26
Aug
20

chicken thigh sandwich

A quick sandwich with max flavor, nice to have fresh bread and hand picked tomato on the same plate !

pound out one chicken thigh and season with course kosher salt and fresh ground pepper with a touch of ground turmeric. We are using and boneless chicken thigh. (please fresh ground pepper blend course ground, take the time to source fresh peppercorns a secret of maximum flavor to any dish. totally worth it.

heat to high a saute or fry pan

while the pan is heating prep some iceberg lettuce shredded and leafed to fit bread , thin sliced onion and slice fresh garden tomato

cut the fresh from the oven bread , 2 large slices. mid way from a round loaf

in the hot saute pan, with a combo of olive oil and butter, sear off the chicken thigh one side under high heat, flip, and lower heat for several minutes,

With a bacon press on the chicken to retain heat, remove from heat and let finish cooking, several minutes.

mound up the lettuce on one slice of bread

carefully slice the thigh horizontal into 2 very thin slices as best as possible, place on the lettuce.\ to cover the slice of bread.

top the thigh with thinly sliced onion, then sliced fresh picked tomatoes

butter the top slice of bread with mayo

top it off

enjoy with a strong ale

26
Jul
20

CAKE UPDATE

I REDID THE Lemon Ricotta Cake RECIPE. BASICALLY USED ABOUT 1/2 CUP COCOA DIVIDED AMONG THE BASE AND DRY INGREDIENTS OMITTING THE LEMON JUICE AND GRATED LEMON SKIN.. ALSO ADDED A FEW DARK CHOCOLATE CHIPS TO THE TOP.

SOME SHADOWS ON THE CAKE, NOT BURNT

THE RESULTS ARE A RICK DENSE CHOCOLATE CUSTARD LIKE BASE WITH A CRUNCHY SWEET CHOCOLATE TOP AND A CAKEY MIDDLE LAYER. COULD PASS FOR SUPER BROWNIE. VERY TASTY

26
Jul
20

IN THE GARDEN AND OTHER PICS

THIS YEAR AS WITH THE PAST , TOMATOES ARE BEING GROWN. 2 VARIETIES , MONTESINO F1 AND SAKURA F1 FROM HIGH MOWING ORGANIC SEEDS . TOTAL OF 6 PLANTS AND THIS YEAR WITH PVC TRELLIS. SOIL BASED. STARTED INDOORS

THE MONTESINO ARE SANTA TYPE RED GRAPE TOMATO FOR FRESH EATING. HIGH YIELDS OF 1/2 OZ FRUITS IN UNIFORMLY RIPE TRUSSES. (LOOK LIKE MINIATURE ROMAS) NEW VARIETY THIS YEAR.

SAKURAS ARE FRUITS OF .5 TO .8 OUNCES ARE FLAVORFUL, BRIGHT AND CRACK RESISTANT TO SOME ROOT KNOT NEMATODE. A REPEAT FROM LAST YEAR.

SOME OF THE TRUSSES
ONE OF THE TRUSSES HAD 27 BUDS !
SOME SCRAP PVC TUBING, WEED BLOCK FABRIC AND SOME BRICKS LYING ABOUT MADE THE TOMATO GARDEN IN THE YARD WHERE IT GETS SUN FOR ALL OF THE DAY
TRELLIS IS ABOUT 7 FEET IN HEIGHT, HAD TO ADD SOME STAKED OUT RIGGING TO PREVENTING IT FROM FALLING OVER.NOTE THE DATE TIME STAMP FOR GROWTH. ALSO I TRIM THE SUCKERS FOR MORE STRAIGHT UP GROWTH
SOME HEAVY COTTON STRING TIED TO THE TOP FOR THE PLANTS NOT CLOSE TO THE PVC.
BRIGHT RED COLOR AND FLAVOR TO MATCH
YIELD OF THIS DAY
SALAD TIME ! THIS IS WHY I DON’T GO WITH STORE BOUGHT TOMATOES ! ALSO FRESH BREAD PAN BUTTER FRIED CROUTONS ATE THE WAY TO GO!
EXCELLENT TOMATOES JUST COOKED IN A SKILLET ! WITH SHRIMP, GARLIC, ONION, KALE, AND COUSCOUS, EASY AND FAST ! YES I’M IN THE SHELLS AND TAILS ON CAMP WHEN IT COMES TO SHRIMP , THE SHELLS ENHANCE THE FLAVOR IMO.
TWICE A WEEK NUTRIENT REGIMENT
SOME OF THE LOCAL WILDLIFE, AND YES THE GARDEN TOAD ALSO MADE AN APPEARANCE
STROLLING THE VILLAGE
NICE FLOWERS ALONG THE SIDEWALK IN THE VILLAGE
THE VILLAGE PARK REST STOP

THANK FOR YOUR STOPPING BY MY BLOG, ENJOY THE SUMMER!

