Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Saturday, May 2, 2020
I love sleeping in the Westfalia Vanagon Camper. To sleep in it at home is like a treehouse retreat and conjures up a child's excitements. Now I have my own woods camping is just a few steps away. No firing up of the ICE is necessary.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
I had been wanting this tool cart ever since I saw it at Harbor Freight. Only for the garage in the city it was not feasible to accommodate one. Acquiring this is symbolic of being liberated by the confines of a small place to be able to service my vehicles efficiently and have the space to do the many things I enjoy.
I eventually got around to replace the starting battery that has been threatening to leave me stranded. The cost of recovering a stranded Brunnhilde easily exceeds the cost of a new AGM battery. I didn't do it right away as it takes some work and muscle.
Friday, April 10, 2020
Saturday, March 28, 2020
It'd been twice that I nearly got stranded when Brunnhilde's starting battery cannot turn the engine over after a night of camping. At first I thought I over-used the audio system and drained the battery. The second time it happen I barely use the sound system.
Friday, March 27, 2020
Friday, January 31, 2020
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Monday, December 9, 2019
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, December 8, 2019
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
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
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
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.