Monday, May 3, 2021
Friday, April 30, 2021
The fresh water level sensor in Brunnhilde failed in June of 2013. I had since replaced it with a "new and improved" one that is constructed of a stainless steel tube rather than a plastic tube. Just when I thought it should last much longer than the original one of 9 years. Not so fast. In the owners' forum in North America there has been many report of the "new and improved" sender failed of late.
Monday, April 12, 2021
I wrote this post a year ago but left in as draft. I decided to go ahead and publish it now.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
E61 machines are the affordable espresso machines to those willing to invest time to make a good cup. These are serious semiautomatic machine from Italy that are similar to what are used in cafes but at home baristas' budget. Unlike most consumer machines which are disposable, these can be repaired and rebuilt indefinitely. While each brand and model are different the parts are generally generic and can be procured readily. It is the nature of the business of heating water and making steam that inevitably they will need maintenance and repairs. I had repaired it once before due to the failure of a solenoid valve's magnetic coil.
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.