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

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.