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  1. stephen129

    Christmas Fixin's 2019

    Have you ever tried sea water? It's disgustingly salty. That's far too much salt for pasta imo.
  2. stephen129

    Christmas Fixin's 2019

    Loads of chefs learn by just watching and blindly following their teacher/master. They're not really encouraged to question things, it's a 'shut up and pay attention to what I do' situation rather than an open discussion. For example, loads of Italian chefs believe you need to have a massive pot of water to cook pasta that is 'as salty as the sea'. The Italian way of doing things is to keep doing them the same way your Nonna did, which is the same way her Nonna did, etc etc. Nothing ever progresses. That's why Italians were so offended by people like Massimo Bottura who actually looked at reinventing traditional recipes and trying new techniques and finding better ways of doing things.
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    Christmas Fixin's 2019

    Actually just thought of the perfect thing: Prosciutto, grilled peaches/figs, mozzarella/buffalo mozzarella, reduced balsamic glaze or very high quality balsamic (very hard to find in the UK, you want one with a maximum of two ingredients, cooked grape must and wine vinegar, nothing else), extra virgin olive oil, toasted pine nuts, salad leaves https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/roast-peach-parma-ham-salad/ Halloumi/Burrata, finely chopped chilli, honey https://www.nigella.com/recipes/halloumi-with-chilli Halloumi/Burrata, pistachio, candied orange/lemon zest
  4. stephen129

    Christmas Fixin's 2019

    Lol. I'm not worried about the calories, it's just personally I don't like feeling painfully full, but each to their own. Soups: Beetroot and feta Carrot and coriander, bit of orange Spiced parsnip
  5. stephen129

    Christmas Fixin's 2019

    Something light? Or maybe even nothing? Christmas dinner is a huge meal already, personally I don't think you need a starter. Warm winter salad?
  6. stephen129

    The Boxing Thread

    I kinda got the impression Fury wasn't really trying in his last few fights, to not 'give too much away', or at least that's what I hope. I feel like he'd be a bit delusional to take the fight when he doesn't really believe he has a chance.
  7. stephen129

    Christmas Fixin's 2019

    I'll come. My own post has made me hungry. I usually go to my relatives for Christmas, but everyone is in random places this year. It's only me and my girlfriend this year and she hardly eats anything, even preparing a chicken and a few sides will be waaaaaaayyyyyyyyy too much food for us, but I kinda want to cook a massive spread of food.
  8. stephen129

    Christmas Fixin's 2019

    (Serve these however you want: on spoons, on sticks, on crackers, on bread, on biscuits, on lettuce cups, on platters Beef carpaccio with horseradish Smoked salmon, creme fraiche, dill, lemon on the side Cheese, chutney Prawn cocktail (old school) Cocktail sausages glazed in something sweet Blue cheese (i'd go for gorgonzola), pear, walnut Baked camembert, white wine, garlic, thyme Sausage rolls, apple chutney Filo pastry parcels, spinach, feta Fig, goats cheese, puff pastry Brie, cranberry, bacon, filo/puff pastry Vegetable crisps Selection of nice bread Brussel sprout salad (something like this: https://whatsgabycooking.com/shredded-brussels-sprouts-salad/) Beetroot salad with pear and feta Charcuterie board: salumi, prosciutto, iberico, finocchiona, capocollo, soppressata, chorizo, n'duja, pate Pickles Big plate of fruit that can go with cheese and ham Aubergine 'caviar' dip:
  9. stephen129

    Christmas Fixin's 2019

    I've been considering making this recipe for quite a while. There's some decent science behind it. I usually use the typical: boil, fluff, put in super hot oil, oven method which turns out roast potatoes better than I really need, but this recipe has intrigued me for a long time. Also J. Kenji Lopez-Alt is a hero imo.
  10. stephen129

    The Boxing Thread

    So what's everyone's thoughts on this Wilder Fury fight then? I actually like both men for different reasons, but I hope Tyson does the business on the night. Should be good fight hopefully.
  11. stephen129

    New people: say hello here, let us know how you found rllmuk!

    I realised that. I was more aiming my question towards the people who keep signing up to Rllmuk from there to tell me a bit about it.
  12. stephen129

    New people: say hello here, let us know how you found rllmuk!

    What's this thebearandbadger forum everyone seems to keep migrating from like then? Maybe I'll sign up. EDIT: Just seen choddo's post above.
  13. stephen129

    Grand Designs

    His church is quite cool imo:
  14. stephen129

    Grand Designs

    Ok, maybe I've been exposed to too much Brutalist architecture by my architect friend (whose favourite building is the Hayward Gallery), but I don't think it was that bad.
  15. stephen129

    Grand Designs

    This sounds hilarious. Has anyone got any pictures? Is it this episode?:
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