24
Jul
20

ON THE BENCH

WHATS BEEN ON THE BENCH LATELY ?

REPAIRS, PARTS AND ASSESSMENTS

MOSTLY PURCHASED USED, OR PARTS OR REPAIR STATUS, FOR REPAIR. CLEANING, REFURBISHMENT AND RESALE. OR PERSONAL USE. SOME ITEMS FROM OLD COLLECTION , DUST GATHERING AND PERSONAL EQUIPMENT . FOREVER NEVER ENDING COLLECTION. HOBBY , CRAFTING, ELECTRONICS, EDUCATION, WHY BUY NEW WHEN THERE’S A CRAP LOAD OF STUFF OUT THERE. BUY, REPAIR, USE, SELL AND REPEAT.

PANASONIC TAPE DECK , BELT REPLACEMENT, ALIGNMENTS, CLEANING ETC.

BEATS PILL ASSESSMENT AND TEAR DOWN , CLEANING ETC

PANASONIC TAPE DECK SHUTTER WHEEL BELT REPLACEMENT

ANCIENT LAPTOP TEAR DOWN CLEANING ASSESSMENT , VARTA BATTERY ONBOARD NEEDS REPLACEMENT,

PANASONIC TABLE TOP TUBE RADIO ASSESSMENT, CLEANING AND TUNING

WHAT THE INSIDE EQUIPMENT SEES

EXTERIOR CLEANUP AND MAINTENANCE , NICE WARM TONE TO THIS RADIO. FOR NOW AS IS DIDN’T GET INTO RECAPPING, ALL WORKING

CHEAP PLASTIC SPEAKER, BATTERY OPERATED AMP, IF IT SCREAMS “60’S” I’M IN !

WOW MINIATURE WOOFER AND TWEETER !

BREAK TIME !

OUR SQUAD DOESN’T HAVE ENOUGH FOR UNIFORMS YET

PARTS COMING IN

PAT 4 PRE-AMP CHECKOUT, PLASTIC ROCKER FROM ONE OF THE SWITCHES IS BROKEN, OTHER THAN THAT SEEMS TO BE FUNCTIONAL. SELLER NICE ENOUGH TO INCLUDE BROKEN PARTS FOR SIZING. DECENT CONDITION, NO MAJOR ISSUES FOR AGE. SOUGHT AFTER FOR THE AUDIOPHILES THAT PREFER COMPONENT SYSTEMS . ANALOG SOLID STATE. NO DIGITAL CONVERSIONS. INPUTS SET UP FOR DIFFERENT TURNTABLE CARTRIDGE TYPES SET UP. STILL SERVICEABLE EVEN UPGRADES AVAILABLE, STRONG FOLLOWING. OH ! MAYBE JUST PLAIN FUN !

WHAT IS IT ?, OOPS IT SAYS IT RIGHT ON THE BOARD

PARTS FOR THE PAT 4 ARRIVED , RATHER THAN BUY THE ORIGINAL REPLACEMENT SWITCH AT ASTRONOMICAL PRICE, FOUND SOME CHEAPIES WITH THE SAME TYPE PLASTIC ROCKER, THE SWITCH TYPE AND METAL BODY DOESN’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE, IT WONT BE USED, JUST THE PLASTIC PART.

