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  1. cowfields

    Football Thread 2018/19

    While we're on the subject of "true fans" and so on, this feels like a good subject to tell a little story. This might be really boring so feel free to neg away but I felt like sharing: I was never really into football. Would occasionally pay attention to a big tournament like the World Cup. Last year the World Cup happened and my then-girlfriend now-fiancée was all excited about it and got me into it too. We really committed and like a pair of losers with spare cash we even managed to complete a Panini sticker album. Our weekends were framed around which pub we'd try out to watch games or whether we'd get a sofa-picnic together in front of the telly. We even ended up going to Hyde Park to see England lose to Hrvatska, which hurt but then we rooted for the red-chequered guys simply because we'd been to Dubrovnik the following year and had been supporting them throughout the rest of the tournament. So that ended and I wasn't ready to ignore football for another 4 years. I started asking when the next tournament was and she did point out that it wasn't long before the Premier League started. My friend told me not to get into it, there's too many games...I read a Vice article targeted exactly at me: It basically warned against people who 'discovered' a love of footy at the World Cup thinking they were now into the sport - because picking a team to support would just lead to heartache and disappointment, because it's just an emotional struggle following a team and then having to just be sad and disappointed at the heartache of if all. I ignored that and we have since spent way too much money on NowTV day-passes and week-passes (and discovered footybites too late). I've absolutely loved it. My fiancée was a junior Magpie (though she tends to keep her top on at games) and her dad used to take her to St James Park when she was young. But we live in Tottenham, and my Uncle has always been a Spurs fan and so it felt quite convenient to support them too. She's made it very clear to me that they are No.2 to Newcastle though and I should keep my priorities straight. But we've really really loved Wolves this season. It's a few reasons: Nuno's beard. He just seems like such a nice guy, and they've been great to watch. I like beards and yellow tops and the fact that they are FUCKING CALLED WOLVES and have the best badge. So it feels so arbitrary to say I support Wolves, but I do. We would quite like to see them at a game if we can. Just because they've entertained us. So we're not "true fans" by any means. Sure, if they played Spurs or Newcastle, I'd want them to lose. But most of the time you're not having to make that call, and it's just fun to have a side you want to win. So when all this rivalry and ribbing comes in about how your team is shit, I'm taking it in good humour as I know it's not real but as a soft lad who still feels a little intimidated by fans at football matches, it's taking some getting used to. I've just got some teams that I enjoy, and that I'll root for. In theory I should support Reading as that's where I'm from, and I once ran through the Madejski stadium at the end of a half marathon. So maybe I'll go see them. We saw Newcastle beat Fulham 4-0. That was good fun. I wore her dad's Newcastle shirt from the 80s. Plus I've counselled my fiancée enough during their struggles, and I was happy that she was happy to finally go to a match where they actually won for a change. I'm desperate to see the new Spurs stadium, and it's only up the road. No idea when we can manage to get a ticket though. Sorry for the ramble, just felt like sharing. Sports lol.
  2. cowfields

    Digital Pressure Cookers

    I like our instant pot but we've mostly been using it for rice. I did a beef ragu I was quite happy with, and just spent a lot of time searing the beef on a really hot cast iron pan to start with. It wasn't as good as when I would cook the ragu for hours, and I've made mistakes on other dishes where my instinct was to add a little water and it ended up really watery. But, it was good, and quite edible, but it did take something like 40 mins on a weekday, rather than 8 hours on a weekend day. So it is a nice convenience thing. But, I really need to make more of it. Will check out Serious eats, thanks
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    The Spurs Thread

  4. cowfields

    Tokaido - Has anyone played it?

    Yes, I've got it. It's nice, it's relaxing. There doesn't feel like a lot of tactics, beyond trying to do well for yourself. By that I mean you can do a bit of sabotage by landing somewhere you think someone else wants to go, but we just ended up focusing more on what we wanted to collect. We've not played it a lot, but I think it's good just to admire the artwork, get lost in the idea of a scenic walk around old Japan. We don't always want our brains to be pushed to their tactical limit, we want to chat, snack, listen to music. For that I am not sure a digital version would be great, nor playing it single player, as it's more of a nice social thing.
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    vinyl lovers

    Have you already sold this? Only just saw this but we'd be interested if you still have it!
  6. cowfields

    The Smoking and BBQ thread

    Yeah I hear you. Just faffed about that morning. Been having trouble reaching the damn thing though. Like I said, it's bigger than I thought
  7. cowfields

    The Smoking and BBQ thread

    Thanks for the advice in here folks. On Saturday I bought the Weber. I couldn't help myself, and bought that premium 3-in-1 thing. The difference was a mere £60 in the end, and considering that the searing plate is worth £50 on its own, the diffuser plate combo seemed like a bargain. It's basically a couple of pieces of metal, it's a metal ring which helps for a snake, and then a big plate fits onto it neatly, so you have more of a spread projection of heat and no direct heat from any coals. Means you don't have to worry so much about positioning. Not essential by any means, but I was feeling frivolous. I already had a beer-can chicken thing (it's not the round thing that slots into the middle, but it's just a sturdy wire frame with space for a can up the Chicken's butt) so didn't feel like I had to go for any accessories (yet) The BBQ itself is great though, nicely made, and way bigger than I thought but not so much so it dominates our somewhat small garden. I tried smoking lamb shoulder. I needed more time to cook it, it wasn't quite falling apart when it was time for dinner. That's just a case of being slow to get it started on the Sunday morning (my sister was visiting and decided to start lifting tiles in our garden against my wishes and I had to wait for her to put them all back and this delayed getting it started. This sounds like more of an altercation than it was). But still, it was well cooked, gently smokey and absolutely delicious, and the BBQ made it easy to set up. I forgot to take an after picture, as I am an idiot. I cannot wait for the next time to smoke something!
  8. cowfields

