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Sunday, December 9, 2012

random word of the day: ROASTED CHESTNUTS

random word of the day: ROASTED CHESTNUTS – pieczone kasztany (a fall/winter/Christmas treat)

(1) Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,
Jack Frost nipping at your nose,
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir,
And folks dressed up like Eskimos.

(The Christmas Song)

(2) "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. . . ." is more than just the beginning of one of the most popular Christmas songs ever written. It's how street vendors roast them in New York and London. In Italy, they're popular in many versions, but in the weeks before Christmas, just after harvest, they're – yes, roasted on an open fire.

(3) I’ve sung about roasted chestnuts but never eaten them. I think it’s time. I can’t believe how simple they are to make ……… and they look wonderful!

(4) We love eating roasted chestnuts around Christmas time. I even have a chestnut tree in my garden and I will boil them, grind them into flour and bake with them. I absolutely adore cooking and baking with chestnuts.

(5) Whereas vin chaud is the beverage that’ll keep your hands warm as you’re sipping it on a chilly Parisian night, hot roasted chestnuts are the snack equivalent. You’ll find chestnut vendors throughout the city. If you need a lesson in eating them, ask the vendor or watch what others are doing.

a treat – przysmak (special food)
Jack Frost – Mróz /personifikacja/ (very cold weather, when it is thought of as a person)
to nip (at your nose) – szczypać, zmrozić (to be so cold that it hurts)
Yuletide carols – kolędy (Christmas songs)
a choir – chór (a group of people who are singing)
folks – people
dressed up like Eskimos – wearing very warm clothes
a vendor – handlarz, sprzedawca (someone who is selling something)
harvest – zbiory (collecting)
to boil – gotować (to cook by putting into hot water)
vin chaud (French) mulled wine (English) – grzane wino (hot wine)
a beverage – napój (a drink)
to grind (ground, ground) – mielić (to make something into small pieces or a powder)
flour – mąka (white powder used for baking)
to sip – popijać (to drink slowly)
a snack – przekąska (a small amount of food that is eaten between meals, or a very small meal)

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