up the New Orleans style recipe some last words about this down to earth subject.
The New Orleans recipe equals the also existing Congolese recipe (a Congolese woman friend made them in my kitchen) This recipe can't be a derivation from the Belgian 'smoutebol' migrated to the U.S. through the slave trade, as the European exploration and administration of Congo took place from the 1870s. Slave trade act is from 1807. It may be just a coincidence.

In one of the recipes the N.O. style beignets were referred to as "square donuts", i.e "square balls".
Would it be: A plane figure having four equal sides?
Or this: A square meal.

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