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Month: June 2013

Coffee Fails

Just thought I’d share a bit of my absent mindedness with coffee in the morning. Yesterday I poured water in my coffee grinder and today I didn’t have the grinder assembled properly so I had to clean out beans from where they didn’t belong. I must dislike coffee grinders.

Paneer (Indian Cheese)

I’m addicted to Sag Paneer from a local Indian place called Bollywood #3 in Westlake, CA. Today I decided to try my hand at making paneer that I’ll eventually use to make some Sag Panneer at home. I followed these general guidelines in the video below. I ended up using:

  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 1.75 Liters of Organic Whole Milk
  • A clean 100% cotton towel.

I brought the milk to a boil and added the lemon juice. Remember to stir often! I didn’t any burnt some of the milk that I ended up picking out. So when it starts to boil and you add the lemon juice immediately kill the heat. You should start to see the curds separate from the whey. After a couple of minutes of being fascinated with this I strained the curds through the cotton towel and poured some water to get rid of some of the lemon juice and whey. I then wrapped it up and squeezed out some of the milk. The next step is to twist the towel and then weigh down with something heavy so the curds start to stick together. Pretty simple! I’ll try again with vinegar and some muslin cloth. I’ll also post up my experience and recipe for the sag paneer when I try it tomorrow.

Tree of Life

Want to test your home theater? I recommend you check out Tree of Life for some of the amazing visuals and sound. Your room should be shaking during the creation scenes and your eyes should pop out when you see the trees. Just trust me and check it out on Netflix.

Indoor Gardening Tips from a Man Whose Scared of Plants

Tests of Home Theater

I’m lucky enough to have a sweet home theater in my living room. I opted for this instead of dropping 1k on a 60+” tv, I saved up and got a deal on a 1080p projector and now have a 102″ televsiion. I love it, its absolutely great. I have some in-wall speakers I still need to mount but decided instead to at least try to get my 5.1 working. I had a set of Bose Model 141s from my computer that weren’t being utilized at the moment and hooked them up. I also grabbed The Avengers blu-ray from Netflix and decided to watch it. Let me just tell you this is an awesome setup. I had my stereo set to 0db for a test during the opening scene with Loki appearing and let me tell you, it was an experience. I almost forgot for a second that I was at home it was so loud and engaging like in a theater. No complaints from the neighbors (yet). Next up, I wonder if I can fully utilize 2 extra channels for true 7.1…

Sous Vide at home

Just cooked some sous vide steaks last week, I’ll add a post of my parts list but it was so easy to make delicious new york steak. Cooked for about 4 hours.

Finland sounds Good!

Wow, what a nice country. I couldn’t imagine the US doing this, it’d be neat if they would though:

For 75 years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It’s like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.

It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it’s designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they’re from, an equal start in life.

The maternity package – a gift from the government – is available to all expectant mothers.

From BBC News – Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

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