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The Mysterious J
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geggis
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January 26, 2012 - 5:18 am
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Not sure whether any of you have encountered those mysterious J's at the end of certain sentences in emails. They look something like this (and I quote, entirely out of context):

Hi Gregg

Looking good.  J

I've been noticing them quite a lot recently and it's been bugging the hell out of me.

Well no more! Mystery be gone!

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January 26, 2012 - 5:33 pm
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I could have told you years ago, Gregg, that it was a smiley face  [Image Can Not Be Found]

 

I get them all the time at work; in the Outlook preview of a new email (that popup you get) there would be a "J" but if you opened the email you'd see that replaced by the smiley.

 

Silly banger-eater!

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Ahh, I wondered how many knew the reason for them. I use Thunderbird instead of Outlook which I haven't touched since my first ever PC many moons ago!

Speaking of bangers, me and my girlfriend are having toad in the hole tonight which is bangers and mash but with the bangers inside a Yorkshire pudding.

Edit: here's one we cooked some time last year!

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January 27, 2012 - 10:13 am
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You know, I wondered about that J too. People rarely smile at me so it didn't happen often enough for me to spot a trend, but now I understand.

I first learned about the concept of toad in the hole when I was a wee lad, reading Roald Dahl's Danny the Champion of the World. It did not occur to me, at the time, that there were countries other than Michigan, so I didn't understand that Danny and his father – and indeed everyone around them – were British. Cut me some slack, I was like seven. But it sounded good then and it sounds good now.

I remain unsure about British pudding. I know it's different from our pudding but I haven't had time to investigate how, beyond a vague sense that it's more disgusting. I'm also a little worried about steak-and-kidney pie. The steak part, fine. The pie part, fine. The kidney part? Eh.

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January 27, 2012 - 10:59 am
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Now I'm hungry.

Me love bangers n' mash. I always thought Toad in a hole was made with a piece of bread with the center cut out.

Yorkshire pudding isn't really a pudding. It's a popover – think dried out pancake surrounding a pocket of air. Although, looking at Gregg's picture, it never occurred to me that you could treat it like a piece of <s>bread</s> toast.... grrr, where is the strikeout?

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Toger said:

Me love bangers n' mash. I always thought Toad in a hole was made with a piece of bread with the center cut out.

That's exactly what Armand said when I mentioned it. We both looked into it and the toad in the hole you're thinking of is also called eggs in baskets. Needless to say we had to have a go and this is what they looked like:

(Note: all these photos were taken after discussing toad in the hole with Armand! We don't take photos of our food that often!)

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'Scuse me while I wipe the drool off my face...

I have to say, I think the first piccie is my fave as it's got gravy! Is that mustard seed in the gravy?

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January 27, 2012 - 7:42 pm
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You may not take photos of your food often, but you might be able to make a living a food photographers. Yum.

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I have seen toad in the hole made with very porous Cibatta bread (it has holes) fried in butter and then an egg dumped over it. Said egg oozes through said holes and makes a sort of pointillist TITH. No pics cause I never take my camera to dinner.

 

And yeah, those are nice pics, Greg. Your toast knows how to find its light.

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Toger said:

I have to say, I think the first piccie is my fave as it's got gravy! Is that mustard seed in the gravy?

The first pic is our favourite too, mainly because my girlfriend's Yorkshire pudding hadn't -- until recently -- risen like that before. Yeah they're mustard seeds alright! We put them in the gravy and in the mash and I reckon Hai puts them in the Yorkshire pudding as well :-S What can I say? Mustard does wonders.

@Scout: Ciabatta with egg on sounds great. Alternatively there's always super porous crumpets which I've never tried, bizarrely.

Something tells me food photography would be a great job because surely the photographer gets to eat the food afterwards? And food doesn't move or fidgit either.

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Those pictures are amazing. I had never heard of 'egg in a basket' until the film version of V for Vendetta, when some fellow makes it for Evey.

Also: steak and kidney pie is amazing. As is Yorkshire pudding. My parents for some reason raised me on a healthy diet of British delights. Now Guinness steak and mushroom pie ... this is my absolute favourite. Leave it to a culture of geniuses to simply cook pastry around the already-best foods in the world.

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