THE PROBLEM ! THE ROCKER OF THE SWITCH BROKEN, SWITCH IS STILL OPERABLE .THEY ARE ACTUALLY SLIDE SWITCHES WITH A ROCKER COVER HINGED AT THE CENTER

CHEAPIE SWITCH AND THE ORIGINAL BROKEN ROCKER, DIRECT MATCH FOR THE BROKEN PLASTIC ROCKER

REMOVE (GUT OUT) THE PLASTIC ROCKER FROM REPLACEMENT DONOR AND DRIILL OUT CAREFULLY AND REMOVE THE RIVET AXLE OF THE ORIGINAL, REPLACE THE PLASTIC ROCKER AND REPLACE THE AXLE PIVOT PIN AND SOLDER OVER THE END WHERE DRILLED OUT. B I N G O ! THERE’S MORE WORK CAREFULLY DE SOLDERING , REMOVING AND SOLDERING IN THE SWITCH !

CLEANED UP POTS , SWITCHES, EXTERIOR ETC. ETC , IN SERVICE AT THE BENCH, SERVICED CASSETTE DECK BELOW.

RCA STEREO CASSETTE PLAYER, NEW BELTS, SOME RECAPPING ETC, FEED THROUGH CAPS TO MOTOR. EITHER BENT OR MISALIGNED CAPSTAN. A LOT OF WOW AND FLUTTER, TOO B AD

PARTS IN FOR GARRARD TURNTABLES, ONCE AND A WHILE A GOOD DEAL SHOWS UP FOR A CARTRIDGE AND HEAD SHELL. SOME OF THE GARRARD PARTS ARE PRICEY, OWNERS HOLD THEM CLOSE ! TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE FOR THE HUNT, IT MAY TAKE MONTHS OF SEARCHING FOR THAT ONE PART AT A PRICE THAT’S REASONABLE.

BEATS WIRELESS HEADPHONES IN FOR REPAIR AND ASSESSMENT. WANTED A SET FOR MYSELF AND ENDING UP STARTING A REPAIR SERIES FOR SALE AT A LATER DATE. GOT TIRED WITH THE QUALITY OF EARBUDS, AND THE NEED TO CONSTANTLY CLEAN THEM AND POKE THEM IN MY EARS. ONE PLUS IS THAT THE CORD FOR THE HEADPHONES ARE PLUG IN AND INEXPENSIVE REPLACEABLE. NOBODY MAKES THOSE 4 CONDUCTOR 5 MM CORDS WIRED FOR EARBUDS THAT LAST AND THE BRAND NAME ONES THAT ARE $30.00 TO START !

NOT ONLY ELECTRICAL ISSUES, SOME ABUSED AND BROKEN HINGE AND HEADBAND MECHANISMS TO REPAIR. SOME OF THE EAR CUSHIONS AND HEAD BAND CUSHIONS DON’T SURVIVE OVER THE YEARS

CHECKOUT AND TEAR DOWN

BATTERY ISSUES, REPLACEMENT BATTERIES ARE EXPENSIVE IF YOU BUY THE “KIT”. SOURCE THE BATTERY ONLY, BY SIZE, ORDER FROM CHINA. SOLDER THE ORIGINAL CHARGE BOARDS TO THE NEW BATTERIES, YOUR GOOD TO GO . GENERIC CHARGERS ARE LESS EXPENSIVE THAN THE “BEATS”. SAME FOR THE CORDS. ALSO SOMETIME ONLY ONE BATTERY NEEDS REPLACEMENT AS WITH THE BEATS PILLS THERE ARE TWO THAT CONNECT VIA A CHARGING BOARD.

REPAIRS ARE DONE AT YOUR OWN RISK , USE CAUTION WHEN WORKING WITH LIPO BATTERIES. OBSERVE SAFE PRACTICES WHEN WORKING AROUND LINE VOLTAGE AND VOLTAGE MULTIPLIERS.

Hitachi STEREO CASSETTE AND AM , FM RADIO ASSESSMENT

BELT AND IDLER RUBBER REPLACEMENT

CLEANUP , TUNING, A COUPLE OF DINGS TO IRON OUT OTHERWISE NICE RADIO SETUP AND PLAYS NOW “VINTAGE CASSETTES” ORIGINAL SOUND WITH THE ORIGINAL SPEAKERS. FOR NOW, STANDARD BENCH TOP RADIO TO LISTEN WHILE WORKING

