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  1. Not a new release but I'm really enjoying Bridge Constructor Portal - not the first time I've played it, got a long way thru on the phone version but it's just so well done and whilst appearing unlikely bedfellows the 2 games go together really well
  2. I'm easily lead by this thread so had some Petit Beurre added to my Ocado order this morning, we used to have them years ago as kids. Nice and crunchy but I'm not loving the flavour - if you asked me in a blind tasting what they were I'd say some cheapo knockoff butter biscuit using margarine or nasty flavourings. I'm getting biscuit excited as off to Cornwall next week and love a good Cornish Fairing, plus will be coming back with a boot full of other local delicacies in biscuit form
  3. Sunday tends to be pizza day for us. Really found my fave toppings now, thinly sliced chorizo (thin like pepperoni), pancetta for salty pops of flavour, the block of mozz from Galbani and some grated parm. Good prep station is very pleasing and helps get thru the loading up stage quickly before it all sticks to the peel Lost a bit of cheese coverage as it all slides forward when you flick off the peel.
  4. This is like one of the concepts you come up with in the classic Game Dev Story by Kairosoft
  5. Uncooked bacon is basically smoked salmon for people who don't like disgusting fish.
  6. That was shit. Total waste of an episode. Badly acted, terrible plot, awful script and it was 43m long. Dire.
  7. Eurogamer like it with a 'recommended' rating https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2021-09-17-cruisn-blast-review-an-arcade-legend-comes-home That is enough for me to stick it on my Deck Deals wishlist but I can't bring myself to pay £35 for this sort of thing now - the years have rebaselined the value proposition in racing games (sims or not) and the days of Ridge Racer on PS1 with just the 1 track are long gong. Looks good, but £20 good for my money not £35.
  8. Another update to Sp!ng with 18 new classic levels - I went thru them just now pretty fast and 3* the lot, which placed me 39th in the world on the leaderboard for 3* classic levels. I'm sill doing the time trials most days and just can't fathom the times at the top, the game really needs ghost replays as either I'm totally missing some skill speed tricks or the leaderboards are rife with cheats - you do a perfect run where you can't see any major shortcuts to what you've done and there are 400 people above you some with times 10s faster, on short 40-50s levels.
  9. I thought it was me, I lasted about 4 mins before binning it
  10. it's great, a lot of asian spicy dishes get a sweet element from fruit, my previous japanese curry had apple in it, and the best korean BBQ recipe I know has grated pear. all recipes linked and photo'd in the food prepping thread which I updated yesterday
  11. This really is utter utter shite now - it always was ludicrous but now seems to have the plotlines paced by an ADD toddler who just shouts BORING if anything is taking more than a few minutes to move on. It's link to representing hedge funds and this world was always tenuous, but if you're looking for something to view that gives a better more truthful representation of an underlying business I'd suggest Suits for the legal profession, and maybe Charlie & the Chocolate Factory for life as a confectioner.
  12. My other half is milk intolerant and we've gone thru most of the alternatives - it really depends which one you like the main ingredient in is the obvious reply, some are coconut heavy, others oat heavy, then you've got the nut ones. Her favourite for cornflakes and general use is Mylk, I've also used it in cooking for things like béchamel and in a well flavoured dish (like lasagna) I couldn't tell I hadn't used cow milk in it. Also worth trying sheep/goat milk if you can stomach the idea, some people react far less to that than cow.
  13. Interesting new doc 4 parter on this from the people behind the Fyre festival doc, called LuLaRich - it follows the people behind and involved in what appears to be a massive clothing sales pyramid scheme in the US called LuLaRoe - watched the first part last night and its fascinating stuff how this thing grew and exploded so fast by mobilising an army of housewives to basically sell cheap skirts and leggings. I've never heard of the story so will just watch out the next 3 parts before googling what happened and comparing to how its portrayed here.
