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HatBeard

Member since Dec 2010 • Last active Oct 2021

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    on holiday in chicago in 2014 I was dossing around the neighbourhood near our air bnb after a visit to the Jordan statue at the united centre and killing a few hours until the GF got back from her cultural excursions to the various museums with our only set of keys so I decided to get day drunk in the dive-iest looking bar in the area.

    for the first 2 hours it was just me, an old guy at the other end of the bar and the barmaid so we chatted about a bunch of random shit as my essex accent proved to be quite the novelty for her. then the topic of various careers we'd had came up & she tells me she's only in the bar job for some extra cash because she was in a court battle with lady gaga worth millions of dollars. it seemed extremely random so I just humoured her and the conversation shifted and then the regulars amateur softball team showed up post game, filling the bar and we didnt get a chance to go back to it any further as it was too busy.

    anyways when we get back to the UK I saw lady gaga on the tv which reminded me so I googled it and it turns out she really had sued lady gaga in 2011 and the judge had ruled against her and gaga was suing her for legal damages amounting to 1.4mil. absolutely crazy but 100% true.

    https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music­-news/lady-gaga-judas-plagiarism-lawsuit­-dismissed-94248/

    http://www.rebeccaf.com/why-you-should-c­are-that.html

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    I did something faaar stupider with my recent concussion.

    story checks out.

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    I think the liquid is making the base soggy which is then making it stick. the pan was screaming hot.

    I guess more flour is worth a try. have more dough defrosting for tomorrow.

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    second attempt at frying pan pizza this eve, using pre-made frozen dough as just wanted to keep it simple. am staying at my mums this week so of course I had brought all the ingredients and then forgot my cast iron pan at home, one reluctant purchase from amazon late last night and a cheap replacement turned up just before dinner time.

    dough was pretty easy to work with and got a decent size and shape out of it for first one, checked it wasn't too charred underneath and slung it under the max grill, still not sure if fan mode is better in this endeavour but i assumed it was. I messed up a little by grilling with door open for first couple of minutes before i could tell i needed a lot more heat. about 7 minutes under the grill though and it came out with a nice amount of browning to the mozarella and a fairly light coloured but cooked crust.

    great success!

    or was it, on trying to remove it from the pan the fucking cunting thing had welded the middle 1/3rd of the whole pizza to the fucking brand new pan. it took me 4 minutes to get the thing out and served to my gf who likes to eat early and was looking like she might do something drastic if not immediately fed.

    then I spent FORTY FUCKING MINUTES scrubbing the bastard pan with salt and then deglazing it repeatedly to remove enough of the black char that had remained before I was able to make my own pizza.

    second one went better, like the first i checked it was definitely not stuck after the hob stage and this time I banged it in with the door closed and after about 4 minutes it was looking pretty good. except a quick check with a spatula and i'd luckily just caught it as it was starting to burn itself onto the pan. so I pulled it out, chucked in on a baking tray and put it in just to brown the crust a bit more. end result was fucking tasty but the middle was soggy central.

    things I think probably didn't help...
    the dough balls that claim they're 12" pizzas are probably undersized and I went too thin.
    the mozarella was the dryer type but i love a decent amount of cheese and possibly added too much liquid from it.
    the pizza sauce was a can of marzano toms, italian herbs, pinch of sugar, some tomato paste whizzed in the blender, probably should have reduced it a little to remove water, wasnt runny and spread well enough i could use sparingly but still swamped the place up
    the moment the dough sogged up the cast iron pan thought "I'm having that" and decided to sizzle itself to death.

    no pics as was too disappointed to feel like documenting it. I think the concept is sound still but next time, thicker base, less liquid and transfer to a baking tray for grill stage to see how that turns out.

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    only thing i didn't like with that game is the end game forces you to run back and forth across the map non-stop going so far as to turn off fast travel just to prolong the final act a bit.

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    gives me the option of sleeping nude innit. haha

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    yeah I have a BA happy hooligan ul 2 tent with the bonus groundsheet so I'm very aware of the inflated prices over here.

    it was slightly more palatable put next to the cost of my -17c rated warbonnet hammock setup from the US I also bought back in 2018 when i got the pad, luckily managed to avoid customs charges somehow, dread to think what it'd cost from a UK retailer. worth every penny though, like sleeping in a warm fluffy cloud. definitely a buy right & buy once purchase.

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    my big agnes pad is amazing.

    my gf is a notoriously fussy sleeper (like princess and the pea levels) and she's managed 3 nights on it camping and opted to sleep on it when staying over with family.

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    plan has been removed from macmillan website but it's on wayback machine.

    https://web.archive.org/web/201407302330­06/https://www.mcmillanrunning.com/artic­lePages/article/39

    I talk about it on pg 399 of this thread (based on my pagination settings)

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