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What's for Dinner #340 - the Pre-Christmas Rush Edition

After thinking last night's meal could have done with some cabbage I decided I had to eat some. Tonight it's a Fuchsia Dunlop night. Cabbage with black vinegar, Szechuan pepper and chilli. There are also some ripe tomatoes to be eaten so I'll do her very comforting egg and tomato dish too.

Tomorrow I'll be running around picking up ingredients for my contribution to the Christmas dinner at the in-laws. I really want to get all my grocery purchasing done before Christmas Eve day when the shops are manic.

about 5 hours ago
Frizzle in Home Cooking
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Christmas salad ideas

I'm unfamiliar with the flavours in Peruvian cuisine - but the salad that screams Christmas for me is this. http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/roasted-c...
The pomegranate seeds look so festive and the flavours are great.

I live in NZ and we're getting pomegranates from the US in our shops at present.

I'm also planning on making something like paprikaboy's missus but attempting to serve it canape sized. Duck, watercress, pomelo, hazelnuts. I like serving something acidic like pomelo to cut through rich meats when the meal is eaten in the heat of the day like we do down under.

I'm also making a white gazpacho. It's made with almonds and bread. It's quite decadent and delicious served icy cold - perfect for a hot Christmas. http://www.waterstones.com/wat/images...

about 6 hours ago
Frizzle in Home Cooking
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A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

I think that's a good idea.

Chowhound staff have said a couple of times that this is not about increasing page view statistics, or serving more advertising inventory.

They have said that the calls to the server to check if a post is read or not is causing a slow down of loading. Perhaps they need to make a change to reduce this load to keep the site running and avoid the need to purchase additional hardware - always an expensive exercise. Or maybe it's a bandwidth issue. Who knows. Let's face it too, the cost of running this site may well outweigh the revenue they gather from the advertising they sell on it. Jim Leff ran the site on petrol fumes, passion and 12 hour+ days. The day-to-day costs for the current owners would be far higher, even with the volunteer moderators.

There are a few ways that Chowhound could have gone about reducing the page load calls without implementing the dialogue killer of not collapsing read threads. This is the main gripe everyone has based around the concern that newcomers won't stay beyond a couple of visits and the site will not attract new members.

* Forced pagination on long threads as you've suggested - say after 100 - 150 posts. The WFD posters have been doing this voluntarily after 300 - 400 posts. While clicking on page numbers is a bit of a pain, I'm sure everyone would get used to it.

* The ability to alter the number of posts you see before pagination. Web based email services have had this functionality forever. For example people on slow devices could choose to see 25 posts, those with faster connections could choose 150.

And, of course as many have pointed out better communication with members would have gone a long way in improving reactions to change.

about 13 hours ago
Frizzle in Site Talk
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

We're having another freezer & pantry meal tonight. Stir fried nian gao. Nian gao are sticky rice cakes. I buy mine dried and soak them overnight. A tin of bamboo shoots will be added, dried mushroom and minced pork. Cabbage and bean sprouts would be good additions but I just can't face leaving the house and dealing with the Christmas shopping traffic mayhem to get to the vegetable shop.

Repeating threads on iPhone

I'm happy for it to fall off the queue if other, not to be mentioned here default settings are reverted. Just thought I would point it out.

Dec 19, 2014
Frizzle in Site Talk
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

We're off to a family event this afternoon. The pizza oven at the in-laws will be cranking out goodness into the evening so there will be no cooking for us tonight.

Southeast Asian Beef

Beef adobo sa gata (with coconut milk) - Philippines.

Not SE Asian but beef with cumin (China) is very good.

Dec 19, 2014
Frizzle in Home Cooking

Repeating threads on iPhone

And another occurrence of this - this happened after scrolling and reaching the 'loading' message.

Dec 19, 2014
Frizzle in Site Talk

Repeating threads on iPhone

On the Chowhound home page on an iPhone threads (or groups of threads) get repeated sometimes.

This seems to be related to the advertisement as it always happens after it. Sometimes it's one thread. Sometimes it's five threads. Sometimes none.

I've attached a screenshot of a single thread repeating.

Dec 19, 2014
Frizzle in Site Talk
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Instructions for how to avoid reading threads page by page & viewing already read comments

Thank you!

Dec 19, 2014
Frizzle in Site Talk

Instructions for how to avoid reading threads page by page & viewing already read comments

Can someone please post it on Home Cooking? I don't dare try to copy and paste the links correctly using my phone. Thank you.

Dec 19, 2014
Frizzle in Site Talk
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Instructions for how to avoid reading threads page by page & viewing already read comments

The intuitive comment was sarcasm, not a dig at people struggling to find where to change their settings on their phones. My apologies if it came across incorrectly.

Dec 19, 2014
Frizzle in Site Talk

Instructions for how to avoid reading threads page by page & viewing already read comments

Press the three red lines at the top left of the screen.

Press the little gear icon on the right.

Press the little triangle on the right.

Press the word Chowhound.

Press the box next to 'collapse...' so it's ticked.

Press submit.

Totally intuitive.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

It's a pantry & freezer scrounge tonight.

