April 04, 2005

Mac'n'Ribs

Had some macaroni and cheese sauce (laced with bacon!) and some slow-cooked ribs - I did the ribs for about 5 hours instead of 3 to get rid of a bit more fat and get them even more tender. Also, rather than sauce it wrapping it, I just used a dry rub of spices (thyme, black pepper, salt, cumin) Really good! Dave let me know that he tried the recipe too and enjoyed it.

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April 11, 2005

Housing Delay

Some mail in my box this afternoon:

We regret to advise you that due to delays beyond our control, it is necessary to extend the closing of this transaction to October, 2005. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. We will make every effort to have your home ready on that date.

Oh well, bit of an anti-climax, but it gives me a bit more time to save up. I guess I don't have to give notice for a while now.

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Eating Before Bed

Ack, it's so hard to stop!

Was feeling hungry and was trying not to eat before bed. I figured I could eat some strawberries that were spoiling in the fridge. 6 minutes later, I had a simple syrup (sugar and water melted to 220 degrees F) to glaze them with. Erk.

I did take a 1 hour walk today, though...

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April 14, 2005

Preggers!

No, not me!

Akemi's having a baby! Great news! I wonder if this means her site is going to become a 'baby blog'...

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April 15, 2005

Murder in the Kitchen

20050412crabs.jpgWent to Dave B's condo and bought some animals from the Pacific Mall. The crabs were very feisty, but not very tasty. They were also very cheap, so I guess you get what you pay for. King crab is definitely better - much more meat. Some twitching after the initial cleansing boil was a bit freaky.

The pix are tiny because I didn't have my camera - so we used Dave's webcam.

We also had a fresh duck, click below to see it whole.

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April 24, 2005

Recipe: Perfect Burgers

It's not hard to make a perfect burger, cooked through for safety (this was reduced meat - if it's fresh you could go to medium) yet very moist. This particular patty is cooked on the stove top, as it's too tender for a bbq grill. The main secret: regular ground beef - not lean. All of the proportions are approximate, you can't really screw it up.

Perfect Burgers

Per burger:
1 fist sized portion of regular ground beef
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp thyme
1 tsp worcester/soy sauce if you have it

Mix the above ingredients together with
1 egg per 3 - 6 burgers
1/4 cup toasted bread crumbs per 3-6 burgers

You can add more bread crumbs if it seems very wet, but the mix should be slightly on the wet side.

Form the burgers into 1 inch thick discs. Handle them gently and don't compress them too much. (Unless they're for the bbq.)

Heat a skillet to quite hot, coat with veg oil.
Let the oil heat, then put the burgers on. They should sizzle, but not furiously. You can test by touching the edge of the burger to the pan before committing the entire thing.

NEVER press the burgers!
Don't move the burgers or they'll stick.
Once they're sufficiently cooked on one side, the juices will release the burger and you can flip it easily.

Once you see the cooked meat mark rise to almost 1/2 way up (between 5-10 min), flip the burger with a spatula. Quickly put cheese on the hot surface, if you want to.

Cook to desired doneness. Either use a meat thermometer, or break one open slightly. Cook slightly under (you can see a tiny bit of pink in the juices) as the burgers will cook the rest of the way while resting.

Remove the burgers from the pan and let sit for 3-5 minutes (you can do your onions and mushrooms in the hot pan). This will prevent the juices from boiling out of the meat when you bite into it.

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April 25, 2005

Pork Stir Fry

I've done pork stir fry before. This one had savoy cabbage and bean sprouts. The pork was marinated in rice vinegar, black bean sauce, sesame seed oil and chili. It came from the end of a side rib section that is uaually pretty tough. I cooked enough for 2 meals but ended up eating both.

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Grilled Chicken

This was my second dinner... I was feeling peckish and was deboning some chicken breasts. I simply seasoned generously with salt, pepper and thyme and grilled much the same way that burgers were done (slightly less heat). No pressing, no moving around the pan, letting it rest for a couple of minutes, etc. I don't usually like chicken breast, but if not overcooked (though it can't be undercooked!) it's nice and moist. It's easier to have good results with deboned chicken thighs, though, as it's harder to dry them out. This was very yummy.

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April 27, 2005

Crap.

Literally. Wednesday morning I woke up and the shower stall had some water in it. I decided to stay home to keep an eye on it and, to my relief, it went down.

An hour later, it was gushing from the drains. Within minutes the bathroom and bedroom were filled with a grey, slightly smelly liquid. I called the landlord and he was already on his way...

The place was pretty much inhabitable. The landlord's insurance agent said they'd have to rip up all the drywall and the entrance stairs. The process would take 5 weeks or more - so I didn't have a place to live anymore!

I'd lost basically any furniture that was touched by the sewage. Unfortunately, the table and side tables that Vince gave me were casualties, as was my bed frame, dresser and bookshelves. Thankfully, my computer desk was untouched, along with my possessions (which were mostly on top of the furniture.

So basically, I've got no furniture anymore!

Also, by the time I'd partially dealt with stuff, it was too late to arrange lodging anywhere, so I ended up staying at the office that night (becoming intimately familiar with the alarm system in the process). Thanks to everyone who offered, tho!

It seemed like the universe was trying to send me a message...

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April 28, 2005

Universal Signs

Ok, there have been too many signs telling me to move back to my parents' home, from the trivial to the biblical. I can't fight the universe!

Mom's been wanting me to move back with them and says that instead of rent, I could save for the new house.

The new house has been delayed (again!) until February and could be longer.

The apartment flooded, so I'm halfway packed and will leave most of the furniture behind.

It's exactly 2 months (for notice) until my lease is up. Actually, it looks like I'll get out of the lease without any notice at all, so that's good... wondering if I can get my last month's rent back too.

The office just received a huge shipment of moving boxes for me to use (aka. photocopier paper).

There comes a point when I feel like I'm just being stupidly stubborn, y'know? Fr'instance... when the apartment flooded, I stubbornly refused to take several friends' offers to stay with them until it was too late in the night to bug them.

So I'm going to call Dad tomorrow and see if he's amenable like Mom.

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