Monday, September 05, 2016

considering writing a cookbook

So over the last couple of month I started to consider the idea of writing a cookbook and so I thought, lets keep this blog for an intermediate reference of recipes and write down combinations I come up with.

Tonight sous vide tilapia on a bed of arugula with homemade salsa


Ingredients:

for the salsa:

bunch of different sweet tomato, think Roma, sun gold and heirlooms, 1/2lbs or so, diced
half a bunch of cilantro, minced
1/2 lime, squeezed
2-3 tbs of balsamic vinegar
2-3 tbs of olive oil
salt and pepper
1 small pomegranate, just the seeds
1/2 a red onion, diced

combined ingredients and let rest for 30-45 minutes

tilapia or other form of whitefish (think halibut, which should work better)
prepare sous vide to 135F
seal fish with a spring of thyme and some butter
cook for 20 minutes
salt and peper
sear in cast iron pan with some butter


serve over a bed of arugula, 2-3 cups worth



Monday, June 20, 2016

Breaking in our new Weber Genesis ep-330s

A couple of days ago we got a new Weber BBQ as a surprise 5th wedding anniversary gift and after assembly we needed to break it in with a couple of different dishes.



We started out with having a small backyard bbq with friends and grilling some delicious rare tuna steaks, which turned out wonderful, due to the 700F degree sear burner and followed it up with some tasty crabs, fresh from the California coast.

Mr. Crab, with his big meaty claws.
Mr. Crab surrounded by asparagus and his friends
dinner is served

Friday, June 10, 2016

Camping at Salt Point

Ever since buying Rocky the trailer, we wanted to go camping to some spots at the coast and take pictures there. Sadly half the time so far, the camera didn't work or I forgot it at home or I forgot the tripod or any other million things went wrong.

Anyway, now we finally managed to get away for a couple of days and head direction Salt Point using the route 1 North.

Which is a beautiful drive, but rather tedious with the jeep and trailer, coming in around 9000lbs and 32 Feet length ( roughly 10 meters) in comparison to the Porsche at less than 3000lbs, which we took to Point Arena (which is north of Salt Point) a while back.

beautiful curvy roads, steep cliffs and working breaks are a wonderful combination


And we went part of the trip off road, due to a navigational error, called trusting your GPS. Not something I would want todo under any circumstances ever... Needless to say, I was happy we didn't bend or break an axle and driving 4 miles, in about one hour time was a new record.

Since it was a bit colder up there, this pups finally got a chance to test their new traveling beds, it's amazing what you need to bring these days for a successful camping trip, to ensure everybody is comfortable.

could I have a blanket please?


usual slightly depressing north coast weather up here
really regretting that I sold my macro lens about right now again

Friday, February 05, 2016

Recap of the first Month of 2016

After a short trip to San Diego, for work related reason, we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather in Tahoe right and test the jeeps offroad/snow performance.

After all since selling the Pathfinder we did not have any chance to go off-roading anymore and the Jeep is not really made for it, since it just a has an all wheel drive and is sadly no real 4x4.

rosie

there must be some snow squirrels

After our return we also attempted to make a classic dish, called beef wellington and do everything from scratch. Which I would have never tried, if I had known that Puff Pastry, is the translation for Blaetterteig.

odd to have no real sides, since the main side is integrated into the dish

came out absolutely perfect and couldn't have hope for a better grade

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Adventure 3,

so after the last camping trip, which was kind of a drama with all the trouble with the hitch and the trailer.  We decided togo to Lake Camanche




Which kind of checks all our boxes, it's close by and easy to get too.
So looks good.

After reserving a pull through camping space, since we are still not so happy with backing the camper into narrow short spots, we thought all was perfect.

Well guess the people online gave us the wrong spot, which turned out rather different than expected. Apparently it was a tent campground with a car parking lot for 2 cars.

it was a bit tight, but basic geometry allowed us to fit into 2 spots somehow
Once we parked, and have everything setup, we started with our default tasks of making tasty food for dinner. I mean just because you are camping doesn't mean you can't have tasty food.


Meanwhile Rosie decided to be a queen bee and take over the camping chairs, while basil decided to be a spoiled brat and claim one of the beds, when no one was looking.


Sadly do to the drought, the lake was a bit dryer than expected.  Apparently lake Camanche lost over 60% of it's capacity in the last 2 years and the picture you see is supposed to be lake view.

all you are supposed to see is water, but sadly this seems to be missing due to ongoing drought conditions.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

adventures with rocky

So after close to 2 years of researching trailers, campers and possibilities. We decided to buy a medium size popup camper.

Since it's a 2015 Rockwood Premier, we decided to call it Rocky. It seemed a bit fitting after all.

playing a bit with light painting, after setting everything up

a nice orange tint to the picture, do to the wildfires a couple of miles away


puppy swimming

2 puppies swimming



playing some more with light painting

one deer

one deer and a baby deer


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Adventures in April

Latest adventures and stuff happening here in April/late March


found an efficient way cutting circuit boards after etching

started building a rose garden

realizing that my saw is just a bit small for 6" wide boards

visiting hog islands oyster farm

ordered more oysters than we could shuck. 100 were maybe a bit much

slowly starting to figure out how to shuck oysters and making progresss

enjoying the California country side a bit, but guess need another set of tires soon again.

basil is still adorable

finished the rose garden, now time to wait 10 years for roses and grapes to grow