Patatas bravas. Chicken cooked with garlic. Lettuce salad.

Best of all tonight I'm going to open a bottle of taittinger that I've been saving since my birthday in October. It's Friday here and the weather is perfect for a wee tipple.

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

The little 'i' that doesn't exist on the mobile version?

Dec 18, 2014
Frizzle in Site Talk
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A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

I agree. Expanded read posts mean it's too difficult to follow conversations.

I imagine there will be less new members joining in the future - which is a sad thing, especially as Chowhound have said expanding the appeal of the site to people in different regions. I was looking forward to new voices and new cuisines being part of the conversations.

Dec 18, 2014
Frizzle in Site Talk
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

My first time eating them like this too. I cooked them for about 25 minutes.

Dec 18, 2014
Frizzle in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Another recipe from Plenty More tonight. Mung beans with carrots.

I subbed some sour cream with a hefty amount of salt for the feta in the recipe and used pulverised coriander stalks instead of leaves but otherwise stuck to the recipe. Freaking delicious. Cumin, fennel, caraway, garlic, white wine vinegar and chilli flakes with caramelised carrots and earthy mung beans. The bloke and I decided next time we make this dish we'll double the recipe.

site forgetting "read" posts

I just tried clicking on that same link and same thing happened on an iPhone too - all posts are expanded despite having already set my preference for collapsed posts if they've been read. Navigating to another thread however and the posts were collapsed.

Dec 17, 2014
Frizzle in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

For all we know patsully secretly dislikes the change as much as we all do.

Shooting the messenger is never a good idea - and is likely to get the thread locked. Personally I'm enjoying reading a lot of the comments here and am interested to see if and how they're responded to.

2014 in the kitchen: What were the best new things you made?

To get the pasta thin enough for this recipe you need to create a loop of pasta while rolling on the thinnest setting on your machine. Feed one end in to overlap the other and then use the arm holding the loop out to give the pasta a little tension as you roll it through several times to make it thinner. It's hard to describe and I couldn't spot a YouTube video showing it although there are bound to be plenty.

For my dough I use per person 100 grams of 'OO' flour to one egg and a wee sprinkle of salt. I don't add any liquid.

Dec 17, 2014
Frizzle in Home Cooking

Vegan and traveling in Korea

We were there a few years ago. I think you'll struggle a bit - especially with the no rice. I'm going to echo the previous poster and say despite the difficulty you may experience it's a great country to visit.

Dec 17, 2014
Frizzle in Vegetarian & Vegan

Homemade Hummus

Cooking dried beans should give you a creamier texture. Save the cooking liquid and add it to your hummus to get it to your desired consistency.

Dec 17, 2014
Frizzle in Vegetarian & Vegan

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

Further to my original post up thread.

"Currently all Chowhound threads, both short and long, appear on a single page. Serving you longer threads is particularly slow, especially on mobile devices. Speeding up these longer threads is very important, as they are some of the most engaging discussions on the site. Longtime 'hounds and new members alike spend a ton of time reading and contributing to “What’s for Dinner,” “Cookbook of the Month,” and many more recurring topics."

For regular contributors to these long threads having the previously read posts collapsed is the only way to use them - replies pop up all over the place so you need to be able to see what's new at a glance. I'm a regular WFD poster and a regular COTM reader - and I primarily use my phone to post and read. It seems like I am the exact person you've tried to speed the site up for, except you haven't taken into account how the users actually use the site before coming up with a solution. Additionally I have to say that I've never found the loading of the site to be slow on my phone.

I'm all for improvements, and improving speed of loading is great (if it is actually a problem) but how about talking to the users a little before implementing stuff so you don't spend your time making changes that aren't the best solution.

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

I generally see sites starting to paginate content as an attempt to increase page view numbers. I've never had issues with slow loading even though I mainly partipate in the WFD threads.

Thanks for including the option to 'see all'. I even managed to set it on my iPhone and it appears to be working.

Dec 17, 2014
Frizzle in Site Talk

Best fish to be served with a mushroom risotto.

Good point being raised. I hadn't thought about the cheese factor.

Dec 17, 2014
Frizzle in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

What a feast! Lucky, lucky guests.

What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

He must be a talented lad. I would be a proud parent too.

Dec 16, 2014
Frizzle in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

Sounds like a great way to spend a few hours.

Dec 16, 2014
Frizzle in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #339 -- The Advent Edition [through Dec. 21, 2014]

The weather here is dreary. Windy and rainy. The forecasters have told us that the arrival of summer is going to be six weeks late. Comfort food has been in order.

Last night we ate one of my father's recipes which I can whip up from the pantry and garden - lentils and spinach (I subbed silver beet/chard for spinach). Lentils are cooked with garlic cloves and whole chilli. Silver beet and ground cumin are added and oodles of fresh coriander and lemon juice to serve. It's easy to make, healthy and packs a great punch of flavour.

Tonight dinner is what I have dubbed 'mutant miso'. A basic miso soup is augmented with sweet corn, ginger, fresh coriander and lime juice. I add lots of silken tofu to make it a substantial dinner.