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  1. dcarch

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Puff The Magic Calvatia Gigantea I was doing some work in the garden, found this giant puffball. It seemed to have magically appeared. It wasn't there a day ago. Made SV beef tenderloin on sauteed giant puffball steaks. dcarch
  2. Sorry, steam is liquid water. Water vapor (moisture in air) is invisible. If you can see cloud (steam), it is water vapor already condensed into liquid water droplets. Haha! I am in a nitpicking mood. dcarch
  3. That is a very small sink. Is that the only sink? Is this considered normal size sink in your area? Interesting picture. What kind of lens/camera? Doesn't look like a fish eye lens. dcarch
  4. This is what I do. I also work from the stem end, but I dump the cabbage in boiling water first to soften the leaves first. This way they will not crack. Or, I use napa cabbage, much much easier. dcarch
  5. Pawpaw can survive to zone 8. I am growing two in my garden. You need at least two for pollination. dcarch
  6. Regular sandpaper will not work very well. Use silicone carbide paper, or lapidary silicone grits, or diamond grinding plate. Polishing stone requires a lot of material and work. Send it to a stone shop instead. dcarch
  7. What are those? Look like the ones I have in my garden. dcarch
  8. dcarch

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    4 hours at 142F. It was very good. dcarch
  9. dcarch

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    SV Rainbow trout with vegetables from the garden. dcarch
  10. dcarch

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    We missed your cooking. dcarch
  11. Simple. Weigh the options before and after cooking, do a percentage calculation. dcarch
  12. A few years back I thought it would be nice to grow some shiitake mushrooms. I did this plug in logs thing. I followed instructions, maintained the logs regularly. A few years went by, nothing. Wasted all this time watering the logs. I basically gave up and pilled fire wood on top. This morning I took a few pieces of wood for my fire pit. I was shocked to find these on my inoculated logs. A few small ones and a couple of overgrown ones. What are these? they look like shiitakes and smell like shiitakes, and they are on the logs I inoculated with shiitake plugs. I came across this Cornell U article: https://blogs.cornell.edu/mushrooms/id/ Basically the picture they show is identical to the ones I found. Good news is that, according to that article, "---Shiitake will ONLY be found growing from hardwood logs that have been inoculated. There have been no occurrences of other species with a similar form emerging from an inoculated log, ---" And the one poisonous look alike does not look much like shiitake to me. I did a spore print, the print shows white, which is what a shiitake should show. Should I find a recipe to enjoy my surprise find? dcarch
  13. dcarch

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    I was going to make squid with Calamondin orange sauce, but no one was too excited about it. So instead, I made Calamari con sugo d' Calamondin arancia. It got much better reception. dcarch
  14. I am assuming the inventor must have worked out all details before spending a few thousand dollars to hire a patent attorney to file for this patent. But I don't understand: If the cooking vessel is induction capable, wouldn't it block all magnetic field to the rotating stirrer? From the diagram, I don't see how the induction coil is shield from the magnetic motor, wouldn't the motor be fried in a few seconds? The whole concept of sous vide is that it makes no difference what the cooking heat source is, why the complicated expensive wifi induction system? dcarch
  15. Interesting. As I understand it. The way to demagnetize a magnet is to use an induction magnetic field. dcarch
  16. Perhaps this is happening? When you have a very hot metal plate under the wet pizza dough, immediately water evaporates and in fact, a vapor layer separates the metal and the dough, making it unimportant the metal conductivity, because I would assume the temperature in that steam zone can't get above 212F. However, the infrared radiation from the hot metal plate can penetrate the steam zone and heat up the dough at any temperature, not limited to 212F. If the above is true, the thickness and conductivity of the metal may not be as simple as to how the dough is cooked/baked. dcarch
  17. dcarch

    Favorite Food Quotes

    "Officer, I only had one drink!" dcarch
  18. dcarch

    Favorite Food Quotes

    "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche" dcarch
  19. dcarch

    Favorite Food Quotes

    "You are what you eat" dcarch
  20. dcarch

    Papaya - Ripe? Unripe? Help needed.

    That papaya is not ripe. It should be orange/red all the way to the rind when ripe. When it is ripe, it will have lots more flavor. dcarch
  21. This just happened a minute ago. I was gardening outside, taking advantage that it was cloudy. All of a sudden, a big flash and an instantaneous gigantic blast. Based on the blast happened at the same time as the flash, I was probably not far from the thunder/lightning. I could have been deep fried with my tomatoes. When you are gardening, you are in a place where lightning strike happens most likely there. Warning! Google "lighting/thunder" and learn about the dangers and safety considerations. This year, 17 people have been killed already, not counting injuries. dcarch
  22. dcarch

    Papaya - Ripe? Unripe? Help needed.

    This: https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1136&bih=632&ei=mG6MW8FWip79BvjiuTA&q=korean+melon&oq=korean+melon&gs_l=img.3..0l10.1595.7742..8488...0.0..0.65.603.12......2....1..gws-wiz-img.....0.nTmgx5FyNPI dcarch
  23. dcarch

    Papaya - Ripe? Unripe? Help needed.

    That's not a papaya. It is some kind of Asian melon. dcarch
  24. dcarch

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Thank you. I can get silly playing with food. dcarch
  25. dcarch

    Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Labor Day dishes. dcarch Portuguese chicken with squash from the garden, on brown rice and beans. Shrimps with rainbow peppers from the garden
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