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We recently found some ground Moroccan lamb at a local grocer, which put a bug in my ear to try this as part of a hamburger mix, as I usually use 100% ground beef. The result was mixed, but very interesting. The interesting part is the grilled spiced lamb created exactly the flavor I was expecting. The mixed part is how it was not mixed, as starting with ground beef and ground lamb made it hard to blend the two adequately without over handling the meat, and it seems clear that using different varieties in a ground meat situation would benefit from being ground together. In the end it turned out pretty much as I expected: I'll likely just stick to beef for the burgers, but I really want to find a use for that lamb... perhaps just as lamburgers.

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36. Re: Skyrim Apr 20, 2012, 11:16 mch
 
MisterBenn wrote on Apr 19, 2012, 19:23:
If there's time for a couple more suggestions, here are my current favourites:...

Oh there's certainly time...I'm still waiting for it to be delivered. But now all these suggestions are really making me wish I had done 1-day delivery.
 
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35. Re: Skyrim Apr 19, 2012, 22:25 MisterBenn
 
Ah that's interesting about Dynamic Merchants... I've already swapped over so I'll see how it pans out. The greeting range seems good so far, I had something similar in Morrowind.

I've mostly used Nexus Mod Manager and Wrye Bash until now but just started getting some mods from the Steam Workshop. I noticed you have to redownload the mods from Steam every time if you use an external utility to reorder the mods! That's a killer for me with a 2Mb connection. My newly discovered tip of the day is to just favourite them rather than subscribe...
 
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34. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 19, 2012, 21:42 Hyatus
 
These are much better links for EPIC RAP BATTLES...UHHIRORYYYY!!!

Season 1

and

Season 2
 
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33. Re: Skyrim Apr 19, 2012, 21:38 nin
 
MisterBenn wrote on Apr 19, 2012, 20:12:
nin I took you up on your recommendations of container names, NPC greeting range and also dynamic merchants as is sounds better than Economics of Skyrim...

First two worked great...I'm still not sure Dynamic was working correctly. The idea is, if you use a certain merchant, they should have more money the next time around. Because I picked up everything, I ended up using 3 merchants constantly (since each would run out of money), and while sometimes they had extra money, sometimes they didn't. I'm not sure if the point of the mod was to use a single merchant, and I was confusing the fuck out of it by using 3...

But Container Names is very handy, as I tend to want to examine everything...except the damn food ones.

 
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32. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 19, 2012, 21:01 Dev
 
Ground lamb meat makes GREAT chili and tacos. IMHO better than beef.  
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31. Re: Skyrim Apr 19, 2012, 20:12 MisterBenn
 
nin I took you up on your recommendations of container names, NPC greeting range and also dynamic merchants as is sounds better than Economics of Skyrim...  
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30. Re: Skyrim Apr 19, 2012, 19:46 nin
 
Checked at home, I have (all available at the steam workshop):

Stones of Barenziah quest markers

Dynamic merchants

Faster vanilla horses (although I never bought a horse)

Racial bonus in description (very simple, but nice)

Improved container names

No bloom (fix eye adjusting)

Slightly reduced distance NPC greetings

Unlimited bookshelves (although it didn't work for me)

Birds and flocks (adds birds flying, very nice)

Spend dragon souls for perks


 
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29. Re: Skyrim Apr 19, 2012, 19:23 MisterBenn
 
If there's time for a couple more suggestions, here are my current favourites:

1) Skyrim Creatures Alive (wilderness spawns are reworked. High level creatures are rare but possible at any level so you are genuinely taking a risk to go out wandering at low levels.

2) Realistic Lighting with Customisation - an overall weather and lighting mod with options to set the nights and dungeons super dark if you like that. Natural skies at all times of day and no performance impact from the method they use.

3) If you like hunger/thirst mods, Imp's More Complex Needs is superb. You'll need to think about your eat/drink/sleep as you go adventuring, great if you like to take your time and really get into it!

As mentioned, SkyUI is the absolute must. Your life will be a lot easier if you use the Nexus Mod Manager to install your mods.
 
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28. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 19, 2012, 18:38 Cutter
 
Marvin T. Martian wrote on Apr 19, 2012, 17:53:
And RIP Levon Helm as well!!

Awww! I loved Levon! RIP Mr. Helm.
 
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27. Re: Skyrim Apr 19, 2012, 18:33 mch
 
Thanks for the mod suggestions everyone!  
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26. what to do with the ground lamb Apr 19, 2012, 18:32 skyguy
 
Lamb feta olive meatballs!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/feta-and-olive-meatballs/

taste fantastic, just put 'em in a pita with some lettuce and tomato, don't need hummus or anything.
 
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25. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 19, 2012, 18:22 PHJF
 
Yeah, seems heretical but personally I found the controller to be a lot better for Skyrim at everything except archery. I was really sceptical but tried it and immediately found it very clearly better.

Yeahhhhhhhhh... no.
 
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24. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 19, 2012, 17:53 Marvin T. Martian
 
And RIP Levon Helm as well!!  
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23. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 19, 2012, 17:48 DG
 
For Skyrim, I just went with the maps with roads.

I have the compact hideout now, basically so there's one loot/materials/etc stash connected to all the houses, though I got that late on when I was just tidying up the missions.

Most of the mods seem to be minor graphical improvements with a risk of them changing the "artistic integrity" or whatever so I didn't bother. The HD texture pack is worth it but the other stuff didn't seem quite worth the hassle.

As for SkyUI, everyone using KB+M says it's a must, but using the MS controller it's not necessary. Yeah, seems heretical but personally I found the controller to be a lot better for Skyrim at everything except archery. I was really sceptical but tried it and immediately found it very clearly better.
 
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22. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 19, 2012, 17:40 DG
 
For burgers try venison.

The lamb I'd be thinking about a curry or shepherd's pie.
 
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21. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 19, 2012, 17:15 PenGun
 
Mmmmm ... baby sheep. I'll stick to my vegetarian lifestyle thanks. I'm 65 now, my weights are done for today, time to take my daughter's dog up the mountain.  
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20. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 19, 2012, 16:27 Cutter
 
Hoop wrote on Apr 19, 2012, 15:37:
Just lamb burgers but use New Zealand lamb, it's the valve software of meat quality. Grill them though, don't steam them.

Mmm, steamed hams!
 
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19. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 19, 2012, 15:37 Hoop
 
Just lamb burgers but use New Zealand lamb, it's the valve software of meat quality. Grill them though, don't steam them.  
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Um .. Behind you...
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 19, 2012, 15:11 docwho1
 
Have you ever tried ground pork and beef for you hamburgers?  
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 19, 2012, 14:30 Creston
 
Blue wrote on Apr 19, 2012, 09:51:
nin wrote on Apr 19, 2012, 09:25:
Men at Work musician Greg Ham found dead.


Damn. Need to go find my copy of Business As Usual...

That might be Overkill.

That joke is only understood in the Land Down Under.

Sigh. yours wins.

Creston
 
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