Today it is time to cook again, seems that cooking is currently the only topic I find time to write about on this blog.
Today's cooking opportunity : Vegan banana cake, here's the recipe - I let you know how it went:
Vegan banana cake with almonds
This vegan banana cake is very easy to make and so soft and moist that everyone will love it.
Recipe vegan banana cake with almonds for a 10 inch square baking pan
300 g (10.5 oz.) wheat flour
200 g (7 oz.) sugar
3 ripe bananas, finely sliced
125 g (4.2 fl. oz.) vegetable oil
100 g (3.5 oz.) slivered almonds
50 g (1.8 oz.) dark vegan chocolate, chopped
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla essence
400 ml (13.5 fl. oz.) coconut milk
Preheat the oven to 200°C / 390°F and line a baking pan with parchment paper. Give all ingredients into the bowl of the kitchen machine. In the beginning mix on low speed, then mix on highest speed until fluffy. Pour into the baking pan and bake for approximately 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and let stand in the pan for 10 minutes. Then let cool on a wire rack. Powder the cake with icing sugar.
This weekend we'll be doing some chinese cooking again - so I shamelessly scanned the internet for this great recipe .
We love to eat this dish at our favorite chinese restaurant here in Nürnberg - Friends House - so this is a first for doing it ourselves :) Wish us luck:
Yu Xiang Qie Zi (Sichuan Eggplant)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Sichuan style eggplants stir fry
Yu Xiang Qie Zi (Sichuan Eggplant)
2 Asian long eggplants
3 pickled red pepper (or replace with fresh Thai red peppers), finely chopped
1 tablespoon broad bean paste (Doubanjiang)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
2 green onions, white part and green part separately chopped
Coriander for decoration
2 tablespoons of vegetable cooking oil
1 teaspoon salt for soaking
Stir fry sauce
1 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoons black vinegar
1 tablespoon cooking wine
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon water
Salt as needed
Roll cut washed eggplants into long strips (try to keep some skin on each one). Then soak the eggplant strips in salty water for around 15 minutes. Move out and drain.
Prepare a bowl; mix all the ingredients for stir fry sauce. Then set aside.
Heat up 2 tablespoons of oil in wok (comparing with other ingredients, eggplants need more oil) until you can see the waves.
Add eggplants in and stir-fry until soft. Firstly the eggplants will absorb almost all the oils in the wok and then return some back after 2 or 3 minutes.
Move the eggplants out or to one side of the wok; add garlic, chopped peppers, green onion white part and ginger to stir-fry for the aroma. Add doubanjiang to continue cooking for 1 minute for red oil. Then mix all the content in wok.
Stir in the sauce. Mix well and make sure the eggplants are well coated.
Move from wok, sprinkle chopped green onion and coriander leaves.
Since both doubanjiang and soy sauce contains salt. So spare your salt.
For some time my backup solution was running quiet behind my back:
- All my documents are synced between my workstation and my Synology NAS
- all Music, Photos and videos are stored directly on the NAS
- The NAS has 2 3Tb HDDs which are mirrored, in case one of them breaks
- all data on the NAS is backed up in the Cloud using Crashplan with a headless client on the NAS
... and regulary I make offline backups on a portable harddisk that I put with the parents in law
One thing that Scott Hanselmann pointed out was "do not trust the could. Since about 5 years all of my email is running through gmail, thus if something happens there or Google turns out to be evil I have a big issue.
Thus this solution came up, backing up gmail in a standardized email format using a small python application.
I spend about 2 hours installing, configurating and testing it and now it runs on the NAS in a way I do not have to think about :)
As I am working in a German company in Germany the default language setting for our operating systems (Windows 7 Enterprise) is German.
Fortunately enough the enterprise version of windows 7 allows me to add different UI languages and change it to English, so immediately after login I am able to work in my normal environment.... but there was one thing bugging me, the login screen still has the German keyboard as default language. And as there are some minor differences in the keyboard layout (and of course in such a way that it affects my password) I always have to switch the language before entering the password.
Now I found the solution, within the regions and languages settings there is a tab Administrative, where you can copy your regional settings to the login home screen :)
Long time bugging, finally I found time to check on it and it was soooo simple..
I have, long time ago, added all of my local photo folders to picasa web so I could access the photos everywhere in case I needed them to show some on the road.
Unfortunately Picasa added all folders as single albums, so also the sub albums, which makes is quite difficult to navigate.
So I decided to remove all albums (ca. 200) and start over... thus discovering that there is no easy remove all option in Picasa Web :S
This morning something awful happened, when getting out of bed I threw my full (!!) cup of coffee on the floor, spreading the important fuel all over the place.
