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Lets Talk Curry / Re: Where's Pete?
« on: July 09, 2006, 07:20 AM »
"I think (this site has) run its course as far as its original reason for being, i.e. to replicate at home the unique flavour and smell of the restaurant curries"

Surely it cannot have ?run its course? since not one person here claims to be able to replicate BIR curries at home! :o Surely, the goal therefore remains unfulfilled and all (relevant) options should still be on the table! :-\

"I reckon Pete's disappeared because he probably feels the way I do about the current state of the forum??so I will still read the forum and live in hope of ultimate enlightenment"

Its not for me to presume why Pete has apparently disappeared, but I would like to think that long-standing (and/or more proficient curry cooking) members would be sufficiently selfless (as I am sure Pete is, from what I have seen of his posts  :)) to:

?   help newer and/or less proficient members become more proficient in their BIR cooking exploits
?   continue to contribute, as far as they are able, to the yet unfulfilled goal of this site

"This was the impetus for the great threads of old?...Now we're reduced to looking at pictures of each others curries and talking about what we are going to cook at the weekend!"

Surely we should recognise that there are now 658 members on this site (and growing rapidly by the day!  8)), the great majority of which have not been members since ?the great threads of old??  They may well have significantly different needs and/or be less proficient at cooking BIR curries than original members of this site accordingly.  Surely their needs are equally valid and should be endeavoured to be met?  Who wants a site that fails to grow?simply because the needs of a relatively small number of original members are seemingly not being fulfilled?  :-\

I have recently recommend this site to a reasonable number of family and friends (yes, I do have some! :P) and encouraged them to join?.I just hope they don?t take one look at the recent postings and walk away again!  :-[  By the way....anyone seen Oscar or Dirtynunfishing recently??..?  :-\

I joined this site fairly recently myself.  I was excited about the prospect of interacting with people with a love for BIR curries and who are devoted to similar objectives.  So far, I've been enjoying the site (thanks Admin, moderators and all contributing members) and I hope that I continue to do so in the future  :)

I would certainly be likely to contribute significanlty more if I felt I was getting positive responses to my posts.  I wonder if others feel the same?

I have also started a poll on the perceived value of curry photos, for those who are interested, here,1050.0.html

PS:  I've changed the picture in my profile to better conform to some people's pre-conceived stereotypes of names!   ;D  ;)

Lets Talk Curry / Curry Photos?
« on: July 09, 2006, 05:57 AM »
Hi All  :),

I believe that photos of members' curries on this site serve several useful purposes:

  • to illustrate what should be achieved as an outcome to a recipe
  • to add at least visual confirmation of written words and assertions
  • to provide visual inspiration to others

I, for one, would welcome many more curry photos, not only of members' efforts, but of original BIR curries as a visual reminder and yardstick of what we are aiming for!

Some members may feel that photos do not "forward the cause one bit" (i.e. presumably, in replicating "the unique flavour and smell" of BIR curries at home).

Unfortunately, at this time, "appearance" is only one of the three attributes (the others being "smell" and "taste") that we can portray across the internet and across the miles!

I would be very interested in other members' views and comments on the value of curry photos  :)

Lets Talk Curry / Re: Where's Pete?
« on: July 08, 2006, 02:41 AM »
Hi CurryQueen,

I have my suspicions about Haldi!  ;)
He uses a similar clipped writing style to Pete's?
I'd look a little closer at him perhaps?
Either that or Haldi is Pete's brother!  ;)
What do you think?


Starters and Side Dishes Chat / Re: Poppadoms
« on: July 06, 2006, 05:59 AM »
I continue to shallow fry (1 inch or so in a frying pan) mine in very hot oil (a couple of seconds each side).  Of course, this still stinks the house out though!  ;)

I continue to do this because, although microwaving them produces edible results, there's just no way that they are as nice, big or as tasty when cooked in a microwave, as described above.  :P

Curry Base Chat / Re: 50 ltr of base sauce
« on: July 01, 2006, 08:17 AM »
Sorry guys! I find it quite astounding that such drivel gets so much attention and so many postings!  ;D  

If only as much energy was devoted to developing that BIR taste...or responding to recipe requests! (here.....,1023.0.html) ::)

I suspect not many of us are overly impressed by the cheap point scoring going on here; I know I'm certainly not!  But I could be wrong!

I presume all of you guys can actually cook a decent curry then???!  ;)

Ha Ha....."duck"!

Lets Talk Curry / Re: Coriander growth
« on: July 01, 2006, 07:55 AM »
Hi guys, :)

I've never had a great deal of success growing fresh coriander....either from seeds or from pre-potted plants, or when located inside or outside the house, etc, etc.  I 've always found that they thrive for some weeks, but then deteriorate....hmm..maybe I should feed them a little more perhaps!  :P

Unfortunately, I find that fresh coriander doesn't freeze at all well!  :o.  It seems to me to develop a very bitter taste and come out as a dark green mush!  Personally, if I haven't got any fresh coriander (indispensible) I would rather do without!.......I wouldn't recommend frozen coriander to anybody! :)....but each to their own I guess :)

Curry Base Chat / Re: 50 ltr of base sauce
« on: June 30, 2006, 08:40 PM »
Thanks Les, but let?s keep the cat well away from the pigeon coup and tucked up nice and comfy out of harm?s way. :)

Yeah, right Ian!  You wish!   ;)

Curry Base Chat / Re: 50 ltr of base sauce
« on: June 30, 2006, 08:36 PM »
If you pardon me for expressing my opinion (and perhaps you won't!), I think what should prevail is open debate and respect for other people's opinions!  ;)

Whether science, art, common sense, or whatever prevails, I would like to know if anyone can reproduce that BIR taste and, if so, how?

I would also like to know if anybody can please provide me with an authentic BIR Mushroon Bhaji recipe! (request found here.....,1023.0.html)

I look forward to your replies! :)

Curry Base Chat / Re: 50 ltr of base sauce
« on: June 30, 2006, 01:59 PM »
PS:  If I were you, Dirtynunfishing (and please feel free to disagree if you wish :)), I would cook several smaller pots of base (that I know give the desired results) and blend them together.  Anything else is clearly a significant risk since not many people (home chefs, at least) cook on the scale you desire.  Therefore, most comments are largely conjecture.  So.....5 times 10l or 10 times 5l (or any other combination that takes your fancy)....take your pick! ;)

Curry Base Chat / Re: 50 ltr of base sauce
« on: June 30, 2006, 01:50 PM »
Hi Ian S

Personally, I think you made a perfectly valid observation Ian S! 

I've not seen such a discussion when delving into this site (not to say that it doesn't exist; just that I've not seen the discussion...many...most... of us have not been here that long).

However, since nobody seems to have developed that "Indian restaurant taste", it seems to me that all avenues are still open to exploration!  Good on you my man!  :P 

Ha ha!  Let THAT put the cat amongst the pigeons! ;)

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