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Birthday Cake

2009/05/13 07:35:40

It’s my fiancée’s birthday today so last night I made her birthday cake.  It’s a traditional southern coconut cake, I used Alton Brown’s recipe from his Coconut Cake Revival episode of Good Eats.  It turned out pretty awesome, it was a lot of work though so I wouldn’t suggest making this for an everyday thing but a birthday or some other special occasion this would be a good choice for a coconut lover.

One note, buying coconuts at the grocery store is full of dragons, I got 1 completely rotten one, and a couple that had some black sections but were mostly fine.  So be careful.

Full Set of images are on Flickr

Blue Cheese Stuffed Burgers

2009/05/11 11:40:15

One night last week I decided to make burgers for dinner, since I didn’t feel like making plain old burgers I decided to make blue cheese stuffed bison burgers.

  • .5 kg ground bison
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbs sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbs dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 onion (diced small & caramelized)
  • 1/2 package cream cheese (4 ounces)
  • 4 ounces blue cheese
  • 1-2 ounces panko bread crumbs

The process is simple enough I started by dicing and caramelizing 1/2 a sweet onion

Once the onions were caramelized I moved them to a bowl to cool so that they wouldn’t start cooking the meat once I started mixing the burgers.  Next I mixed the cream and blue cheeses together into a paste, at first I tried doing this with them at room temperature but to make it easier I heated it a bit in the microwave for about 15 seconds to loosen it up a bit.

Setting aside the cheese mixture it was time to make the burger mix

After mixing this with a wooden spoon I added the bread crumbs a bit at a time until I had the consistency I wanted.

I then formed thin patties out of the burger mixture, I made the patties extra thin since we will be sandwiching 2 together around the filling to make the final burger.

I ended up with enough meat to make 3 of the filled patties and one non filled patty that was a bit on the small side.  Next I put about a tablespoon and a half (give or take) of the cheese filling on half the patties.

After getting each patty filled to about a centimeter from the edge Take the other patty half and place it on top lightly pinching to seal the outside edge.

  All ready to go on the grill

I threw the burgers on the grill for about 6 minutes a side until they looked done to me.


My bun all ready for consumption after a light buttering and toasting

The final dinner with kernel corn as a side

Over all they turned out really good, except for the mouth burning of the hot cheese when biting into the burgers.  All the photos are available in this flickr set.

Venus Fly Traps

2009/04/20 20:42:46

On Sunday morning Shannon and I went down to SunnySide Garden Center to pickup a birthday gift for Janine.  While we were there we picked up a small 3” pot of Venus Fly Traps.  I thought they’d look really cool macro’d up so I pulled out the strobes and took a few shots today after dinner.

This guy is my personal favorite, I think I’m going to get it printed up and hang it somewhere in the house:

 The Maw

The rest of the shots are available in this set: 2009-04-20 – Venus Fly Trap Macro or you can just check the previews in the slide show.

Breaking Out

2009/04/9 09:46:33

Tuesday night Wes and I got together and did some shooting for some new company pictures.  Wes had this cool idea that we should be breaking through a white seamless backdrop and it worked even better then I had envisioned they would turn out.

The lighting setup was fairly simple:

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I really like the results we got, they almost look like they were done in photoshop.

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PS: Leaning over to get through the tear while holding a D3+70-200 VR is hard on the back, that combo is heavy.

Tuesday Night Dinner

2009/04/8 13:10:38

Last night’s dinner was a fairly simple affair but I thought I’d share it since it looked pretty good and tasted even better.  It consisted of a grill steamed salmon filet with lemon and dill, roasted garlic brown and wild rice (packaged), lightly steamed broccoli with grated Balderson 3 year old white cheddar.

The salmon is super easy to make.

  • Lay down a double layer of foil
  • lightly oil the foil with olive oil
  • lay the salmon filet down and season with salt, pepper, and dill  (fresh or dried)
  • Slice 1/2 an onion into rings and lay the onion rings on top of the filet.
  • Thinly slice a lemon and lay the slices on top of the onions
  • Put a single layer of foil on top and crimp the sides up tightly
  • Cook on the top rack in a 400 F grill for 20-25 minutes.


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Monday Treat – 2009/03/02

2009/03/3 20:01:20

The Monday Treat for the office this week was Baklava, unlike previous attempts this one was made using Alton Brown’s recipe from Good Eats.

The recipe is available here: Good Eats Baklava.

I had to make some slight deviations from the recipe, I couldn’t find any shelled/unsalted pistachio’s so I just used almonds and walnuts only.  I also forgot to pickup all spice so it was just completely omitted.   The recipe still turned out much better then the 2 alternate recipes I’ve tried from I do however have a couple of comments, firstly Alton’s suggestion to thaw the phylo pastry in the microwave was a disaster, it got all gooey and I had to throw a whole box away so I would suggest thawing in the fridge.  Secondly there seems to be slightly too much syrup as my 9×13 had a good half cm of syrup left after all the baklava was consumed, but I suppose it’s better to have too much rather then too little.

Here’s a snap I took of the 2 I kept back at home for us.

Good Eats Baklava

Overall it went over well with everyone at work and there were no leftovers for the vultures once I had passed them out.

Now to decide what to bring for next week, hopefully the new pantry will be done this weekend so I can have some time to bake something.  Perhaps I’ll pull something random out of the Cookies and Squares book I got for christmas.

Phottix Kosmo D700 FPS Test

2009/02/20 06:37:25

I lurk on the DPReview forums quite a bit and there have been some questions as to whether or not the Phottix Kosmo replacement battery for the Nikon MB-D10 battery grip allows the D700 (and  D300) to get the full 8 fps (without the need to buy the stupid expensive EN-EL4a+charger+end cap).  I finally got around to testing it this morning and I can confirm that it works just fine and does allow for the full 8fps (in fact I got what appears to be 9fps).

Here’s the recorded waveform from Audacity:

And for anyone interested here is the actual MP3

Phottix Kosmo D700.mp3

I used the following settings on my D700:

D700 + MB-D10 with Phottix Kosmo
14-Bit Lossless Compressed RAW
Active D-Lighting Off
High ISO NR Normal
Long Exp NR Off
Vignette Control Normal

Steak Dinner

2009/02/19 21:46:08

I made a lovely little steak dinner for Shannon and myself this evening.

I started with a nicely marbled Ribeye I picked up from Sobey’s on my way home from work.  I lightly lubed it up with canola oil and then liberally applied kosher salt and finely ground fresh black pepper.

While I was doing this, my large cast iron skillet was heating up to sun like temperatures (also known as 500F) in the oven.  Once it reached heat I put it over high flame on my largest burner to get it as hot as possible.

The steak was seared on each side for 1 minute then fired into the oven for 3 minutes on each side to hit a nice medium rare (my steak was still a bit chilly from the fridge if I had let it actually hit room temp it would have probably been more like 2 minutes a side for medium rare).

To serve alongside I cooked up some frozen corn, and balsamic glazed fried mushrooms. To finish off the steaks they were topped with a healthy dose of English Stilton.

Final results are presented below.

Steak Dinner

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2008-11-27 at 15-50-48, originally uploaded by msroest.

PhotoFriday: Autumn

2008/11/14 07:51:45

Fall is Coming, originally uploaded by msroest.

Autumn: The season between summer and winter; fall. In the Northern Hemisphere it is from the September equinox to the December solstice; in the Southern Hemisphere it is from the March equinox to the June solstice.