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  1. #12081
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    Nduja meatballs
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
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    **I’ve studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**

    “Nothing discloses real character like the use of power. It is easy for the weak to be gentle. Most people can bear adversity. But if you wish to know what a man really is, give him power. This is the supreme test. It is the glory of Lincoln that, having almost absolute power, he never abused it, except on the side of mercy.”

    “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    Then I saw it. I saw a mum who would die for her son. A man who would kill for his wife. A boy, angry and alone. Laid out in front of him, the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle. Round and round. So I changed it.

    “There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!”

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    Burger with brisket on


  3. #12083
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy S View Post
    Burger with brisket on

    nice looking burger..
    Regards,
    Grant .... ؠ ......Don't be such a big girl's blouse

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    OPPO BDP-103D - PANASONIC UB450 - PANASONIC 4K ULTRA HD - AVANTREE LR BLUETOOTH - NURAPHONE' BOSE, CAMBRIDGE & SONY HEADPHONES - 2*ZBOOK'- ROON - MULTI HDD'S -

    **I’ve studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**

    “Nothing discloses real character like the use of power. It is easy for the weak to be gentle. Most people can bear adversity. But if you wish to know what a man really is, give him power. This is the supreme test. It is the glory of Lincoln that, having almost absolute power, he never abused it, except on the side of mercy.”

    “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    Then I saw it. I saw a mum who would die for her son. A man who would kill for his wife. A boy, angry and alone. Laid out in front of him, the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle. Round and round. So I changed it.

    “There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!”

    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

  4. #12084
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    Quote Originally Posted by guy View Post
    Interesting what you say about dessert - most of the time I have found restaurant puddings to be "shite", extruded over sweet, little flavour, and way overpriced (much prefer home made). Quite often, I choose either the cheese board or a double (Armagnac or single malt) rather than the puddings on offer in most restaurants.
    I find most of them do a decent creme brulee, but that's a very simple dessert. The worst for desserts of course are Asian restaurants, practically non existent, apart from those Japanese soft plasticky affairs.
    Current system 1210 GR/Jelco 750/Nagaoka MP 200/Graham Slee Era V. CDP - Mission PCM 7000. Amp - Audio Innovations S500. Audio Note J's.

  5. #12085
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Nice one, Bath's a beautiful place - indeed my kind of place. It has so much going for it, some of which you mention, and is also steeped in history. The abbey is stunning, as indeed are many of the buildings. In short, Bath is 'real'/has soul, and also class, which sadly can't be said now for many of our large towns and cities.

    I'll direct this bit at both you and Guy, since you mentioned desserts... You only have to watch some cookery/foodie competitions on TV (such as Masterchef) to understand the reason for the disparity between the quality of savoury and sweet dishes served in most restaurants.

    Desserts require a totally different discipline, so subsequently require totally different skillsets, along with greater attention to detail and artistic flair to produce. It's also much more of a science, requiring ingredients to be accurately measured and cooking strictly timed - essentially very little can be 'judged by eye' or left to chance, which to an extent you can get away with when making starters or main courses.

    Basically, it's much easier 'dumping' some meat and two veg onto a plate, than perfecting a Soufflé Suissesse or some raspberry millefeuilles, and some chefs simply can't 'do' desserts to a professional standard, simply because they haven't been suitably trained. That's why in the best restaurants there are patisserie chefs, who's only job is to make puddings (specialising in pastry)!

    I'm lucky with Del, in that respect, not only does she have a good grasp of the culinary basics, but also the patience and artistic flair to create some wonderful desserts. It's a totally different mindset and skillset though, from that required to produce savoury dishes to a high standard.

    Oh, and she also does a killer Eggs Benedict! Interesting you should mention that Mike, as we haven't had that for ages, so watch this space!

    Marco.
    Yeh, patisserie is very specialised, luckily in Brighton we have an amazing chain of them, top notch french derived bakery, not expensive either, weirdly. Saying that though, I don;t think its really that difficult to knock a decent baked custard, meringue, or other simple dessert, bread and butter pudding is a personal fave! I've got a Marco pierre White cookbook with a recipe for that! Not elaborate, he just adds a shed load of butter, and it's lovely. I absolutely loved the abbey, nice to see fan vaulting up so close, and that stained glass, stunning, The facade is rather novel too, with the angels 'climbing' up (and down) it.
    Current system 1210 GR/Jelco 750/Nagaoka MP 200/Graham Slee Era V. CDP - Mission PCM 7000. Amp - Audio Innovations S500. Audio Note J's.

  6. #12086
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Nice one, Bath's a beautiful place - indeed my kind of place. It has so much going for it, some of which you mention, and is also steeped in history. The abbey is stunning, as indeed are many of the buildings. In short, Bath is 'real'/has soul, and also class, which sadly can't be said now for many of our large towns and cities.
    Read in isolation this post appears to have nothing to do with food and might confuse some people.

