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Old 06-05-2010, 06:59 AM
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Ack... somehow my response disappeared!

Congratulations, Rocssco!

I was waiting to hear from you regarding the award...

Enjoy!
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Old 06-05-2010, 08:37 AM
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Thanks Mick...

I seem to recall that the manufacturer took a while to get back to me.

Maybe worth dropping Ron at Variety Foods here in Perth a note as I am sure he will know who the Brisbane outlet is for Superb Baker's Flour. A quick google will provide the email address...
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Old 06-05-2010, 08:39 AM
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Thanks for the good wishes Doctor Jay!
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Hi guys,

I came on this thread via the search box. Rossco has a Ph.D., Jay has a Ph.D., I'm going to have a Ph.D. in December. How many doctors does this forum have!? Is there a statistical correlation between higher education and wood oven cookery?

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Old 02-26-2011, 07:39 AM
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Good question Stan! I think it probably has more to do with innate bullheaded stupidity and the stickatitiveness that the doctoral process develops. And...it's probably a guy thing sort of like "Dancing with Fire". Plus, there is the timing factor. Working on a doctorate takes years. A pizza, only about a minute. So we really appreciate the "speed" reward.

Good luck with your diss! Fun, fun, fun... (NOT!)
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Old 02-26-2011, 02:54 PM
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Hey this is an old thread!

I'm afraid I only have a BSc, but for the record I still use the Superb flour but I don't use a biga anymore - have basically been using this recipe with a very different kneading technique:
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Old 02-26-2011, 05:11 PM
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Good news Stan - will be great to get that behind you!

As Jay says - such a long and drawn out process too. Even the marking takes around a year once it is submitted (here in OZ anyway).

I start part-time lecturing to postgrad students next week on top of my (non-academic) day job so there are some career options available. When I start winding down to only part-time work... which will happen soon, academic work looks quite attractive. Perhaps you are in academe already?

The correlation between PhD and pizza making - tenuous at best - but perhaps it is something to do with the analytical approach that Jay and I and others have - always exploring new avenues, testing processes etc. This mindset can be a bit of a curse really in the real world though as it's hard to switch it off....

Let us know when it's time to bake a celebratory pizza to mark conferral!!

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Old 02-26-2011, 07:18 PM
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Hi Rossco!

We haven't spoken much lately. Glad to hear all is well with you.

I am playing with a new flour - an organic small producer flour (actually many flours - AP, BF, WW, White WW) and am having a lot of fun...

Two weeks ago I used the AP for the first time for pizza and it had great flavor but was tough and fought me. So this week I went to PR's Neo Neopolitan recipe and it was simply (and unquesionably by my values) the best pizza dough I have ever had. Wheaty flavor was spectacular (and to be expected based on prior bread and pizza experience). The killer was it was CRISP - almost crackerlike on the surface, held its shapes in ALLpies, wet, dry, etc.) and was airy/almost creamy/chewy ont he inside. Amazing!

Now to see if I can repeat it!
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Old 02-27-2011, 02:53 AM
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Hello Jay,

Good to hear your news. Sounds like a good bit of research going on your side!!

Apologies for the tardiness in posting but things have been really going crazy here at the moment. Have a class of 56 MBA and Masters students - both classroom and online at one university, plus a smaller group of about 23 at another university which is taking up a major chunk of my time.

Some light at the tunnel though - end of June I am going to South Africa for my dad's 80th birthday, then head off to Venice to meet up with my wife (had some really nice pizzas there last year so will have to resample to ensure quality is maintained!!). We then board a cruise boat (same one as last year) and go to Croatia, Montenegro and a whole load of Greek islands for 18 days. Will be away from work for 5 weeks so hopefully after that I will be fully relaxed!!

On the WFO front - I have been sticking to my "Da Michele" style Neapolitan recipe and results have been good. Still do biga but am very stingy with the yeast. Less is better I am finding. On that point, as the resident expert here, is it possible to get the biga going with zero yeast - only water and flour, if left at room temperature for a few hours?

WFO has been mostly doing some sensational roasts, with vegetables, also breads, scones and a fair few pizzas also. Have got into the routine of starting the oven when I get home from work, doing the veg and finish with the meat. All done in a few hrs with little intervention apart from the checking the meat.

What else have you been up to ... Tuscan Grilling??
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:38 AM
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Sounds like another Rossco adventure summer!

I haven't been up to much. Will be in Canada near the southern tip of Alaska in April. Italy for two weeks in June with one week at a cooking school. Then a week at the San Francisco Baking Institute in August.

Good luck with your students!
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