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by Stravaig
Thu Jul 29, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 55
Views: 843

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

The weather has gone mad here (it was fairly predictable in the first couple of years). Now we're alternating between very hot and cool with thunder storms. Oh, and we're having power cuts too.

Meanwhile, my indoor garden is doing OK, so that's a reason to be cheerful.
by Stravaig
Fri Jul 16, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Some days you just shake your head in disbelief.....
Replies: 13
Views: 221

Re: Some days you just shake your head in disbelief.....

I also receive several "meet nice young ladies" emails, even though I've been married to a man for 27 years. It's a big scam in Ukraine too. They offer "dating" and maybe the guy even comes out here to meet the lovely woman of his dreams. Of course she's never available after he ...
by Stravaig
Thu Jul 15, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?
Replies: 15
Views: 882

Re: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?

Ha ha, Peter! I did wonder if we might have any Discworld fans here. Yes, I was going to be CMOT Dibbler, but changed my mind at the last minute and abandoned the pie idea and decided to do Gimlet's Hole Food Emporium instead. I'm quite short in stature so it worked fine. :D (I even got a Gimlet apr...
by Stravaig
Thu Jul 15, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: hope this is helpful
Replies: 10
Views: 4256

Re: hope this is helpful

I don't have the option of trying it first in his restaurant, although I agree it's a good idea - and I would if I could. But I'm a very confident cook (and qualified as a chef). Mr S is also very brave (married to me he has to be) and he's willing for me to try. :D I'll have a go - and let you know...
by Stravaig
Thu Jul 15, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?
Replies: 15
Views: 882

Re: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?

OK, Primrose, since you asked nicely (thanks!), here's how I made my "rat-onna-stick", except that I ran out of time before the party started and had to ask one of the guests to finish them off. And I forgot to add the stick (ie bamboo skewer). :roll: The "rats" were actually mad...
by Stravaig
Thu Jul 15, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?
Replies: 15
Views: 882

Re: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?

Due to various circumstances I wasn't able to have my event in April, but was able to use a large garden for it in early May. The weather was glorious so we were very lucky in the middle of what had been very variable. I solved my pie dilemma by not making pies. I made "rat-onna-stick" ins...
by Stravaig
Thu Jul 15, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: hope this is helpful
Replies: 10
Views: 4256

Re: hope this is helpful

I recently bought a book by Masaharu Morimoto, a Japanese chef. He has some truly outrageous ideas and recipes. One is "Sugared Salmon", which he insists works as a dessert. Huh? Salmon as a dessert? It's so darned weird I'm going to have to try it. :D
by Stravaig
Thu Jul 15, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Where has everyone gone???
Replies: 18
Views: 476

Re: Where has everyone gone???

Sorry for my disappearance. We had a holiday back to the UK and I had some sort of "severe anxiety attack" on the plane there. (Diagnosed by an NHS doctor at A&E as needing psychiatric help but not a danger to anyone.) It completely knocked the stuffing out of me. I'm not, and never ha...
by Stravaig
Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 138
Views: 7746

Re: Late Winter Bits and Bobs.

I'm not into expensive cars or watches either but you could say the same about other adornments such as hairdos, jewellery, and make-up. (I'm not into those either.) All designed to make people feel more attractive. My vice is buying cook books and kitchen equipment. And I guess the food I turn out ...
by Stravaig
Sun Feb 28, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?
Replies: 15
Views: 882

Re: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?

Thanks for your help. I think the idea of it is to make things easier, especially to avoid "soggy bottom". I'm quite happy to make my own pastry and usually do make pies by hand but I'm planning an event (socially distanced, of course) in April where I will be required to make a heck of a ...
by Stravaig
Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: Website Help
Topic: Competitions and giveaways
Replies: 5
Views: 1192

Re: Competitions and giveaways

Several online forms, including those of online stores, won't accept BFPO postcodes or anything else that might look a bit different. Ours is in the usual UK format, ie LLNN NLL but it's still not automatically acceptable. If I want something enough I often have to email customer services and get th...
by Stravaig
Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?
Replies: 15
Views: 882

Has anyone got a deep-filled pie maker?

You know the type of thing - like a toastie-making or panini machine but it makes deep-filled little pies. I fancy getting one but most models I've looked at have a number of very poor reviews. Sometimes people give poor reviews because the thing didn't work well for them. Perhaps they're not very g...
by Stravaig
Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Winter Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 138
Views: 7746

Re: Late Winter Bits and Bobs.

It's miserable here. Snow lying even on the busy road at the front and it's been snowing heavily again for most of the day. Temperature down to -9C outside right now. I have a little electric convector heater on in my room as well as the central heating, and I've still had to put on extra layers. Mi...
by Stravaig
Mon Feb 08, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Home-made bacon
Replies: 9
Views: 798

Re: Home-made bacon

Bah! I should have known better. The bacon is so salty it's pretty much inedible as it is. Perhaps I can use it little bit by bit in soup, or maybe I ought to soak it. I don't know exactly what Mr Stravaig did but I suspect he followed the recipe exactly and did not apply any common sense. Cookbooks...
by Stravaig
Fri Jan 29, 2021 3:17 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: The typewriter for hair
Replies: 9
Views: 737

The typewriter for hair

When we first started with our usual online shopping website in Ukraine, mostly we could figure out what things were even if the descriptions translated into English were a bit odd. (Eg if you want a washing up bowl then order a pelvis.) We wondered for a couple of years what the typewriter for hair...

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