Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all you out there. Thanx for your support over the year. Looking forward to a great holiday period. 

Lidl Christmas Market at St Anne’s Square

The BFM went to Saint Anne’s Square to see the fourth free admission Christmas Market. It is running for 4 days.

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On show is a selection of Christmas inspired German and Continental traditional Christmas foods and drinks to taste and buy. Also there are local products like burgers and sausages cooked on a schwenkgrill or rocking BBQ. Also a Santa’s Grotto and Workshop.

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Lidl are also sponsoring CahootNI show at the MAC The Family Hoffmans Christmas Palace from 3rd Dec to 4th January, so another reason to get down. There are allergy warning signs and a merry go round.

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Also Lidl have opened their first City Centre shops recently. They really are turning the heat up on their competitors. I’m looking forwards to the frozen lobster.

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How the Turkey got its name

The BFM is posting an article from
AceFoodNews

#AceFoodNews – Dec.01 – As we arrive once again at the first of December l thought this interesting news snippet would seem quite festive.

Starting with the word “Turkey” and how this bird of native North America, got its name:

But “turkey” the word is a geographic mess—a tribute to the vagaries of colonial trade and conquest. As you might have suspected, the English term for the avian creature likely comes from Turkey the country. Or, more precisely, from Turkish merchants in the 15th and 16th centuries.

How exactly the word “turkey” made its way into the English language is in dispute. The linguist Mario Pei theorized that more than five centuries ago, Turks from the commercial hub of Constantinople (which the Ottomans conquered in the mid-15th century) sold wild fowl from Guinea in West Africa to European markets, leading the English to refer to the bird as “turkey cock” or “turkey coq” (coq being French for “rooster”), and eventually “turkey” for short. When British settlers arrived in Massachusetts, they applied the same terms to the wild fowl they spotted in the New World, even though the birds were a different species than their African counterparts.

The etymology expert Mark Forsyth, meanwhile, claims that Turkish traders brought guinea fowl to England from Madagascar, off the coast of south east Africa, and that Spanish conquistadors then introduced American fowl to Europe, where they were conflated with the “turkeys” from Madagascar. Dan Jurafsky, another linguist,argues that Europeans imported guinea fowl from Ethiopia (which was sometimes mixed up with India) via the Mamluk Turks, and then confused the birds with North American fowl shipped across the Atlantic by the Portuguese.

Here’s where things get even more bewildering. Turkey, which has no native turkeys, does not call turkey “turkey.” The Turks “knew the bird wasn’t theirs,” Forsyth explains, so they “made a completely different mistake and called it a hindi, because they thought the bird was probably Indian.” They weren’t alone. The French originally called the American bird poulet d’Inde (literally “chicken from India”), which has since been abbreviated to dinde, and similar terms exist in languages ranging from Polish to Hebrew to Catalan.

Then there’s the oddly specific Dutch word kalkoen, which, as a contraction of Calicut-hoen, literally means “hen from Calicut,” a major Indian commercial center at the time. These names may have arisen from the mistaken belief at the time that the New World was the Indies, or the sense that the turkey trade passed through India.

So what is the bird called in India? It may be hindi in Turkey, but in Hindi it’sṭarki. Some Indian dialects, however, use the word piru or peru, the latter being how the Portuguese refer to the American fowl, which is not native to Peru but may have become popular in Portugal as Spanish and Portuguese explorers conquered the New World.

The expansion of Western colonialism only complicated matters: Malaysians call turkey ayam blander (“Dutch chicken”), while Cambodians opt for moan barang (“French chicken”).

I say just call it Turkey and eat and enjoy it!!!
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The festival season

The BFM couldn’t but notice what was occurring in the local Tesco supermarket. It’s full steam ahead from now until the big day. Realistically we all know that the real meaning of Christmas pales into insignificance compared with profits.

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So please to one and all, in this festive season, don’t forget to remember the meaning of Christmas and those who are not able to celebrate.

Night away in Dublin with Mrs BFM

The significant other decided to take the BFM down to Dublin for rest and relaxation, and a break b4 Christmas.

We had always noticed the City North Hotel on the way to Dublin.

Gormanston‎ Meath
Ireland
http://www.citynorthhotel.com/en/
+353 (1) 690 6666

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We got room 511, and the view was great. Front of house staff were great and informative, and always had a smile!!

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After a great comfy sleep we made our way down to the Mornington restaurant for a lovely cooked breakfast. I’ve never seen so many button mushrooms. It all tasted great and Mr and Mrs BFM loved our Dublin pre Christmas break.

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Check out the Christmas decorations at Castlecourt

The decorations at Castlecourt are superb. They really get you in the mood for Christmas. They have been the best since Westfield left. Come on down to Castlecourt and feel festive. Santa is here so get your picture at the grotto. Make sure you have your letters boys and girls. For the grown ups plenty of bargains and seasonal goodies especially the Christmas shop.

If you are hungry try the food court, a real and proper one. BFM has to give it a miss as Mrs BFM is cooking later!!!

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I’m excited about Christmas

The BFM loves Christmas at Castle Court

Castlecourt
Royal Avenue
Belfast
BT1 1DD
028 9023 4591
http://www.castlecourt-uk.com

Castlecourt for me is a great centre, 3000000 sq foot, 1600 car park spaces. It’s a pity the city council turned down planning permission but I digress.

For me Christmas is Castlecourt. Check out the pics I took today. The other point is it is more of a local traditional centre.

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Christmas lunch with lads at the Bureau

I know it’s only July but the BFM wants you all to at least start thinking of Christmas !!!!
With this in mind I am casting my mind back to December 2013 when I lunched with the lads at The Bureau by the Lough

637 Shore Road
Whiteabbey
Jordanstown
BT37 0ST
United Kingdom

http://www.bureaubythelough.com
028 9086 6111

An absolutely amazing location and great during the summer time with fabulous beer garden overlooking the lough. Equally good in the winter when it’s cold and inclement.

So the deal was two courses for £16, 3 for £19. We were all good and chose two courses with soft drinks, as all three of us were driving!!!

I had fish cakes to start, which were delicately cooked and served with salad. Then the main was turkey and ham with trimmings. The meals were pre plated and portion size was immaculate. Two roasties,3 sprouts,scoop of mash and carrot/parsnip, ham stuffing and turkey with gravy,the cranberry was to taste. Food was hot,tasty and just right,no wastage. An absolute spot on portion size well done. I think we will go back this year!!!!

Ps @BureauByLough serve some cocktail sausages as well!! Hehe

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