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Court officials in New Delhi have accepted dozens of half-used body washes, shampoos, anti-perspirants and hair gels for forensic tests.
Lynx - marketed as Axe in India - is famous for its saucy ads showing barely clothed women throwing themselves at men.
Vaibhav said in his court petition: "The company cheated me because in its advertisements, it says women will be attracted to you if you use Axe. I used it for seven years but no girl came to me."
Unilever refused to comment on the case.
But India's leading compensation lawyer Ram Jethmalani said: "There is no data to substantiate the supposition that unattractive and unintelligent men don't attract women.
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I was actually taught to make "Swiss" curry at school and, having an Indian-Malaysian stepfather who cooks well enough to offer food catering, I was a little surprised when it all started with a sauce bechamel and some sort of mild tasting yellow powder. However, once the chicken was added and it all came on top of fluffy rice, I did actually like it. It's not "curry" but it's nice if you weren't expecting something else in the first place. Just please, please leave out the pineapple and raisins, that's just wrong.

One thing I was very underwhelmed by - Oreo biscuits, what is the hype about those things? Same thing with Hershey chocolates, it's just sickeningly sweet diabetes in a wrapper!
Agreed, like Migros curry flavoured coleslaw, now that's yummy
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dont bother buying any and salsa dips here in CH. havent come across a good one yet. they are all way too sweet....
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I think Swiss Edam cheese and Swiss brie are totally tasteless and horrible
Fortunately Grumpy has dealt magnificently with the difficulty of getting good English cheese here.
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I think Swiss Edam cheese and Swiss brie are totally tasteless and horrible
Fortunately Grumpy has dealt magnificently with the difficulty of getting good English cheese here.
I didn't even know there is Swiss Edam cheese. And I doubt there is.
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I didn't even know there is Swiss Edam cheese.
Here you go.
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I think Swiss Edam cheese and Swiss brie are totally tasteless and horrible
I agree. I was similarly disappointed once after eating spanish parmezan cheese

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I didn't even know there is Swiss Edam cheese. And I doubt there is.
Unfortunately there is at the Co op
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Oh god, this is so true. Curry has transformed into some bland tasting ragu, with raisins, pineapple, cream, a hint of curry spice and a lot of turmeric, instead. Though, don't we all make our own, mean and awesome curry? I bet my shoes we all do. Nothing better than a potluck.

I have to curb a tad my pastry bashing of late, just had a rumball, and it delivered.

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Redbull does not deliver. The commercials are nice, the drink, ugh..
As a native eater of what you folks call as "curry" or "curry sauce"....I couldn't agree more. You do not generally use sweet things like pineapple, raisins etc. in a curry. One of the major attractions of a dish is how its looks and the yellow stuff thats dished out here as a "curry" is a major put off. The other thing, when you make a vegetable "curry" you use potatoes, aubergines, cauliflower and other vegetables from the subcontinent, not just empty the frozen vegetable packet which mainly contains diced carrots and beans. Eating a vegetable curry is such a disappointing experience here.
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Oh! Forgot that one: when we moved to Basel, we went to a pizza place and ordered the Olive & Basilico Pizza.

When the pizza arrived, we both were looking at it in disbelief.... Only one single olive was in the middle of the pizza. When we asked the cook what it was all about, he told us it was the Olive & Basilico pizza...

We taught it was a joke and we saw the bill.... Never been there again.

name and shame......

if it was me i would have got up and walked out leaving the pizza on the table
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Old 09.10.2011, 17:18
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Heisse Maroni.


I grew up singing 'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...', although such exotic delights were unavailable in my corner of Suburbia. I had imagined that roasted chestnuts would have a crisp, rich, and well... nutty sort of taste.

I arrived in Switzerland in December, and was thrilled to find a Maroni vendor while taking my first walk down Bahnhofstrasse. The smell was heavenly, just as I had imagined. I could hear Nat King Cole singing in my head...

But the taste! Mushy, sort of an indescript warm... blandness.


Nothing wrong with Maroni, but the reality was just so very different than my imagination.
Well, we generally collect our own and roast them at home (I have to walk about 100m to the nearest chestnut grove).

We love them!

My wife also taught me that they are good raw.

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Old 09.10.2011, 17:36
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My wife...
I thought the first time was a slip, Sky was fast to notice...

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Congratulations to you both!

(and to having an edible chestnut so close to your home)
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OMD. Who buys such stuff when real Edamer is available? Do I buy "Swiss" cheese in the USA? Heck no.
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OMD. Who buys such stuff when real Edamer is available? Do I buy "Swiss" cheese in the USA? Heck no.
I feel the same about Zurich Oberland 'feta'.

