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fun friday: snow
Parts of the United States got a little snow last week. And by a little, I mean less than 3 inches. What would you do with a little snow?

In the South, I hear sledding went on. Here in NY, we got a pretty snow that didn't stick at all.
It snowed in Belfast for an hour or two Tuesday afternoon and everybody lost their minds. Public buses stopped running and people lost the ability to operate their cars like rational human beings. I got the train home and all was fine.
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Every year this is what happens in the UK, its not like it didn't snow last year or every year before that 
Don't worry, give it a few months and it will be summer (well) and we will run out of water
Rains just about every other day, but we will not any any spare!
In controlled areas/situations it can be kind of fun to drive in the snow. Of course this all depends on the area, rules of the road, the vehicle you are driving, the amount of snow, the temperature and more.
I say this knowing full well that, people need to pay more attention to driving when they driving.
when we get a whole 3" we go sledging and snow ball fighting, then light a fire and bake watch rubbish telly.
I LOVE SNOW DAYS
My cat, on the other hand, DOES NOT LOVE SNOW DAYS. The last time I tried to 'encourage' her to go out in the snow she hissed at me, and she rarely hisses at anything.
 

Tim Cooke wrote:My cat, on the other hand, DOES NOT LOVE SNOW DAYS. The last time I tried to 'encourage' her to go out in the snow she hissed at me, and she rarely hisses at anything.



you live in Scotland don't you? so i guess you get more than 1 snow day a year
 

Wendy Gibbons wrote:you live in Scotland don't you?


Close, Northern Ireland.
 

Tim Cooke wrote:

Wendy Gibbons wrote:you live in Scotland don't you?


Close, Northern Ireland.



ahh no idea of the snow situation in northern Ireland, about the same as the res of the UK I would guess, looking at a map.
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Snow situation here is rare and sparse. But it does vary quite a lot between regions. For example, I live in Bangor and work in Belfast and neither get that much snow, but in the country and up in the hills especially in the North would get quite a lot.
No, Tim isn't in Scotland.
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On a clear day I can see Scotland from Bangor Marina. Does that count?
depends have you ever eaten an empire biscuit?
https://bakingwithgranny.co.uk/recipe/empire-biscuits/
Only once in my life have I seen snow actually stick to the ground here in Florida. That was about 1990, and the entire northern and central parts of the state shut down completely including the Interstate highways. On the rare occasions when snow has fallen before and since, everything would melt when it hit the road. Kids would go crazy trying to collect enough snow to play with. Someone built a snowman on the rear deck of my car one year and I think it was all of 3 inches high.

However, the year of the Big Blizzard, the streets turned white. You might think it's amusing to watch videos of cars colliding in Atlanta when it snows up there, but NOBODY knows how to drive on snow down here. Yesterday's high temperature was 75 (about 23°C) and a cold front coming through has dropped that to 63F/17C today. No one has snow-driving equipment, no one knows how to dodge falling ice, and the bridges are mostly too steep for snow. So even the convenience stores shut down.

The howler that slammed much of the US East Coast went just a little north of here, so there were flurries in Tallahassee and probably within 50 miles or so of here, but that's it. This is the first "normal" winter I've seen in several years.

Unfortunately that means no pineapples come this August. It didn't get cold enough to damage citrus, but the pineapple plants are all frost-bleached. At least they were "free". We just toss the tops of the grocery-store pineapples at the ground and they take root.
I have cooked Empire biscuits, a long time ago.
 

Campbell Ritchie wrote:I have cooked Empire biscuits, a long time ago.



I read, sipping a cuppa with a Jaffa Cake (Blame Simon R. Greene).

I have made my own Jaffa Cakes, and even have the ingredients in the pantry at the moment. The local grocery store had stopped carrying them. But they started up again.

I had not heard of an Empire Biscuit, but after reading Wendy's link I know I have had them but know them as German Biscuits. Don't ask me why they're called that, I don't know.
 