MORE BROKEN BEATS HAVE ARRIVED

I WANTED TO STICK WITH JUST BEATS STUDIO MODELS, BUT THE SOLOS ARE INEXPENSIVE SOMETIMES. SOME OF THE BEATS LISTED AS “WIRELESS” ARE ONLY NOISE CANCELLING, NOT BLUETOOTH BEWARE AS WITH THE BEATS PILLS THE SELLERS ARE NOT ALWAYS ACCURATE AS THEY ARE JUST SELLING AND NO FAMILIAR WITH WHAT THEY HAVE, IT PAYS TO MESSAGE THEM TO CONFIRM. SOMETIMES IT CAN WORK IN YOUR FAVOR. COMB THE AUCTION SITES OFTEN, RESEARCH THE MODEL AND TYPES. LIMIT YOURSELF TO A PARTICULAR BRAND, BUY SOME PARTS ONLY UNITS AND TEAR DOWN FOR PRACTICE. YOU TUBE AND IFIX MAY HAVE INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS. IT’S A LEARNING EXPERIENCE!

ANALOG MULTIMETER FOR ASSESSMENT

CLEANUP OF MINOR BATTERY LEAKAGE, LUBRICATION,AND GENERAL CLEANUP, NICE WORKING METER FOR BENCH , PREFER OLD SCHOOL ANALOG METER FOR SOME REPAIRS , NEEDLE SWEEP SHOWS CHANGES NOT EVIDENT WITH DIGITAL METERS

CAPS FOR RECAPPING EQUIPMENT

THE RCA STEREO CASSETTE DECK, SOLD AS IS, ONE OF THE VU METERS WAS WORKING BUT FAILED, INTERNAL WIRE BROKEN, SHOWS THE FRAGILITY OF THESE OLD UNITS.

BEATS REPLACEMENT HEADBAND ARRIVED, TRIED A REPAIR FOR THE HEADBAND BUT DID NOT HOLD

REPLACED HEADBAND ,BACK IN SERVICE, COLOR NOT EXACT MATCH, BUT FOR OWN USE WORKS OUT WELL FOR A INEXPENSIVE BEATS BLUETOOTH WIRELESS. SIZE AND CUT EITHER OLD DRILL BITS OR SMALL BROKEN SCREWDRIVER SHAFTS TO USE AS HINGE PINS INSTEAD OF PRICEY REPLACEMENTS.

NEW EAR PADS IN , WORTH THE WAIT FROM CHINA, LESS EXPENSIVE

CROWN AMP FOR ASSESSMENT , PRETTY CLEAN INSIDE FOR IT’S AGE. A LOT APPEARING ON THE MARKET. COMMERCIALLY USED IN RACKS BY MULTIPLES FOR SOUND REINFORCEMENT . SOME ON THE AUCTION SITES LOOK LIKE PULLS. NOT MUCH TO LOOK AT BUT FAIRLY BULLET PROOF FOR THE HOME USER AND GOBS OF POWER. DECENT SECONDARY MARKET FOR TRADERS

BIG ASS CAPS AND MONSTER HEAT SINKS

MORE EAR PAD CUSHIONS REPLACEMENTS

IN GOOD CONDITION, BUT NEW REPLACEMENTS SHOWS THE OFF COLOR AGING (NEW LEFT, OLD RIGHT) CAMERA DOES NOT SHOW TRUE COLOR EITHER

SOME GENERIC MIC, EARPHONE CORDS, GOOD FOR EARPHONES FOR ZOOMING AND GAMING

NOSTALGIC “GAS PUMP” CASSETTE PLAYER AND RADIO. BELT REPLACEMENT AND ASSESSMENT. MINIMALIST PLAY ONLY CASSETTE MECHANISM

OLD SCHOOL LIGHTING ! INCANDESCENT BULBS STILL WORKING

THE WARM GLOW OF THE INCANDESCENT BULBS, ALSO HAS DIAL LIGHTS WHEN FUNCTIONING , CONSIDERING ADDING LEDS FOR MULTICOLOR DISPLAY . UPGRADE SOUND AND SPEAKER POSSIBLE , ADD BLUETOOTH ?

CUTE VERY JAPANESE STYLE “IDOG”. MIC PICKS UP AUDIO TO FLASH COLOR DISPLAY LEDS IN HEAD AND HAS SOME ANIMATRONIC MOVEMENTS, , ALSO CAN CONNECT AUDIO VIA CABLE. CLEAN WITH CUTESY TRAVEL BAG. IN NICE SHAPE FOR AGE. FROM THE ANYTHING TO CONNECT TO SMARTPHONE COLOR LED ERA

MORE BEATS IN FOR ASSESSMENT, HINGE BROKEN.

