Archive for March, 2019



Two stir frys , one chicken and bacon and one spicy sausage.













Probably about 3 times a month pizza is on the menu when making dough so often.

It’s pointless to post a recipe since there are an infinite number of variations.


usually different size shells are made


basically a do it yourselves toppings for the family members


Also a BYOP (bring your own pizza) here is a pizza for a Keto diet brought by a relative. I sampled it very tasty for a non wheat flour dough.


someone’s birthday celebration necessitated a cake and then some gaming.



and later, more gaming………………..

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE …pizza/bread outtakes



Irish Soda Bread

Shamrock time !  looking at some recipes I was going to make a popular posted Chocolate Potato cake but I switched to a more traditional Irish Bread. Glad I did , one of my better bakes as I have made soda bread before this combination had a very full taste.

It’s slightly modified from the recipe from Real Simple in these respects: 3 and 1/2 cups AP flour, 1 tablespoon buckwheat flour. The buttermilk substitute is simply whole milk with a tablespoon of white vinegar, let stand for couple of minutes. The rest of the recipe follows as directed with the exception of fluffing the raisins, let the raisins steep in boiling water for about 10 minutes, drain, toast the caraway seeds.

Oven set up for 350 degree

  • 3 and 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1 tablespoon buckwheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon each of both baking soda and baking powder.

At this point, using a strainer sift the above several time to fully combine. Some of the kosher salt may remain in the strainer so empty into the flour mixture.

Now cut in as you would like a biscuit mix:

  • 8 tablespoons of butter

to a crumbly type mix , then add :

  • 1 cup raisins (steeped then drained, (or currents))
  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds (toasted if possible)
  • 1 and 1/3 cups buttermilk (or whole milk with a splash of white vinegar)

Mix with a fork or with hands, turn out to floured counter top and knead about 10 times.

Form the shaggy mass to a 7 inch round about 1 and 1/2 inches in height.

Score the top deeply about 3/4 inch with a X pattern.

Bake @ lower middle rack seemed to work out, recipe recommended to shift position about midway through the bake, the oven seems to bake a bit faster so I downshifted to about 330 degrees when the bread went in the oven for about 50 minutes. I did take a temperature reading that indicated 200 degrees but I left in the about an addition 10 minutes as these moist type biscuit dough may have to go a bit further to insure a complete bake.


recommended serving with jam, but the best is sliced, toasted with whipped butter.

if you program in BPL Bakers Programming Language:

dim (array 1.105):

::{3 and 1/2 cups AP flour}{1 tablespoon buckwheat flour}{1 tablespoon sugar}{2 teaspoon kosher salt}{1 teaspoon each of both baking soda and baking powder. ::{}

..<>read array 1 to 5 to <string :;[dryingredients]>

“val004″= [1 tablespoon of butter]

`read “val004″+1”,`

`read` <read> if read :8 then (read :0 )| (break :next)

val (5); [dryingredients] {val004]

and so on…






Tronic tonic


Among other projects , reviving some video games systems that have been stored over the years. Will eventually list them on eBay as part of de cluttering. An Atari  XE game system ,810 disk drive, to check out, thought the floppy drive would be a loss, but disassemble the idler (center spindle) and lube bushings as it made a racket. Clean and grease the rails for the reading head slide. Swing up the pressure pad and clean the head. After a couple of tries with different disks, finally heard the familiar sound and boots up a game simulator. The ol’ XE MOBO needed the start switch disassemble and cleaned. Missile Command is default game stored in the MOBO. Needed the video to VGA adapter since I dumpstered all of the old TVs and monitors had to use a VGA Lcd for bench test. The XE has a very basic self testing that passed after figuring out that the start switch was not working. More checks, but most game cartridges after a few in and outs fired up as the contacts probably need cleaning. Some chroma problems as the output lacks real depth of color ,but will check on a different TV. There’s certainly a lot of info available to restore these machines and parts available. Now, after a few rounds of missile command and a few other games, my hand feels like it did about 35 years ago✓. A few joysticks picked out of a box came to be working but probably need a cleanup.


Pardon me for the sloppy bench and the lack of automated test equipment


All in all a working bench system at least to check games and disks.

After that it is on to Coleco game console system, games and components I got from a classified ad in the newspaper many years ago ($75.00) remember them?, When I could quickly leave work on lunchtime and run an errand without worrying about being late back to work. .

the lamplighter project

Another project done was a conversion of a combination pole light and reading lamp, originally powered by quartz bulbs. Prime candidate for a LED makeover. Also wanted to add remote control for the reading light. The top light indirect light was replaced with a 50 watt 110 volt AC Led module.

I used the quartz light ceramic holders for standoffs to allow air circulation under the cob element.

The reading lamp attached to the pole would be lighted with a cob or equivalent.


To step down the voltage to 12 volt DC, a was utilized for the proper wattage.

After that a common type remote was used. These components fit within the lower light casing.

The three way rotary switch was rewired to provide constant power to the reading lamp power module and wired switched for the 110 volt module for the upper light.

A magnet was glued to the back of the remote control which sticks to the pole light for easy access while seated.

The top light provides bright white light to the ceiling and at a cooler more efficient use of the power for both the upper and lower reading lamp. When these lamps were first made they were considered to be a hazard as the upper quartz light even though protected by a glass plate generated too much heat.

Oh well back to current video gaming…..




Grind time ! Course ground beef

Fire up the broiler.

Always seem to have a batch of dough around.

Ready for the burgers.

Three with onion and cheese one just cheese.

Does the stove need to be leveled? Melting the cheese !

Order is up !

Side of sweet potato slices baked with butter.


Sweet cinnamon bread

Just some dough from the fridge, last night batch of dough. Made some sausage dumplings.

Grease a pan add dough balls. Grate fresh cinnamon sticks, then sprinkle brown sugar. Let rise then bake.

Mmmmmm light cinnamon and sugar flavor.


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