Spent a weekend discovering Calgary. This beautiful country has so many pristine places. The Canadian Rockies are breathtaking and bring you inner peace as you spend time in this beautiful landscape. Here are few pictures from my weekend.
|Sunset at Bow falls|
|Passed a black bear on the hike|
|The picturesque Bow river|
|Caribou at Banff|
|Sunrise at Sulphur Mountain|
|The Bow at downtown Calgary|
This is year two of our experiment growing fruit at home. Click here to read the previous post on our fruit garden. Despite the harsh winter most of our plants survived and have actually grown bigger. Doesn't look like we're going to get any pears this year. Had a bumper crop of red currents and blackberries. Our blueberries are recovering from too much acidity in the soil which we added.
|Harvested our grapes|
|Awaiting our blackberries|
|Red currents, Blackberries, Blueberries|
|Batata Vadas recipe|
- 4 medium size boiled potatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 2 green chilies minced
- 1 teaspoon ginger paste
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 3/4 cup gram flour
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1//4 teaspoon red chili powder
For the Batter
- Mix gram flour, salt and cilantro. Add water slowly to make a thick but smooth batter.
Make the Potato balls Vada
- Boil potatoes till 80% cooked. They should be firm yet cooked
- Peel and coarsely mash the boiled potatoes.
- Heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan on medium heat.
- Add mustard seeds and as the seeds crackle, add mashed potatoes, ginger paste, minced green chili, turmeric, and salt.
- Stir fry on medium heat for 2 minutes and then add cilantro and mix well. Turn of the heat.
- After this mixture cools off, start making small balls the size that will easily fit in your fist.
- Heat oil in a frying pan. Make sure there is about 1 ½ inch of oil.
- Dip the potato patties into the batter one at a time, making sure the patties are completely covered by the batter. Then, slowly drop them into the frying pan.
- Turn them occasionally until both sides are just done and light brown.
- Serve in bread with a chili and some garlic chutney or even tamarind sauce
I absolutely love Koliwada prawns! Here's a quick and easy way to make them and it tastes as good!
Making the batter:-
- 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
- Mix the soy sauce, ground black pepper and salt. Marinate the shrimp for at least 20 minutes in this marinade.
- 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
This spring we picked up our plants two weeks too early. Being longer 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 13: We've had a lot of tomatoes these last two weeks! Enough to go around daily. Nothing like eating cherry tomatoes while you're gardening.
|Week 13: A lot of tomatoes!|
Week 11: Lots of green beans and peas in these last weeks. Been too busy to capture them before they landed in my plate but here's our biggest zucchini yet! Absolutely no fertilizers or chemicals. This is as pure as it gets!
|Week 11: Harvesting our biggest zucchini yet!|
Week 8: Enjoyed a few hot chili peppers. Plan to grow larger plants next year. Enjoying fresh lettuce every other day. Our zucchini and pumpkin plants are growing steadily and hoping to see a few vegetables soon..
|Week 8: A few hot peppers and plenty of lettuce|
Week 5: Our vegetables have started to grow very well despite having accidentally thinned them out by keeping them longer in their containers. I think the new rich soil and compost has definitely boosted healthy growth. We harvested our delicious lettuce this week.
|Week 5: Our lettuce makes it's way to the table|
Week 1: We've filled in the raised beds with new triple mix soil and home made compost. Our saplings have been planted. New for this year are potatoes, pumpkins and zucchini.
|Week 1: The beds are prepped and the saplings planted.|
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.
- 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.
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.
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 well the l...
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