Back in August, I wrote about the once-a-month meetings with my friends here, and of course we've had our regular get-togethers in the months in between, too.
Last night, we were at my place for something that in German is called Schrottwichteln; I've heard the expression "Trash Yulklapp", too: Everyone brings one nicely wrapped up unwanted present - it has to be something clean and not broken, but unwanted; maybe simply because it is not your style or not needed, or because you don't have the room or don't particularly like the person who gave it to you, or because it really was a rubbish present in the first place.
Before I explain about the Schrottwichteln, let me show you the quick and easy preparations I made:
(That bottle is one of three in my fridge, all pub quiz wins)
For a change, I did not make pizza (it does get a bit boring since I almost always make pizza when I have guests), but opted for an old party classic: Toast Hawaii!
Until last night, I think I have not had this for about 20 years - it used to be so popular, and now most people seem to have forgotten about it.
Pukky couldn't believe she wasn't getting any of the ham - but I'm afraid it all went on the toast!
Of course, I didn't just make one toast per person, but two rounds (with the possibility of more for those who wanted a third helping), plus salad, and one of my friends brought mousse vanille and mousse au chocolat for dessert:
And then the Schrottwichteln began!Sitting around a table, everyone put their parcel in front of them, and then the rolling of the dices started. With every roll (one after the other, starting clock-wise), the parcels were moved one place further on. When someone threw a double, moving the parcels changed direction. That's the basic rules; of course you can elaborate on it, and you should set a time limit. We rolled the dices and shifted the parcels for 15 minutes, and then the moment of truth came :-)
I opened the parcel that had ended up in front of me...
...and wondered, what IS this??? (No, not what you think. Yes, it does look like a part of female anatomy.)
A hanging flower-pot - just what I always wanted ;-)
And so versatile - it can be used as a hat, too!
The evening went on with lots of laughter and talk, and when my friends left at 1.30 am, we all agreed that we're going to do this again next year.