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Waiving their weenies while reading sonnets, poetry and composing haiku's n the park...

I had never really considered MV to be providing a necessary public service until this moment. Where else can the "verbal exhibitionist's" let it all hang out?

I think there is a misinterpretation due to cultural differences:  that is how we Norse issue a challenge, much like the haka of the Maori in its original, pre-tourist form.  And our warlike women beat their bare bosoms with the flat of a sword. (Cf. Eirķks saga rauša, Chapter 12)

Ha. No I didn't and due to rains will likely listen to this show later since no availability to start up the mower or chainsaw.  In a mild defense of Norry, we have weird pronunciations of certain roads, towns, lakes, and rivers- often that don't match other areas of the country or world.  Pointy-headed people in academia call them shibboleths.


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« on: May 20, 2019, 10:43:07 PM »
Just beautiful, pye; the fancy up-and-down piping on the sides of the green cake will give me nightmares.  I am lucky to get a straight cross on my hot cross buns.  But to see the progression is great and gives hope.

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« on: May 20, 2019, 11:40:24 AM »
K_Dubb- you are so sweet. Cake decorating was just a hobby/new form of creative outlet for me. My cakes were only enjoyed by family and friends. I was a member of a forum dedicated to bakers that ranged from amateurs, like myself, to those appearing on TV and professional competitors. It has been so long that I don't even know if it still exists. They would critique our photos and help us improve our work.

If you think SV really deserves a cake and you want to go the traditional route- I hope this helps. Happy baking.

Haha not so sweet; I'm gonna eat it and all he gets is a pic.  Plus I am sure there will be opportunities for some general remarks on British baking, using the cake as a silent opponent.  I don't think this one is frosted, there's just some sort of a "gooey sugar top" on it.

That piping is ridiculously elegant.  At this stage in cake-baking I'm happy with a cake that doesn't lean (I'm partial to thick fillings and haven't mastered the freezing thing) and is sorta smooth.

Random Topics / Re: Bakegab: The Bellgab Bakeshop
« on: May 20, 2019, 11:25:32 AM »
Blimey, touchy touchee. Actually. It reminds me of those cheese cakes that come from Japan. There is a video somewhere of them taking them out of the oven and slicing them. I was mesmerised. I can't recall having had anything like that, it looked good.

Are you going the full Monty and using ten eggs?

Oh yeah that's nothing.  There are 17 in my 17.mai sandwich cake, appropriately: five yolks in the cake, 12 yolks in the pastry cream, and all the whites in the meringue.  Neat how it works out.

Those Japanese cheesecakes are really good, a super dense sponge that is still somehow light as a feather.  I've come close, making a Filipino-style pandan cake with cake flour, but I think you need a steam oven to get it right.

Random Topics / Re: Bakegab: The Bellgab Bakeshop
« on: May 20, 2019, 10:57:43 AM »
It probably was.

You did not see fit to comment on my cake, I notice.  Here, I'll help:  it looks like giant grilled cheese sandwich.

I'm going to make your seed cake and ordered a tall springform pan from over there for it.  You guys seem to favor taller cakes, which are trickier to bake as the center is more insulated.  But I want it to look English.

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« on: May 19, 2019, 11:56:45 PM »
There are several techniques for smoothing the frosting and the texture is important. I like the Viva paper towel method. Viva paper towels have a smooth finish for this application. You do a thin crumb coat first and let it set. Then you frost the cake, smoothing as well as you can. Let it set (dry) then place the paper towel to the sides and use a smoothing tool to gently 'iron' the frosting. then do the same with the top.

Marzipan is not my favorite material to work with. It is too soft and sticky for me to work with. I did my very first cake using that for my figures with totally cringe worthy results. There's a whole story about it that I may share in the future.  ;D

Ok that is smart; I'm doing that next time.  I usually make a marzipan cake for my mom's birthday and there is a layer of buttercream under I always fight with.

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« on: May 19, 2019, 11:13:36 PM »

 So I can't find the magic cube. But I think name Maxima. Aside from dictorship the recalldd to me Jap toy giant soldiers that could shoot stuff. Thanks dad for months away.

Oh yeah she is queen now.  I actually watched their coronation or whatever they call it on thuh teevee.  I remember they puttered around the harbor on a little boat (this is around the time Queen Elizabeth was majestically propelled down the Thames on a giant red-painted floating casino they insisted on calling the Royal Barge, so water stuff was hot) viewing a pageant of Dutch culture -- total schlag, but fun.  There was a half-naked danseur cavorting on a special platform that made their king look quite uncomfortable hahaha

Random Topics / Re: Bakegab: The Bellgab Bakeshop
« on: May 19, 2019, 10:56:24 PM »
Thank-you, K_Dubb- missed you sweetie. I did it on short notice for a neighbor. I was so new and just learning the basic Wilton techniques. Who knew how difficult it was to smooth buttercream frosting! I made the decorations in a day or two, did my baking the day before because it was only a two tier cake, but was up all night trying to smooth the darn thing out enough and decorate. I was exhausted, but delivered it on time to the venue, the couple loved it. I was relieved and tired.  :)

Missed you too; was hoping you'd show up here.  That was awfully brave of you.  They always make it look so easy with their little spinning stands and scrapey tools.  I have not progressed beyond rolling marzipan thin and flat and praying it stays in one piece when I put it on.

