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A day in the kitchen
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

Somehow a whole lot of things have ganged up on me in the kitchen: I had planned four different dishes for the week, and we had three different kinds of noodles left over that would need cooking before they went mouldy.

For one of the packages of noodles, though, the Tak On Singapore Chow Mein, it came too late: they were already mouldy, after only three weeks. Damn! I cooked and froze large quantities of “Wife's noodles”, but didn't get round to the Shanxi noodles.


Kimchi revisited
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I used to make large quantities of kimchi, which I ate at lunch on most days. But then we stopped eating lunch, so I stopped making kimchi.

But now I've found a few Korean recipes for brunch, so it's on the menu again. Time to revisit the recipe. In the past I had had difficulty to find daikon, the long radish used for kimchi, so I used spring onions instead. Now, though, it's easy enough to find daikon. And I had found that I was running a little low on the marinade, which I had planned at 400 ml for 2.4 kg. The result, I suspect, is that the lack of coverage on top of the cake allowed it to go mouldy. So more: today the total (cabbage and radish) was 3 kg, so I tried 600 ml.

And it still wasn't enough! At the end I still didn't have enough left over, so I mixed 7.5 g of gochugaru with 100 ml of water and spread it on top. Still not enough! Next time I'll plan 600 ml for 2.4 kg, fully 50% more than previously.

Just for the fun of it, I substituted garlic shoots for garlic: I bought some recently, and I don't know what to do with them. They're nearly as strong as garlic, so I put 75 g in instead of the normal 50 g of garlic. We'll see how it comes out.


Dollee rendang
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I have had half a package of rendang paste from Dollee in the fridge for some time now. Time to use it.

The instructions are simple: mix with beef or chicken, fry for 10 minutes, add water and cook for 10 minutes, add coconut milk, bring back to the boil and serve—with rice or bread!

Rendang is a slow-cooked dish, and 20 minutes is barely enough to cook beef! So I added the coconut milk early and simmered slowly for about 2 hours. At least it looks right now; we'll see how it comes out.


Pollo en nogada?
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We have lots of nuts in the fridge. A whole shelf is full of them! Time for some dishes with nuts. How about pollo en nogada? I have recipes in two different books, so close that you'd suspect some close relationship: chile ancho, pecan nuts, boiled chicken (done after preparing the sauce). There must be others.

Off to look. The most authentic are probably in Spanish: receta pollo en nogada.

And sure enough, there were plenty. But very different (Spanish rather than Mexican?). Milk! No chilis! But peanuts instead of almonds; that last could be plausible, since almonds don't come from America.

The most important recognition, though, was that this is a dish for leftovers: thus the chicken cooked separately. I can do better than that. Put the chicken in a freezer for another day.


Jägerschnitzel again
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Another dish, eaten tonight, was Jägerschnitzel, mainly to get rid of some of the ridiculous amount of dried mushrooms that we have in the pantry. This time we ate only the dried mushrooms (Boletus edulis, labelled “porcini”, corresponding to German Steinpilz. And at the last minute Yvonne decided that we had some capsicum left over, so what we finally ended up with was somewhere between a „Jägerschnitzel“ and a „Zigeunerschnitzel“:


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It's OK, but somehow nothing special.


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Finishing the cooking
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Yesterday was spent in the kitchen, but I didn't quite finish: cook the Shanxi “planed” noodles. They come out very sloppy:

 
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Somehow they remind me of my fresh noodles. Maybe I can try that some time; these were not cheap.


Analemma accuracy
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I've been taking photos of the sun at mean solar midday (12:25:00 AEST) for nearly a year now. Time to think more about assembling them all.

My method: place the Olympus E-30 with the Zuiko Digital ED 9-18 mm f/4.0-5.6 and a 10 EV neutral filter in front of a post in the garden. Take one photo at 1/4000 s, f/5.6 exactly at 12:25:00 (13:25:00 in the summer), and then another at 2 s at f/5.6 for the background:

 
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The purpose of the second photo is to locate the sun accurately: with programs like Hugin I can first align the series of second photos and then swap the image to have correct alignment of the sun images. I haven't decided yet what I do after that, but it's gradually becoming time.

But how accurate are the images? How accurate must the time be? Today I tried a comparison: take photos exactly at 12:25:00, 12:26:00 and 12:28:00, and compare them. Since they're on a tripod, I can just take a crop of the same part of each image (run the cursor over an image to compare it with its neighbour):

 
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So there is a difference: it takes about 2 minutes for the sun to travel its own diameter. Probably a second or two inaccuracy wouldn't be that bad. And yes, the times reported by the camera are inaccurate. It clearly doesn't believe in sub-minute accuracy. It must have been programmed by a mobile phone developer.


Dead kangaroo
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On our daily dog walk today, just outside our driveway:

 
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Another dead kangaroo! This one appears to have been hit by a truck, breaking its legs. But who cut off an ear? I'm reminded of Tom Lehrer.

 
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Weed spraying for real
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Another sunny day today without too much wind. Back to finish the spraying I had attempted last week. This time I noted the foaming when filling the sprayer, as well as when spraying. Hopefully I won't forget again.


Cockatoos
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We frequently have large swarms of sulphur-crested cockatoos flying over the house, but it's relatively seldom that they hang around. Today was such a day:

 
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New masks for Yvonne
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Yvonne has a new, reusable face mask, sent by Yana:

 
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This page contains (roughly) yesterday's and today's entries. I have a horror of reverse chronological documents, so all my diary entries are chronological. This page normally contains the last two days, but if I fall behind it may contain more. You can find older entries in the archive. Note that I often update a diary entry a day or two after I write it.     Do you have a comment about something I have written? This is a diary, not a “blog”, and there is deliberately no provision for directly adding comments. It's also not a vehicle for third-party content. But I welcome feedback and try to reply to all messages I receive. See the diary overview for more details. If you do send me a message relating to something I have written, please indicate whether you'd prefer me not to mention your name. Otherwise I'll assume that it's OK to do so.


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