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Offline chewytikka

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Hi Livo
You are up against it, never tasting BIR in the UK and your struggle getting the ingredients
that are easy to obtain here, but you are similar to any UK expat living wherever in the world.

Following BIR batch style cooking principles, gets you as close to being here as possible.
You don’t have 40years experience of eating a BIR Madras, but you can certainly cook it, if you follow the principles. ;)

When your up and about, it would be good if you befriended an OZ Indian Restaurant
 or even one with an open kitchen and see if you could get a demo, so you could get
more of an insight into AIR methods.

As for the holy grail of the 1970’s, it belongs only in the memory of old men
Nostalgic Nonsense really. ;D

cheers Chewy
Burn those spices "Singefry" and Bhunao are the keys to success.
Smoking Mustard Oil is good for You and your curries.....Lol

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Hi Livo,

I am agreeing with Chewy. There seems to be a huge amount of nostalgia for 1970s curries here, which seem to me to just reflect that when you're young and trying something for the first time it blazes an indelible - and unreplicatable - impression.

Being in Oz, you probably have a similar problem to me in Alabama - finding the basics. By going all over my metro area I have managed to find everything I need except wheat-free asafoetida, which I have decided to just ignore. The "remaining 5%" is just colours of people's memory :)


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« Reply #32 on: March 23, 2019, 08:43 AM »
I have managed to find everything I need except wheat-free asafoetida, which I have decided to just ignore.

Pure asafoetida is available online, if such can be legally imported into Alabama.

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I can totally imagine him lurking here under some other persona.

I fear you are right and, as he's probably becoming more desperate, I suggest we need to be on high alert.


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I fear you are right and, as he's probably becoming more desperate, I suggest we need to be on high alert.

Why, George ?  What harm can he possibly do ?  He is a spent force, a control freak who no longer has anyone left to control.  Ignore him and he will fade into complete and utter obscurity, taking his private playground and his toys with him (those he hasn't already thrown out of the pram, of course ...).

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Re: Hing (was: "Is it legal for a forum to start charging ...")
« Reply #35 on: March 23, 2019, 02:45 PM »
I have managed to find everything I need except wheat-free asafoetida, which I have decided to just ignore.

Pure asafoetida is available online, if such can be legally imported into Alabama.

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yeah, no problem bringing that in, I just object to the price (cheapskate me  ;D)

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Ah yes, I see the problem.  I bought mine at a far far cheaper price, from Planet Spices.  Current price USD 13.99 for 100 gm, post-free worldwide.  Cheaper to buy 1kg, of course ( USD 89.99).

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Ah yes, I see the problem.  I bought mine at a far far cheaper price, from Planet Spices.  Current price USD 13.99 for 100 gm, post-free worldwide.  Cheaper to buy 1kg, of course ( USD 89.99).

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thanks for the reco, Phil! Browsing over there now....

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I would say morally OK if the person running the site was finding running costs had escalated and only asked members to help pay for website hosting and was only charging enough to keep the thing alive. I am sure people who have contributed would understand that case - presumably they would want their posts to survive and be useful to others.

If a website started off free and contains "donated user" content and then they charge more than is necessary to just keep the thing ticking over, making a big profit then I think that its a different moral matter.

But for general balance....

A domain name can cost up to £20 per year - my HTTPS certificate costs me around £100 a year and my hosting costs me around £500 a year for a site I run ( not curry related ) ok you can find cheaper web hosting but often at the cost of quality and reliability. I have to say as a webmaster I do find it amazing sometimes what some people expect from a free service and how a culture of free online stuff leads people to forget that people are in some cases giving up time to make a very modest income.

 My website ( in a totally different area to curries ) has offered a free service for years - this year we have grown big enough to offer a premium paid service ontop of the free service but even then I am probably no even scraping minimum wage despite the fact that the website is very popular.

I am not moaning - I choose to offer a free service because it was the only way we could grow and we have grown steadily but a get rich quick plan it is not.

I am not saying that everyone running a website does it for low returns or indeed that some people are not making a fortune because some people are probably minting it in and possibly making a high hourly rate - but I do suggest that there are a lot of people trying to offer something online and taking payment who spend more time than they would care to mention doing all the house keeping and like the trusty gold prospector keep doggedly at it because they believe at some point their hard work will pay off.

I don't want to confuse the main issue however which is whether it is ok to get people to contribute on a free forum and then close it off to paying customers only so I am not disagreeing with you just trying to add another perspective :D :D
 


 

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