24 May 2018

My Lucky Find

How wonderful to find a tool I didn't even knew existed, and this tool completely meets my need.

I've been making bak kwa for the grandchildren for over seven years now, and the main difficulty I face in making it is getting the thickness consistent.

Quite by chance one day, I came across this stainless steel rolling pin on YouTube, and then purchased it from eBay.
This rolling pin comes with adjustable raised sides so that I can achieve consistent thickness in my bak kwa slices.
It comes with 2mm, 3mm, 6mm and 10mm discs.

I made batches from both the 2mm and 3mm discs and found that the 3mm disc gave a nice thickness.   After shrinkage post process, you'll actually be eating a slice that's about 2mm thick.

The 2mm disc yielded a final result of 1mm thickness, which we found too thin.

Grandma C also thinks that she can make use of this roller in her baking efforts.
A great buy at about $13.00, from memory.
All rolled out, and ready for the oven.

20 Apr 2018

Earning His Keep

Our newspaper comes rolled tightly in clingwrap, partly to protect it from rain, but mainly for the deliver's convenience.

He's quite a sight as he drives along with the newspapers beside him and he throws the paper from the driver's window over the roof of his car, and landing the paper somewhere on our driveway.

Some days it can be a bit of a treasure hunt looking for the paper.

When Grandma C was in Singapore a week or two ago visiting a sick aunt, I took the opportunity to teach Ripper to locate and bring in the newspaper.

Here's a little clip of him in action:
He only took 2 days to learn the trick.

The weekend papers, however, are too big for his little mouth to handle.

24 Mar 2018

Snip Snip

A little snip for this little boy -

(First 2 pics from DIL's Facebook)
Doesn't he look a little like our Glorious Leader?
And a major snip for Ripper -
Ripper recuperating from his snip.
Way back in 2001, Flem suffered the same fate.

7 Mar 2018

Year of the Dog

Two and a half years after Flemington's demise, we felt ready to have another dog.

We had two conditions to meet for our new dog:  firstly, it must be a Jack Russell, or a Jack Russell cross.  And secondly, it must be from an animal shelter, as we wanted to give a homeless dog a home.

As you can imagine, it's fairly difficult to find a Jack Russell in a dog shelter.  We scoured their websites for weeks, and even visited a couple of these shelters unsuccessfully.  The dogs in these homes are mainly large dogs like mastiffs, which would not really suit us.

We finally found what we were looking for in a dog pound in the little town of York, about 100 km east of Perth.  A quick phone call to confirm it was still available and off we went.
York is WA's oldest inland town, established in 1835.
He is a Jack Russell cross (the pound didn't know with what) and is a very excitable little fellow - showing all the exuberance of a Jack Russell.

What was different was his colouring, which was very un-Jack Russell like.  He is a brindle with the streaks of black, which led the the pound calling him Little Tiger.
The people in the middle car labelled "Dirty D" may not get accommodation in Settler's House, judging by their policy advertised.
Lunch at the local pub before picking up our little doggie.
And here's the little fella:
I'm pretty sure he's crossed with a Chihuahua.  He's got the bulging eyes and pointy ears characteristic of them.   And he's quite a bit smaller than a regular Jack Russell.
He's 14 months old.  The ranger in York told us he belonged to a lady in the town of Southern Cross (370 km east of Perth) who had this fella and a large German Shepherd.  They didn't get along and she surrendered this fella for his own good.  He had been in the pound for only a week before we took him up.
Still a pup, he's very playful and has a lot of JR qualities - stubborn, determined and highly energetic.

He appears to have gone past the destructive stage, knows how to use the doggie doors in our house (which is a huge plus) and also appears to have been house trained.

His new name?  I'm calling him Ripper - Ripper the Jack.

4 Feb 2018

Events Last Week

Grandaughter A is nearly 11, and in the final year (year 6) of primary school.   Grandson B is 6 and in Year 2.  Youngest Grandson B is now in kindy.  These 2 photos are from DIL's Facebook.
6 years ago, when Granddaughter A first started school.
The big lunar eclipse last week saw me out taking some pictures.

I went to the local sports ground, where Fleming and I used to spend a lot of time together, to get a clear view, as tall trees around my home would block the view of the moon, at least in the initial stages.

When the moon was high enough to clear the trees, I went home.  Watched tv and went out to shoot the eclipse during the commercial breaks, till the eclipse ended at about 11 pm.

I took about 90 shots in all, and here's some of them put together in a montage.
 And some others, I put into a never-ending gif animation.
After procrastinating about 3 years, I finally finished my Myanmar holiday photo book and sent it for printing.  The pdf copy of the book, should you like to take a look, is in the free downloads section on the right side of this blog (41 MB).