    The Smoking and BBQ thread

    I like the idea of the tower smokers but I think practically it's more important to have a good 'normal' bbq, realistically as excited as I am about long smokes, I doubt I'll do many where it's on all day, it's only the occasional Saturday / Sunday where I can do that. On the other hand I like the idea of quick BBQs midweek to make the most of things. The Afore mentioned master touches have quite a high lid though right? There's all these photos of people doing whole Chickens....perhaps not a turkey.
  9. cowfields

    The Smoking and BBQ thread

    I admit I'm finding the product differences confusing. The plate is this, basically...it looks useful, I can totally imagine that it then means heat is more even, less grill-ey, but I think you're right, in that you're paying for that and a grate as the one you linked has the baskets. But in terms of where I'm going it's more like £60 difference in the end. Weirdly I can't seem to find the diffuser as a separate accessory, whereas all the other things seem to be available. There's also this: https://www.wowbbq.co.uk/categories/weber-barbecues/page=viewall/product/weber-performer-gbs-/15301004~15301004#general Which seems like a good discount, but it does also look like you're just paying for a side table....I'm not bothered about that. The wowbbq link is about 3 miles from where I live so I guess we can just pop in and have a look at the actual products and make a decision then.
  10. cowfields

    The Smoking and BBQ thread

    I've managed to convince my fiancée on this: https://www.weber.com/GB/en/barbecues/charcoal-barbecues/master-touch-series/17401004.html?cgid=4 A local garden centre ( a Weber stockist that does classes and stuff ) is selling it for cheaper than the listed Weber price, so with any luck I'll be bringing one home on Sunday. Not sure if I want to start using it until the garden is done but also not sure if I can wait that long...especially if the weather is nice. As far as I can see the one that is different from what @The Hierophant suggested is that it comes with some little charcoal baskets and a tray thing, that stops the direct heat, and helps for smoking. So, that's perfect. I feel like the difference in price is mitigated by the fact that I'll only end up buying those accessories and pushing it back up to the same price? Anyway I've never been so excited about buying a BBQ. **clenches fist and looks down. Deepens voice** For too long now have I been barbecuing on cheap rusty tin-can BBQs. Finally they will witness the true devastation of my ultimate meat cooking powers.
  11. cowfields

    The Smoking and BBQ thread

    STOP BEING SO VAGUE. Jokes, that's the kind of thing I want, thanks. Looks pretty good and can confirm that it is indeed fairly orange.
  12. cowfields

    The Smoking and BBQ thread

    Thanks guys I think I'm convinced on Weber now. I have a Thermapen (the bake off ones, yeah?) and I love it. It really upped my oven roasting game. But I'm not sure it's okay for just leaving on constantly for 8 hours to monitor some slow cooking meat? Ie watching the temperature without opening the weber lid. With that in mind I don't actually need instant, since it'd be a constant monitor. I gues i'm thinking of one of those ones with long probes on a wire that come out of the kettle. I'll google orange remote monitor
  13. cowfields

    The Smoking and BBQ thread

    Bonjour, you beautiful bunch of barbecuing bastards... I need some advice: We're about to do the garden (new patio and shit) and since a load of money is going on that, somewhere amongst the budget is some money spare for a new BBQ to make best use of it. Budget is around £200, probably max of £300. I'd go more myself, so I could be persuaded to go over, but my fiancée thinks that would be ridiculous. As much as those Chris Traeger smoker things look good, I can't go into the realm of £1000s I mostly just want a decent charcoal grill. I had originally wanted one of those "offset style" ones where you have a container off to the left for chips and charcoal, and that sends smoke through into the main area. I am guessing the main area can still be used as a normal charcoal grill, so you get the best of both worlds and a lot of space to do different things at different temperatures. But i'm struggling to find a good reliable brand - ones of around £200 on Amazon get reviews about how quickly they rust and leak smoke. My other thinking is to get a Weber kettle. They look really nice, take up less space and the build quality seems good. I'm just concerned that a kettle gives you a bit less versatility, with a big circle it's not as easy to have different heat zones and so on. But then I see people in this thread with Weber kettles doing indirect heat things, and attachments like like the "slow and sear" and think perhaps the reliability and availability of fun attachments wins over the form of the offset smoker? To be honest, I will long smoke things very occasionally, but do normal "quick" bbqs quite a bit more often. edit: also any recommended accessories, I want a decent thermometer to monitor it all. Thanks!
  14. cowfields


    My work did the branding for square mile, and we help them with their website. They're nice folks. So we get to buy their coffee at wholesale prices for the office, so I get to drink it every day. Filter or espresso in the marzocco. I'm very spoilt! It sort of ruined most other coffee though.
  15. cowfields

    Pokemon Sword & Shield - Nintendo Switch

    How about pokemon 99, like tetris 99, right down to the fact that the mechanics are basically unchanged so it's still turn based battles. And you have to wait for 99 people to umm and ahh about which move to use before you get to do anything.

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