REPAIRED, REPLACED MISSING HINGE PINS , INTERIOR PLASTIC CLIP COVER BROKEN , ON ORDER, ANOTHER BLUETOOTH SET WORKING

REPLACE MISSING HOSE ON THE GAS PUMP, ORDERED BLACK RUBBER TUBING

SILVER BEATS, NOW PARTS , REMEMBER TO CHECK YOUR BENCH POWER SUPPLY THAT IT’S SET AT 5 VOLTS VDC NOT 12, FOR CHARGING , LIVE AND LEARN ! IF YOU DECIDE TO EXIT FROM YOUR MARKET OF BUYING SELLING REPAIRS, YOU CAN MARKET THE SPARE PARTS FOR SALE THAT AREN’T COMPLETE FUNCTIONING UNITS.

SO WHOSE TO SAY THERE’S NOTHING TO DO !!!!!!!

BE GOOD !

24
Jul
20

Lemon Ricotta Cake

had to try this recipe, the method is new the results different.

by the way you would think with the recent events I would be blogging more, well just the opposite. Still cooking and baking on a regular basis just not too many NEW recipes. Perhaps I should re title my blog to “the lazy blogger”

Also the recent events didn’t really change things (other than the fact I have to put up with paper products shortages and price gouging, some limited supplies and shipping constrains). For more than a few years our food and grocery shopping has been shifting to online purchasing and delivery for time savings and convenience.

.WHY ?

You still go to the store and shop ? How so 2010 ! I couldn’t be bothered!

Well we are now firmly Instacat rooted (along side Peapod) for fresh perishables, push a few buttons and your shopper does all the work, will even text you from the store if there’s a problem and bring the goods to your door of your air conditioned bunker (LOL) usually the same day within hours. More stores in our area have joined with this service, not without a few bugs but a definite improvement in a labor saving task.

OH ! on to the cake, gather up the ingredients. Also put 1 and 1/2 sticks of butter i the freezer and preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit.

Ingredients :

  • For the base:
  • Butter or nonstick spray, for baking dish (I lined the dish with parchment paper)
  • 8 eggs (yes, a lot of eggs)
  • 1⅓ cups sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest plus ⅔ cup fresh lemon juice (from 3 lemons) or orange?
  • ¼ cup heavy cream ( I used milk)
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the cake mix:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) cold unsalted butter
Make the base: Whisk together eggs and sugar in a large bowl until evenly combined.
Add ricotta, lemon zest and juice, cream, flour, and salt and whisk to combine;
prepare baking dish
pour into prepared baking dish.
Make the cake mix: Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl
sprinkle evenly over the base.
Using the largest holes on a box grater, grate the butter evenly over the surface of the cake.
bake at 350 degrees, I used the convection oven so I didn’t heat up the kitchen with the gas oven.
looks like this when complete
the top looks like this, very crunchy for a cake , sort of like what you would find with a fruit crumble recipe. Didn’t get any pictures of the slices, has a custard like bottom very rich. Serves well cut into squares and plated for your dessert.

Now I’m going to see if this will convert to a chocolate cake , leaving out the citrus and adding cocoa to the mix perhaps some chocolate bits on the top?

link for original recipe https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/lemon-ricotta-cake

26
Apr
20

beef soup with noodle squares

a few pictures

a hearty beefy soup, wit the addition of a thickening agent, a stew

a beef soup/stew for the instant pot

prep the following:

egg noodle semolina recipe, roll out and cut into good size noodle squares, set aside

prep veggies, onion, carrot celery, a pinch of oregano, paprika, parsley and thyme, a bit of tomato paste and a few garlic cloves minced

leaf a few brussell sprouts, slice mushrooms

slice and cube beef season with salt, pepper and marinate if possible

set instant pot to saute, high and let come to temp

with a bit of oil, brown beef, remove from pot

add to pot onion, celery and carrot mixture with your seasonings

cook till wilted and soft

add sprout leaves, mushrooms and tomato paste to pot

mix and cook several minutes

return beef to pot, with broth top to fill line of pot.

