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The Dark Side / Re: First bent
« Last post by lmm on Today at 12:59:21 am »
Maybe I got very lucky, but I bought 1 recumbent, did minimal adjustment, and expect to stick with it. I put a fair bit of time and effort trying to get a DF that fit nicely, but an off-the-rack recumbent was significantly more comfortable than a carefully adjusted DF.
Food & Drink / Simple One Pot Dhall
« Last post by Valiant on Today at 12:34:13 am »

Shared this the other day on FB and figured I may as well share it here.
Simple 1 pot dhall v1
Dhall is a tasty and versatile dish that can be cooked in a variety of ways. I’ve chosen this method as it’s a single pot method and only requires the one burner/stove. The other (Tadka/Tarka) method is to rinse and boil the lentils and cook it with the turmeric separately, removing the grey-white scum half way through, and then cook up the onion and spices in a separate pan and bring them together at them in at the end.
Fair warning, I like my dhall garlicy and hot, though I did omit the Naga I’d usually add in :D Feel free to taper down the garlic and chillies, but a little is recommended for added depth. You could substitute it for a half a teaspoon of paprika if you really don’t like the chillis which would bring back a bit of the layers.
Ingredients (Serves about 4)
2 large cups red split lentils/channa dhal/tarka dhal/chickpeas whichever takes your fancy, I really like yellow split peas
1 Large onion diced
3 tsp cumin (jeera) seeds
2 tsp garam masala
3 teaspoons turmeric
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
6 garlic cloves grated
large bit of ginger grated
2 or 3 green chilies sliced length ways*
1 whole dried chilli*
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
A handful of fresh coriander chopped*
Ghee/oil/butter for frying – Ghee/butter will make it creamier
*Stuff is optional, but does go a long way for flavour.
Soak the lentil in hot water for 15 minutes and then rinse with cold water til the water runs clearish.
Take a saucepan and add the ghee/butter/oil, once it’s hot, add in the onions and cook til soft on a medium heat
Add in the garlic, ginger and cumin seeds, once they start to pop add in the rest of the dry spices and give it a stir for a couple of minutes to coat everything without burning
Drain and pour in the lentils, the tomatoes, the chillies and using the tomato tins a couple of tins of water and give it a good mix.
Cover and leave on a low medium heat for 20 minutes to simmer.
Add the coriander, salt and pepper, stir and cover for a further 10 minutes.
If you want it to softer, you may cook for longer. I quite often chuck everything in the slow cooker for 8 hours to really make it combine.
Serve with rice, naan, toast or anything really as a main or side as it’s super versatile.
To really level up you can add a cinnamon stick, and experiment with adding kaffir leaf or shatkora limes during cooking process, and a dash of lime before serving for a real citrus bite.
Food & Drink / Re: Garlic
« Last post by Valiant on Today at 12:28:30 am »
Microwave the garlic for 15 seconds, makes it super easy to peel and mash up.
Food & Drink / Re: Breadmakers
« Last post by Valiant on Today at 12:27:09 am »
I have a Panasonic SD250 I think, courtesy of Suzuki. It's been working its little heart out the last two weeks making 3-4 loaves a day that are then shared with some of the poor/elderly/isolating people in the building. So far it's not missed a beat.

Oh and for myself I follow the standard recipe but I tend to add in some dried parsley, chilli powder and grated hard cheese. Nom
OT Knowledge / Re: Flatbed Microwaves - worth it?
« Last post by Valiant on Today at 12:16:41 am »
I had a flatbed in my last flat that my brother now lives in. It worked a treat and seemed to cook evenly. Easy up was minimised. A bar at around £90.
The Pub / Re: Tune Association
« Last post by canny colin on Today at 12:00:49 am »
 A Windmill In Old Amsterdam ( I saw a mouse) ~ Ronnie Hilton
The Pub / Re: What have you fettled today?
« Last post by canny colin on Yesterday at 11:54:34 pm »
Serviced Some scaffold clips , adjusted the drive shafts on the trike again , adjusted the rear mech and hanger on the trike again . lo and behold I can now get all seven gears on the back and three on the front . It's only taken me 8 months to get them all working . Feeling on a roll I striped off the horrible ergo handlebars / A head set stem / conversion too replace them  . I fitted my old Cinelli 26.4mm  66/44 bars and quill stem , final adjustment and tighten look underneath bloody great crack in the stem . look in the shed three 26mm A head set stems , one very old  25.4mm quill stem  , one short 31.6mm a head set stem and a set of naff narrow 26mm egro handle bars .
The sauce worked well...
The old BS546 round-pin plug is alive and well (molished with modern materials and safety standards) in specialist applications.  Typically the 5A one is used for plug-in lamps fed via a switch from a lighting circuit (so you don't plug anything else in by mistake), and the 15A one is common for indoor[1] stage lighting applications, where it's safer not to have to be up a ladder when mucking about with fuses.  I believe they are also used in in ABROAD, where the FOREIGNS come from.

I've probably got one kicking around somewhere, but it's more an inadvertent accumulation than a deliberate collection...

(I recently chucked a few BS1363 plugs and adaptors on the basis they didn't have shrouded pins.)

[1] Outdoors they tend to use 16A Ceeform, for obvious reasons.
On another thread there is mention of a Teasmaid; googling said appliance brought me to the UK Vintage Radio Repair and Restoration Discussion Forum, which is full of good stuff. There are some excellent thread titles:

Any other plug collectors out there?

That photos on that thread brought back strong memories of my Belfast grannie’s house. And I’m pretty sure I can remember plugs with round pins and a transition to rectangular pins.

(Can someone remind me how to embed a link properly on here again?)
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