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Anastasia

Quiet

Over the years having nothing interesting to say has never stopped me from posting .-:))

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Queen of Puds

quiet times ...

I've been missing for a week or 2 - work chaos & other time drains ... but I agree about the Ask Lindsey board - it does seem to be a way to get a definitive answer to questions but that therefore inevitably halts debate.

I tend to view this board & the other original boards as for the amateurs but Lindsey's as the 'professional' forum - although I do agree with Tomps. And I'll def be here more in the next few weeks!

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Noreen, Board Moderator

Quiet times

If you remember the name of the forum What's Cooking was perceived as the reason for the boards being quiet, so we changed it. Now they are quiet again and it is being said it is because we have the Ask Lindsey forum!

I understand that the Ask Lindsey forum will probably not start a lengthy debate between members, but we have 7 other boards where interaction and chatting can take place, and Coffee Break was renamed specifically for this. Surely that is enough?

Kind of feels like we can't win.

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Wendy

Forums

I think it's a good idea to have a professional on board. Quite a few posters write in and for one reason or another their query is not answered so it gives them the opportunity to ask someone who can give them an answer.

Some people might think they have only trivial things to say but surely that is what 'Coffee Break' is about? If you are at work having your break you tend to talk about the mundane, the trivial or things make you laugh!

So come on let's hear it! I'll start. My husband was picking me up from work and I was giving my boss a lift home. He was duly waiting for me and as it was a two-door car I slid the seat forward and pushed my boss into the back seat, I got in only to realise the driver was not my husband. I hastily apologised, dragged my boss out and she said I didn't think it was your husband but you should know. I replied obviously I don't! The thing is my husband was watching and let me do it!

As I said it doesn't matter if it's trivial or funny or boring just put it down!

Wendy

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Honey

Forums


"If you remember the name of the forum What's Cooking was perceived as the reason for the boards being quiet"



The forums certainly weren't ever quiet until the website was changed (a good few years ago now). The name What's Cooking was misleading. I feel people thought it was exclusively about cooking. The change to the new title was an improvement.

I would agree this should be enough and I'm bemused why Coffee Break isn't used more by your regulars for chit chat. I'm not one for starting threads myself but will contribute if I see something I think I can give an opinion on.

What is a bit of a conundrum is why not many of the newbies don't seem to stay. They seem to pass on by.

With regards to 'Ask Lindsey', of course people are going to want the expert advice... I know if I wanted to know something, I would ask Lindsey, but would also hope that others would give their penny worth.





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Tompeters

Quiet

A lot of it has to be due to chat happening on the anti-social networking site, Facebook. Isn't there a Delia FB page? I don't do FB at all, ever. Very invasive and passes peoples' entire address books up to FB in a sneaky way that most don't realise. Dangerous thing, FB, but that's where a lot go.

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Darkginger

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Frankly, I hold myself back from posting here because I don't want to dominate the forum, and I do like to spout an awful lot of trivial stuff about what's going on in my life - though am sure no one other than me is that interested! I use Facebook - am not in the slightest bit concerned about my online privacy - think that horse has long left the stable, to be honest, after 20 years of sharing my thoughts with the world on various forums and in chatrooms etc!

I do understand other people's concerns about privacy though, and can see why FB is not for all. If I thought for a moment that people who don't know me would be interested in things that happen in my life, I'd tell you about them, but I feel it'd come across as being self-absorbed here.

Anyway, if anyone IS interested, am currently on a mission to get my 85 yr old Dad to eat well, since his appetite is a bit lacking nowadays. This past week I've cooked chilli (he loved it), prawn Creole (ditto), gammon and duck eggs (ate it all), a rather fiery chicken curry (he likes it hot), and a steak, kidney, mushroom and Guinness stew (he had 2nds). Also salmon and watercress sauce was such a success I'm planning on doing it again next week :)

In other news, we spent 6 hours at the hospital last Sunday instead of going out for lunch as planned, because Dad had a sudden episode of confusion and forgot how to get dressed. I thought he was having a stroke or something, but it turned out to be low sodium levels (they think) - talking to his Dr about that this week.

Now planning on being in the UK until May 21st or thereabouts, after which I'm hoping to get a whole month at home with the husband, dogs and cats, during which we'll celebrate (if that's the right word at my age!) my birthday with my annual lobster.

On another note - I asked a while back if anyone would be interested in a Delia meet up in Brighton again in July (the week of 20-27th?) - not many responses at the time, but it's not that far away now, so....anyone?

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sam from worthing

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due to circumstances beyond control i have been a tad lapse of late.

but i do try to have a look every other day.

I do feel that many questions that are asked have been answered already, unless i have a particular point to mention.

but i do put my 2p worth in as and when required.

i don't really think much has changed. other than new members which is great, its so good to see new people asking questions and answering them, and causing a debate or 2. It all helps keep this site wonderful and diverse.

Maybe some may feel a bit anxious in starting or joining a subject matter, but i do hope those new members who have enrolled since the re-launch of Delia's cake book, stay and continue to ask questions and respond where they feel happy to.

as on the whole we are a very friendly and helpful lot of happy cookers.

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Tompeters

Quiet

Yes, we need members and posts. If there aren't enough posts that interest, folk drift-off.

There are so many things related to cooking and food to talk about, there is no shortage of material.

For instance, how are people getting round the potato problem this year? We manage by picking each one carefully by hand (even then, we find some with a bad taste). Frozen oven chips - even McCains - have recently had horrid black bits and poor flavour. Maybe not their fault. In the old days we always had deep fat and fried out own, but these days it's oven chips most of the time.

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Honey

Potatoes

To be honest, the potatoes haven't been too bad this year. I shop in Wait rose and they've been okay.

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Honey

Oven chips

Oh and have you tried the McCain's oven chips in the blue bag? They've been okay too.

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Esther R

Meet up

Darkginger, I would love to meet up with everyone again. I didn't reply because I cannot manage Saturday 27th because I have promised faithfully to work on that day. If you are meeting up on another day I would love to come.

 
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