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Idle Food - Cooking!
Badfinger posted a topic in Idle BanterWe have threads dedicated to many things, but somehow lacked one about cooking and eating. That issue is now resolved. The title says cooking, but feel free to talk about anything kitchen related or food related. If there's something fun to discuss about a restaurant visit, go wild. The thing that inspired me to post a cooking thread is spatchcock roasted chicken. It is almost impossibly easy, and the cooked results are phenomenal. Spatchcocking (or butterflying), is removing the backbone from a bird, and flattening it. You get a large amount of surface area for crispy skin, even cooking, and fast cooking time. I first got the urge to try this when a friend was faced with a dilemma - trying to fit a tiny turkey into their on-counter convection oven for Thanksgiving dinner. At 8.5 pounds it was the smallest turkey I've ever heard of, but the height was too much and it wouldn't fit. She was considering just slicing off an inch or two of the top of the turkey breast just to get the thing in there. I did some searching, found the link below, and convinced her to try spatchcocking it. With the bird flattened out, it fit on the roasting pan and had plenty of clearance, and she reported tremendous success. Since I don't buy a lot of turkeys, I transferred the same basic cooking instructions to chicken. http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/11/how-to-spatchcock-cook-turkey-thanksgiving-fast-easy-way-spatchcocked.html The quick and dirty so I'm not just putting a link to someone else explaining - (1) 4-5 pound whole chicken, neck and organs removed. (fryer or roaster, chicken's chicken) - ~2 Tbsp canola, vegetable, or olive oil - 1 Tbsp salt - 1 tsp black pepper Preheat the oven to 450. Put your chicken on a cutting board with room to work. Imagine a Rockwell painting. Now stop imagining and flip it over. There's the backbone. Grab a set of kitchen shears, and cut down the length of the bird as close to the backbone as possible. You should get some resistance but if the chicken is thawed this shouldn't be too tough. If you're really having a hard time, you may be cutting into the backbone. Move a bit further out and keep going. When one side is free, swap to the other side. Reserve the backbone for stock if you'd like. It is a great addition. Flip the bird over so all the skin is facing up. Find the middle of the breastbone, and press down. You want to flatten out the chicken breasts as much as possible. There may be a small pop or crack, there might not. Transfer your chicken to a rack, on a cooking pan lined with aluminum foil. The recipe above says to line the pan with chopped veggies. I don't have any racks high enough to do this. Although I'm missing out on roasted vegetables the chicken hasn't suffered. Take your tablespoon of oil, and cover all the visible surfaces of the chicken. Coat the chicken liberally (LIBERALLY) with salt (I use kosher for cooking), and then follow with black pepper. The turkey recipe has a nice picture of the wings folded neatly under the breast. Chicken wings are just too small to do this, so do the best you can. If you have a fancy temperature-taking device, set it for 165 and insert it as deep into one of the thighs as you can. If you have a non-fancy thermometer, set your timer for 45 minutes. Insert the chicken into the middle of the oven, and anticipate. At 45 minutes, check the chicken. If the thickest part of the thigh registers 165, you're done. This cooking method has roasted a chicken in 45-55 minutes for me, but time may vary. If you're not at 165, set the timer for 3 or 5 more minutes and check it again. If you're not even CLOSE to 165, go up to step 1 and turn the oven on. When the chicken hits temperature, remove from the oven and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, preferably one with a reservoir (most of the juices will have redistributed, that's why you wait, but this is still an incredibly juicy bird). The absolute best thing about cooking a chicken this way is how easy it is to carve it. The thigh and leg are attached by basically skin, and a quick knife through gets you a perfect quarter. If you pull the wing back, you should be able to find the joint and easily pop it out. To cut the breast, I like to cut right down the breastbone and then off the ribs to take it all the way off, and then carve it as a standing piece. Here's a picture of the last one I cooked. Not actually my best effort and I took the picture for reasons unrelated to the chicken, but still came out well. This first post was way too long, sorry! Food, eating, yeah!
New Incremental Design Tool Coming Next Week!
csharporbflat posted a topic in Game DevelopmentHave you ever wanted to create Incremental Games but were stopped by your lack of coding skills and understanding of how the elements of the game should be structured as well as how they relate to each other? Tool is accepting pre-beta signups now. Get in on the ground floor! This new tool allows creators to define currencies, producers, upgrades, achievements, and prestiges. With a few clicks, the appearance of individual elements within the game can be altered. Additionally, interactive instructions are provided that explain what each element does and which options are available to the creator. If you are interested in beta testing this new tool, please sign up at https://www.incrementaldesigntool.com/beta as soon as possible, as there are a limited number of beta accounts.
IDLE ISLAND TYCOON: Survival game
thorrr posted a topic in Game DevelopmentHi forum!!!! We are a group of friends who have been creating an idle game for two years It is a survival game on an island, and we would like to have some feedback with our project At the moment the game is only available for android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Atalana.IdleIslandTycoon&gl=ES Thank you all very much for your time
free Soul Not Found - Idle/Incremental Game
MartinTale posted a topic in Video GamingI made an idle/incremental game with offline progress (should work on desktops and mobile) for js13kgames jam. They have a unique limitation where your game can't exceed 13312 bytes (essentially, an empty Word document). 😂 Content is quite limited right now due to game jam limitation but I'm actively working on a full version of the game and you can join the waitlist and/or my Discord if you liked/enjoyed the game so far 😉 Either way, let me know what you think and thanks for playing! 🙂 Game Link - https://martintale.itch.io/soul-not-found (Prototype - Game Jam Edition)
Idle Santa 2016! - giftees sent out! Please PM me if you didn't get one!
N1njaSquirrel posted a topic in Idle BanterHey kitty kats! Another year, another most secret of santas. Last year i got an amazing gift set from the wonderful Dibs. socks, tasty chocolate money (which is now probably more expensive than real money), and a real cute sheep magnet. It was awesome! Much <3 dibbles Anyways, who's in for more santa this year? As usual, post on this for questions, and PM me to join. I'll update the thread with number counts. I'm closing the entry a tad earlier this year so that we can hopefully get presents sorted by xmas! Entries are closing on the 27th. As per usual, rules: How to enter: PM me with your name, Address and country before the 27th November. In the PM, also state if you are up for: shipping (i.e. physical present), international shipping (i.e. present from abroad), digital, or all/mix of the above! Also state any important information like food allergies. If you are wanting a digital present, also include your steam ID/email address. Rules: Present(s) should cost no less than $20 - $25, excluding shipping (note: I have no idea how much international shipping costs, so if this'll cost too much, let me know!) You must be an established forum member to enter (50+ posts). This is to prevent flakey flakers flaking out at the last minuet, meaning someone doesn't get a present and being sad. They'll probably cry. I know I would. After the 27th, I shall randomly assign people according to their shipping options, and then hopefully people will send off stuff and it'll all be fun and games. You shall get the address of your secret Santa by the 28th/29th Post on this thread what you get! Or don't! (but do)