November 06, 2007

Blog Spam

Hee, I moderate comments to avoid spam. This one, though, was pretty funny!

"Please, do not delete the given message. Money obtained from spam will go to the help hungry to children Uganda!
"

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November 07, 2007

$1.10 USD

Wow, the USD is just getting pwned by foreign currency, including the Canadian loonie! Time for a vacation to the States!

It may be over-valued right now, but considering that there were some who doubted the Canadian dollar would hit $1.05 USD, this is quite an over-acheiving currency!

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November 08, 2007

A B C D... N A O M I


Jen and Dan's daughter, Naomi, is just barely 2 years old and she knows her ABC's! She can also use chopsticks! (warning, QuickTime).

Dan got a MacBook and put up a gallery with it.

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Dinner at Riley's

... And Rucell and Trev's, of course! I dropped off some oatmeal cookies and stayed for a yummy dinner and playing with Riley until he got grumpy and went to sleep. Rucell has a neat trick (which apparently Trev can't duplicate) of patting his bum that sends him instantly to sleep. Riley's really flexible - he can suck his toe! Unfortunately, when he saw the camera, he wouldn't do it, so this is as close as I got to getting it. He's getting used to me though, and doesn't fuss when I play with him. (First visit: wailing, second visit: tolerance, third visit: smiles)

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November 12, 2007

Best Hot Cocoa

This is a BIT more involved than just using Quik, but still can be done in a few minutes. Using a simple syrup means that you don't get nasty undissolved sugar.

2 cups water
6 TBS sugar
2 TBS cocoa (more to taste)
Cream to taste (half and half, table cream or whipping cream)
hazelnut liquor (optional)

Put the sugar and water in a pan and simmer/boil until the sugar is dissolved. This converts the sugar to 'invert sugar' which won't crystallize.

Taste the mixture. If it's too sweet for you, add more water and heat till hot (remember you want it a bit on the sweet side, because cocoa is slightly bitter).

Whisk in the cocoa. Don't add too much, because you don't want it gritty.
Then whisk in cream (about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup, not less than a tablespoon) to taste.
Heat through (especially if you added a lot of cold cream) but keep it under a simmer.

Put liquor into 2 mugs (hey, as much as you like, but a tablespoon or 2 would do) and then pour the hot cocoa over it.

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November 25, 2007

Mom's Birthday Food

Last Saturday we celebrated my mom's birthday. I did the cooking - sadly with mixed results.

The good: the rib roast was perfect and very very tender. I suppose that's the most important thing, food wise. The veg and potatoes also turned out well. Tilapia that my sister brought back from Barrie was tasty fried up for lunch - she got a great deal on it. Carrots cooked in a saucepan with a tiny bit of butter and no extra water from (Heston Blumenthal) were good too.

The bad: The pound cake was a bit heavy, though it didn't matter too much going into a trifle - which was a bit on the boozy side. The yorkshire puddings were tragic: they were inedible hard pellets of disappointment (but they were eaten anyway). I think I inadvertently put in too much flour - I made them again tonight and they turned out beautifully (though they make a mess of oil in the oven).

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Sunday Outing

Went to play shuffleboard with Dave. Cheap fun - only cost about $13 for a couple hours. Dave called ahead to make sure the shuffleboard tables weren't being used as ersatz buffet tables. Heh, I did well with the shuffleboard: 8:1, I think.

We went to a nearby Thai restaurant, Our Thai, for dinner. I didn't order anything since I'd eaten just before leaving. Besides, the place wasn't very busy and the menu didn't look very appealing. Dave's food didn't look that appealing either, though he said it tasted fine. I mean, it didn't look bad, per se, but just not very creative.

I passed by IKEA, but unfortunately they close early on Sundays. On the way back I missed my turn into the subdivision, so I passed through Dominion and picked up some sale items that made a nice... uh... snack - if 12 yorkshires stuffed with roast beef and tomato could be called a snack.

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November 26, 2007

Crystallization

So I finally found out what sugar crystallization means - I made a batch of caramel popcorn to take to Jen and Dan's house the other night and the only nuts that I had handy were some honey roasted peanuts. So I used them and a crystallization reaction spread quickly throughout the caramel. Instead of being brittle and glassy, like it should, the whole thing turned into a mass of grainy sugar. The sugar crystals on the peanuts must've caused the reaction.

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Sympatico Bandwidth Throttling

Jen alerted me that Sympatico has started throttling bandwidth to a ridiculous trickle. Goodbye, Sympatico, nice knowing ya.

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