What happened to winter?

by Mads
January 19, 2007 at 16:52 | categories: misc

This winter has been sadly lacking in snow and cold so far (yes, I never thought I should say so).
Being this far north, I would at least have expected a bit of frost and snow by now, but so far no luck at all. This story talks about "Not-So-Sunny" California. Perhaps that's the snow we're missing here
The two pics below are from the outside edge of LA, so far out that temperatures above 40C is much more common than temperatures below 10C.
In the desert with palm trees and snow.

snow - copyright 2007, all rights reserved Emma - copyright 2007, all rights reserved

The project formerly known as Venice

by Mads
January 19, 2007 at 16:46 | categories: misc

The Venice Project

RIP The Venice Project!
And I suppose this is where I should continue with "Long live website is not exactly high on my list of good sites and I think that the look almost deserves a mention on WPTS. I am by no means an expert on website design, but the horrible colors, the illegible navigation and the huge useless graphics doesn't do much for me.
All right, enough rambling. Let's have a look at the client.

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The client itself looks very much like it did before the name change.
I've still got some invites left if anyone is still looking for them.

A birthday dinner

by Mads
January 15, 2007 at 22:28 | categories: food, cooking

These are some pictures I took of the food I served at my last birthday.

Salad of marinated duck

Duck breast marinated in soy, orange, ginger and honey. Served with mixed lettuce and a good vinagrette. Sprinkled with crunchy ginger and rhubarb.

Salad of marinated duck

Spicy chicken in a pepper sauce

Chicken breast in a crumb mixture of green pepper and red lentils. Served with a herbed couscous and a red pepper sauce

Spicy chicken in a pepper sauce

Rhubarb Clafoutis

Classic clafoutis with rhubarb. Doesn't look its best because it fell before I could take the picture

Rhubarb Clafoutis

I'll add a recipe for the chicken dish just as soon as I have my "Elements of Taste" handy again

Update 2007-01-15: I finally got around to adding recipes.
Spicy chicken in a pepper sauce
Rhubarb Clafoutis

Recipe - Rhubarb clafoutis

by Mads
January 15, 2007 at 21:55 | categories: food, cooking

Rhubarb clafoutis

I've written about this before in A birthday dinner. I also promised a recipe, but never got around to it.
The recipe is from the book "Fem kokkehuer" in the chapter from Fakkelgården / Christian Bind. The lousy translation to English and the Notes are by me.

200 g rhubarb (peeled NOTE: 1)
0.3 L cream
0.1 L milk
5 egg yolks
100 g sugar
20 g potato flour NOTE: 2
2 vanilla beans NOTE: 3
50 g butter NOTE: 4

Cut the rhubarb in pieces and fry it in the butter. Drip off excess liquid in a sieve.
Bring milk and cream to the boiling point.
Mix egg yolks, sugar, potato flour, vanilla and add the cream/milk mixture.
Put the rhubarb in an oven proof dish, pour the milk mixture over and bake in the oven for 30 - 40 minutes at 180 C.
Eat while warm.

My Notes:
  1. I don't think the peeling is necessary with all types of rhubarb
  2. You could probably use corn flour instead
  3. I'm guessing this is for the smaller vanilla beans and would probably only use one if I got a really large bean
  4. Unsalted butter

As the image above suggests, this clafoutis is a bit temperamental and will fall like a souffle if your timing isn't right (as it wasn't for me when I got around to taking the picture).
The recipe suggests serving a German Ausleese Riesling or an American Late Harvest. Years back, I had it with a very good Austrian Eiswein and that worked absolutely perfectly.

Bye, bye Venice

by Mads
January 01, 2007 at 20:14 | categories: misc

It is only a bit more than a month ago that I posted about my current job. That job has now become a former job.
Now, after 7 months working on The Venice Project I've decided to return home and had my last day on December 31st (working well into the evening). The decision about leaving was by no means an easy one and was very long in the making. Part of the risk of joining a start-up is that sometimes a job ends up being different than it looked when you joined.
I'm going to miss the people there, and wish them all the best of luck with the project and hope that I'll get a chance to drop by once or twice for a couple of beers.

Plans for the new year are still being worked out, but so far I've got the following for January:
  • Start looking for a job
  • Write an Apache module (I'm not telling which, because all my good ideas seem to be taken before I even get started)
  • Write a bit of java (I know the basics of the language, but never found it interesting enough to do more than implement a few standard algorithms)
  • Implement an automated solaris development zone tool
  • Set up a test environment for Sun Cluster 3.2
  • Detox from dutch food (see future posting when the trauma of it is far enough in the past to not feel the horror ;)

More will get on the list as we go along, but with only 25 hours / day, something else might have to give.

UPDATE: Someone got it very wrong in: Trouble In Venice? Developer Leaves Highly Anticipated IPTV Project!. First of all, I didn't work there as a developer I was working on operations. Secondly and much more importantly; I didn't leave because of trouble, I left because over time the job turned out to not be right for me. Parts of the technology choices and the tasks I got changed over time as other people joined and we got further in the planning all in all leaving me with a less than perfect job.
Absolutely no hard feelings on my part, and I still think they're going to succeed.

The Venice Project

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