Wednesday, December 11, 2019

not a boring steak - part 2



I don't cook with a recipe. If I do is just a vague idea in the head as that I plot base on what I have on hand, and what I think would work. I shop ingredients for what look good and never rigidly for a dish that I have in mind. For this streak dish, I did shop for some root vegetable, a half pint of cream, and the steak. The rest are just what are on hand at home. A New York Steak with oyster demi-glace and scallops is born.

Monday, December 9, 2019

a tale of a piece of cod


This is a tale of a piece of cod that was utilized to the fullest. It is a piece of Alaska lingcod that I bought from an Asian market. I have long since given up buying frozen cods as they are always disappointing, in that the precious fish is wasted. It has been more and more difficult to buy good quality fish. I only know of one shop in Portland that I can count on now. While grocery shopping I bought a piece that is slightly over 2 pounds taken from the tail section.

slack season’s danzi noodle 度小月擔仔麵 - part 2



Today I put a little more effort into making my reinterpretation of this delightful snack. Again I have no intention to replicate the dish but to be inspired by it, and using the ingredients that I happen to have. The main difference of today's bowl is I made a proper but simple broth from a piece of Alaska cod bone left over from filleting. I also collected some shrimp shells and thew them into the stock too. It is just a little quantity of stock.

slack season’s danzi noodle 度小月擔仔麵


One interesting little bowl of noodles that I encountered in Tainan is slack season’s danzi noodle (度小月擔仔麵). The origin of this bowl of noodle snack piqued my curiosity. The restaurant that I first came across it prepare the noodle in the open, as a showcase which it built its fame. It claims to be the original invention of the dish.

a month in taiwan, 2019 - part 1


Part 1 was in Taipei, arrived from a flight from Portland, connecting in Vancouver to Taipei via Air Canada. This series of posts are foodie photo heavy, and light on text.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

taiwanese beef soup noodles - part 1


I just spent a month in Taiwan, and covered all the main cities. Call it around Formosa in 30 days if you would. As with most trips I took advantage to explore the countries cuisine. I had been to Taiwan before but only on a business trip. You cannot go to Taiwan without trying their noodles dishes and beef soup noodles is one.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

winterizing brunnhilde - part 1



I took me so many years to develop a most efficient way to winterize Brunnhilde. When I didn't know any better I purchase many 1 gallon jugs of RV antifreeze. Now I only need may be 1/4 gallon of it, only to fill the sink traps.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

dungeness crab ravioli - part 2



Tonight I used up the remaining piece of dough and made a good batch of raviolis. Even with all this there is still some crab meat left. I took a few more photos of the work in progress.

steak and crab meat ravioli


This is just an easily prepared meal by using a few crab meat raviolis that I made yesterday.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

new power cord for milwaukee sidewinder saw



This was one of the good power tools that I bought my first home. It would serve me well in the ensuring decades. The rubber jacket of the power cord has cracked badly and I was concerned with it being an electric shock hazard. I would prefer to purchase a replacement cord from Milwaukee. I shopped around and decided it is far easier if I just buy the bulk 16/3 power cord and be done with.

dungeness crab ravioli

I needed some live clams to make fried taro cake so I drove across town to get some. Since I was at the fishmonger I thought it is such a shame if I took a drive to only buy one item. I decided to pick up a Dungeness crab too. I vaguely have the idea that I would make some ravioli using the meat harvest from it.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

some slow food dishes - part 1


Here are some of the dishes that I made recently. They are mostly very easy to make slow food.

fresh fettuccini with Dungeness crab meat

On a whim I bought a container of Dungeness crab meat. I have never bought one until now. I prefer to harvest the meat myself from a freshly cooked live crab. For dinner I decided to make a fresh fettuccini with Dungeness crab meat.

Friday, September 20, 2019

an improvised breakfast



I would be bored stiff if I were to have the same breakfast every day. I have no habit or routine, when it comes to meals. Breakfast is no different. I make dishes with the ingredients on hand, and sometime leftovers, or prepared ingredients from recent meals.

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