Tuesday, May 5, 2020

livestocks at the ranch


I jokingly texted one of my track buddy a photo of the livestocks at the ranch.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

this campground is open



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

a tool cart at last


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.

brunnhilde's starting battery - part 2


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

westy and westy


Strangely here in the US they call all Westfalia campers and motorhomes Westy, rather than referring to their specific names such as VW Westfalia Camper or Mercedes Benz James Cook motorhome.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

brunnhilde's starting battery


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

isode redux



I have not driven Isode for may be three years. It has been sitting in the garage all this time, and the gasoline in the tank no doubt is very staled.

Friday, January 31, 2020

one of world's best jazz stations


Because of this article I discovered this great jazz station that is in Newark, New Jersey.


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.