cover, reset and set to stew soup setting about 15 minutes low pressure

at end of cycle release pressure , remove cover, reset to saute high, add noddle squares when the pot begins to boil

cook the noodle squares till tender, reset and set to keep warm setting

add more broth if necessary.

serve with crusty bread

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26
Apr
20

no knead bread

a bread recipe that involves minimal labor with great results!

adapted form Garden Fork YouTube posting

I need bread I just didn’t knead this loaf !

measure by weight

430 grams flour

9 grams salt

1/2 teaspoon yeast ~1 gram

mix the above ingredients

add  245 grams water

with a spatula mix until all is incorporated  , dough will be shaggy, DO NOT KNEAD

cover as is and let rise about an hour or two or more depending on room temperature or in oven with light on to prove.

line a bowl with baking paper (parchment)

carefully turn out the dough to a floured surface, fold top , bottom , and sides and gently tuck into a ball.

carefully transfer dough to the parchment lined bowl smooth side (top) up.

let rise again about an hour or as necessary.

preheat oven to 425 or better with a covered crock or casserole in oven.

When at 425 remove crock, carefully lift by the parchment paper, the dough and place in heated cock, cover with the heated lid, return to oven.

bake for about 20 minutes

remove lid and bake for about 20 minutes more at a lower temp, about 350 degrees.

remove from oven , lift by parchment and let cool, remove baking paper.

 

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430 grams of flour

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9 grams of salt

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about 1/2 teaspoon yeast

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345 grams water

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pour in the water

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just mix till combined

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after about an hour (or so)

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prepare a bowl with parchment baking paper

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gentle fold the dough and from into a ball

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into the bowl…

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cover and let rise

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a heated covered crock

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risen blistered dough

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place into heated crock or casserole

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into a well heated oven about 425 degrees Fahrenheit

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reduce heat , uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes or so

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done

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bottom of loaf

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soft airy crumb

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toast test

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buttered up

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02
Apr
20

shopping and comment

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20
Items Delivered
2
Adjustments
Adjustments (ALDI)
2
Replacements
Bone-In Assorted Pork Chops image
Bone-In Assorted Pork Chops (~ 2.7 lb)
2.7 lb x $1.99
Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops image
Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops (~ 1.35 lb)
1.46 lb x $3.49
Deutsche Küche Fall Harvest Soup image
Deutsche Küche Fall Harvest Soup (28 oz)
1 x $2.19
Deutsche Küche Harvest Potato Soup image
Deutsche Küche Harvest Potato Soup (28 oz)
1 x $2.19
ALDI
20
Frozen
Fremont Fish Market Medium EZ Peel Raw Shrimp image
Fremont Fish Market Medium EZ Peel Raw Shrimp (12 oz)
1 x $5.49
$5.49
Fremont Fish Market Value Pack Tilapia Fillets image
Fremont Fish Market Value Pack Tilapia Fillets (32 oz)
1 x $6.59
$6.59
Meat & Seafood
Kirkwood Fresh Chicken Thighs image
Kirkwood Fresh Chicken Thighs (~ 3.67 lb)
3.79 lb x $1.29
$4.89
Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops image
Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops (~ 1.35 lb)
1.46 lb x $3.49
$5.10
Beverages
Nature's Nectar 100% Lemon Juice image
Nature’s Nectar 100% Lemon Juice (32 fl oz)
2 x $2.75
$5.50
ALDI Finds
Specially Selected Plain Lamb Leg Roast image
Specially Selected Plain Lamb Leg Roast (~ 2.5 lb)
2.36 lb x $5.99
$14.14
Dairy & Eggs
Friendly Farms Whole Milk image
Friendly Farms Whole Milk (1 gal)
1 x $3.09
$3.09
Emporium Selection Parmesan Italian Cheese Wedge image
Emporium Selection Parmesan Italian Cheese Wedge (8 oz)
1 x $4.19
$4.19
Happy Farms Mozzarella Cheese Block image
Happy Farms Mozzarella Cheese Block (8 oz)
1 x $1.85
$1.85
Happy Farms White American Cheese Singles image
Happy Farms White American Cheese Singles (12 oz)
1 x $1.65
$1.65
Household
Boulder Napkins image
Boulder Napkins (250 ct)
1 x $1.65
$1.65
Produce
White Mushrooms, Package image
White Mushrooms, Package (8 oz)
1 x $1.45
$1.45
Iceberg Lettuce image
Iceberg Lettuce (each)
1 x $1.55
$1.55
Boston Lettuce image
Boston Lettuce (each)
1 x $2.09
$2.09
Little Salad Bar Garden Salad image
Little Salad Bar Garden Salad (12 oz)
1 x $1.45
$1.45
Cara Cara Oranges, Bag image
Cara Cara Oranges, Bag (3 lb)
1 x $4.29
$4.29
Canned Goods
Happy Harvest Crushed Tomatoes image
Happy Harvest Crushed Tomatoes (28 oz)
2 x $0.95
$1.90
Deutsche Küche Harvest Potato Soup image
Deutsche Küche Harvest Potato Soup (28 oz)
1 x $2.19
$2.19
Casa Mamita Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies image
Casa Mamita Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies (10 oz)
2 x $0.75
$1.50
Pueblo Lindo Chipotle Peppers image
Pueblo Lindo Chipotle Peppers (7 oz)
1 x $1.35
$1.35
ALSO Amazon, Walmart
Track package
Amazon Brand – Solimo 2-Ply Toilet Paper, 350 Sheets per Roll, 30 Count
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
$19.99

