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Saturday, 19 September 2020 Dereel Images for 19 September 2020
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Some days everything goes wrong
Topic: general, food and drink, photography Link here

Today was one of those days where lots of little things go wrong. It started with making breakfast. Time to mix up another batch of Curry laksa. That needs 200 g of coconut milk, which I had in the deep freezer. And somehow I had forgotten to label it, but then, coconut milk is easy to recognize. Took it out, but it wouldn't melt! Instead it flaked: it was frozen wonton skins. I couldn't find any coconut milk.

OK, open a new can. One half with solid coconut extract, one half with liquid. So I had to mix it, which first meant heating it up.

Finally that was done, and I added my 200 g. But for some reason the weights didn't match up. Added more water than seemed right, but when I moved it I discovered that the scales had fouled the stove, so I had 200 g more than I needed.

Later I took my weekly house photos. Out to the first position, where I discovered that I had the wrong glasses on. Back to get the right ones, turned the camera on... battery empty.

Back to get a new battery. Turned the camera on, but the remote control wasn't working. Batteries (2 AAA NiMH) discharged! Three trips back to the house where none would be needed.

The batteries for the remote control are interesting. They seem to last for ever. I don't know when I last changed them. But when I measured the voltage, something that I do as a matter of course now, I found what I have so often seen: one had 1.25 V, in other words reasonable charge, while the other was 0.82 V. It's surprising how often that happens.


Summer's here!
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Spring is progressing well. But today we suddenly had a top temperature of 26.2°. Only 2 days ago it was 14°. Time to do some garden work. What did I do? Nothing, unless it's marking a Freesia in the nature strip towards Progress Road:


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It doesn't belong there, and the last one I took felt very much at home in our garden:


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So the marker is there to find it again after it has finished flowering.


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Culinary wilderness
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Fondue de fromage for dinner this evening. It's getting more and more difficult. We haven't been to the Victoria Market in nearly 2 years, and we've long since run out of Appenzeller cheese. And Campana's Stockade Cellars not only don't have it, they don't seem to be interested in getting it for us.

As if that wasn't bad enough, Dan Murphy's have decided to stop selling their last version of Kirsch, which they styled as “Weis Kirsch Brandy”. Once I thought that was barely acceptable, but we've come to find that it is (well, was) the only game in town. Yes, they have something called Baitz (which they pronounce “Bates”), if you can fight your way through their terminally broken web site, but the review page (“Online Offer $32.95 per bottle; Not available in-store at Online Store”) shows that I'm not the only person to consider this a non-starter: “Undrinkable brew, but will make you drunk”, “Hand sanitizer mixed with cherry coke flavour”.

So once again we had only Gruyère cheese, and instead of Kirsch I tried Slivovitz. Not an advantage. It didn't have the paint thinner taste of the Baitz, but it didn't have much taste at all, and the result was surprisingly boring.

And at the end? There's the crust left behind on the bottom of the caquelon, which should be flambéed with Kirsch. Clearly that's a non-starter. Since there's no flavour involved, we use vodka. But Australian vodka is weaker than the standards allow, only 37%, with the result that lots of water are left over.

Oh for good ingredients!


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