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« on: November 02, 2017, 10:49:17 am »

It's why I'm in he line of work I'm in.  I've always loved riddles and solving puzzles.  As a teen in the 80s, when computers in people's houses where just becoming a thing (long before operating systems like Windows and Unix) I spent hours trying to solve text based computer puzzles.  Spent money on them as well.  (I loved the hell out of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, even if I never came close to finishing it.)  Now, I get paid to figure out problems on a computer.

Yup... I'm living the dream.

Just this morning, several hundreds of thousands of Euros and British Pounds were missing from a series of financial reports.  After a few hours of computer detective work (I like to picture the inside of the computer like the Tron movies... only my avatar is dressed as Batman, and every data query I make, some poor little citizen of the computer world is being roughed up for information by me) I managed to find a series of audit files that had been migrated to a new machine.  There to the last penny were my missing numbers.

There's an odd sense of victory in puzzle resolution.  Let's hear it from the board, what minor triumphs make your day?
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2017, 11:57:50 am »

Excellent work !

None of my dogs shat gel like poo today.

I found a replacement Gegenlager fanghaken for our new old car  Cool
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2017, 02:03:42 pm »

Minor triumphs?   Things like finding my car keys, which I'd (for some obscure reason) placed in my dressing gown pocket.  Actually, Mr. Ev found them.  So it was his triumph.  We'd searched the house.

Another triumph?  Baking a really good pie.  Sounds a bit sad, but shortcrust pastry can be an absolute bugger.

Well done, anyway, Vlad.
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2017, 04:57:25 am »

Minor triumphs?   Things like finding my car keys, which I'd (for some obscure reason) placed in my dressing gown pocket.  Actually, Mr. Ev found them.  So it was his triumph.  We'd searched the house.

Another triumph?  Baking a really good pie.  Sounds a bit sad, but shortcrust pastry can be an absolute bugger.

Well done, anyway, Vlad.

Shortcrust, piece of piss  Cool
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2017, 05:30:05 am »

I can do pretty good shortcrust.

Talking of baking, I was in Newcastle a few weeks ago. Went into Bowers for the usual saveloy dip with pease puddin' on stotty. What they gave me was on a cotton-wool bap. The lass said "That's what the baker delivers". Got the money back and tried Grainger Market instead. No stotty to be found. Same on the Quayside and in North Shields. Only Greggs sells stotty cake now, and even then it's not right. The nearest substitute is the round flat loaves they have in Turkish shops. Is nothing sacred? (Yes, I can make the stuff.)

The "Cornish" pasties Greggs in Shrewsbury sells are in puff pastry. Another hanging offence.

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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2017, 08:59:54 am »

Shortcrust, piece of piss  Cool

People who make crap shortcrust usually think it is a piece of piss.
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2017, 09:05:52 am »



The "Cornish" pasties Greggs in Shrewsbury sells are in puff pastry. Another hanging offence.



Quite true.  There really should be a law against it.  Like those beef and ale pies you get in pubs, they always have a stupid puff pastry top that just explodes when you cut into it.  A proper shortcrust pie top, the sound when you cut into it, all warm and crumbly. Nothing like it.

Damn, I should have cooked a pie for tea.  Angry
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2017, 09:14:45 am »

Quite true.  There really should be a law against it.  Like those beef and ale pies you get in pubs, they always have a stupid puff pastry top that just explodes when you cut into it.  A proper shortcrust pie top, the sound when you cut into it, all warm and crumbly. Nothing like it.

Damn, I should have cooked a pie for tea.  Angry

Precisely. I'm having fish pie <QUIET at the back there!> today. Cheesy potato crust. <QUIET!!>
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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2017, 09:21:09 am »

The Gunner in North Shields has steak'n'ale pie with a proper short crust. Pretty good, but their beers are shite.

Touristic Tip: Eat at The Gunner; drink at The Cumberland; best craic at the Tynemouth Lodge; best free wifi at The Pow Burn.
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« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2017, 10:50:25 am »

People who make crap shortcrust usually think it is a piece of piss.

Is is a piece of piss.

I make my own pasta ffs.
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« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2017, 10:51:19 am »

Quite true.  There really should be a law against it.  Like those beef and ale pies you get in pubs, they always have a stupid puff pastry top that just explodes when you cut into it.  A proper shortcrust pie top, the sound when you cut into it, all warm and crumbly. Nothing like it.