 

 

    • Sun-Maid California Mission Figs, 7 oz
      Sun-Maid California Mission Figs, 7 oz
      $5.48
    • (3 Pack) BRUNSWICK Sardine Fillets in Spring Water, 3.75 Ounce Can, No Salt Added, High Protein Food and Snacks
      (3 Pack) BRUNSWICK Sardine Fillets in Spring Water, 3.75 Ounce Can, No Salt Added, High Protein Food and Snacks
      $4.23

 

  • Suavitel Fabric Softener, Field Flowers – 135 fluid ounce
    $6.84
  • Southern Style Nuts, Hunter Mix, Gourmet, 30 Oz.
    Southern Style Nuts, Hunter Mix, Gourmet, 30 Oz.
    $8.94
  • Sun-Maid California Sun-Dried Raisins, 22.58 Oz.
    Sun-Maid California Sun-Dried Raisins, 22.58 Oz.

    Qty: 2

    $7.96

    $3.98 /ea
      • (4 pack) Barilla Pasta Ditalini, 16.0 oz
        (4 pack) Barilla Pasta Ditalini, 16.0 oz
        $5.12
        King Arthur Flour Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 5 lb. Bag(2 Pack) King Arthur Flour Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 5 lb. Bag
        $7.36
  • Affresh Washing Machine Cleaner, 5 Count Dissolving Tablets
    Affresh Washing Machine Cleaner, 5 Count Dissolving Tablets
    $9.98

We have been accustomed to shopping for groceries online for years so the new stay at home rules for shopping by social distancing and not contributing to gathering is nothing thaqt should disrupt shopping. From my previous postings on shopping, labor and  time saving  with convenience  is gained by  having others shop and deliver fresh food items through businesses like  Instacart, Peapod and Drizzly.  Now other grocers have jumped on the wagon to supplement restrictions of the brick and mortar in person shopper, Also not to mention those restaurants that employ or partner with delivery services.

But there are a few questions about how and if the internet and support systems can handle the load now that more people are utilizing that platform.

First and foremost, the system relays on people.  If those systems in place did not take into account the need for shorter, limited or longer  hours, worker protections and other measure that allow employees to work safely, how will they fare during a pandemic or other disaster?  Also note that this disaster effects people, not any damage is done to physical objects, loss or damage to property. Quarantine as a cure could reduce staff during peak demands.

Can the online retailers fully support the customer and accommodate the heavy demand? Same for delivery services  Some responsibility also falls to the manufacturing sector in the fact that any of today’s products may have an unprecedented spike in demand.

Acceptance of a changed quality of life does not sit well with some people as we strive to follow new guidelines for protection and measures that are needed to insure our health and minimize loss of life. Those who are of age remember the preparations and guidelines during the nuclear age.

