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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Japanese style curry chicken katsu

晚上, 老公拿起锅铲, 弄了两份日本式咖喱煎鸡排。

日本式咖喱, 我在留学韩国之前仿佛没有什么印象。应该是曾经在 Sushi King 什么的吃过一次, 味道不怎么样, 很快就淡忘了。

在韩国那段日子, 我的味蕾重新认识了这款咖喱。韩国那里的咖喱就是日式咖喱, 只是旁边多了一碟泡菜。每两个星期一次, 学校宿舍的饭堂都会为我们准备日式咖喱。我想必是因为这道菜太容易准备了吧, 材料都是 instant 的,  咖喱粉也是 instant 的。要应付宿舍里几百个学生, 真是再容易不过。

在冷飕飕的下雨天, 或在外头飘起白雪的冬天, 进到饭厅里闻到阵阵而来的咖喱香, 手里捧上一碗淋上金黄色咖喱汁的白饭, 就能感到温暖。

日式咖喱虽然和我们在马来西亚所吃的咖喱不同, 但也能让我一解乡愁。在韩国吃过最好吃的日式咖喱, 在一家名叫 Kirin 的店。那家店离学校后门很靠近, 最平常的咖喱炸鸡排是韩币六千, 而比较特别的咖喱炸海鲜是韩币八千。他们家的日式咖喱加了印度咖喱粉, 比起其他店的咖喱更香更辣。我最爱吃辣, 常和其他爱吃辣的朋友光顾这家店。

回国之后, 吃日式咖喱竟从平日的习惯变成了一种不习惯。而昔日的味道, 到后来, 只成为了一种回忆。


Monday, August 27, 2012

Honey lemon tea

Sick sick from the hot weather...  >.<

I've always prided myself on being a tough cookie who doesn't fall sick easily... I was just bragging to my brother last weekend about how I didn't fall sick very often during my two years in South Korea. But it's bad luck to say so, I caught a cold not long after............

Luckily I made a jar of honey lemon concentrate, already soaked for five days, just in time as a remedy for the cold~

Recipe from: http://belachan2.blogspot.sg/2012/04/lemon-honey-drink.html


#1 - All you need is a couple of lemons, a glass jar and honey. Hubby bought the bottle of honey from his Qigong master for RM70. Expensive~ gonna buy the RM48 bottle from Sunshine next time... 


#2 - It's super duper easy to make, just cut up the lemon into thin slices, as thin as you can go! I used an Amway Nutrilite ceramic knife given to us by my MIL, it's very useful for slicing stuff thinly. 



#3 - Place each slice of lemon inside the jar and layer it with honey. Then screw the lid tight and place it inside the fridge for five days before consuming. If you are using a metal lid for your container then remember to put a piece of plastic wrap before screwing on the lid. This is to avoid some reaction between the acid from the juice and the metal lid. After five days the juice from the lemon will interact with the honey, and the whole mixture will become more watery.

#4 - Just scoop out some honey + lemon slice, mix with hot water (not boiling hot as not to spoil the Vitamin C nutrients) and drink! It's so good to drink one cup of this every morning, helps to soothe your throat and hopefully it's gonna whiten my skin from inside out!~   

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Chocolate Cake & Pistachio Citrus Pound Cake



I can't seem to stop Rihanna's "Birthday Cake" from ringing incessantly inside my head whenever I'm baking. "Cake x15....." Any normal person would be annoyed to death but luckily I'm a die-hard fan of Riri's!!

Baked a birthday cake for my hubby's turning 31 end of last month using Nigella Lawson's seemingly decadent Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake recipe. The cake was baked the day before, wrapped in cling film and refrigerated. If it weren't for a party I would have taken it out at 25 minutes while it was still moist. The dark chocolate icing was done on the day itself. However the icing didn't turn out as thick and smooth as I pleased. By the way, it was my first attempt at cake decoration.......... After sprinkling some red sugar hearts and hand-shakingly bad calligraphy, the cake looks passable as a happy birthday cake (i hope :P). The candles were re-used from past birthday celebrations (his & mine).. The "1" is a singing candle.......... 


Anyway the birthday boy looks pretty gleeful from the picture. Next to him is a pitcher of gin & tonic supply from his colleague........ I swear the Bombay Sapphire is the culprit that knocked me out that night! 

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Two weeks afterwards, I baked a pistachio citrus pound cake to bring back to Ipoh for my mom. Pound cake gets its name from the amount of ingredients used - one pound each of flour, butter, sugar and eggs. Screams FATTENING! But since I was gonna bring this back for my family to share, the fatssss are gonna be divided out~~~ hehe.

From the instructions it looked easy enough, but halfway into the baking time my cake mixture overflowed in the oven and made a horrible mess. I was so heartbroken I didn't even have the mood to Instagram the cake. And even after 1.5 hours inside the oven the part which overflowed didn't bake well although the other parts looked fine.

Sigh, every time I bake something will surely go wrong~  I blame it on my lack of technique and practice. I guess I need to re-try some of my recipes so that I can identify the part that went wrong. After googling what went wrong, I guess the overflowing happened due to over-beating of the eggs. The instructions also said to rotate the cake while baking halfway through, which I didn't do. Maybe I should try that next time and see what happens. Also, add 100g less sugar into the pound cake so that it's not too sweet.

Some tips while making pound cake:
http://shine.yahoo.com/shine-food/13-ways-ruin-pound-cake-221500870.html

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

I2C lockdown NACK fix

Just feel like noting down this issue which has been bugging me since last Thursday afternoon. I had to try and try endless times writing and re-writing the state machines, and scour I2C websites for the solution. Finally, I got it solved after trying out some hints... hope this fix is once and for all~

Issue: When doing a read from EEPROM, the SDA is held low and bus is locked when the first bit of the next data is a 0.

I2C Protocol:


Problem: I2C lockdown
When acting as a master receiver, the I2C spec requires that a NACK be sent by the master upon receipt of the last byte of data from the slave transmitter. This is in order to tell the slave transmitter not to try and send any more data. Otherwise, if the slave tried transmitting more data and the first bit happened to be a 0 you would lock up the bus because the slave would be holding SDA low which would prevent the master from sending the STOP bit! 
(Source: http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/I2C_Tips)

Inspiration to solve the problem:
This is the purpose of the I2C NACK bit that concludes a transfer from the slave IC to the master device. If the master ACKs the last byte and then attempts a STOP condition, the slave might put a 0 on the data line that blocks the STOP condition. If the master NACKs the last byte then the slave IC gives up and everybody exits cleanly.
(Source: http://dangerousprototypes.com/2009/08/17/the-point-of-i2c-nacks/)

Fix:
While sending the command to read the last byte of data, need to write the NACK command to slave during the same state. (Command register, address <= 3'b100, data <= 8'h28.) Not at the next state machine. And check the NO_ACK_flag asserted high from the EEPROM model side.

OMG... hardware IP is such a nightmare..........................

But finally, I'm a real IC Design Engineer now. Happy~~~~~~~~~ *^^*