Sunday, December 28, 2014
Very often I am in search for Cantonese written words that are commonly used in Hong Kong and Guangdong (Canton). I have written before that Cantonese, and especially those developed in Hong Kong can be very colourful often with an undercurrent of dark humor.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
I am like a lot of people in North America, had wrong notions of what real Italian cuisine is. For me at least when it comes to many Italian pasta dishes, and especially spaghetti with meat sauce. Only very recently that I did some reading online on properly way to make ragú.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
A few days ago I wrote about wanting to give making boudin a try. I got the chance yesterday. Not wanting to drive across town for grocery with the holiday traffic I drove to the Japanese (more aptly called Asian these days) supermarket Uwajimaya near my house instead. Uwajimaya sells pork and pork products from Carlton Farm, like An Dong market that I frequent.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
a fish with ocean sauce I had while in New Orleans this early spring.
I have made may be 4 batches of fresh pasta in this couple of weeks. I have now developed a work flow that is efficient and least fuss. Once you tasted good fresh pasta, it is very difficult to lower yourself to eat those made from dried, except for the reason of expedience. It will continue to eat dried pasta occasionally, especially when camping with Brunnhilde.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
a greasy spoon for breakfast. I curbed my expectation as it was a all you can eat buffet. They have one kind of boudin amongst other mostly pork dishes. The boudin was dull with not a whole lot of taste. I would have to wait until I get to the real Creole and Cajun restaurants much later to taste the real boudin.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
I've really gotten into making fresh pasta. Today I made some fresh linguine again. I wanted to make a meal out of some of the live seafood I bought going shopping yesterday.
This is the second time that I encounter live sea urchin (uni) at my Asian fish monger. The ones that I bought last time was small, and worst yet, there was hardly any roes inside. This time they were bigger. Being gun shy from the last experience I bought only one, not thinking what I would do with it.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
A few days ago I received my poor man's Thermapen. It was a copycat product design to capture the market segment of people felt they cannot justify paying for a near $100 ($96 plus $2.99 shipping) Thermapen. The copycat product is Lavatools' Thermowand for a mere $24.99.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
There is no processed food in this household. Only meals made from scratch - real food, as opposed to food-like matters. This is my second post on my sous-vide experiments. I bought a chicken and I thought I would do more experiment with sous-vide cooking. My first trial and error of the chicken is cooking one leg/thigh with bone in. I didn't bother to do much research, just figure that 4 hours at 140 F should do it.
Friday, December 5, 2014
I have a few pieces of NY strip steak. This morning I have an idea what to do with them other than the usually ways. I decided to give sous-vide a try. Sous-vide has been in rage in recent years, started with restaurant chefs. Now there are specialty equipment for sous vide that comes in all price points, complexity, and quality.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
It all started with I noticing the intermittent degradation of video quality when watching Netflix. There are so many variables and sorting out where the problem is/are can be taxing even with someone who's career has been in the technology field.
For a very long time, I have been wanting a decent cooking thermometer for checking doneness of food like meat or chicken. However I know all too well that good electronic thermometer generally very hard to find. The only one that I had considered buying is the one by Thermoworks. It is the first with excellent design as well as accuracy. The other very important characteristic is very low thermal mass. A lot of electronic thermometers have very large thermal mass. This is because thee use of cheap solid state sensor that is large. On top of that the metal casing itself is typically designed or simply large to make it cheap to produce. High thermal mass has a lot of problem. It can significantly skew the measurement due to heat conduction, especially if the sample being measured has low heat energy (e.g. a loaf of bread, or a cake). High thermal mass also requires very long time for the temperature to stabilized.
Monday, December 1, 2014
Sunday, November 30, 2014
By a large part, I refraint from jumping onto the early LED lighting bandwagon. For me it is not so much about the expense but the timing of the technology progression. In architecture and interior design, lighting is one of the least recognized aspects, at least in the non-participants. There is a lot more than what first meets the eyes in lighting design. Color temperature, light spectrum, direction, diffused verse direct, shadows, ambient versus task - to name a few. In fact lighting will give you the biggest bang for the buck in improving an interior through careful chosen product and installation, and placements. Lighting alone is one special profession in movie making and it continues to amazed me how often a movie or TV series is short changed by poor lighting not because of budget limitation, but simply the failure to harness the right professional.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
The last time I had pizza was back in April. It is high time my culinary roulette cycles back to pizza making. I made two this week, both from scratch down to the dough. The title of my blog post is inspired by Jacque Pepin's fast food my way.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
This past Sunday I was working in front of my computer. I happen to notice through my webcam that an unusual volume of water was rushing into the storm drain in front of my house. It is not unusual to see significant water flow into the drain, except this time the water comes from the opposite direction and it was not raining hard.
Monday, November 24, 2014
My first introduction of an Apple Mac computer suffered from a setback as I wrote in a post a few weeks ago. I ordered the newly released 5k retina iMac that sports 5120 x 2880 display pixels. At this resolution it has a whopping 7.11 times more pixels than "true HD"'s 1920 x 1080 resolution. It has 14.7456 million pixels to be exact. It has 1.67 times the pixels of the 4k display (4096 x 2160), which at the time of this post cost $2499 for just the monitor.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
my Windows 7 desktop computer died right in front of my eyes. These days I have gotten weary of repairing complex things. Repairing things get old after a life of doing everything myself.
Monday, November 17, 2014
When it rains, it pours. A few weeks ago I purchased the newly released Apple 5k Retina iMac. It would be my first Mac and the $2499 starting price cannot be beat. I was unlucky and the new iMac was sent back to Apple for a replacement.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Sunday, November 9, 2014
October usually is the bitter end of the windsurfing season here in Oregon. It is the transition of wind direction in the Columbia River Gorge. The prevailing wind switches from Westerly to Easterly in the months of October and November. From November to about March East wind predominates.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
A few weeks ago, Peter contacted me that he is on the way from California en route to Oregon. Peter is the founder of the German forum dedicated to Westfalia James Cook - James Cook Freunde. The couple is traveling the United States in there sleek 2012 model Westfalia James Cook. I had invite them to come by my place to meet and have a meal while they were still in the East coast.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
bitter melon has to be one that is most unpalatable to those unaccustomed to Asian vegetable. To be honest I have not eaten bitter melon that many times. Bitter melon is believed to be one of the most healthy vegetable (ok, it is really a gourd) and some believes it deters or retards cancer growth.
Sometimes I feel like Robinson Crusoe in that I try to do everything myself. When I started to get serious about preparing good cups of coffee I didn't think that I would ever bother to roast my own coffee. I invested in semi-commercial espresso machine and grinder. I was buying craft roasted coffee typically for between $12.50 to $16.00 a pound a few years ago. Out of curiosity I order one half pound of green coffee together with my usually supply of espresso roast. The bag of green coffee was left on the shelf for a long time.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
my favorite Asian grocery store before I didn't have the photos I want to use in the blog posts. I really like this store and I would hope with my posts would help the exposure of this wonderful and yet under-recognized Asian grocery store on the East side of Portland, Oregon.