Thursday, September 19, 2019

curry crusted mahi mahi




I discovered a simple trick to pan fry a piece of fish to give it a light crunchy crust. It is to coat the surface with a dust of ordinary flour.

miso wasabi vinaigrette




It was Sunday and the first of three club days at Oregon Raceway Park. I was catering the lunch for 30. I had done enough of preparation work at home as well as the night before so I knew at least I could drive for an hour before preparing the lunch.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

fresh pasta with seafood


I am amazed how little flour you need to make a serving of a delicious dish with home made pasta.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Thursday, August 8, 2019

garage door openers master switch



I have been wanting to do this a very long time. Adding a power shutoff switch to the garage door openers. I dislike and distrust the openers' built-in disable switches. In fact they have the tendency to fail and cause the light to turned on. When I am away for extended period of time I want to be absolutely sure they will not open accidentally and there is no substitute for removing power entirely. To do this I have to unplug their power at the ceiling height which often is too painful with a vehicle parked under under.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

not a boring steak



Steak can be quite boring. Tonight I had a moment of inspiration, from a small shallot onion sitting on the kitchen counter. I immediately thought of making a demi glaze sauce with some chopped shallot. Rather than using common Western herbs I used some finely slice scallions and Serrano pepper.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

servicing wheel bearings on the trailex car trailer

I was told that as soon as I arrive home from the cross country trip from Ohio I should repack the wheel bearings of the tailer. I thought that is odd that for a brand new trailer I would think it would be a few years down the road before I need to think about lubricating the wheel bearings.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

renewing Burnnhilde's side turn signal lenses


I have been wanting to renew these side turn signal lenses a while now. The right side one has visible hairline cracks from UV damage. Most vendors want an arm and a leg for these simple lens. I found a cheap source and purchased two together with other parts to get free shipping. These are not OEM but I figure I would take a chance for 1/2 the price.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

brake parts for brunnhilde - part 1




One of the reasons that I write this post is I need to have photo hosting to be able to make a post on the Sprinter forum concerning the procurement of brake parts for Brunnhilde. This is also why this post is a running one as I gather more images.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

dim sum at home


This is one of my favorite dim sum dishes. It translates as chicken wrap 雞扎. It is next to impossible to find even in very good restaurants in Richmond and Vancouver BC. Equally difficult to find even in Hong Kong except Lin Heung Lau. I now able to make equally good ones at home with the recipe that I developed myself. This dish is best to make in a big batch and I can freeze some and keep some in the refrigerator for the course of a few days.

a few new tech toys



There is nothing that I don't try to do myself. This is my justification when it comes to tools and equipment and I enjoy learning new things. We live in an era that you can get excellent tools and equipment at very affordable prices. So affordable that rarely it is economical to go rent them especially when it is more than a one project use.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

home made dimsum 點心 - part 2



I actually home many posts I have written of making my own dim sum 點心. I have been improving my recipes, techniques, and variety. Now I no longer feel the need to travel to Richmond for some genuine Hong Kong dim sum. Mine is as good as some of the best taste wise and I only use wholesome ingredients. While that are challenges in obtaining certain ingredients I work around them.

Monday, May 27, 2019

mini love - part 51



With the pre-season maintenance and detail inspections completed, Mini went to the two-day track event with a brand new set of Nitto NT01 tires in 225/45 15. Tires this wide was possible with a set of new Konig Dial In 8"x15" wheels. The NT01 has a wear rating of 100 which is essential R compound so they should be grippy short of a set of slicks.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

the economy of a meal


I thought I would have some fun with the title. It is something that piqued my interest in preparing this dish. I splurged and bought some Alaska king crab legs and 3 pieces of halibut steaks from Costco. Both items I very seldom purchase especially halibut.

porsche love - part 2


Porsche is an aspirational brand and so is Apple. The main difference is the latter is an affordable one that is more accessible for most. I bought myself a little something - to borrow the Amazon's not so subtle tag line to entice you to spend.

Monday, May 6, 2019

trailex open car trailer towed by brunnhilde - part 2


When I bought Brunnhilde I would not have imagine that one day I would tow a car trailer. She served me well over the the years for my silent water sport. Now that I am really into performance driving on race tracks I managed to equip her with an open car trailer that is a marriage in heaven for this wonderful compact motorhome. Something that I nearly dismissed not being impractical given the 8,000 lb nominal weight of the James Cook plus circa 4,500 lb of car and trailer weight, all to be towed by a engine with 154HP/243 lb-ft.

mini love - part 50


I was very happy to complete the supercharger swap. The other major maintenance for the Mini is the diagnose of the vibration and shake which has been gotten worst started as a subtle tremor triggered by hard braking at the end of a long straight at the track. I suspected it is due to the CV joint(s) of one or both axles.

mini love - part 49



I had taken a month long trip to Asia in mid March. I planned all along to partake in HPDE days upon my return, and wanting to drive in the last two days of April. The problem is there is a long list of things to take care of in the street car named Desire before any track days can be entertained.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

hong kong style stir fried noodles with seafood 港色三鮮炒麵 - part 3


From making Hong Kong style stir fried noodles with seafood 港色三鮮炒麵 I have about two serving worth of cooked toppings that I saved. I knew that I can improvise a couple of dishes from it. I used up all the stir fry noodles. My option is to drive to the store to pick up another pack or be versatile and use what I have at home. I chose the latter.