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Beijing “Fried Sauce” Noodles, 炸酱面
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Finally got round to cooking the Beijing “Fried Sauce” Noodles (炸酱面), interpreting the recipe from The Woks of Life.

Ingredients

quantity       ingredient       step
80 g       skin-on pork belly       1
5 ml       water       2
10 g       lard       3
15 g       spring onions       4
5 g       ginger paste       4
1 g       star anise       4
0.2 g (1)       bay leaf       4
0.6 g       cinnamon stick       4
1.2 g       Sichuan peppercorns       4
5 g       lard       5
10 ml       Shaoxing wine       6
5 ml       dark soya sauce       6
15 g       sweet bean sauce tianmianjiang – 甜面酱       6
10 g       ground bean sauce       6
30 ml       water       6
200 g       cooked Shanxi planed noodles       7
50 g       julienned carrot       7
50 g       julienned cucumber       7
10 g       garlic paste       7

Preparation

  1. Make a lengthwise cut to separate the layer of pork fat and skin from the leaner meat in the belly. Keep them separate, cut both the fat (with the skin) and the meat into 1 cm pieces.

  2. If the meat is fresh, mix the lean pork with small quantities of water until water is absorbed into the meat, and there is no visible standing liquid. Set aside.

  3. Melt the lard and fry the skin gently. Cover the pot: it will spit a lot. Heat under gentle flame until the skin pieces are crisp, about 20 minutes:


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    Remove the crisp skin from the pot.

  4. Grind star anise, bay leaf, cinnamon and pepper in a grinder:

     
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    Add the green parts of the spring onion, ginger, ground mixture to the pot. Reserve the white parts of the spring onion. Fry over low heat until warm:

     
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  5. Add the additional fat and the lean pork. Cook for 1 minute, until the pork pieces turn white and opaque.

     
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  6. Reduce the heat to low, and add the Shaoxing wine, dark soya sauce, sweet bean sauce, ground bean sauce, water, and the white parts of the spring onions. Mix well, cover and increase the heat to medium. Simmer for 10 minutes.

  7. Put noodles in a bowl, mix with enough sauce to thinly and evenly coat the noodles—add it gradually until it’s the ideal level of saltiness for you. Top with the julienned carrots, cucumbers, and minced garlic.

     
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How was it? “Interesting”. It shows room for improvement, notably in the quantities. Most of my breakfast noodles have round 180 g of other ingredients (apart from the pork, KL Hokkien mee has 60 g of prawns, 60 g of squid and 60 g of choi sam, for example. How do I adapt the quantities? I suspect I need more research.


More fun with Shanxi planed noodles
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To the Beijing noodles I cooked the Shanxi planed noodles that I used years ago. Following the experience then, I rinsed and untangled them before cooking. That was relatively easy:

 
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Last time I had guessed that 4 minutes cooking time would be appropriate, and that's what I did today. I think I could reduce it further. Three minutes? Two? I should be cautious and stick with 3.


Fill-in flash in the lounge room
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Yvonne has filled in the curry tree pot with gravel to stop the cats (notably Bruno at this point) from using it as a toilet. He is not amused:

 
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But that's very difficult lighting. Sunlight and shadow. I can greatly improve it in postprocessing, but the issues remain:

 
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How about fill-in flash from the studio flash units that are really intended for the kitchen? Yes!

 
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Monday, 27 May 2024 Dereel → Napoleons → Dereel Images for 27 May 2024
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Bubble and squeak?
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Yesterday we had a particularly uninteresting dinner with something that we had labeled as Kassler. Some was left over, enough to make an improvised breakfast:

 
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It didn't taste good. But it reminded me of something we ate when I was a lad, which we called Bubble and squeak. It seems that we abused the term.


A new camera
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My “new” Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark I has arrived, already! That's amazingly fast: it was only posted on the evening of the previous working day.

Should I go and pick it up? I'll be in town tomorrow anyway, and I'll be going straight past the post office. But, surprisingly, I had been missing the old one, and of course I went to pick it up, and it turned out that that was the right thing to do.

First impressions: yes, an E-M1, looks much newer than mine, and it has only 9654 shutter actuations.

 
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But the serial number (MCS below) shows that it was built in November 2013, the same month as mine.

 
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That's particularly surprising because it “feels” different: the OK button in the middle of the arrow pad is indented further than on my other cameras. It's also interesting that all these cameras supply the MCS value as “Internal Serial Number". The camera that I used to take these photos (Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II) reports its age as December 2016, which looks absolutely plausible.

It took me all afternoon to set it up. I was half expecting that, and I already have a (somewhat out-of-date) list of settings to go through. But it's a mess, and I need to completely rework it. In the process I dragged out a lot of other cameras for comparison:

 
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The list did help up to a point, but I hadn't included all parameters. In particular, how do you turn off this irritating display of the last image after you take a photo? By default it displays for ½ second. I've turned it off in all my cameras, but I forgot how, and I forgot to write it down. It took me 20 minutes of traipsing through the menus and RTFM, not helped by the terminology they use. It's called “Rec View”, and it's located in the spanner menu. That certainly shows the advantage of keeping a list of what to set. And while I was at it, I discovered that it's possible to disable auto-ISO in manual mode, which would save me from mistakes with flash.

Other surprises were that the viewfinder focus adjustment (what people call “diopter”), which was set to a really negative value (-2 dioptre? It seems that it was even worse). Still, that means that the viewfinder can't have been burnt, which has happened to me: if the setting is the maximum, +2 dioptres, sunlight can burn it.

And other things? My old camera couldn't trigger flash for some reason. Can this one? Yes:

 
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It's not surprising that it's so dark: it was taken with the toy FL-LM2 flash that comes with the camera, and it doesn't have the guide number to handle the distance at the f/8 that I chose. But I continued, this time with a real flash (the mecablitz 58 AF-II). And there was another surprise:

 
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What went wrong there? It looks as if the flash wasn't set for the correct focal length. Is that the fault of the camera or the flash? Do I want to know? At longer focal lengths it worked fine:

 
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I should test it with the flash triggers and the old Meike flash unit, which no longer works even on the E-M1 Mark II.


Samba eaten of worms?
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Last week I noted this on Samba's neck:

 
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It hasn't gone away. Yvonne decided that it was a fungal infection and tried to treat it with Carbaryl, not for the faint-hearted, then smeared some paste on it:

 
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Later people on Facebook suggested that it could be due to neck threadworms, whatever that might be (a number of different parasites are possible), leaving her quite upset. One person she didn't ask was Pene Kirk.


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