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  Reply # 2072775 13-Aug-2018 16:11
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We're hosting a joint dinner party this Friday (well, we're doing the main course then moving everybody next door to the neighbour's for dessert) and our course is slow cooked lamb shanks. Need to feed 12, estimating 1.5 shanks per person to account for the gluttons so we're borrowing a couple of slow cookers and will likely have three of them lined up.

 

 

For big numbers my approach to shanks is to turn the oven into a slow cooker. Put all the ingredients into an oven tray.  Cover with foil - tight around the edges.  Into the over on a low temperature for a long cook.  Friends used to have a cafe and they did shanks that way.

 

I've done a beef shin curry for a cul-de-sac party (about 20 people) that way too.





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  Reply # 2072786 13-Aug-2018 16:22
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kryptonjohn:

 

We're hosting a joint dinner party this Friday (well, we're doing the main course then moving everybody next door to the neighbour's for dessert) and our course is slow cooked lamb shanks. Need to feed 12, estimating 1.5 shanks per person to account for the gluttons so we're borrowing a couple of slow cookers and will likely have three of them lined up.

 

 

For big numbers my approach to shanks is to turn the oven into a slow cooker. Put all the ingredients into an oven tray.  Cover with foil - tight around the edges.  Into the over on a low temperature for a long cook.  Friends used to have a cafe and they did shanks that way.

 

I've done a beef shin curry for a cul-de-sac party (about 20 people) that way too.

 

 

Good idea. In the end we just lined up 3 cookers and ran them on low all day. Had to fish out the shanks carefully after that as if you just grabbed the bone and pulled you got a bone and left the meat in the cooker!

 

One advantage of cooking in the slow cookers was being able to put them in the laundry with the back door open so the whole house didn't get treated to a pervading aroma of lamb.

 

 


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  Reply # 2072788 13-Aug-2018 16:28
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Had to fish out the shanks carefully after that as if you just grabbed the bone and pulled you got a bone and left the meat in the cooker!

 

 

Yum.

 

Fish spatulas are great for this, though it gets messy.





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  Reply # 2074204 15-Aug-2018 21:02
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That the "manbag" never became a thing.

 

My SO flew to a meeting today, she's at the airport - 15 mins to final boarding, calls me in a panic to say that she changed handbags at the last minute, left her credit cards, cash, ID (lol probably koru card too)  in the "other" handbag on her dresser. 

 

Edit - Oh FFS.  She managed to get her PA to get some $$ to her for taxi to/from the airport where she was going, just sent me a text to say she's back home at the airport, doesn't have any $ to get her car out of the parking building.  About to reply that she'd best hold an auction - try and sell the f^&*&%^ handbag to the highest bidder in the terminal.  Better not.


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  Reply # 2074807 17-Aug-2018 12:25
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It was my birthday yesterday. Mrs MDF claims I am impossible to shop for, but she really knocked it out of the park with this one:

 

 

The set also has exactly 1969 pieces, which is somehow just perfect.


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  Reply # 2074827 17-Aug-2018 12:51
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Ha - is that about 1 1/2 metres high?  WTF are you going to do with it now?


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  Reply # 2074829 17-Aug-2018 12:57
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Need another kit for the launch tower and associated bits!

 

 


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  Reply # 2074866 17-Aug-2018 13:59
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Ha - is that about 1 1/2 metres high?  WTF are you going to do with it now?

 

 

1m on the nose. It comes with some stands to hold it sideways, though I'm currently thinking about suspending it from the ceiling in my office. I reckon it will make a nice conversation piece as a backdrop in my VC setup!




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  Reply # 2074872 17-Aug-2018 14:08
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@mdf that looks amazing!

We have been looking at one on thingiverse here in the office - the rocket is 6 foot, gantry 7.5 foot and is likely to take over 2000 hours to print! That's an apprenticeship! The near 25kg of filament required to print it is currently the limiting factor...



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  Reply # 2075021 17-Aug-2018 20:20
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Driving south through the Wairarapa this evening with my kids, with stars above us, and watching lightning arc through a huge thunderstorm in the distance - went on for over 40 mins!

 

@geektastic - it certainly looked like you were getting it right over the top of your place!


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  Reply # 2075023 17-Aug-2018 20:24
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Ge0rge:

Driving south through the Wairarapa this evening with my kids, with stars above us, and watching lightning arc through a huge thunderstorm in the distance - went on for over 40 mins!


@geektastic - it certainly looked like you were getting it right over the top of your place!



Actually no: not even raining. For some reason, thunderstorms are rarely seen here. In more than 10 years, I doubt we've seen more than 4 or 5. They seem to go round us in a circle.







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  Reply # 2075024 17-Aug-2018 20:27
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Interesting, it certainly looked like it was out over the village. Further east perhaps?


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  Reply # 2075029 17-Aug-2018 20:42
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mdf:

It was my birthday yesterday. Mrs MDF claims I am impossible to shop for, but she really knocked it out of the park with this one:



The set also has exactly 1969 pieces, which is somehow just perfect.



Very cool. Is that Lego?





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  Reply # 2075509 18-Aug-2018 21:22
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My birthday is on Tuesday... 

 

 

 

Mrs got me nothing (we never do presents) but I bought myself something.

 

 

 

 

 

 

:D


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  Reply # 2075511 18-Aug-2018 21:28
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Seems like a gift for the Mrs with all the jobs you'll be able to do around the house.
So no loss of credits here.

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