    It's almost as obtuse as referring to cricket on a weather thread (although in that case there was a contributory picture).

    Just saying

  7. #12087
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    Haha - aye, it's called thread drift!

    No confusion though, as what's written is 100% clear, even if it's off topic

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310, fully restored and recalibrated as new, by RDE, plus upgraded with heads from the TCD-420a. Also with matching TM4 Norway microphones.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW16.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeandvan View Post
    Yeh, patisserie is very specialised, luckily in Brighton we have an amazing chain of them, top notch french derived bakery, not expensive either, weirdly. Saying that though, I don;t think its really that difficult to knock a decent baked custard, meringue, or other simple dessert, bread and butter pudding is a personal fave! I've got a Marco pierre White cookbook with a recipe for that! Not elaborate, he just adds a shed load of butter, and it's lovely. I absolutely loved the abbey, nice to see fan vaulting up so close, and that stained glass, stunning, The facade is rather novel too, with the angels 'climbing' up (and down) it.
    Yeah, I love gorgeous old churches, cathedrals, etc - really anything with character that's steeped in history. Plus I love towns or smaller cities that haven't been ruined by 21st century commercialism and consumerism, and which still have LIFE and SOUL, and thriving high streets!

    Bath ticks all those boxes and more

    I agree with you that it's not necessarily difficult to make a good pudding, but as ever results depend on how good the cook/chef is at delivering it, and often that's dependent on how much passion they have for that, as opposed to making savoury dishes.

    In any case, never mind puddings, try getting decent vegetarian/vegan food in most pubs or restaurants, where chefs are rather rigidly of the old 'meat and two veg' school! My wife has a nightmare sometimes, especially as what she cooks at home is invariably of a higher standard than that found in pubs or restaurants.

    However, many places simply don't care much for veggies, which is obvious when seeing the lavish care and attention put into meat or fish dishes on the menu, with the token veggie option produced as an afterthought - and often not much cheaper either!

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310, fully restored and recalibrated as new, by RDE, plus upgraded with heads from the TCD-420a. Also with matching TM4 Norway microphones.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW16.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


    Protect your HUMAN RIGHTS and REFUSE ANY *MANDATORY* VACCINE FOR COVID-19!

    Also **SAY NO** to unjust 'vaccine passports' or certificates, which are totally incompatible with a FREE society!!!


  9. #12089
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy S View Post
    Burger with brisket on

    Lovely burger, mate

    Did you make it or were you eating out somewhere?

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310, fully restored and recalibrated as new, by RDE, plus upgraded with heads from the TCD-420a. Also with matching TM4 Norway microphones.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW16.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


    Protect your HUMAN RIGHTS and REFUSE ANY *MANDATORY* VACCINE FOR COVID-19!

    Also **SAY NO** to unjust 'vaccine passports' or certificates, which are totally incompatible with a FREE society!!!


  10. #12090
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Yeah, I love gorgeous old churches, cathedrals, etc - really anything with character that's steeped in history. Plus I love towns or smaller cities that haven't been ruined by 21st century commercialism and consumerism, and which still have LIFE and SOUL, and thriving high streets!

    Bath ticks all those boxes and more

    I agree with you that it's not necessarily difficult to make a good pudding, but as ever results depend on how good the cook/chef is at delivering it, and often that's dependent on how much passion they have for that, as opposed to making savoury dishes.

    In any case, never mind puddings, try getting decent vegetarian/vegan food in most pubs or restaurants, where chefs are rather rigidly of the old 'meat and two veg' school! My wife has a nightmare sometimes, especially as what she cooks at home is invariably of a higher standard than that found in pubs or restaurants.

    However, many places simply don't care much for veggies, which is obvious when seeing the lavish care and attention put into meat or fish dishes on the menu, with the token veggie dish produced as an afterthought - and often not much cheaper either!

    Marco.
    aye, steak n kidney pie with the meat scraped aff the plate
    Regards,
    Grant .... ؠ ......Don't be such a big girl's blouse

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    OPPO BDP-103D - PANASONIC UB450 - PANASONIC 4K ULTRA HD - AVANTREE LR BLUETOOTH - NURAPHONE' BOSE, CAMBRIDGE & SONY HEADPHONES - 2*ZBOOK'- ROON - MULTI HDD'S -

    **I’ve studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**

    “Nothing discloses real character like the use of power. It is easy for the weak to be gentle. Most people can bear adversity. But if you wish to know what a man really is, give him power. This is the supreme test. It is the glory of Lincoln that, having almost absolute power, he never abused it, except on the side of mercy.”

    “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    Then I saw it. I saw a mum who would die for her son. A man who would kill for his wife. A boy, angry and alone. Laid out in front of him, the bad path. I saw it. And the path was a circle. Round and round. So I changed it.

    “There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!”

    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

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