January 01, 2006

Roti/Curry/Movie

Dave came over on New Year's Eve where we watched the Korean film Oldboy. It was a good movie, inventively told and well shot. It was, at heart, an action flick despite its artistic execution. Dave tells me they're doing an American remake. *eyeroll*

I made chicken curry (recipe) and roti and forgot to add all the ingredients that I wanted to. (ginger, red pepper, spinach) Since there wasn't much meat left in the leftovers I added them all in today with some curry-stirfried pork and made a couple more roti. I've amended the roti recipe slightly.

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January 04, 2006

Sick, Sorta

Ze stomach, she is not feeling well, so I'm staying home today.

I mean, not that it makes much difference where I... annnyway.

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January 05, 2006

Devoured

Took some cinnamon buns into work today - I thought I'd have some left but the last of them got plucked from the tray as I was leaving with it. Ah well, I didn't need the calories anyway. I made a really nice roast of pork loin hwne I got home and ate it with squash and brocolli. Very healthy, though I ended up eating too much meat. It was like 1/2 a loin, so I cut one small roast, 3 thick chops, 3 thin cutlets and a whole bunch of chunks for more curry. I ate about 1/2 the small roast!

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Devoured

Took some cinnamon buns into work today - I thought I'd have some left but the last of them got plucked from the tray as I was leaving with it. Ah well, I didn't need the calories anyway. I made a really nice roast of pork loin hwne I got home and ate it with squash and brocolli. Very healthy, though I ended up eating too much meat. It was like 1/2 a loin, so I cut one small roast, 3 thick chops, 3 thin cutlets and a whole bunch of chunks for more curry. I ate about 1/2 the small roast!

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Demising Wall

This picture is actually from around New Year's Day.you can see that there's a single wall up and the first floor concrete block demising wall. Yay for that, since the Hillmark homes don't have it, only drywall!. The white on the right is insulation lying on the floorboards - they sealed up all the holes in the floor and have propane gas heaters in the basement to speed curing. I'm not sure why they didn't cover the whole thing - the left side had snow on it that all melted from the hot interior and the flooring is soaked in some areas.

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January 08, 2006

First Floor


Wow, they're really going fast! I walked into town today (round trip: 3hrs). It looks like construction is going on 7 days/week. They were working on the ceiling joists so I couldn't actually get in. The building across from me was all wrapped in plastic for brick work, so no shot from above today. Now that there's actually some vertical building it doesn't matter so much anyway.

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January 13, 2006

Second Floor


They're just going gangbusters on the house. Now the second floor is almost done... it hasn't even been a week yet. Did a lot of walking this week - walked to work several times for exercise and walked to the house from work to take pictures. It's unnaturally warm, making the building site very wet and muddy. I don't know if I'll get there this weekend or not, so I figured I'd take the pic now.

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January 17, 2006

Slippery

There was a lot of freezing rain today, but I was determined to visit the new house because the worse the weather the fewer construction workers on-site. There wasn't really anything exciting, other than some roof tresses on top of the second floor. The sidewalks were coated with a glossy sheet of ice but I was able to get into the house and take some pictures and only suffered a minor fall.

Unfortunately, a girl I often catch the bus with (my former piano teacher's daughter) didn't fare so well and took a nasty spill as we walked in. She hit the back of her head and a lot of crying ensued. I walked her home but she was still crying when we got there.

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January 19, 2006

Interior Framing

Took this photo on the previous miserable weather Tuesday. This is the interior of the house looking from the great room at the back toward the front door. On the immediate left is the door to the powder room and behind that is the kitchen. The stairs to the second level can be seen on the right (temporary builder stairs).

The solid floor joists that I mentioned wanting in a previous post are visible, but Renato and Dom tell me that the composite laminate I joists are actually better! I looked them up online, and the manufacturer also claims that they are stronger and cheaper. I guess I'm just untrusting of new technology...

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January 23, 2006

Garage Door - Yay!

