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Saturday, 8 December 2018 Dereel Images for 8 December 2018
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Chinese food revisited
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I've gradually been accumulating various fresh raw foods that are approaching their use-by dates: some Hokkien noodles and some fresh doufu.

What can I make with them? One of the reasons I have had them so long (nearly 2 months) was precisely because I wasn't sure. I had bought the doufu for some breakfast idea, probably Korean, but never found a good enough recipe. And while looking, found the noodles, for which similar concerns apply.

The doufu was relatively simple: I found another pack of preparation for Mapo doufu:

But the devil is in the fine print. Well, not even that fine: “HOT”. And what's that other language? Japanese! And indeed it was made in Japan. But the HOT spells death for Yvonne, who hates even the sight of a chili.

A good thing I had the noodles. Again, what recipe? I found one in Wendy Hutton's “Singapore food”, but I didn't like it very much: it claims to be particularly heavy, but I don't see anything to bear it out.

In any case, I made the dishes, both with surprises: the doufu was barely hot at all—I suspect that Yvonne could have eaten it—and the noodle recipe omitted half the ingredients (prepare prawns and pork, but don't incorporate them into the dish; prepare garlic and explicitly discard it). I'll have to think about whether I keep the recipe, but here are the ingredients:

quantity       ingredient       step
500 g       Fresh Hokkien noodles       1
      hot water       1
15 g       Garlic, sliced and fried       2
      oil and lard for frying       2
250 g       Pork, cut finely       3
100 g       Tiger prawns, unshelled       4
150 g       Prawns, shelled       4
2       eggs, whipped       5
250 g       Bean sprouts       6
20 g       Salt       7
100 g       Spring onions       7
      Coriander leaves for garnish       8
  1. Prepare the noodles as instructed (in my case, 2-3 minutes in boiling water). Drain and keep warm.
  2. Slice garlic and fry in fat until lightly browned. Reserve.
  3. Fry the pork in the fat until cooked. Reserve.
  4. Warm the prawns in the microwave oven.
  5. Fry the egg in the fat, breaking into smaller pieces.
  6. Add bean sprouts and fry. I omitted this step (no bean sprouts), but I'm sure it's better with the sprouts.
  7. Add the garlic, pork, prawns and spring onions and mix well. Add noodles, salt and broth and mix again, frying until hot.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

Maybe it's worth keeping. Yvonne certainly liked it, but I found it a bit boring. It wasn't until later that I found the Hokkien mee page on Wikipedia, which might have some more interesting ideas.


Sunday, 9 December 2018 Dereel Images for 9 December 2018
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Hay!
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Chris Bahlo has found hay for us, something that I thought would be almost impossible at this time of a bad year:

 
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Unfortunately they had to collect it themselves, and got caught in a cloudburst on the way back, so they had to dry the upper layers out before stacking:

 
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And they could only transport 60 bales at a time, meaning four trips. But we have hay! And it's good quality and—for the year—relatively cheap.


Overlaying maps
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Chris came for dinner tonight rather than the usual Saturday: Königsberger Klopse. Talking about maps after dinner, and generally lamenting how difficult it has become to use Google Maps. Somehow got on to this 1889 map of Dereel, which we investigated in great detail:

 
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I downloaded it three years ago, and to the best of my knowledge it's the only high resolution copy (5120x3598) of the map on the web, as discussed at the time. Chris thought it would be a good idea to overlay it with a modern map. But how? If I had a similarly detailed modern map, I could potentially overlay it using Hugin.

But where do I find a good map? Here's a section from the 1889 map and corresponding selections from the Google Map and OpenStreetmap:

 
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Even the “satellite” (aerial image) view doesn't help much:

 
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The other issue is: how do I get a 5120x3598 resolution map from either of these sources?


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