  14. Thread bump - a new recipe I saw a week or so back inspired me to stop repeat cooking the classics I've previously detailed here. It's a close call between a good curry or tex-mex for me as my favourite dishes in this form, and the blessed YouTube algorithm offered up a new take on a Japanese curry from scratch. These curry rice dishes are often made with a pre bought roux/spice block but this recipe does the lot from scratch, without the normal flour roux. It's an intriguing recipe as has some good science on the onion caramelising stage to get them into a thick brown paste, and then adds in a banana, some cocoa powder, a new sauce to me called Chuno (a hybrid of Worcester & Tonkatsu). Finally you make up a 20 spice mix which I could accommodate from stores apart from dried mandarin peel. A bit of online shopping and a week later I was ready to go. The cook is pretty straightforward and worked a charm, filling the house with heady smells as soon as the ginger/garlic/onion got caramelising. Nice chunky veg cut in that interesting Japanese diamond like style (so easy, just quarter turn the carrots on each slice). My only tweaks were using 1kg of skinless chicken thigh (don't see point in using skin when its sat in liquid) and I lobbed in some edamame as had them in the freezer. Taste wise its brilliant, very distinct as a Japanese style curry but with bags of depth and flavour, the banana & cocoa don't come thru as noticeable at all but everything adds to a harmonious rounded flavour, it's probably better than the original Japanese curry recipe I had which I cooked A LOT, that was pretty authentic but used some different technique & ingredients (like dash stock) for the flavour. Think my only tweak if I made again would be looking to swap out the cayenne as the heat source in the curry powder and maybe trying something rounder like Kashmiri chilli, I want that heat but the cayenne does add it in a certain way which I think can be improved on. Here is the link to the recipe, if tempted to try it I'd recommend watching the YouTube video a couple of times to get the first stage technique down as it's important to building that powerful flavour base. https://norecipes.com/japanese-curry-recipe-from-scratch/ Hard to make a curry look nice so here is some pics of brown meat & veg in gravy.
  15. I was only looking up yesterday about how long you can leave warm food out for, and they said that after 2h it's in the 'danger zone' as a breeding ground for all sorts of nasties. I'm sure drunken you chilled them quickly before reusing the next day of course.
  16. If they are really paying homage the pilot/first episode should be set in a car park, and be hours long so as to induce so much rage in viewers most don't get past it or see any more of the series.
  17. a new (to me) contender trying to muscle in on that mini cheddars action, had Ritz crackers before but never in mini snack bag form. apologies if anybody thinks this should be in the biscuit thread, its a tough call and not sure it's had a VAT ruling to sort the argument out.
  18. I thought that was just me with beans, I do the blob of butter and add a good pinch of salt & sugar, to make them taste 'like they used to' Microwaving is a last resort, the preference like you is to simmer on the hob and really thicken them up.
  19. shamed by my admission of loving tinned Heinz ravioli yesterday I've over compensated the other way and have got a large pot of Japanese curry bubbling away on the hob at the moment, the curry powder spice blend alone required 20 ingredients and the curry itself has a banana and dutch processed cocoa powder in it.
  20. Sometimes you'd go on a course/conference or stay in a hotel and the biscuit can elevate the whole affair so much that you come home blabbering about how great it was, when asked why you'd just say 'they had these little 3 packs of biscoff biscuits with chocolate on' and that would be enough for the other person to know why you were blabbering and they'd simply nod wisely. I haven't been on a course or stayed in some plague filled pit with beds full of covid and jizz stains but have found these biscuits on Ocado, and they are my new favourites - they come in little 3 packs so you don't end up stuffing the whole lot in at once, and are just a classic biscoff but topped with a thin layer of chocolate.
  21. oh yes, not had one of those in decades, that's going on the list too. I do a great ox cheek slow cooked multi hour ragu but am quite excited about a tin of glorified Heinz baby food.
  22. I just went cupboard diving for lunch and found a tin of Heinz ravioli in tomato sauce which I think I bought before the lockdown started in preparation. Heated in the microwave and it's just so good, nice soft plump little filled ravioli and that lovely Heinz sauce, did sprinkle a bit of parmesan on it as had that in the fridge. I'm going to order another for next weeks shop, bought all sorts of memories of school holiday lunches flooding back and has to be more than 20y since I last ate a tin - what a waste of years it's better than a lot of posh fresh store pasta and sauces.
  23. Only seen it once and the way his ankle flopped looks like a very bad dislocation or break, but on the basis of that one viewing it does look like the red was for the injury not so much the tackle. It wasn't scything, didn't seem to have excessive force or intent, it was a bad tangle of legs and Elliot got very unlucky. I may be wrong but don't really want to watch replays of what I think are bad injuries.
  24. Unboxing new hardware - for the most part it's amazing and the pinnacle is unboxing new Nintendo hardware as you know you've got a new piece of software designed to complement and show off what you've bought. The only exception to this rule, and this is speaking as somebody who has bought every mainstream console launched since the 16bit era, is the PS5. I despised the thing the second I took it out the box and still have nothing but bad vibes towards it, not turning it on in months.
  25. I haven't seen enough of Utd to have a view on his overall play but impressive that Pogba has 7 assists already, the finishing is helping his stat somewhat as those assists created a combined xG of only 1.25. Is he creating lots of better chances too that aren't getting buried ? it's like when Ozil used to give it to Ronaldo at Madrid on halfway and add another one to the assist column as he took it up the pitch and banged one in.
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