It’s a stark difference on some online shopping platforms, many delays, and items started to appear out of stock or not offered for delivery. Those self employed gig workers now find themselves re valued as essential business able to operate while others are told to shutter their doors. Business that were reluctant to bring their business online now  reconsider adding it as an option and those who have strictly have operated online struggle to keep up with demands and protect their employees.

Did business see the wild card being played? Of course not. Will they have an effective pandemic policy plan in place or other policy for disaster mitigation with minimal loss of business?  Woefully we may never know whats in the cards until they are played. Hind site is 20/20 .

 

 

 

01
Feb
20

baugette trek

Seems like we are on a at least 5 year mission, to go beyond where bread making has been , in search of the elusive baguette. You (tube) will be assimilated, resistance is futile. You will try , try and try again to conquer the making of the baguette.

This effort started with a you tube recipe from baguettes with Patrick Ryan.

This is essentially a double fermentation of dough, one added to the other done under refrigeration, you will be baking on day 3 as you let each fermentation go one day in length and bake on day three.

The theory is that the long fermentation builds flavor.

 I,m no stranger to this as I usually start any bread I make with a pre-fermention not just as long as this recipe states.

just some picture of my first 2 attempts

Batch One

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Just 2 long baguettes

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Batch ONE done

Didn’t really follow the exact measurements, not bad, top crust didn’t really open where scored, and generally a even brown crust on the top , not all crispy at the sides.

Baked at about 425 degrees F

The crumb soft with  moderate holes from the fermentation. Still for me a delicious meal in itself.

__________________________________ Batch Two_____________________________________

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1/2 the recommended amounts again as I didn’t want to bakes as many as recipes dictates.

Even with the 1/2 of amounts the dough ended up dry, added more water at the final mix. The recipe states “strong bread flour” not sure if the would include all purpose flour. I would like to try this with double OO flour. I couched them in a floured towel.

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 The first batch I baked in a curved bread pan  These are going directly on a tray.

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Scored and already opening up. This batch we are going for full power to the oven.

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“Scotty ! divert all power to the oven !” , “Aye Aye Captain, but I don’t know what this ol stove will take, she could blow at any moment! “

At this warp speed the bread only took about 9 minutes, in retrospect I should have let to go another 2 minutes the internal temp was 205 degrees of the bread at the finish.

Also we are fighting the fact we don’t have a steam injector oven available, but I did the ol baking pan in the oven trick and add water just before adding the bread. Maybe I could modify my espresso coffee maker to pump steam into the oven !!!

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Better crust on these but the sides and bottom didn’t get to crust as the top did.

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 Nicely brown fissures in the top

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The bottoms and sides not as well done, soft.  It probably would be advantageous to have a bread stone in the oven or to lay out the loaves on pre heated sheet .  Maybe next time.

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Crumb nice and soft but no large caverns that you expect with a french baguette type of bread. Top crust is what I want all over the loaf.

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Again a rather close crumb structure than expected. Next batch will be definitely a wetter, softer dough.

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Taste is good ,salty enough even without butter. Doesn’t take long for the bread to loose the crustyness and the right out of the oven texture.

As the mission continues,  will be baguette method be found or will I just be roaming the bread galaxy for the holy grail of the bread universe ? There are probably as many stories and recipes of how to accomplish this. Perhaps the only solution would be to set a course for France  Number One .  Captains log , Out.

 

01
Feb
20

Eggplant something or other (moussaka)

I found I did get the basis of this recipe from a WP blog  Mostly Greek Eggplant Mousskasa , Eggplant Moussaka    after a search for eggplant recipes.

The eggplant is my fav meal, and at times better than the chicken or beef or used as a filler with meat.  So here we go.

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I used ground pork instead of beef

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I stuck with the cinnamon spice for the Greek style taste of the tomato sauce

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some canned diced tomato for the suace

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a bit of melomel replaces the wine

process the tomato sauce

salt and let sit for while to draw out some water, test fit in the baking dish

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brush with olive oil, broil till browned, both sides

make the bechamel sauce

into the baking dish

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add the tomato sauce

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top with the bechamel and some grated parmensan, bake.

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after baking, let cool a bit.

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excellent flavor the eggplant, tomato sauce and bechamel compliment each other

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not overly watery or runny, just right, perhaps a glass of wine and a chunk of fresh bread.

 

 

 

 

 




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