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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    I've never had a microwave - a bit scared of the technology.

    This morning I was tempted by some slow-cooker recipes in the newspaper.
    Have any of you got any experience of slow cookers and what they're like to use on a practical basis? They sound delightful and trouble-free, but I can snarl up just about anything.
    I use my sllow cooker 3 or 4 times a week, wouldn't be without it, I use the microwave even more than the slow cooker, also use a deep fat frier and a grill; rarely use the oven except to heat pies and other items labelled "not suitable for microwave", the hob only for heating pasta or boiling vegetables.

    The microwave gets used at breakfast time to heat a bowl of cereals in milk, 40 seconds - during which time I pour the near boiling water in my instant coffee latte
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    I had some mini frozen pizzas and the box did not give microwave instructions for heating. There is a good reason for that. Frozen pizza becomes mush if cooked in a microwave. I ate them anyway. What could I do at the office? The toaster oven is in the breakroom but the microwave is in the cube next to my desk (so is the coffee)

    Cooked pizza can be reheated in a microwave, but I have heard that it is best reheated in a conventional oven.

    On the bright side, the guy who runs the coffee at my office has a nice deal. All you can drink for $5 a month. No gripe there, but that my heart palpitations limit my coffee intake.
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    "Life is too short to spend it wandering in the barren Sahara of musical trash."
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    I bought some draft excluders for my living room and settled down for the evening with a bottle whisky and some CDs.

    I don't think the draft excluders work because I must have sat in a draft all night (I fell asleep on the couch at about 5.00am), because in the morning I had quite a headache.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    I've never had a microwave - a bit scared of the technology.

    This morning I was tempted by some slow-cooker recipes in the newspaper.
    Have any of you got any experience of slow cookers and what they're like to use on a practical basis? They sound delightful and trouble-free, but I can snarl up just about anything.
    We use a slow cooker now and then, mostly for casseroles, though it also makes superb rice puddings. My only tip would be to over-season things. The prolonged slow cooking seems to lose/destroy the volatile flavourings of e.g. black pepper, cumin.

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    Seems like every time I order a CD/DVD off ebay and it never arrives it is a seller who does not use tracking numbers. Why wouldn't they use tracking (this is a U.S. company so no international shipping unless they warehouse overseas) when mediamail is cheap and comes with free tracking.
    "Life is too short to spend it wandering in the barren Sahara of musical trash."
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    Seems like every time I order a CD/DVD off ebay and it never arrives it is a seller who does not use tracking numbers. Why wouldn't they use tracking (this is a U.S. company so no international shipping unless they warehouse overseas) when mediamail is cheap and comes with free tracking.
    I had that situation just lately. Ordered a used cd from a company on Amazon (I’m in California) and it took 2+ weeks (no tracking number). Turned out it came from Germany.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    I've never had a microwave - a bit scared of the technology.

    This morning I was tempted by some slow-cooker recipes in the newspaper.
    Have any of you got any experience of slow cookers and what they're like to use on a practical basis? They sound delightful and trouble-free, but I can snarl up just about anything.
    Slow cookers do sound wonderful and hassle-free, but for the most part they're just as much work. You still have to chop/slice ingredients, brown meat, sweat onions/mirre-poix, etc. It's only when you get to the simmering stage that you can put the lid on and forget it. Great if you don't mind doing all that in the morning, then heading out for the day and coming home to a nice ready-cooked meal. And of course, you can develop some great flavours this way.

    I have one but I rarely use it.

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    Second part of this great quote is a gripe for sure:

    "Music is enough for a lifetime--A lifetime is not enough for music."
    --Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Last edited by SixFootScowl; Yesterday at 01:06.
    "Life is too short to spend it wandering in the barren Sahara of musical trash."
    --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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