Damn, I should have cooked a pie for tea.  Angry

Chicken, leek and bacon pie is in the oven.
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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2017, 11:38:08 am »

Chicken, leek and bacon pie is in the oven.
Ditto, remarkably.  Except not pastry crust of any kibd.  Topped with my justly famous spiced herby dumpling.  So not truly a pie.  The kitchen just reeks of autumnal Sunday.
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« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2017, 12:09:01 pm »

Ditto, remarkably.  Except not pastry crust of any kibd.  Topped with my justly famous spiced herby dumpling.  So not truly a pie.  The kitchen just reeks of autumnal Sunday.

Oh very good sir !
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« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2017, 12:16:21 pm »

Ditto, remarkably.  Except not pastry crust of any kibd.  Topped with my justly famous spiced herby dumpling.  So not truly a pie.  The kitchen just reeks of autumnal Sunday.

Cobblers.

Is a good topping for pan haggerty.
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« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2017, 12:18:40 pm »

Prawn Bhuna beats the lot Cool
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« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2017, 01:06:23 pm »

Prawn Bhuna beats the lot Cool

Shite up a height, kidda -- bhuna's for sissies.
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« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2017, 02:30:54 pm »

Is is a piece of piss.

I make my own pasta ffs.

Making shortcrust pastry IS easy.  Having it turn out delicious is not.

I make pasta too.  Now THAT is easy.
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« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2017, 02:35:03 pm »

Chicken, leek and bacon pie is in the oven.

Excellent filling.  I make that too occasionally. 

But the pastry... was it crisp but not hard, crumbly yet holding together, golden and light?

There really isn't anything else like well made shortcrust.
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« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2017, 02:36:03 pm »

Ditto, remarkably.  Except not pastry crust of any kibd.  Topped with my justly famous spiced herby dumpling.  So not truly a pie.  The kitchen just reeks of autumnal Sunday.

Ah now.  Dumplings.  Mr Ev loves my

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« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2017, 03:28:48 pm »

Making shortcrust pastry IS easy.  Having it turn out delicious is not.

I make pasta too.  Now THAT is easy.

It is, not sure why you are struggling to mix 3 things.

It's hardly rocket science...
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« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2017, 03:29:52 pm »

Excellent filling.  I make that too occasionally. 

But the pastry... was it crisp but not hard, crumbly yet holding together, golden and light?

There really isn't anything else like well made shortcrust.

Put some cheddar on top, was divine.
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« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2017, 08:49:43 am »

It is, not sure why you are struggling to mix 3 things.

It's hardly rocket science...

Not struggling, but there's a difference between that and pasta.  With pasta you need to knead.  With shortcrust you need to have a light hand and judge just the right amount of cold water.  You can knead it, or add too much water and then add more flour to make it drier, and both times you'll end up with tough pastry.  I think this must be why some people buy shortcrust ready made.

Glad to see we're getting to debate on more important things.   Grin

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« Reply #22 on: November 06, 2017, 08:50:37 am »

Put some cheddar on top, was divine.

God, yes.  Cheese always makes things better.  Except possibly if you're making trifle.
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« Reply #23 on: November 06, 2017, 09:27:58 am »

Not struggling, but there's a difference between that and pasta.  With pasta you need to knead.  With shortcrust you need to have a light hand and judge just the right amount of cold water.  You can knead it, or add too much water and then add more flour to make it drier, and both times you'll end up with tough pastry.  I think this must be why some people buy shortcrust ready made.

Glad to see we're getting to debate on more important things.   Grin



I just blitz the fucker in a food processor  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: November 06, 2017, 10:23:48 am »

Not struggling, but there's a difference between that and pasta.  With pasta you need to knead.  With shortcrust you need to have a light hand and judge just the right amount of cold water.  You can knead it, or add too much water and then add more flour to make it drier, and both times you'll end up with tough pastry.  I think this must be why some people buy shortcrust ready made.

Glad to see we're getting to debate on more important things.   Grin

^^ that ^^

When we lived in NL we made friends with an Indonesian family Mrs YI was teaching English to. We had some exquisite food at their place (some of it beyond the threshold of Capsaicin pain -- loved it). When we invited them to our place they asked for typically British food. Mrs YI made biscuits, scones, cake, and treacle suet pud, and I made Cornish pasties. The bloke recorded it all on a video camera. Wish I had a copy. They loved the whole thing -- even their kids.

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