Sunday, May 10, 2020

Pimping up the Volvo shed .

Friday morning I scored some salvaged rough cut hemlock barn boards we had set aside from a remodel project I had done for a neighbor a couple years ago . And it was just what I needed to dress up the Volvo shed .
Made for a fun Friday afternoon project .
 A couple years back when I enclosed my wood shed to keep the old Volvo out of the weather I used some salvaged glass doors from another project , but quickly found they let in way too much sunshine . So I have always had to cover the glass with something to keep the sun from burning up the paint on the car .
There that's much better and softens the harsh look a bit too .
Got it done just in time cause on Saturday morning the weather turned foul again .
Glass doors are still there to keep the weather out , but the bulk of the sunshine has been blocked .

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Hobo Barrel Cooking

Well old Glenn Filthie-cus was going on the other day about him and his fun-employed friends up in the People's Republik of Canukiestan , hanging out around the burn barrel chugging Thunderbird and hating on all the libtards , and since he did not invite me to the party I figured I had to come up my own hobo barrel .
 But not being satisfied with the classic open top bum rig I had to mix it up a little bit
I'll spare you the details , but all I did was cut off the lower third of the barrel at the middle of the roll ridge with my angle grinder .  By cutting it at the middle of the ridge , the lid can be fitted tightly on the cut , so we end up with about a twelve inch high barrel with top and bottom . Then I cut in a door and attached it with a scrap piece of piano hinge and some rivets . The whole thing is sitting on top of the remainder of the barrel with an old concrete propane bottle pad as a base .
It needs some sort of chimney so an empty Coleman propane fuel cylinder . . .
. . . pop riveted onto the bent up tabs of a 4 inch pie cut hole in the lid does the job .
There ya go , something like that
A couple lengths of scrap four inch flu pipe fit right over it real slick
Made a sliding door latch out of an old bench grinder rest I found in my scrap iron bin .
Load it up with some winter dead fall from the maple trees in the back yard , touch it off and smoke out the neighbors .
Took about five minutes to heat up enough to burn clean .
Here's the proof on Oy-tube for all to see . Took about 8 minutes to boil a gallon of water in that old wok .
There, our new out-door TV and Filthie can keep his rot-gut Thunderbird wine .
Load it up with some real wood and build up some coals
Just in the right place to keep an eye on it from the kitchen window while . . . .
. . .  I load up the dutch oven with some fixings for supper
Pop the lid off the rig , move the coals aside and set the dutch oven in the hobo barrel .
Pile some coals on top and let her rip for about an hour .
I did put the lid back on the barrel to keep the heat in as the coals burned down .
Behold the masterpiece .
Rake up the coals and chuck a few more sticks on it after supper .

Friday, April 3, 2020

Desperate times call for desperate measures

With all this desperation and pestilence about , the bread shelves have been a bit sketchy looking at the local supermarket .
Nothing to it then , we can make our own . . .
16 oz of warm water in a warm bowl
1 & 1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of yeast
3 &1/2 cups of flour
One minor issue . . . that jar of dry yeast we had in the fridge . . . Yea I gave up making my own bread six years ago cause it was too darn good and I was putting on too much weight . . . So I used 1 & 1/2 teaspoon of yeast instead of the half teaspoon called for and tossed in a teaspoon of sugar for good measure to boost the prehistoric yeast figuring it might all go pear shaped on me anyhow .
. . . anyhow mix it all up with the round handle of one of those large white plastic spoons till it looks like this . . . cover with cling wrap and stick it in the oven with the light on to proof .
Took all night to get it to double in size .
In the morning we de-gas it by stirring it with the plastic spoon handle again and dump it in an oiled bread pan and let it rise for an hour while we warm up the oven to 400 deg F
Brush some olive oil on the top and pop it into the oven at 400 deg F for 40 minutes . Dump a couple glasses of water in the hot pan beneath it so it makes steam and gives you a nice crunchy crust .
Et Voila . . . 
 Behold the masterpiece  . . . it tastes as good as it looks .

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Swarms of locust , calamity , pandemic , disater . . .

Monday last I got a call from mom saying she could not get out of the driveway .

Seems the recent winds had some fun with the old tractor shed and we had the Hindenburg laying across the driveway .
Dad built this thing out of scrap strapping and tarps about fifteen years ago and there was really not much solid to it any more .
It was not worth saving and I really don't like to keep the old Ford so close to the road where someone can decide they need it more than we do . Rolling it back on its feet and getting it back in place would finish breaking it apart , so the best solution was to dismantle it .
Mom was all excited as she had all sorts of scrap tarp pieces for her firewood piles .
Not much left after I spend a couple hours picking it apart .
Fortunately I had thought to bring a couple toys with me , so after chuffing down a bite to eat , I took a walk to the other end of the property . . .
 . . . to make some noise .
... yea I'm blind as a bat .

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Emerging from hibernation

Got to love all this globular warming.
A bit early , but we have the first flowers of the season under the kitchen window .
 As most of the snow is gone and I can once again open the doors to the Volvo shed , I unhooked the trickle charger , rolled the Volvo out , squirted some gas in the carbs and it fired up on the first turn . Pumped up the tires , wiped off five months dust and . . .
. . . . took a ride out to Kettle Cove for a walk on Crescent Beach .
By 5:30 pm we had the Volvo packed away safely in the shed again .

Friday, January 3, 2020

Food porn . . . .

Random photos taken while cooking . . . .

Asparagus , they are supposed to be good for you . . . especially tasty when cooked in bacon fat with salt, pepper , garlic and nutmeg .
Steak and Portobello mushrooms under the broiler
Cilantro and garlic sauce for dressing , with roast chicken , tomatoes and mozzarella
Left over pot roast works well too
Roast Chicken , Kalmatta Olives , Pickled Red Peppers
Smelts in butter
Asparagus tips , Brussels-sprouts and taters about to go in the oven
Hand-pies filled with minced pork spices and dried cranberries 
Massive three bite scallops done with butter and brandy . . .
On the plate
Lamb-burgers on the grill
On a ciabatta roll with blue cheese salad dressing , pickled onions and avocado
One duck egg on whole wheat toast
Flank steak on the grill
Ready to serve
 . . . and then there is this . .
 . . bought it on a lark twenty odd years ago while in Newfoundland and have not been brave enough to open it .