Saturday, December 29, 2012

Agni & Ignis

I shot these two photographs this afternoon. The photographs are presented as they were shot, without any other modifications, other than the watermark.

I named the first one Agni and the second one Ignis.

Here is Agni.
And, here is Ignis.
Peace :)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year!
Peace :)

Merry Christmas

Wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year.

Peace :)

Chia Pudding

I have been taking Chia Seeds with my water for a while now. A couple of days ago, my dear wife made us this very tasty Chia Pudding. It is alleged that the benefits of Chia are phenomenal. This particular pudding tasted great too
Bon appétit :)

Merry Christmas

Wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year.
Peace :)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Pump Upgrade - Topeak JoeBlow Sprint Floor Pump

I recently upgraded to a Topeak JoeBlow Sprint floor pump with an easily-to-read pressure gauge. This model has the pressure gauge at the top, where I don't have to squint to read the dial. I am starting to enjoy such refined features, especially when I don't have my glasses on.
My former pump was also a Topeak JoeBlow, but an older model; and a free one at that. You can read more about why it was free here. Now, my old pump sits in my friend's garage.

The new pump has some other desirable features, such as a Handle Lock, Air Pressure Release button,  and a hook to hang it on the wall. I enjoy the last feature very much, as I am pressed for floor space in my work area.
 Here is that big analog pressure gauge. So much easier to read.
For another $30, I could have bought the Pro pump, which has the Smart Head technology; which means you can use it on a Presta or a Schrader value, without changing anything at all. The head will automatically adjust itself for the type of valve you use it on. For me personally, it isn't worth it, at this point in time. I got more time than money.

Hope all is well with you.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year.

Peace :)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Faux-Singapore Noodles Recipe

I saw at least one request for the receipe for the Faux-Singapore Noodles. Without any further delay, here is the recipe.

Faux-Singapore Noodles

  1. Diced green bell peppers - 1 cup
  2. Diced onions - 1/2 cup
  3. Diced mushrooms - 1 cup
  4. Chinese Five Spice - 1 Tbsp
  5. Hoisin Sauce - 1 Tbsp
  6. Red pepper flakes
  7. 1 Package of Maggi Noodles

  1. Saute red onions, green bell peppers, some mushrooms in a large pan with some oil.
  2. Cook the Maggi noodles al dente
  3. Add the Hoisin sauce, Five Spice to the veggies and mix in thoroughly
  4. Add the cooked noodles and mix in with the veggies. Make sure not to mush the noodles
  5. Add the red pepper flakes; and salt to taste
  6. Serve piping hot!
Bon appétit :)

Simple does it!

Sometimes, all you need is some comfort food. Back when I was a young man, several hundred years ago, my mom would make me Rasam and I would eat it with rice.

When I don't feel like eating rice, I try to substitute other things. One such a thing is Appalam. Appalam is also called Pappad. Appalam is a Tamil name; Pappad is a Hindi name for the same thing.

My favorite appalam is made by Lijjat. There is a lot of good information about the Lijjat Pappad on Wiki; here is a link to the same.
A pappad can be deep-fried or roasted over open flames. It is hard to roast it over an electric stove's coil. Microwaving it is also an option. I microwave mine, often. Though I want to move away from that model, some day soon.
And, the roasted appalam is broken into small pieces and added to a steaming hot bowl of Rasam, as shown below.
I find that I don't need rice to complement many of the dishes from India. I have trained myself to eat the dish without any rice or chapati or naan.

For those who are carb-sensitive, like me, eating Rasam with the appalam might be a viable option.

A hot cup of Rasam is akin to a hot cup of soup on a cold winter day.

Talking of winter, the overnight low, here in Dallas, Texas, is supposed to be in the low 20s. That definitely calls for a warm cup of soup or Rasam. Wouldn't you say?

Bon appetit' :)