May 30th, 2008

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Some food porn

I made some blintzes earlier in the week.

I was getting tired of omelletes.

So I made some filling. It was experimental. I like a little bit of bite underneath the sweet of a breakfast blintz. Figure a 1:1:3 ratio of sour cream, greek style yogurt and cream cheese (you can fake the greek style with conventional yogurt if you hang it in cheescloth to drain overnight. You can also reduce, slightly, the amount of cream cheese if you hang some greek yogurt in cheesecloth to drain. This will increase the underbite).

Blend those (a mixer helps, but a wooden spoon and a swedish whisk will do a fine job). When the mix is a little thicker than you want it, add preserves. I used some raspberry preserves (from Israel, I think, but perhaps just shipped there, the packaging is all in Russian and Hebrew).

Mix in enough of the preserves to make the mix just a little too sweet (you need to stand up to the crêpes).

I made a thin pancake batter, used a number five cast iron skillet, and made faux crepes (the batter was a little too thick, and when thin enough didn't quite behave. It was over leavened for crêpes, but it worked out alright. For a better wrapper use akirlu's swedish pancake recipe.

Pull the crêpes off the fire, add a dollop of filling, and fold shut.


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Pictures

Working on having more photos to display/ready for sale.


So these three are moving from very close, to far away.


Back in March, when the butterfly emerged from her chrysalis I took a lot of photos. This one is iffy. I like the effect, but it's one of those pictures I think falls into the, "photos for photographers" category.

Antenna

This one, is more in the vein of "easy to get". It stands alone on it's own. No need to really look into it to understand what's going on. I like that it's got all three phases of the blossom cycle (bud, bloom and leaf) for stone fruit. It's one of those photos (unlike the one above) which looks better, in some ways, on paper because the blown out whites will come down. On a textured paper (or a rag), it will have nice detail as well (though color balance becomes a little more critical.

Shiho Yellow Plum

Finanlly this one is problematic. By, and large, it's a snapshot. A moment to remember. It's got potential, there's a lot going on. The general compostion is good, but the light was poor. I had to push the sensor to 1000, and even at that I was on the feathered edge of stable. Yes, 28mm at 1/60th is well inside the rule of thumb (length of lens/shutter speed), but it was cold, and I was getting tired (a little over two miles in to the falls, this was at least half way back. Cloudy and not very warm). The other problem (and you can see it with Sienna's head) is that 1/60th is barely enough to stop motion.

I have no idea who the guy in the middle is, they were just passing through.

Coming back from the falls

There are, as usual, a few more photos in the stream.


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Baseball

Maple bats... bad idea.

I'm watching the Mets and the Dodgers. Chan Ho Park just missed getting run through by a "splinter" (to reach for a Men of War era term). If this were the first time in the season I'd seen a pitcher lucky to avoid being speared I'd not think so much of it.

But where I'd see a bat get broken every half a dozen games or so, now I'm seeing a steady diet of them; not less than one per game, and more like three. I do some woodworking, and maple didn't strike me as a great wood for bats. Seems I was right, and it was worse than I was afraid.

When an ash (or the rare player who still used hickory) bat breaks, it loses a lot of the swing energy and breaks into 3-4 pieces. Yes, the largest might travel, but it usually flies closer to the baseline the batter is facing than it does to the pitcher.

The maple seems to break into two pieces, and shoot much closer to straight up the middle, and with a larger piece of wood.

I hope that the player and owners meeting in June, to discuss the bats, outlaws maple... because someone is gonna get hurt.