Archive for February, 2012

25
Feb
12

Rotating hearts LED display

“An unique gift for any romantic occasion” reads the advertisement from Ramseykits.com. It’s been a while since I built a hobby kit and the last one I built  years ago was the Flashing LED Sweetheart. This year the Rotating Hearts LED display was ordered. It’s a CANA kit, made in Canada and for $29.95 seemed slightly expensive over the $6.95  Flashing LED Sweetheart, but it has 2 double sided  circuit boards, 46 LEDs, and an assortment of resistors, transistors and capacitors.

Lets take a look:

IMG_1889

 

  IMG_1890

You’ll need a soldering iron, rosin core solder (I can’t believe how expensive solder is now) , a set of nippers for clipping the leads flush to the boards, a small place to work and good lighting to identify the marking of the components, such as the color bands on the resistors.

The Rotating Hearts LED display Cana kit contains 2 instructions sheets. One general assembly guide sheet, and an assembly guide sheet specific to the Rotating Hearts LED display.

The general assembly guide sheet contains info on soldering tips, diagrams and instructions for mounting components, their orientation, and charts for reading component values. 

Unpack the kit and sort out the components, read through the instructions sheets before starting.

The circuit boards are  well laid out and marked for proper placement of components. Observe closely the parts that are polarity sensitive to avoid damaging them or resulting in inoperative results.

The assembly guide gives you the order to install components and as in the General assembly guide specific diagrams on component placement.

IMG_1891 

Neatness counts, avoid solder bridges and cut off the leads close to the board.

 IMG_1892

 

IMG_1894 

Double check all the components ,If all goes well when you apply power it should create a moving light display,

the speed adjustable through a trimmer potentiometer.

IMG_1897

 

Kit building is fun and if you interested in electronics, educational. This Cana kit provides a schematic but no theory of operation.

The small parts and small solder pads gives you exercise of manual dexterity and if needed, troubleshooting skills.

Assembling kits also can make handmade gift that is special.

This Cana kit  provides a power jack for a wall wart power supply but I used a 9 volt battery for now.

Ramseykits.com has a wide assortment of kits and electronics.  

After the Valentine chocolates, flowers and dinner fade away, two hearts remain.

25
Feb
12

shopping

02/19/2012

Gold Medal Flour 10 lbs  $4.89

Broccoli Florets 3 lbs. $5.99

Cut Corn , Frozen  6 lbs $ 6.49

Honey Dew Melon $3.49, 1 ea.melon

Plums, 3lbs. $5.99plums

25
Feb
12

popping corn

Now that making popcorn is supposed to be more convenient by using a microwave, popping popcorn on the stove top returns. It may be more convenient by using the microwave because there’s no pan to clean up, but for flavor nothing beats the pan popping method. It may be cheaper, though I didn’t actually calculate the cost of labor, gas, and popcorn vs.  the microwave method.

lpop

For popcorn I used Lehman’s Blue, 2 lbs bag is $4.95 (plus shipping). A bit pricey but delicious.  They have less expensive popcorn also.

IMG_2461pop    

Heat up a large (8 quart) pan (stock pot) add enough oil (canola or whatever) to cover the bottom.  Now add enough popcorn make a single layer.

Once it stars popping, cover the pan.

IMG_2464pop

 

 IMG_2462 IMG_2465pop IMG_2463pop

Shake and agitate the pan over heat. Ease off the flame when the popping slows down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2466pop 

Inside the pan

IMG_2469pop

All Done!

IMG_2470pop

To a large bowl

IMG_2471pop

Just a bit of salt, I’m skipping the butter.

Or add whatever, garlic granules, herbs, cheese etc for a

gourmet blended popcorn.

It’s a good snack

IMG_2472pop 

A pretty good pop, a few un-popped kernels left.

19
Feb
12

Multi Grain Tortilla

Bread wise today something for breakfast that’s light and fast, no rising times involved. Like a flour tortilla.

Gathered up the grains for a flour tortilla, on hand, some white all purpose flour, corn masa, wheat flour and corn meal.

So about 1 and 1/4 cups white flour in the bowl, with what’s left in the bag of masa probably about 1/8 cup, now you see where this is going.

Add about a handful or less whole wheat pastry flour and a slight amount of corm meal for crunch. Mix together in the kitchen aid with the whip.

Drop in some shortening less than a tablespoon, just enough to give it some fat content. Incorporate it in with the whip like your making a pie crust.

Pour small amounts of water, oh, switch to the paddle on the mixer, and water the multi grain crumble till it clings together, I like mine a bit on the moist side.