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« on: May 19, 2019, 10:34:59 PM »
Is anyone interested in sugar art? I have used fondant, gumpaste, candy clay, modeling chocolate, and marzipan to decorate cakes.

Here's the first wedding cake I made. Simple vanilla/yellow cake with buttercream frosting and fruit filling. The roses were a basic swirl style, simple heart cut outs, quilted design on the sides with 'pearl' nonpereils.

That is gorgeous, pye; looks like it should be in a shop window.

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« on: May 19, 2019, 10:31:43 PM »
Back to the subject at last a great cartoonish Oud-Hollands suite -- you can practically hear them klomping around.

He wrote a beautiful double oboe concerto, too.

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« on: May 19, 2019, 10:18:57 PM »
I got an AMAZING thing that is a Rubic's Cube celebrating some Dutch royal marrying a daughter of a SA despot. Amazing. You can manipulate the cube to see stages of their courtship, no pun intended (?) and the grand event. So weird, so when I saw had to buy. It was a big deal, with some controversy- though, come on the queen at the time had an ex-NAZI as consort, as I recall. I could be wrong the Royalty stuff gets weird.

Oh you should post a pic I would love to see!  But the Nazi stuff must be wrong; there were no German Nazis left after WWII  ;)

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« on: May 19, 2019, 09:24:35 PM »
Far from being some fairy tale she was a Spencer (important family that also included Churchill by extension but most importantly Duke of Marbourgh and lots of real estate) and marrying into the latest German house ruling the UK- who changed their name lest the Kraut name offend British sensibilities.  I seem to vaguely recall some even more Masonic-Joose-Satanic-VenetianFamily-SumerianCult theories along with, of course, the whole Roman Diana and various date/astrological issues  ;)   related to Spencer but can't place them now. Maybe Springmier's stuff? Or vintage Russell Pine aka Jordan Maxwell? I forget it was many a SW radio broadcast ago....

We should ask Shreddie about those theories.  They'd be fun to hear, and he would know all about them since he has the commemorative plate.

And no one got my Xanadu joke.  Oh well.

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« on: May 19, 2019, 01:01:43 PM »
OK, I see what you mean, it's a kind of bridge. Otherwise it would involve a bit more effort to separate the words.

Yeah some of you glottal-stop it but that's not what I hear the most.  And man is it ugly.

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« on: May 19, 2019, 01:00:27 PM »
Could be worse.  He could be saddled with the intrusive R and drop a "Wershington D.C." burger on you.

Ugh now I gotta warsh my ears out with soap.  He just needs to say "Diana and I" three times fast.

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« on: May 19, 2019, 12:46:47 PM »
I've never heard anyone here say Diana like that. Sounds like something they might say over there on the East coast.

It's called epenthetic r, and you probably don't even hear it.  It usually happens when the next word starts with a vowel or a schwa.

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« on: May 19, 2019, 12:39:11 PM »
Weirdly, people over here who naturally drop their aitches aspirate the letter aitch, pronouncing it 'haitch'. It's the only time they ever do it.

It is like how you can only say a terminal r where it doesn't belong.  I felt sorry for Princess Dianer the same way I feel sorry for the poor Pilipinos, stuck in a country they can't pronounce.

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« on: May 19, 2019, 12:37:03 PM »
Interesting. Of all the barbs I've thrown at you, that one got under your skin, eh? Of course, now I know it annoys you I'll NEVER use it again. This is why the Vikings ultimately came to grief, you people lack tactical know-how. While you're clambering out of your longships, waving your axes around, we have our caltrops ready on the beach and a piquet of bowmen waiting to push you creatures back in the sea. You're like Siegfried; he might have thought he was safe, but wait till his backs turned and WALLOP, Hagen sticks his spear right through his coat of mail.

You can stop right there:  it's Sigurd.  None of your debased southern variants for me.

There's a lot of cool stuff in the saga he didn't put in, like the hair-washing scene where Brynhild and Gudrun are washing their hair in a stream and Gudrun tells Brynhild she must wash her hair downstream because her husband is not as brave.  Brynhild says no one can be braver than the man who rode through the fire, and that is how she finds out.  As a sketch of the Nordic female, it's spot on.  The old-lady frenemies who visit each other and talk behind their hands about how much thinner they can roll their lefse are just reenacting.

I just thought you would think "skaldfifl" was a cool word, that's all.  Bleat about poetasters all you want.

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« on: May 19, 2019, 06:41:05 AM »
Also, you keep trotting out "poetaster" like a cat with a dead bird.  If you must abuse, use the culturally appropriate "skaldfifl" (poet-fool), which is right out of Snorri.

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« on: May 19, 2019, 05:39:32 AM »
You idiots don't pronounce the aspirate in 'herb' either. How can these people be trusted?

