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3:03 AM
@Jolene hi, everything ok?
 
yep...rushing now..photos in 10 min or so. The most important recipe (the torta) has been entered.
 
glad to hear it. Can I help somehow?
 
Possibly...you can help by being pingable! I've 86'd the Pork Bun, I'll use that next year. I've got less that an hour to post the Greek Meatball...First, I'd love you to proofread while I photograph.
 
3:33 AM
@rumtscho leave it to me to get hung upon fucking measurements!! now really pressed for time...
@rumtscho ping if you're here!
 
3:53 AM
Shit..I missed it. I can't find my kalamata olives. DAMMIT! There is no way I can make the deadline now.
Well,the most important sandwich is successfully entered.
Since I have all the stuff (ingredients) now, and the recipes are fresh in my head, I'll keep tweaking (and bouncing them off all of you) for the next few days. When the contest opens next year, I'll be ready to just hit send. (pretty much anyway)
So here's the final entry (too late to change anything now!)
Thanks especially to @ElendilTheTall
And thank you @rumtscho
I feel very optimistic about that recipe. I've made it so many times over the last few days that I know it's solid. I wanted to enter 1 or 2 more, but maybe it's just as well that I didn't.
 
4:50 AM
They'll be perfected for next year's contest.
 
5:24 AM
Here's what almost was, except for the damn olive drama:
Guess what I'm having for dinner! I did the meatballs twice, they're very scented of oregano and lemon. They're nice! Of course I found the damn olives on the way out the door to snap the damn picture.
 
Awww, sorry to hear about the missing olives
I'd probably have entered the recipe without olives in the picture, they can't prove they are not there.
 
Eh, it's alright. In a way, the recipe was only 90% done, not really ready for prime time. By next year I will have made it a few times.
 
I'm afraid I fell asleep again. I had a silly dream, woke up, noticed its the right time, and logged in, still in bed. Tablets are a great invention;)
 
But I spent time that I could have been writing the recipe (it just had a few lines that needed tweaking) looking for olives!
 
But there wasn't much going on, so I feel asleep again and just woke.
But you're right, better have a good recipe for next year than a half baked one now
 
5:38 AM
Of course the important thing in that one is the meatballs. I know now how to make really, really nice meatballs to stuff in a pita! I'll be the first to win two years in a row!
 
Is the contest sandwich-only?
 
Speaking of tweaking...remember that line you didn't like in the torta recipe? about the oil? How do you feel about the revision?
Yes...sandwich only
at least 2 Mezzetta products.
 
Yes, the revision Is good. I hope you can read this, my keyboard has an error.
 
Yep, you're coming through loud and clear.
 
Ok, it seems to have worked. I couldn't see anything I typed.
 
5:43 AM
Thank you again for your help. I think I'm going to reward myself with an adult beverage and an episode of Chopped! You have a lovely night, my dear!
Or day...whatever the hell it is for you :)
 
Yes, go and unwind. It's almost 8 am here. I just read last year's winning sandwiches, I think yours has a good chance.
 
 
1 hour later…
7:09 AM
Adult beverage? Is that a coffee with a mortgage application on the side?
 
Hey sweetie!
@rumtscho Thank you for saying that. I can't help but think so too. I'll be on pins and needles until it's announced.
 
Hey hon
When is the announcement?
Will there be a glittering event at the Plaza?
 
They announce on the 18th of September. I seem to remember from previous years that the finalists go to a thing in Napa Valley (which would be cool, but I don't see a mention of it on the current website)
Funny, I think that's the same day they announce the amount of the PFD.
 
Is that your Alaska bribe?
 
Well, that's..um...we're on the same page.
This year might be over 2K.
 
7:26 AM
Wow
Two new laptops for Elendil!
 
Ello
Is it okay to use barley flour instead of rye flour?
@Jolenealaska Good luck!
 
Hi Gigili! So now that it's over, what was your great idea for the contest??
Hmmm barley and rye...
they both create gluten...
 
Gluten content is about the same
 
that's the biggie issue when substituting flours.
 
Probably worth mixing with some normal flour, unless you don't mind kneading for 30 minutes.
 
7:32 AM
I don't know much about barley, but I find rye very strongly flavored.
 
Yeah
A blend is the way to go
 
It does look yummy
Your sandwich, that is
 
FWIW, I find too much rye offputting.
 
@Jolenealaska It was a Persian style sandwich idea
 
TY :)
 
7:35 AM
sauteed sausages and onions and boiled potatoes, seasoning with salt and paprika and nutmeg
I have a picture
 
What, no zereshk?
 
Does the sandwich have a name I could Google?
 
@ElendilTheTall =D
@Jolenealaska I'm afraid you must Google the Persian name
 
Which is??
 
سوسیس بندری
Mozzetta sun dried tomatoes and hot chili Mexican style or something
stuffed olives
 
7:38 AM
Google is frigging amazing...
 
I'm reading an authentic recipe now.
 
Link please
 
What? The recipe I wrote was unauthentic?
I wrote you a step by step recipe
disappointed panda smiley
I want to substitute the flour in that recipe
We don't have rye flour here, or at least I haven't seen it in nearby stores
 
7:48 AM
Hmm...with bread, if you want to make it because it looks special...I'm inclined to find the "real" ingredients. Otherwise you risk losing what made the bread look special to begin with.
In this case, a large portion of the flour is rye. As I've said, that's a strong flavor, not something that can easily be substituted.
Dark, dark loaves are often rye.
 
Especially the dark ones
Oh, I love all different types of bread
 
Can you order from Amazon?
 
Then I better search for breads with barley flour
@Jolenealaska Nope
 
Wow...any big mail order?
 
8:11 AM
No international shipping, as far as I know
Is this any good to go with?
 
It's 4 star rated and brought by Alton Brown. That tells me it's probably pretty good.
That website is especially valuable for the reviews. Read every word of every one.
 
8:27 AM
My initial reaction to the blog is positive, but I can be of no help choosing between recipes using "alternate" flour. I just don't have any experience to draw upon.
 
8:37 AM
OK, thanks.
 
@Jolenealaska so, does life seem hollow now that you have no more sandwiches to make?
 
What I'm dealing with right now is WAAAY too much food.
Luckily the peppers and stuff will last.
 
make a pile of tortas, then go out on the streets and give them away with the proviso that everyone writes to Mezetta saying how much they love it
 
But I've got bread, veggies and stuff too. Yeah :) that's what I'll do :).
Suddenly, I'm exhausted
 
Sandwich Fatigue
 
8:42 AM
Imagine that.
 
a terrible thing
 
Goodnight sweetie
 
@Jolenealaska No substitution is needed, the recipes calls for barley flour which I have at hand
 
PSTD - post sandwich trauma disorder
 
hehe :0
 
8:42 AM
sleep well
 
Good night
 
and dream of $25,000
 
Dream of a big sandwich
 
Good thing Gigili! Happy baking and goodnight.
 
yes, that too, or at least $1000
 

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