Divide into 8 balls. Prepare the rolling surface with corn meal and with the marble roller, roll the balls out into thin into circular shapes.IMG_2433tIMG_2437tIMG_2434t  IMG_2438t

IMG_2432tIMG_2436t

These came out to

be roughly 8 inches or so.    IMG_2439t

At this point they came be refrigerated, frozen, or in this case I grilled 2 slightly for stuffing.

By the way my tortilla press is out of service, the wooden hinge broke when applying pressure to make a tortilla, so It’s back to the basement hacker lab for revision 2.01

See Multi Grain Cheese and Veggie Tortilla

19
Feb
12

Multi Grain Cheese and Veggie Tortilla

You don’t really need a recipe for this but I wanted to post something and take some pictures using a mini tripod on the camera.

Use some Multi Grain Tortillas, I cooked some slightly in a large skillet, both sides. Now raid the fridge for some ingredients, this morning just veggies, I decided to skip the meat.

IMG_2441t1

IMG_2442t1( I didn’t have the camera set for close ups)

It ends up chopped, red and green bell peppers, tomatoes, onion, garlic, American cheese. Since this is kind of bland for my taste, and I’m skipping the hot pepper by the way, garnish with herbs and seeds I utilized fresh sage, since I have an abundance, fresh oregano, some cumin seed and dried dill and celery seed.

Like I said zip it up as you wish with the ingredients. Salt and pepper is a given.IMG_2443t1IMG_2445t1 roll it up !IMG_2446 IMG_2447  (just an excuse to get my fat paws into the picture! must be the camera lens that make them look like that! :-))

 

 

Heat up the skillet to medium high and back off on the flame. In goes the tortillasIMG_2448t1 and use another skillet to cover making sort of a stove top oven to bake the roll ups.IMG_2449t1 About 10 minutesIMG_2450t1 or so. (roll them over about 1/2 way through).

IMG_2451t1

Go back to the fridge for some garnish, They really need some dipping sauce or other, I was fortunate to have some sour cream, just a dollop and a sprig of fresh parsley clipped from the countertop garden.IMG_2453t1

Coffee is the selected beverage pairing today, Since I roasted some Mexican organic last night and made some simple sugar syrup to sweeten the cup along with a spot of milk , that was the inspiration to go for something light after I drank the first cup.

Now that I’ve blogged them and eaten two, it feels like an appetizer, but unfortunately I have other things to do to keep my mind off of food, but then i have other meals to prepare later so I won’t have too cook during the week nights. 

12
Feb
12

A cloud for my recipe collection?

Pepperplate is a web based recipe app storage. Now probably I’ll get to store and index all the recipes I like while  browsing the internet

or picking up my emails, twitter feeds  etc.

Pepperplate manages your recipes by allowing you to Import and edit recipes from the most “popular recipe sites”  by simply pasting a URL.

pp1

If that fav food site or blog of yours is not supported, you will have to either type in the recipe or do a cut and paste.

The manual entry screens are divided into fields that you  add the recipe text.

pp2

Enter the recipe screen by screen, Ingredients, instructions, notes and other.

 

image

Once you get the recipe entered, edit the recipe title to get this screen where you can add images etc.

image

Some fields didn’t seem to save the text, like the URL field, so I cut and pasted it into the “Notes” area.

Some recipes I just added a title, which is the only required info, and pasted the URL into the note area.

Now when I bring up the recipe from the index I can go to the URL and get the recipe.

So now I started with an index of 10 recipes

image

As far as I can see just by cutting and pasting from emails or web sites, Pepperplate formats

the recipe into this type of display if, you paste it into the correct fields.

image

There are other functions such as a menu grouping,  calendar planner, and shopping list that

automatically list the ingredient and groups them for a list.

Included is the familiar print , share and fav tagging functions and a sliding widget for scaling up

or down the ingredients amounts.

So far I’ve spent a bit of time entering 10 recipes, some full and some just URLs.

Since I’m not the fastest typist  Pepperplate seems to fit the bill so far.

With a huge amount of stored recipes on my system in the form of emails,

bookmarks, and saved URLS, hopefully Pepperplate will make them more accessible once

I take the time to get all of them in the cloud.

I had thought of just storing recipes and tagging them in this  blog, but I only post recipes I

have cooked and photographed . Being Web based, Pepperplate could add enhancements

like the possibility to change skins.

And if you have a mobile deviceimage the Pepperplate apps can:  

  • Carry your shopping list with you and add to it in store with your recipe collection (no internet connection required).
  • Monitor cooking time without being tied to the kitchen.
  • Track and update timers remotely.

 

 

 

 

 

Pepperplate sure beats looking in more than one place on my computer or using a search function for a recipe I want to make.

Most likely one day I’ll have a mobile device so my recipe collection will be more like an E-book which is more functional

in the kitchen.

Pete

http://www.pepperplate.com/

It only requires an email address and password to register

11
Feb
12

Crumpets

When is an English Muffin NOT an English muffin? Properly call it a Crumpet !