This is actually a very interesting case.  Nearly all Anglo-American disputes over pronunciation can be broken down thus:  you tell us we sound uneducated and rustic while say you sound overly fastidious, i. e. gay.  Here it is the other way 'round.  I can't think of another like it.  I suspect it is the fear of sounding like Eliza Doolittle that preserves your h here.

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« on: May 19, 2019, 05:22:40 AM »
You're the IKEA of poetry. It's cheap and reasonably pleasant at first glance, but on closer inspection none of it fits together and it's basically rather nasty.

This isn't the first time you've made opprobrious remarks about my marvellous limericks. I don't know whether you ate some dodgy gravlax and it upset your judgement, but they have been widely praised by discerning judges. I don't expect simpering poetasters to appreciate the finer points. I write for the cream not the scum (tosses head disdainfully).

A more-circumspect person might conclude, from the fact that the end-rhymes of my first four sonnets feature (in order) poo, pee, shit, and piss, that nastiness and I are old friends.  And please, I am not one of your sighing garret-bound poets in an open collar; I am a dread skald -- the similarity to "scold" is not coincidental -- at whose words princes tremble:

And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His bloodshot eyes, his unkempt hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice
And tie him up before he leaves;
That shot of mead went to his head,
You won't believe the things he's said;
His honeydew was overripe,
We're not quite sure what's in his pipe.
Go fetch the coat with longish sleeves;
He might write something that's not nice.

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« on: May 19, 2019, 04:04:26 AM »
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It sounds like your clock is missing a spring or two. You're supposed to be Norwegian not Swiss. Comparing his verses to machinery. Sniff! How velly velly vulgar.

I am demonstrating competence, not creating high art.  Don't make me dig up that metrically adventurous limerick of yours.

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« on: May 19, 2019, 03:38:38 AM »

I suppose you think that's a trochee too. Frightful feller doesn't know his iambs from his trochees. Which explains why he makes such an anapest of himself with his poetry.

Ha!  I seem to remember you were whining the other day about how my meter was too conservative.  I. e., correct.  It is; it runs like a clock.  I point an accusing dactyl at you for a prevaricating jackanapes.

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« on: May 19, 2019, 03:19:44 AM »
Someone who tries to keep our language pristine. Not like some people who drag it through the gutter.

Would that be gut-taire, M. LePew?

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« on: May 19, 2019, 03:11:09 AM »
They sound more like spondees to me.

You give both syllables of "apple" equal weight?  What kind of monster are you?

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« on: May 19, 2019, 03:08:18 AM »
And 'solder' comes out as 'sawdah'. Bloody fools. When we got rid of you (don't fall for this revisionist nonsense about winning your independence) it was a great relief.

Maybe when you say it.  Most of us can sound the terminal r.

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« on: May 19, 2019, 02:44:59 AM »
What is the deal with how Americans pronounce caramel incorrectly?

I have a theory that it comes from "caramel apple" which is probably how most of the country first learned the (suspiciously foreign-sounding and vaguely effete) word a hundred years ago.  Heard with its natural mate the idiosyncratic pronunciation actually manages to sound more euphonious than the standard.  In metrical terms, they are matching trochees.

Or maybe through association with Mount Carmel in the Bible where the prophets of Baal were

caramelized.  8)

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« on: May 18, 2019, 11:07:01 PM »
A couple of skips and they're missing the single timpani roll in the Andante Festivo but the last piece is fun.

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« on: May 18, 2019, 09:34:44 PM »
The first time I heard of brown cheese was when I was wading through the My Struggle books by Karl Ove Knaussgaard. Christ, you Norsks eat some crap, with your open sandwiches and obsession with fish. It just seems like one culinary horror story after another.

And don't diss Marmite.

Marmite is the pickings of the Devil's own navel.  I am sure it is some industrial waste product some enterprising capitalist determined to foist on the unsuspecting populace in that first frenzy of modern advertising.

It's funny, it seems like the rest of the world knows all about the savory/salty/sweet magic that happens when you reduce milk with sugar.  From Russia to Argentina they are happily bubbling away their cans of sweetened condensed milk to make the stuff.  The latest taste fad here is salted caramel which ticks two of the boxes but when you know what they're aiming at, it's just insipid.

I think you guys call it toffee but yours is pretty sweet stuff, but it is on the spectrum -- we like to taste the farmyard in all its goaty goodness.  It would probably help if you thought of the brown cheese as savory, sliceable toffee.

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« on: May 18, 2019, 12:33:32 PM »
I thought I was supposed to be from Bangladesh or Somalia or something. Thanks for pointing out that a lot of my ancestors were raped by these bastards. Don't expect me to participate in Cuddle-a-Norsk day. How can you call a nation civilised that eats brown cheese?

It is not really cheese; it is just milk that is evaporated down to a near-solid consistency.  There are lots of kinds, cow or goat or both, enriched with cream and/or sugar, and a particularly joyless variety made with whey.  I've made it before -- you get a fist-sized lump from a couple gallons of goat milk.

Mexicans make a near-identical thing called cajeta with goat milk and sugar not too far from what we call prim but sweeter.  Good to spread on toast.  Put the Marmite down.

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