So I jumped out of bed, went in the bathroom and got a towel to get rid of the fluid.
Charlotte was of course interested in what I was up to and followed me into the bed room.... seeing what happened she started crying badly...
I just received my new reel from www.twodeepdive.com. During our advanced rec. nitrox course we used the same reel and were very satisfied with it.
It is a very simple device, but that makes it exactly right, it can be handled with thick gloves and is easy to maintain:
It has been a long time since the last blog entry and in that time a lot has changed.
Personally we enjoy the life with our daughter Charlotte, who has changed our lives completely. I have experienced the joy of her first smile and the terror of sleepless nights, but after we got used to it we really enjoy being a small family
Professionally I have also switched jobs and are now responsible for a team of 20 technical experts for data migration within the environment of PLM (product lifecycle management) software. This was also a big change and I keep on learning stuff everyday.
Unfortunately this meant that there was not much time for diving the last half year, but last weekend we managed to get away to Austria for a long weekend and had our CMAS * Examinations with 9 students. The weather was great with over 30 degrees, but due to heavy rain the sight was horrible. As usual, details of the dives can be found in the diving log.
On the 5th of January Klaus, Raimund and I went to the Echinger Weiher for our first dive this year. The outside temperature was about -6 degrees Celsius, which was also the reason we did not go to the Steinbergersee due to the risk of ice on the lake.
We had a very nice dive, although after 50 minutes the hands started to get really cold
One very interesting thing we discovered were, within the green vegitation, some parts where a kind of brown fungus was growing with a white nebula above it. Some kind of seeds or so, it really looked like something from a deep space nine movie :)
The father of Manu has his 60th birthday tomorrow and her mother is giving him a new pc for his birthday. As you can guess I'm the one who had to find, configure and setup the machine
So far he has been working on a very old PC with Windows 98 (!!). That meant that every time he had some problems that I said I will fix in a minute I had to spend several hours finding out how this stuff was supposed to work on Windows 98 again... that was really several centuries ago for me.
So now the big step will be to switch to Windows 7. The new PC has everything he needs and we will give it together with a 22" monitor compared to the old 17" CRT, which is a big advantage (also for Manu, Claudia and me ....
When looking back at the configuration the biggest problem was getting the same old Pinball Pro that he likes so much.. but I've also managed to get that working, so tonight at the party he will be quite suprised when he gets a book on Windows 7 and a paper PC
As we have several emails that we send from our online solution I already know of the quirks it gets you, now I forwarded this article to my colleagues in the hope they will get the email templates a bit better too
400 gr weiße Schokolade
400 gr Schmand
600 g Schlagsahne
6 Blatt Gelantien
150 gr frische Erdbeeren
1 EL Zironensaft
1 TL Puderzucker
1. Die Schokolade in feine Stücke schneiden und im Wasserbad langsam
Tipp: Das Wasser darf nicht kochen, sonst wird die Schokolade grießig!
Die Schüssel aus dem Wasserbad nehmen, abkühlen lassen und den
Schmand unter die warme Schokolade mischen.
Die Vanielleschote der Länge nach halbieren, das Mark auskratzen
Die Gelantine einweichen und unter die Schoko-Schmandmischung rühren.
2. Die Sahne steif schlagen, 1/3 zur Schokolade geben und glatt
rühren. Die restliche Sahne vorsichtig unterheben.
Tipp: Bevor die Sahne zugegeben wird, sollte die Schokolade nur
handwarm sein, da die Mousse sonst nicht fest wird!
3. Die Mousse in eine Glasschale füllen und im Kühlschrank mindestens
5 Stunden kalt stellen.
4. DIe Erbeeren kurz vor dem Servieren mit Zitronensaft und
Puderzucker marinieren und über die weiße Schokoladenmousse verteilen.
Just look at this, the weather here in Fürth is definitely better than in the Netherlands, where they still have lot of snow showers.
What does bother me is that we'll have a warm day on Tuesday, thus all the nice snow will be melted away before Christmas... like always!
I'm currently sitting at the airport in Nürnberg waiting for my flight to go via Amsterdam to Atlanta, as we're having another workshop with our collegues within the USA. It will be interesting, as we are only two weeks away from our first testing cycle and we still have a lot to prepare and align, so I expect it to be a busy week.
For the rest of our application all is going very well, we have managed to reach a level where we have a lot of orders each day (nope, cannot tell you how many on this blog) and are still rollout out new regions, so our goals are still on track.
You can check it out, I am quite proud of it :