Things: Wusthof cook’s knife

The first item I’d like to talk about in my series of favourite things, is my Wusthof 8-inch cook’s knife. The most basic necessity for really enjoying yourself in the kitchen is a good knife. This is the prefect knife for any enthusiastic home cook. In fact I’d say it’s perfect for anyone who even just dabbles in...

Raisin’ bread

My wife has taken to baking bread. From scratch. Like, flour n shit. Improver. That sort of thing. We received a bread maker as one of our wedding gifts, and to be honest, I didn’t think we’d really use it. But after we had settled Kelly bought a few of those packet bread mixes to give it a crack. The results were ok, and the...

Things: an introduction

We should not focus on having the things we want, but wanting the things we have. Really? I’m starting a new series called Things. The purpose of this series is to highlight some of my favourite possessions — physical or material things that make my life a little bit easier, more pleasant, and enjoyable. We’re often told not...

Nerding out — 18 GB per second!

So, I’ve had a few days to play with my overhauled Mac, and I can report that real-world speed in Photoshop has improved significantly, and backup times have improved very significantly! Photoshop performance A file that used to take Photoshop around 20–30 seconds to save (as a PSD) now takes about 3–4 seconds! That’s around...

Cover: BigM Egg Flip

Celebrating the return in 2010 of one of the great flavours of BigM — Egg Flip. From memory (and I’m going back maybe 15–20 years), it was a smooth, sweet flavour, almost like a rich vanilla, or custard. Yummo. This image shows the original retro packaging which I wish BigM would reintroduce. It’s so simple and fun. However I...

Cover: Nagura stone

Historically, there are three broad grades of Japanese sharpening stones: the ara-to, or “rough stone”, the naka-to or “middle/medium stone” and the shiage-to or “finishing stone”. There is a fourth type of stone, the nagura, which is not used directly. Rather, it is used to form a cutting slurry on...

Nerding out — ten lessons learned

Having emerged from my two-and-a-half day nerding out, I have a few things to report. Firstly, by and large, it went smoothly and according to plan. I followed my own instructions meticulously, and let me tell you, it was time consuming. So much so that I had to leave stuff running (copying or backing up) overnight on both nights....