Today’s cooking assignment: Crumpets, I’ll leave the tea selection up to you but the theme here is Afternoon Tea and Crumpets. (I wonder why ? )

Me, I had morning coffee and wanted something fresh in the line of bread dough etc. After the caffeine kicked in it was griddle cakes  inspired by Betty Crocker International Cookbook recipe “Crumpets” (page 280,1980 General Mills) referred to also as “Pikelets”.

Get out the griddle, or cast iron fry pan.

Dissolve yeast with warm water in a large bowl,

IMG_1867

let sit a couple of minutes till bubbly.IMG_1871

Add sugar,IMG_1869 salt, IMG_1870 flour,IMG_1873 scalded milk, then cooled, and  butter. IMG_1868

IMG_1874  also 2 eggs,IMG_1875mix all to make a yeasty batter.

Let the batter sit till it doubles and is frothy.  IMG_1877

now, fire up the griddle with a ring, use can use the old tuna can trick, I have a hamburger ring that I use.

IMG_1878 Spoon in the batter to the ring (buttered)IMG_1880 over medium heat.

IMG_1879 IMG_1882 IMG_1883 once they set, remove ring, cook and flip till done

IMG_1884 you can gently pull them apart, if you like, and eat them with jam or jelly or plain butter, cream etc.. IMG_1885I had some Blackberry Chipotle Jam  for a bit of a POP!

Now I’ll leave the Tea selection up to you (and your additive from the Royal Flask). Don’t forget to raise your pinky when you hoist your teacup.

Tweet and/or Like some of your British friends. Wish them well.

IMG_1886 And that’s bloody well good!

tea, courtesy of JLM



Archives

February 2012
S M T W T F S
« Jan   Mar »
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
26272829  

Recent Posts


Talking Hydroponics

Growing & Much More

Power Plant Men

True Power Plant Stories

Bottles & Cans & Just Clap Your Hands

Rhode Island’s Better Beer Blog • by Lou Papineau • @BottlesCansRI • bottlescansclaphands@yahoo.com

GoanImports.com

Learn Goan and Indian Recipes

Healthy Cravings

scrumptiously good

adorable life

eat,craft,travel,love...in short live your life and njoy

cooking from the heart

inspired by june & norma

Little Observationist

A journal of observations & inspirations by Stephanie Sadler

RecipeReminiscing

Food the old fashioned way

Beer Hobo

Words and photos from the road

Alcoholidays with Mama Bear

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they are going to feel all day." -Dean Martin

spf 99

my two ounces

Bard's Home Brew Brewery

A Homebrew Journey

Amintiri din Bucătărie

Memories from the Kitchen

Beyond Mere Sustenance

Food as a lifestyle...

TwistedSifter

The Best of the visual Web, sifted, sorted and summarized

rise of the sourdough preacher

Of homemade bread, food and other recipes / Una storia di pane fatto in casa, cibo ed altre ricette

Rugutis

The spirit of fermentation

JEFFREYTHARP.COM

A voice of sanity in a world gone mad...

Later On

A blog written for those whose interests more or less match mine.

My Food and Me

... just about food and more food!!!

my sister's pantry

Eat food... real food

Rantings of an Amateur Chef

Food...cooking...eating....tools - What works, and what doesn't!

Two Barn Farm

Sustainable Farming, Permaculture, Gardening and Homesteading in Ohio

Little London Observationist

An expat blog about "the little things" in London

Mom de Cuisine

Culinary Musings of an Expat Mom

El fogoncito

Comida tradicional Dominicana y algo más...

gettin' fresh!

turning dirt into dinner

Let's Spice Things Up

Recipe Reviews, Tips & Ideas from my table to yours!

talinorfali

Don't ever change yourself to impress someone, cause they should be impressed that you don't change to please others -- When you are going through something hard and wonder where God is, always remember that the teacher is always quiet during a test --- Unknown

ediblesubstance

A foodie's thoughts

Food in Jars

a little mech, tech, and food

Las Vegas Food Adventures

From a Las Vegas native's point of view

cupcakejunky

Fashion, Food, Interior Design and Architecture

Rachel & Maya

Dishing about all things food related.

Advoken's Blog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Croque-Camille

Food Adventures in Paris

Veggicurious

Creative and exciting vegetarian food featuring bold flavors and world-wide cuisines. Plant-based cooking can be anything BUT boring.

Cooking in Tongues

Savoring the world through food, trails and photos.

con tomates

Juicy living in the Iberian Peninsula and beyond

WordPress.com

WordPress.com is the best place for your personal blog or business site.

Slow Food RI

Slow Food Rhode Island is the Rhode Island chapter of Slow Food USA.

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: