David deSouza

David deSouza

David deSouza

David deSouza

Raised Vegetable Garden

It's been a joy and truly a labor of love piecing our raised bed garden together. We learnt a lot from our last/first attempt at gardening and this time we were better planned.

The Best Pizza Dough

We got a bit tired of our whole wheat pizza dough I think we got too accustomed to it and decided it needed some tweaking.

US Road trips

We've made a few road trips around the US. There's a lot to see here and a lot of distance to cover. Here are some of our trips on the east coast.

Panama

Panama's carnival celebration in Panama City are supposed to be the second largest in the world. Enjoyed this big party with fantastic street food, dozens of stages and loud music blaring at every corner.

Canada

Canada has some of the most beautiful sceneries and landscapes. I hope to drive across to the West coast some day but till then here's a glimpse of Toronto and beyond.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Prawn Koliwada

I absolutely love Koliwada prawns! Here's a quick and easy way to make them and it tastes as good!

Prawn Koliwada



Ingredients:-
  • 16 large prawns/shrimp,
  • 3 Tbsp Sambal ground fresh chilli paste,
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce,
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch,
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour,
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper,
  • 1 tsp chat masala
  • salt.
Preparation:-

Marinade:-
  • Mix the soy sauce, ground black pepper and salt. Marinate the shrimp for at least 20 minutes in this marinade.
Making the batter:-
  • Mix the Sambal  red chilli paste, corn starch, all-purpose flour and add water to get a nice thick consistency
Deep fry the shrimp:-
  • Heat up olive oil in a deep pot.
  • Coat each shrimp with the batter and fry for about 3 mins

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Vegetable garden

This year as we attempt to grow our vegetables at home we hit a couple of snags before even starting off. We've done pretty good the last two years and learnt a lot along the way. But somehow with the excitement it's always hard to be patient and not start off too soon.

This spring we picked up our plants two weeks too early. Being too long in their tiny containers, quite a few thinned out and some didn't even make it to the raised bed.

Over the course of the coming weeks let's see if we can turn this around..

Once again we will follow some basic square foot gardening techniques to maximize our yield. Join us on our journey growing vegetables at home. Hope this will in turn encourage you to grow your own vegetables.



Week 1: Filled in the raised beds with new triple mix soil and our compost. The saplings have been planted. New this year are potatoes, pumpkins and zucchini.
Week 1: The beds are prepped and the saplings planted.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Toronto Christmas Market at the Historic Distillery District

Christmas is around the corner and despite the fact there's no snow yet, we're getting into that festive spirit! We took a trip down to the Christmas markets in the historic distillery district and were quite pleasantly surprised by the scale of the celebrations.










Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Setup of a Peavey 6505 head to a 430A slant cab

Just hooked up my Peavey 6505 to the Peavey 430A slant guitar cabinet. Here are a couple of pointers to keep in mind.
  • Make sure you use 18-gauge speaker cable with straight 1/4 inch plugs and not your standard guitar instrument cable. I used two Yorkville Sound - Standard Series Speaker Cable - 18G - 5 foot cables.
  • Ensure you match the impedance on the amp and cab. Start off with 16 ohms on both the amp and cab and set the cab to mono.
The first thing that hits you when you move to a high gain amplifier like the 6505 is the amp squeal. It's quite alarming when you first encounter the squealing but relax, there's always a simple solution.

Steps to control the 6505 / similar high gain tube amp squeal

  • Switch any gain pedals (overdrive, distortion) you might have going into the amp.
  • Turn down your post-gain down to a soft but audible level.
  • Start increasing the pre-gain from zero up to where you can get a nice crunch without sacrificing tone and before you start to sound too compressed. On the 6505 the sweet spot is midway at 5 where you get enough of growl without sacrificing your tone too much.
  • Now that your pre-gain is set, you can crank up the post-gain to a level that works. Get those ear buds out cause it gets pretty loud!
  • Make sure that your gain settings on all pedals as well are kept low to avoid the squealing.