Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The best tasting thing in the world

King crab!!!

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

pressed black tomato and cheddar

Yay sandwich press!!

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

oh heirlooms, you're so complex!

And fleshy, and tasty. From the garden, windowsill ripened black tomato.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

it's hard to look ugly when the mirrors are so small!

@town washrooms, so cute!

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Testing posterous iphone app

So far... underwhelmed.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

my new wall of whiteboard

For all my thoughts and diagrams!!

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

now on blogger!

I've moved to blogger! After years of nicely being hosted by a friend of mine (for free) and doing semi-regular wordpress upgrades, i've moved over to a hosted and less maintenance blogging solution.

Can't customize the layout as much, but my layout was kinda ass anyways. I barely update this anymore anyways, but do want to see it live on in posterity for the foreseeable future, so hopefully with this migration it will do just that.

It took me... about an hour to take 5 years of babble and move it somewhere else, formatting and comments retained. If you ever need to migrate from a self-hosted wordpress to blogspot, ignore ALL other sites but this one:

During the process it was amazing to see my entire blog reduced down to about 4.5MB. Then i realized i hadn't deleted a lot of comment spam, so deleted it, and it went down to less than 1MB. Crazy town.

And now... off to get an iPad, wish me luck!!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

nastily painted blue loo

Great long standing centertown restaurant, but couldn't you have spent
five minutes more painting the can? These lines are awful, and are
nothing of a reflection of the food... All I ask is some degree of
care in painting!!! Is that too much!!!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Corn Tortillas in Ottawa

So unless anyone can direct me otherwise, finding fresh(ish) soft corn tortillas in ottawa is impossible. You can get frozen packs from herb n spice and they are very affordable. However, a recent awesome puchase of a book called Tacos parlayed to avoid frozen corn tortillas at all cost. It also seemed to indicate making your own isn't so bad... so i decided to try it!

And it is easy, theres just a few things you need, and some investment involved.

A skillet i believe is key. I bought cast iron as it has the best heat distribution (and i've always wanted one). And they're not nearly as expensive as other stainless steel or fancy nonstick pans (this 12" was 50$ from Grace).

Masa Mix
Masa mix. This is basically ground white corn with a bit of preservative (calcium hydroxide in mr gouda, lime in the maseca brand). I used the goudas, but wasn't sure if it was stale (it had been in my cupboard for a while) so i bought the other... it definitely was not stale. I think it was 4$ for these 2kg bags. I would recommend the maseca brand as it has a more complete "recipe" on the back.

UPDATE: Geez, i forgot to mention where to GET masa mix! Thanks to a local blogger (thanks Minty!) the Sultan Supermarket at bank and hunt club carries this stuff.

Tortilla press
Tortilla press - this is a requirement. This one was the cheaper of 2 available from Grace (~20$ vs 30$). It was lighter, but larger, and larger and cheaper normally wins with me. Having something a little heavy may help to make flatter/thinner tortillas, but i think this one was fine.

I won't go into the nitty gritty of how to make em (the recipe is on the back of the Maseca brand), but after a bit of practice i'm pretty sure i could turn out dozens of amazing tasting, fresh, and versatile tortillas within 30 minutes or so. Highly recommended!

The one thing i will need to work on is keeping them warm while cooking - i've never been very good at that. They need to stay moist so i'm thinking wrapping in a wet towel and leaving it in the over at 200 or so... any tips or ideas would be appreciated.