Dog Sitting

Zeus

Meet Zeus, the next-door neighbour’s dog. We dog-sat for them while they were away in Montreal. Ella was super excited, and Lisa and I really enjoyed having a dog in the house.
Zeus is super-chill, and lounges around for most of the day.

Zeus Lounging 1

Zeus Lounging 2

But he *LOVES* his walks, and we went for some Epic walks in the neighbourhood. My step counter was very healthy! Can you guess which day we gave him back?

The Results of Walking Zeus

Pizza on the grill

We love pizza here in the Hawkes household. Like, really love it. Like, so much that I’m seriously considering building a wood fired pizza oven.

Until then, we’ve started experimenting with ┬ámaking dough, and various ways to cook it. Our tried and true marinara sauce is a real champion here.

Before I broke the pizza stone (boo!) we did it on the gas grill. It turned out great!

Pizza on the stone.
Pizza on the stone. We used cornmeal to stop it from sticking to the peel, but I didn’t like the taste of crunchiness of the corn meal on the bottom of the cooked crust. So, I’m looking for alternatives
Cooked Pizza
Voila! Alfresco pizza, fresh from the grill.
Chef's aide
Chef’s aide

 

Cedar Plank Salmon with Teriyaki marinade

I had done this before, but this time I did it on the Charcoal grill.

Salmon fillets on the plank.
Salmon fillets on the plank.

I wasn’t sure where to place the board, to get enough smoke without burning it too fast. The board had been soaked, but that might not do much good it turns out. In the end, I aligned the board edges to hang over the coal baskets by about 2 cm, which might have been too much…

The finished product.
The finished product.

It was so good. Almost too good. The extra smoke from the charcoal, plus the burning plank, resulted in smoked salmon, instead of baked salmon with a slight cedar taste.

Everyone agreed it was excellent, but one couldn’t have too much of it, or too often.

Chicken Parmesan – Pub Comfort Food.

Homemade marinara sauce, good provolone and mozzorella cheese, fresh basil and panic crumb. Served pub style, with a cold beer. Yum.

Chicken Parmesan 1
Chicken Parmesan. Chicken has been panic breaded, and lightly fried. Top with marinara and cheese and bake.
Chicken Parmesan 2
Chicken Parmesan out of the oven. Next time, go heavier on the fresh basil. It got lost in all the cheese.
Chicken Parmesan 3
Chicken Parmesan has to be served with fries. These are oven baked from frozen. One day, I’ll have a fryer….

 

Super hot pile of coals and indirect cooking.
Super hot pile of coals and indirect cooking.

Start the steaks somewhere other than directly over the coals. When the internal temp is about 10 degrees below your target, move the steak directly over the coals. This “reverse sear” technique allows you to cook the whole thing to the desired “done-ness”. The result is a uniform colour from edge to edge, and then a super crispy and caramelized exterior.

Served with simple parmesan spaghetti and butter lettuce salad.
Served with simple parmesan spaghetti and butter lettuce salad.

Yum.

Amiga demos

my favourite memory of the Amiga 500 with Three floppy drives (ehem)     

Spaceballs: 9 fingers http://youtu.be/Nln80hiP5AY

The Asian (Japanese?) characters are flicked up to the screen as part of the memory management routines in order to present a visual experience to fill in the gaps caused by the CPU was busy moving blocks of memory around. It’s fun to watch how some of these sequences are longer than others and how they seem to convey a sense of urgency. 

Consider also there were no such things as video codecs. This was basically all written in straights home code. 

And the soundtrack was written as a mod file, essentially a music script file, which is a dedicated sound chip which could be coded in advance and run in parallel. 

And the whole thing fit on 3 floppy disks, 880 Kilobyte each. I had my (ehem) 3 floppy drives on a daisy chain and was basically rocking it.