Monday, June 26, 2017

Faucet Extender


I like it a lot! You can find it here on Amazon.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Gucci Watch


It's still fun to find these "high-end" watches at the swap meet, but I don't get excited like how I used to. I know now that the previous owners probably knew that they weren't authentic, and that's why the watches ended up at the swap meet for $1.

The latest addition to my Fake Watch Collection is this Gucci watch. It's joining my Chopard and my Franck Muller watches.
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Gucci watches are made in Switzerland, not in Paris.
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Nice Japan movement . . . but . . . Japan is not Switzerland. 
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I found the photos below online. No wonda I got myself three Genuine Fake Watches already. 

There also seems to be a problem with superfakes recently where the product is so well made that even the brand makers themselves have trouble telling. 
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wendell's Pernil (Roast Pork Shoulder)


This is a Puerto Rican roast pork dish where the pork shoulder is marinated for at least 8 hours in a garlic/olive oil/vinegar/spices mixture. CAN YOU IMAGINE! It was awesome delicious!

The recipe is from The Latin Kitchen site and can be found here

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Ingredients

8 pounds picnic pork shoulder
12 minced garlic cloves
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
3 tbs olive oil
3 tbs white vinegar
8 tsp salt (or 1 tsp per pound of meat)

Directions

Wash the pork shoulder.

With a sharp knife, make 1-inch deep cuts into the pork.

Using a mortar and pestle crush garlic, oregano and black pepper together.

Add olive oil, vinegar and salt. Mix well.

Spoon some of the garlic mixture inside the small cuts around the pork and spread remaining all over the pork.

Place pork in aluminum turkey pan (skin side up) and cover with aluminum foil tightly.

Refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Turn it in the marinade.

Bake at 325 degrees for about 5 to 6 hours.

Remove aluminum foil and bake at 375 degrees for another hour or until the skin is crisp.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Scallop Kamameshi


I bought this Hotate Meshi no Moto (?Scallop Thing To Make Rice?) mix from Marukai. It was on sale for $4.99.

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I don't know what I was expecting to find when I opened up the box, but it wasn't this.
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It took me awhile to Google Translate the instructions, but from what I could decipher, you wash and rinse 2 cups (rice cooker cup) of rice. Then you add in the contents of the bag along with enough water so that the water level measures 2 cups. I also added in some shiitake mushrooms. 
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It was good . . . very scallop-y flavored. I'm glad that I tried it. But I doubt that I'd buy it again.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

One of Life's Little Surprises


Lately, I've become concerned about my increasing forgetfulness. I find myself searching online for cures and fixes. Articles on Alzheimer's and dementia are also of particular interest.

While on Kay's Musings blog about a week ago, a post on her "My Blogging Family" portion of the sidebar caught my eye. The blog is called One of Life's Little Surprises and the post was called "He looks so normal!"

The author's name is Carole. Her husband, Jim, is about Wendell's age and is already in Stage 6 (severe) of Alzheimer's seven stages. Carole's main focus at this point is Jim's comfort and piece of mind. 

"Minimizing outside stimuli, waiting for a quiet moment, and keeping my words short, to the point and without a lot of detail seem to work the best for Jim. A soft loving voice and a gentle touch or kiss all go a long way in helping Jim to feel more secure in his environment."

Carole's frank narrative drew me into her life. Her words are descriptive, informative and . . . yes . . . sad. 

Working my way backwards, I read every single one of her posts. 

I admire and appreciate Carole's willingness to share her and Jim's story. I hope that doing so brings her some level of comfort. I wish them both well on this their most difficult of journeys.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

PolyWatch Polish


Back in April I bought this teeny, tiny tube of PolyWatch from Amazon for $9.36. It's a polish that is used to remove scratches from the surface of watch face crystals. 

Watch crystals can be made of plastic, glass, mineral glass and synthetic sapphire. This polish only works on plastic crystals. Since I never know what type of crystal the watches I find are made of, I'm never sure if the polish will work on them. 

For the most part, it has worked only on those with minimal light scratches. 

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I found this Anne Klein watch at the swap meet a couple of weeks ago. I thought that the hands and the white pattern were so pretty, but I hesitated in paying the $1 price.
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This is why. When viewed at an angle you can see that it's heavily scratched.  I decided to risk the buck and hoped that the PolyWatch would work on it.
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You're supposed to polish for around 2 to 3 minutes. I polished, polished, polished. I repeated it three times. It didn't work. The photo above? That's the "after" photo. 
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Wendell's Chicken Francaise


Wendell got this recipe from the Recipe 30 website here. I loved that Wendell added mushrooms. It sopped up all the buttery lemon goodness.

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  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 handful of fresh parsley
  • 50 g - 2 oz Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup white wine 
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • Half lemon
  • Salt and pepper

    • Remove chicken skin, then butterfly cut your breast. Hold a long sharp knife along the thicker part of the breast, place your hand on top and slice through the breast almost until the end. Cut parallel to your cutting board, and open the breast like a book. Place cling film on a board, add your breast spread open, sandwich it in cling film and flatten using the flat side of a meat mallet or the underside of a saucepan.
    •  2 Crack the eggs into a large enough dish to fit chicken breast. Season eggs with salt and pepper, give them a light beat.
    •  3 Chop the parsley (keep a few sprigs for garnish) and add half to egg wash.
    •  4 Grate all the Parmesan cheese and add to egg-wash, mix well.
    •  5 Get your wine and chicken stock portions ready.
    •  6 Add the plain flour to a plate.
    •  7 Peel the garlic and place in garlic press (or chop finely).
    •  8 To a frying pan on moderate heat, add the olive oil and half the butter.
    •  9 Coat the chicken in the flour, shake off any excess flour.
    •  10 Dip the chicken in the egg wash, make sure it’s totally covered and place in hot oil.
    •  11 Cook chicken for approximately 4 minutes each side (depending on thickness). Flip over once brown and cook the other side. Transfer chicken to a hot plate and rest.
    •  12 To the same frying pan on full heat, add the white wine (alcohol can catch fire so be careful, turn off heat first if unsure). Add the crushed garlic. Add the squeeze of half a lemon. Add the chicken stock. Add the remainder of chopped parsley. Add the remainder of butter and reduce for 2 minutes on full heat.
    •  13 Return the chicken to the sauce and continue heating chicken on medium heat.
    •  14 Serve the chicken, and reduce the sauce until it looks a little thicker (not too thick)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Golden Kiss Melon


I was really surprised at how good this melon is. It's almost as sweet as the melon that me and Sweetie had in Hokkaido. And it's pretty firm. Kinda no match 'cause you'd expect a melon so sweet to be softer.

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It was $3.73/lb at Marukai. I paid $4.73 for mine. I wouldn't mind getting another one . . . or two.
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Butter Mamon


Got this from girlfriend N. It's soooo light and airy and buttery. Yummy! Thank you, N!!!

It's from Red Ribbon Bake Shop on North King Street. I've never been there. Gotta make sure I check it out next time I'm in that area!


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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Parents in the Wild


This collection of photos was sent to me in an email from Wendell's friend Ross. They're all so, so cute that I left every single one in. 

Although it's pretty clear that I didn't take these photos, I feel that I must state: I DIDN'T TAKE THESE PHOTOS.

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Early HAPPY FADDAH'S DAY TO ALL YOU FADDAHS!!!