Safe! Updated things. Thinking about Food.

First, since it seems to be a common thread on my blog, my latest gadget: A safe!
This may seem frivolous, especially at a time when rent + motgage repayments are strangling me, but it has three redeeming features:

  1. The safe will be primarily for storing valuable Jewellers supplies, with which I can get myself some much needed craft time, and maybe even an alternative means of income.
  2. The safe was on an insane (see ~75%!) discount.
  3. E helped me with finance until settlement on Elmwood.

It is a most magnificent device, weighing ~70kg and requiring two keys and a combination to open.
In other news, and again a common topic hereon, I have updated the Trouble front-page to use a nice new css-driven navigation bar. If it gives you grief, please feed back.
Lastly, a straightforward recipe and method for wok-cooked chicken which worked resoundingly well last night:

  • ~500g boneless chicken meat, cut into stir-frying strips
  • 1tbsp of seasame oil
  • 2-3tbsp of soy sauce
  • 2tsp of lemon grass (I used the stuff out of a tube)
  • 1 or 2 fresh chillies, chopped
  • 1/4cup of chopped fresh coriander
  • ~100ml of peanut oil
  • 1tsp of salt
  • 1tbsp of minced garlic
  • 1 brown onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 spring onions

Mix coriander, chillies, lemon grass, soy and seasame oil in a bowl. Marinate the chicken strips in this for at least an hour. Make sure you have all ingredients lined up and ready because the next bit is farily quick: Heat up your wok with the peanut oil in it until the oil starts to smoke. Add the salt, then the garlic, stir until brown (this takes less than three seconds) then add the onion. Stir for a few more seconds, then add the chicken and all marinade.
Cook until the ckicken is browned and firm. Serve topped with chopped spring onions, with noodles or steamed rice.

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