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Old 15th May 2020, 04:18
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I find some interesting cooking is a tasty diversion from all things corona.
Btw, I don't think the thing looks like it has a crown....more like a sea mine someone went overboard with on the prongs.
So from the bbc:

Cacio e pepe is a dish of only three ingredients, two of which are evident at first glance to anyone familiar with Roman dialect. Cacio is Romanesco for sheep’s milk cheese. Along with pepe, or black pepper, the cheese – ideally Pecorino – unites with pasta (and a hefty dose of starchy cooking water) to form a rich, creamy sauce that is as delicious as it is difficult to perfect.

Anthony Bourdain, went so far as to say the dish “could be the greatest thing in the history of the world” – and refused to disclose his favourite cacio e pepe restaurant in Rome.

Simone Zanoni’s Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe
Ingredients:
200g high-quality, artisanal spaghetti (Zanoni uses Neapolitan spaghetti)
4-7g wild black peppercorns (adjust to taste, depending on the assertiveness of the pepper)
160g Pecorino Romano, plus two pieces Pecorino rind
3l water seasoned with 15g of kosher salt

Instructions:
Prepare your mise en place. Crush the peppercorns with a mortar and pestle. (If you do not have a mortar and pestle, use the bottom of a saucepan to crush them on a chopping board.) Grate the Pecorino with a Microplane (grater).

Bring the water to a boil, season with the salt, and add the spaghetti. Stir gently at the beginning to keep the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Meanwhile, toast ¾ of the pepper in a pan over low heat until aromatic, about 1 minute. Be careful not to burn the pepper. Remove the pan from the heat, and gently add 2 to 3 ladlefuls of starchy pasta water to the pepper. Bring to a boil. Add the cheese crusts and simmer.

When the spaghetti is half-cooked (after about six minutes), transfer it to the pan with the peppercorns and starchy pasta water, reserving the remaining cooking water. Transfer another ladleful of water to the pan. After a few more minutes, remove the Pecorino rinds, and place them in a non-stick pan over medium heat to toast on both sides. When nicely toasted, remove and set aside.

Meanwhile, continue cooking the spaghetti until two minutes before al dente. Turn off the heat and allow the pasta to rest; there should be a bit of cooking water left in the pan.

After about a minute off the heat, begin adding the grated cheese to the pasta from above, shaking the pan all the while to coat evenly. Add cooking water as needed to help the sauce bind; the sauce will thicken as the pasta sets.

Serve the pasta in a warmed dish. Top with the remaining pepper and a little bit of freshly grated Pecorino. Finely slice the toasted Pecorino rinds and sprinkle on top.

Takes a bit of finesse to get just right but loads of fun trying. Three ingredients !

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Old 15th May 2020, 10:06
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Western Australia has achieved quite a milestone ... not one single Covid-19 patient left in hospital and only seven active cases in the whole state. Our geographical isolation has served us well, combined with the strict quarantining and social distancing rules, we can all feel a little bit safer ... at least for the time being.
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Old 15th May 2020, 20:27
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Well done WA
Been busy with union stuff. OOoff.... If I wanted to do law, I'd have studied law....
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Old 16th May 2020, 09:21
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Well done, WA.

I visited the hairdresser today for the first time in ten weeks, it were lovely.
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Old 16th May 2020, 09:27
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My hair is definitely on the longish side now - I'm beginning to look like Putter Smith. But I'm not yet desperate enough to try the hair clippers I bought a few years ago...
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Old 16th May 2020, 10:31
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My hair is all Einstein, unfortunately the brain isn't. And I'm not desperate,or brave enough to let Mrs H cut it.
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Old 16th May 2020, 14:26
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Being on the "hair challenged" side, I gave up years ago and just buzz a number one over my noggin every few weeks or so. Zero problems, if a bit same same.

Tried a mustache for the first time in the last couple of weeks - first face fuzz in 52 years. I have to say I didn't like it, so got rid of same - very '70s porn star, I thought.

Made the missus some brunch today (the mushroom is drizzled with basil pesto, and filled with the chopped up and grilled stem). When in England, make English breakfast!

No black pudding or beans, I know - lockdown restrictions, we all have our cross to bear....

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Old 16th May 2020, 14:41
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Eating baked beans during lockdown will reinforce the case for social distancing! Black pudding probably much the same effect...
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Old 16th May 2020, 15:38
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All little league stuff. Go pro and try creamed parsnip.
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Old 16th May 2020, 16:00
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A pox on your creamed parsnip, my home made onion soup never fails to cause long lasting and odoriferous upset...
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Old 16th May 2020, 16:14
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Sister in Law posted us a picture of the garlic pesto she made this morning.

Mrs H posted back a picture of a cup of tea she made this afternoon.
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Old 16th May 2020, 16:18
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My friend just sent me a text telling me she's painting her nails. I replied to say that I've just painted mine.


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Old 17th May 2020, 10:57
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You did a very professional job of your nails treadie ... but I really feel I should tell you that white is so last season. As is anything too dark. May I suggest a light amber colour (very in right now) or even a shade of grey which, I am reliably informed, is the "hot" colour for 2020.
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Old 17th May 2020, 11:00
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but I really feel I should tell you that white is so last season
It matches my beard, Bluey!
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Old 17th May 2020, 20:26
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Shedding hairs like a cheap paint brush.
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Old 17th May 2020, 20:34
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Finally got the bike out and had a local ride. It was great.
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Old 18th May 2020, 20:50
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Originally Posted by Checkboard View Post
Being on the "hair challenged" side, I gave up years ago and just buzz a number one over my noggin every few weeks or so. Zero problems, if a bit same same.

Tried a mustache for the first time in the last couple of weeks - first face fuzz in 52 years. I have to say I didn't like it, so got rid of same - very '70s porn star, I thought.

Made the missus some brunch today (the mushroom is drizzled with basil pesto, and filled with the chopped up and grilled stem). When in England, make English breakfast!

No black pudding or beans, I know - lockdown restrictions, we all have our cross to bear....

That green stuff has no place on that plate, 'tis an abomination in the sight of men! Remove it, Sirrah!
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Old 18th May 2020, 21:10
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That's giving the Missus a Rocket.
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Old 19th May 2020, 19:02
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Sage advice
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Old 20th May 2020, 05:39
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Really, Basil!
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