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.

Rainbow Trout Fishing

True fishing is usually a test of patience with a lot of prep work. For those in a hurry the local fish ponds are just perfect. Maybe too perfect! We spent a lovely morning catching trout. It's a sheer pleasure to reel in those fish. Our largest trout was a five pounder which broke our line.
Trout fishing at the local fish pond

Catching the five pound rainbow trout

Cherry Cake

Cherry cake
Ingredients:-
  • All purpose flour, 200 gr.;
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder;
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda;
  • caster sugar, 100 gr.;
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence;
  • Plain yogurt, 125 ml;
  • Butter, 60 gr.;
  • 2 eggs;
  • Water, 75 ml;
  • Pitted cherries, 300 gr.

Procedure:-
  • Beat up the eggs preferably in a food processor.
  • Stir in yogurt, melted butter, sugar, vanilla essence, yoghurt and water and mix well with the beaten eggs.
  • Stir in the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix until smooth.
  • Butter the cake tin and sprinkle with flour. 
  • Pour the mixture into the tin and sprinkle with pitted cherries.
  • Bake at 180 ° C (375 ° F) for about 30 minutes.

2014 Flyboard North American Championships at Redpath Waterfront Festival

We caught a glimpse of the 2014 Flyboard North American Championships down by the waterfront. These water jet packs sure look like a lot of fun!




Family BBQ

We had a lovely family BBQ today. Mom's tandoori chicken, wifey's scallops, shrimps and grilled vegetables and my spicy pork ribs all turned out delicious! This was definitely one of the tastiest barbecue we've ever had. You can find the recipes below.





BBQ Tandoori Chicken

Ingredients:-
  • 8 chicken legs;
  • salt;
  • 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt;
  • 2 tablespoons tandoori masala.
Preparation:-
  • Mix yogurt with tandoori masala in a bowl
  • Wash the chicken legs and pat dry. Score the skin so as to allow the marinade to reach the meat. 
  • Rub each leg with half a teaspoon of salt and the above tandoori yogurt mix. Apply well above and below the skin.
  • Let the meat marinate overnight.
  • Bake in oven at 180 ° C (350 ° F) for about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Let it cool down to room temperature.
  • Grill on BBQ using direct heat for about 8 minutes turning it once midway.



Grilled Shrimp and Scallops

Ingredients:-
  • shrimps; 
  • scallops; 
  • olive oil; 
  • salt; 
  • pepper; 
  • thyme. 
Preparation:-
  • Wash and dry the shrimp and scallops . 
  • Place them in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. 
  • Season with salt and pepper and let it marinate for about an hour. 
  • Treadle the shrimp and scallops on skewers. If you're using wooden skewers it's good to soak them for at least 15 minutes before use. 
  • Grill the shrimp for about 3 minutes on high direct heat and about 2 minutes longer for the scallops.
  • You could also use a soaked cedar plank, that's optional.

Weber BBQ Thermometer Installation & Two Zone Split

Weber BBQ Thermometer Installation
When I picked up the Weber BBQ Kettle a couple of years ago I thought we'd just give barbecue a couple of times and give it up or switch to propane. So we landed up picking the basic Weber kettle without all the frills.

Over the last few summers we have grown to love our charcoal barbecues and decided to take our kettle up a notch. The first mod was installing a thermometer. I thought I'd get by without one but i'm tired of burning good meat.

The second mod was creating a two zone split. Weber has some fancy metal containers to achieve this. I thought 'd start with a simple DIY metal basket. The most flexible charcoal configuration is a two zone fire anyway. That allows you to cook both in direct and indirect heat.

Solar Fountain

Solar Fountain

Setting up fountains is tedious especially when you got to arrange for electric cables and at times water piping.

I was quite against getting a fountain for a while just because the selection of fountains at most outlets were not to my taste.

There were a few solar fountains as well but they had the ugly solar panel right smack in the middle of the fountain and it just looked ugly!

Wifey didn't give up though and finally found this pretty little solar fountain online. I couldn't be more happy now with this pleasant little addition to our garden.

A tip when buying a solar fountain; Get an external solar panel and not one mounted on your fountain. You need to place the panel where you know you'l get adequate sun light. Decide what time of day you'd like to have the fountain running and based on this place the panel accordingly.