I have learned so much from this community. The first time I read Aubergine I was clueless and had to ask. The same with dippy eggs, courgettes, gammon, marmite, so many other things. I have learned to weigh rather than measure when baking. I frequently use gram weights rather than ounces - more accurate. One thing that I find universal is twisted humor. I frequently burst into laughter while reading posts. G wants to know why I am laughing. I read the post. Sometimes he gets, frequently he does not.
I talk about my experiences on this forum to G and to my family.
I am eternally grateful that I stumbled on an international forum. I would find a U.S. forum boring after experiencing the diversity of this community.
You are all amazing people. In addition to being exceptional cooks you are warm, caring, funny, companionate, loving people. You all let strangers into your lives. You share you joy and sorrow. You are not just some anonymous name. You are all very real.
You are all amazing. I am glad that you are in my life.
I belong to a US cooking forum, and I really like almost everyone there (on any forum, one will find at least one person they don't like -- that's part of life). But, the diversity is limited to regions of the US, and there is a lot of crock pot and Instant Pot cooking over there. Nothing wrong with that -- it's just not my thing.
There are handful of "characters" here that I would love to meet up with at a bar/pub for a few beers. I imagine there being a lot of laughing going on -- and possibly getting thrown out.