I’ve been working on a new section on my site here, under the Music section. I’m adding my vinyl record collection, and cataloguing it in the process. Wow – talk about time consuming! I’ve created a custom post type for it – and a number of custom fields to store various details about each record. There’s still a few things that I’m sorting out with the templates, but it’s getting there.
So far I’ve added 119 albums…. leaves about 500 or so remaining to be added.
Would need a few of these to hold them all (I actually had one when I was much younger!)
The stand for the 55 gallon aquarium turned out very well – unfortunately, the used aquarium I bought off Kijiji was way more scratched up than I had noticed. Over Christmas, Big Al’s had a sale so I bought a new one – which looks awesome. I also purchased a Hydor canister filter, and Eheim 150W heater.
The aquarium is up and running, and is currently stocked with:
For the freshest roasted beans, I would recommend Transcend. Their main shop is on the southside, a block south of Argyll Road, just east of 99 Street. They also have a location next to the Garneau Theatre on 109 Street – parking can be tricky there sometimes. On 109 Street and 102nd Ave, Mother’s Market, where Mother’s Music used to be, it’s open Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
While the Transcend beans may be the freshest, I’ve found that Sunterra carries 49th Parallel’s coffee, and it is very fresh (just double check the roast date on the bag). Their Epic Espresso is my current favourite – and I really like the fact that it comes in 454g bags, instead of the 340g bags sold by Transcend. (Those 340g bags are a pet peeve, as they don’t last me a full week – whereas the 1lb. bags do.)
At 3 Banana’s in Churchill Square, you can get Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso – bought a bag the other day for $22 for a 454g bag. These may not be quite as fresh roasted as the other two unless you catch them on the right day.
Favorite Brewing Methods
When brewing coffee, I use my espresso machine. It’s awesome – and I can have an Americano in less than a minute. A latte I can make in about 90 seconds
If the machine has been off for a while, or I’m camping or something, I use an Aeropress to make coffee. These are sold at Transcend (and other places around the city I’m sure). These make very good coffee! I just have to grind my coffee a little coarser than what I use in my espresso machine.
Grind beans yourself Regarding grinding beans – this is the best way to get the most from your coffee beans. Don’t buy pre-ground coffee. The consensus on sites like coffegeek.com and home-barista.com, is that the grinder is the most important piece of hardware when making coffee. Look for a burr grinder, not a blade – there are some decent ones available, but they can get pricey. Check out the coffeegeek and home-barista forums for recommendations, and buy the best you can afford. The forums also get into the different brewing methods – it’s not all about espresso
This was delicious on a ham that I cooked for our Thanksgiving dinner this year.
Prepared the ham with cloves, placed into a 9×13 casserole dish then slathered the glaze all over it. Put the whole thing onto the BBQ, on low, and heated it for about 2 1/2 hours – basting the ham 3 or 4 times.
Baked some Pumpkin Pie Butter Tarts for dessert – a couple tips: I cheated with the pastry – and bought 3 dozen pre-made Tenderflake tart shells, then multiplied Chef Michael Smiths recipe ingredients by 1.5 to make use of a full can of pumpkin puree
My daughter helped with some of the vegetable prep, and both kids helped with cleaning the main floor, rearranging the living room, and setting up the additional table and chairs.
I’ll add some links in a bit to the different recipes I used!
It was actually pretty fun – had things coordinated pretty good I think – but I think we need an additional oven to make things a bit easier ;^)