Tim Cooke wrote:I had not heard of an Empire Biscuit, but after reading Wendy's link I know I have had them but know them as German Biscuits. Don't ask me why they're called that, I don't know.



I thought they looked familiar. Linzer biscuits are all over the Christmas Cookie websites each year. In fact, I think I made some myself year before last. More commonly, instead of sticking a cherry on top (which I've no problem with!), they have a hole cut in the middle of the top layer.

Speaking of which, I recently learned the history of the doughnut. Originally, this fried bread had a walnut stuck on top and it was thus literally dough+nut. Then some bastard not only stole the nut, they punched a hole where the nut had been, but the name lived on.
 

Tim Holloway wrote:

Tim Cooke wrote:I had not heard of an Empire Biscuit, but after reading Wendy's link I know I have had them but know them as German Biscuits. Don't ask me why they're called that, I don't know.



I thought they looked familiar. Linzer biscuits are all over the Christmas Cookie websites each year. In fact, I think I made some myself year before last. More commonly, instead of sticking a cherry on top (which I've no problem with!), they have a hole cut in the middle of the top layer.

Speaking of which, I recently learned the history of the doughnut. Originally, this fried bread had a walnut stuck on top and it was thus literally dough+nut. Then some bastard not only stole the nut, they punched a hole where the nut had been, but the name lived on.



you have the 1st world war to blame for the confusion, loads of things got renamed during the war, german shepards to alsations for another example.
and the hapsburgs to the windsors.
So why can you buy Battenburg cake and not Mountbatten cake?
Growing up in Northern Canada (British Columbia, near the Yukon border) anything amount less than 30cm was considered a light snowfall. Now I live in Toronto, and anything over 3 cm is considered a snow storm.  Wow!
I'm told we've a Yellow Warning for snow and ice tonight in Northern Ireland. We'll see what that actually looks like tomorrow.
It sounds more than three snowflakes and a gritting lorry. But that is usually all it takes to bring a British city to a complete standstill. I can remember 1962/63.
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:It sounds more than three snowflakes and a gritting lorry. But that is usually all it takes to bring a British city to a complete standstill. I can remember 1962/63.


my mum says they bought a fridge that year to keep the milk warm
 

Campbell Ritchie wrote:So why can you buy Battenburg cake and not Mountbatten cake?


heaven knows, maybe as the cake is a special celebration cake none were made so it didn't matter
 

Wendy Gibbons wrote:. . . bought a fridge that year to keep the milk warm

I remember frozen cream standing an inch above the top of the bottle, usually with the foil cap still perched on it. If we let the kitchen cool off overnight, the milk froze inside the fridge door, too, the room got that cold. At least, unlike in 1947, coal was readily available, so we could warm up indoors.
Anyone seen the movie about the legendary Friesland "eleven city tour" (skating) from 62/63? People got picked off  the ice half frozen.
Back on the "snow" part of the thread: I just today found out about The Long John Index Service of Canada ... of course, this site is all about the article of underclothing and not the doughnut (which many of you may know as the éclair). It only applies to Canada, sorry about that. And it also relies on understanding that other quintessential Canadian concept, the wind chill factor.
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Tim Cooke wrote:I'm told we've a Yellow Warning for snow and ice tonight in Northern Ireland. We'll see what that actually looks like tomorrow.



Hopefully that's not related to the warning I remember from my childhood: "Don't eat yellow snow"?
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Black Ice and Yellow Snow.

Actually, that sounds like the name for a children's book. Or a buddy movie.
 

Campbell Ritchie wrote:

Wendy Gibbons wrote:. . . bought a fridge that year to keep the milk warm

I remember frozen cream standing an inch above the top of the bottle, usually with the foil cap still perched on it. If we let the kitchen cool off overnight, the milk froze inside the fridge door, too, the room got that cold. At least, unlike in 1947, coal was readily available, so we could warm up indoors.



you also remember 1947? are you scared of somebody chopping your head off?
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No, I don't remember 1947. I wasn't even the proverbial twinkle in Daddy's eye then.
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