Some things are just wrong.
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Well, we generally collect our own and roast them at home (I have to walk about 100m to the nearest chestnut grove).

We love them!

My wife also taught me that they are good raw.

Tom
Are they actually good raw, or just my-wife-says-they're-good-so-they're-good? (Though he won't say, I suspect this is how my husband feels about certain Midwestern delicacies, like marrowbones or sausage gravy.)

Reason I ask is that we gathered some on Wednesday (yes, we have chestnut trees here too ) and haven't got around to roasting them yet. I've actually never roasted them at home, and I am a little bit worried that I will ruin them, or the pan (don't have one of those special chestnut pans), or both.

If they really are good raw then perhaps we'll just eat them that way and leave the roasting until another time.

Also picked up a load of walnuts, hazelnuts and beech nuts. Didn't even have to leave the wanderweg to do so, they were lying all over the path. Do the Swiss not bother with wild nuts??
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Are they actually good raw, or just my-wife-says-they're-good-so-they're-good? (Though he won't say, I suspect this is how my husband feels about certain Midwestern delicacies, like marrowbones or sausage gravy.)

Reason I ask is that we gathered some on Wednesday (yes, we have chestnut trees here too ) and haven't got around to roasting them yet. I've actually never roasted them at home, and I am a little bit worried that I will ruin them, or the pan (don't have one of those special chestnut pans), or both.

If they really are good raw then perhaps we'll just eat them that way and leave the roasting until another time.

Also picked up a load of walnuts, hazelnuts and beech nuts. Didn't even have to leave the wanderweg to do so, they were lying all over the path. Do the Swiss not bother with wild nuts??
Well, I like them raw, but then I like raw clams and oysters as well!

But I prefer the chestnuts cooked, the oysters raw, and clams either way.

Meanwhile, the pans are cheap (at least here), just make sure you knick the chestnuts, otherwise do them in the oven. Best over a wood fire, but electric works fine (never have tried over gas)

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P.S. We also like marrow bones in these parts!
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During the war, in London, I lived on raw chestnuts, or anything else available in the fields and hedgerows, because we were half-starved most of the time.
You had to stand in a long queue with your ration-book, which was stamped each time you were allocated the basic essentials. Milk, eggs and orange-juice were powdered, and pretty horrible. Meat and cheese hardly existed.
Road-kill was manna from heaven, especially rabbits, but pigeon wasn't bad
I remember my brother and I spending hours sitting underneath a sweet-chestnut tree munching. We thought we were in paradise.
Now I can't bear to look at the things, especially raw!
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Are they actually good raw, or just my-wife-says-they're-good-so-they're-good? (Though he won't say, I suspect this is how my husband feels about certain Midwestern delicacies, like marrowbones or sausage gravy.)

Reason I ask is that we gathered some on Wednesday (yes, we have chestnut trees here too ) and haven't got around to roasting them yet. I've actually never roasted them at home, and I am a little bit worried that I will ruin them, or the pan (don't have one of those special chestnut pans), or both.

If they really are good raw then perhaps we'll just eat them that way and leave the roasting until another time.

Also picked up a load of walnuts, hazelnuts and beech nuts. Didn't even have to leave the wanderweg to do so, they were lying all over the path. Do the Swiss not bother with wild nuts??
Apparently you might poison yourself a bit if you eat chestnuts raw. (Due to some naturally occurring chemical it contains.)

I bought some from a supermart and looked up 'How to roast chestnuts' and got a whole lot of info. Apparently if you boil them first before roasting them in the oven (just use a normal oven pan), the skin inside is easier to peel once they get cold. If only roasted for 25-30 minutes in the oven, they are peelable while still warm but so difficult to peel when cold.

http://startcooking.com/blog/299/How-to-Roast-Chestnuts

P.S. Our dog is now an expert in finding walnuts, cracking them open and eating the kernel.
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Apparently you might poison yourself a bit if you eat chestnuts raw.

I bought some from a supermart and looked up 'How to roast chestnuts' and got a whole lot of info. Apparently if you boil them first before roasting them in the oven (just use normal oven pan), the skin inside is easier to peel once they get cold. If only roasted for 25-30 minutes in the oven, they are peelable while still warm but so difficult to peel when cold.

http://startcooking.com/blog/299/How-to-Roast-Chestnuts
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There you go - could've been a Nobel Peace Prize winner if not for them raw chestnuts.
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