Ming Tsai’s Shallot Pancakes Revisited

by A.J. Coltrane

It’s been a while since we’ve had Ming Tsai’s Shallot Pancakes. (a.k.a. Hot Water Dough. Original Ming Tsai recipe here.)

It must be a “cold weather dish” — the last CSE Shallot Pancake post was dated January 12.

Photos from tonight’s attempt:

Note the dough lamination. Layers of sesame oil, canola oil, and […]

A Few Thoughts On Destiny (The Game)

by A.J. Coltrane

Thoughts on Destiny. For reference – I got to level 25 (of 30) before the expansion. (Read as: I got part of the way into the endgame before it went behind a paywall of downloadable content):

1. It’s a fun, relatively fast-paced shooter.

2. There are a limited number of gun types, and […]

Pizza alla DiGiorno

by A.J. Coltrane

We had guests last night and I figured I’d make what might be most strongly identified as “normal pizza”.

Actually, two pizzas. The recipe:

Ingredient Measure Baker’s % Bread Flour 600g Water 318g 53 White Wine 60g 10 Salt 15g 2.5 Sugar 1 TBP Instant Yeast ½ TBP Olive Oil 15g 2.5



A Couple Of Not-Pretty Baguettes

by A.J. Coltrane

A twist on a classic dough — 60% hydration, 2% salt. (300g bread flour, a scant 1/4 tsp instant yeast, overnight rise.)

It’s really visible on the top loaf — I didn’t try to shape the dough much, I just divided it, rolled out the pieces on the counter, and laid them baguette […]

Pizza Shaping

by A.J. Coltrane

I think the weakest part of my pizza-making process is the last part — shaping the final dough. Here’s the last one:

It’s a 62% hydration bread flour dough with peppers from the garden, onions, goat cheese, and a jarred marinara. (300g bread flour. 62% water, 4% oil, 2.3% salt. Baked […]

Container Garden Update — December 13, 2014

by A.J. Coltrane

We had set up the EarthBoxes with winter greens under the deck.

Unfortunately, the planting happened really late in the year, then we were blasted by 20 degree temperatures at night.

Stuff was recovering somewhat, but it’s all basically stalled. As it turns out, that location seems to receive too little sunlight. […]

No Knead Bread — AP vs Bread Flour

by A.J. Coltrane

Last week I had an excuse to make two loaves of No Knead Bread at the same time. I thought it would be interesting to try one loaf using all AP flour, and one loaf using all Bread flour. Furthermore, I’d bake the AP loaf in a smallish dutch oven (4-1/2 quarts), […]

GNOIF: What We’re Playing

by A.J. Coltrane

We’ve now hosted 15 GNOIFs. We rotate “themes” with the idea that we’ll rotate through the game closet and offer a different mix at every event.

What’s been offered to play (3 or more times offered):

Game Total Offered Fluxx, Any 12 Mr. Jack, Pocket 9 Ticket to Ride Europe 8 Dominion 7 […]

GNOIF: The Nina, the Pinta, and the GNOIF

by A.J. Coltrane

GNOIF # 15 recap — The Nina, The Pinta, and the GNOIF (Colonization/Exploration themes.)

Games That Got Played — Amerigo, Bang!, Citadels, Dominion, Forbidden Island, Pirates Cove, Fluxx (Pirate), SmallWorld, Ticket to Ride Card Game, Ticket to Ride Europe

Games That Didn’t Get Played — Carcassonne, Power Grid, Lost Cities