Just noticed this today when I went to visit the construction site... One of the things that people were telling me that I should get as part of my upgrades was a door into the garage. But the builder wanted $1500 for it and Vince said I could get it done for far less doing it myself after closing. My parents, among others, still thought that I should get the door installed. Well, it looks like since all the framing is being done uniformly, the roughed in framing for the door is in ALL the houses so all that would need to be done is knock out some drywall! I'm so glad that I didn't pay $1500 for the door - I'd feel totally ripped off (though I guess I wouldn't know it.)

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Shrimp Fried Rice

I've gotten into the bad habit of frying my rice. When I steamed this rice, I cooked it with onion and garlic, so I didn't bother to put any in the stirfry. Instead, there are mushrooms, frozen peas and corn. It was yummy but the curried chicken fried rice I had the day before was even better! I'm sure that my fried rice has less oil than restaurant fried rice, but it's still a substantial amount.

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January 24, 2006

Pizza

Well, I think I've got the yeast doughs down pat. This was a pizza dough that I made last night and left to slowly rise in the fridge overnight. I actually rolled it pretty thinly, but it has a thick edge on it. Sadly, I also made cinnamon buns and of course ate 4 of them. I feel slightly sick now. The parents are arriving back tomorrow afternoon so I'll cook something tomorrow (though there's leftover pizza) so that they can eat when they get home.

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January 27, 2006

Guess Who's Back

The parents got back from Florida yesterday. They've been demanding but appreciative... They came back to a lot of food: Pizza, lasagna and cinnamon buns that I'd prepared earlier. They got home while I was at work, which was good, because they were probably pretty grumpy. They then tucked into the food. The cinnamon buns, alas, were not at their best, being a couple days old.

Today, they were tired of yesterday's leftovers so I grilled 3 tiny, insanely expensive pieces of beef tenderloin (filet mignon) to rare perfection with some rice, brocolli, mushrooms, onions and cheese sauce. They loved it and also polished off a small T-bone steak that I did to supplement the meat. THEN, father mentioned that he was feeling for bread in the morning for breakfast, so I made the buns pictured. They turned out really well. I basically did the cinnamon bun recipe with less sugar, more flour and no oil. They had one buttered before they went to bed and mom mentioned that they tasted better than hers :-)

My couple months of peace and solitude were restful. It was probably more of a vacation for me than them! I made extra rice for frying tomorrow and chopped some chicken breasts to marinate in curry seasoning.

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January 28, 2006

Roofing

The roof is almost done! No more snow will be falling on the inside of the house... yay! The flooring has already been soaked a few times by melting snow. The construction site was very very busy today, it was above freezing out. So I only got pictures from the outside of the house. You can see that the framing is done and the roofing plywood is almost complete. Interestingly, another co-worker's home is closing after mine, but her house is further along.

In other news, I cooked curried chicken fried rice for lunch and my mother's making a stew for dinner (her stew is better than mine, and dad's been demanding stew - it's one of his favorites). So I don't have to cook dinner tonight - yay!

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January 29, 2006

Gaming/Dinner/Food

Went to Dave's for dinner and gaming. It was my turn to provide dinner so I made a big lasagna with veal, spinach and 4 cheeses: cottage, parmesan, ricotta and mozzarella. We didn't get there until pretty late, so the lasagna was reheated in the oven with much griping about waiting for it to heat through. They seemed to enjoy it though, almost all of it was eaten.


I woke up to find my father rather pathetically trying to make pancakes with the roti flour in the pantry. They were pretty foul. He couldn't find the all-purpose flour, even though we've kept it in the same place for years. The pancakes were falling apart, not rising, and he was pressing the pieces together in the pan. I took over, added some more leavening and adjusted the heat. I got pancakes that looked ok, but still tasted pretty gross. I didn't eat any.

I made pizza for their lunch (and left enough that they could have it for dinner if they wanted it). It turned out really really well. I got the crust the exact thinness desired - it was nice and crisp, without being hard. They loved it.

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