Posts Tagged ‘life’

Recipe: Boneless Chicken Wings

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

I have been trying to wrap my head around these delicious chunks of chicken for a few years. After a half dozen attempts, I have it almost perfect.  The exact measurement of ingredients is less important than technique to achieve the correct texture of the batter.  Can now enjoy them at home for twice the effort and half the cost :)

Time: 45 mins

Cooking Tools:

  • Large Tupperware with Lid
  • Frying pan
  • Tongs
  • Whisk
  • Paper Towels
  • Baking sheet or oven safe bowl
  • 1 Gallon Plastic Zipper Bag (can also use another large Tupperware)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless chicken breast
  • 1/4 – 1/2 liter vegetable oil
  • 8 Tbs corn starch
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

Step 1: Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Put half in a plastic bag and set aside the other half. Is important to use a large bag to allow room for shaking later.

Step 2: Prepare the boneless chicken breast by cutting into 1 inch pieces. Can throw each one right into the bag of dry batter.  Seal the bag and shake to ensure each chunk is covered in the dry batter. Shake harder to give the chicken that familiar rounded shape. Refrigerate the chicken pieces in the plastic bag for at least 30 mins.

Step 3: Prepare your frying pan and oil. Use enough oil that the chicken pieces will sit under the surface.  The temperature should be hot enough to sizzle when you “flick” a very small amount of water into the pan.
Pro tip: Is a good time to turn on your oven to a low temperature, 200-300 degrees.

Step 4: Combine the wet batter ingredients with a whisk (you want lots of bubbles) and setup an assembly line.
1. Raw chicken, 2. Wet batter, 3. More dry Batter

Step 5: Take the cold chicken pieces covered in dry batter from the plastic bag, hand dip in the wet batter, roll in the dry batter, then gently place in the hot frying pan oil. Re-wisk the wet batter as needed to make more bubbles.
Pro tip: You [i]can[/i] cook several chicken pieces at the same time, using the dry batter bowl as a staging area. Be aware that cooking too many at the same time will drop the oil temperature.

Step 6: Use your tongs to rotate the chicken pieces in the oil, cook until the batter has browned on all sides.  Place cooked chicken pieces on paper towel and eventually a baking sheet in the oven to keep warm while the rest of the chicken pieces are cooked.

Step 7: The final “super secret” step is to take the chicken pieces from the oven and place in the large Tupperware.  Pour in your sauce of choice.  Close the lid and give them a few hard shakes until the sauce coats all the chicken pieces.

Enjoy!

Let’s talk about luck

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Luck can be quantified. Each person has a set max amount of luck they can carry with them, and a set flow rate that their luck is replenished.

A person throughout the day uses there luck all the time, without even realizing it.  Each time you take a risk, big or small, you use a portion of your luck reserves. Here is where people run into problems. Using too much luck creates a luck deficit, this is the cause of bad luck. A person who presses their luck all the time with a risky lifestyle will find themselves out of luck when they really need it.

Don’t worry too much about you’re own luck deficit. The important thing to remember is too be aware of events in your life and how much luck you are using to accomplish your goals. If you use a lot of luck in any given day, lay your head down low for for awhile. Don’t take any additional risks. Depending on how much luck you used, your luck will be replenished in a few days or weeks.

Another important aspect is that luck can overlap between people and even be shared. This happens because the two people are close emotionally, or sometimes just physical proximity.  A person in a luck deficit will attempt to replenish their reserves, this happens naturally, but is sometimes not enough and that person becomes a luck black hole to those around them.

Gaming Generations

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

A used game shop in La Crosse has really shined lately (the place is always
packed when I head in there on Saturdays). Within the last year they have
brought several arcade machines into the store, but only with the last week
with the release of Street Fighter IV did they bring out something really special.

Pictures available.

A custom mame arcade machine that is so beautiful; 4 player, custom art, 40+
tv. On top of that, they also have custom made 360 arcade sticks for playing
Street Fighter IV on their HD tvs. These are not the poorly made madcats arcade
sticks. Did I mention they are holding fighter tournaments?

Pictures in the forums
Gaming Generations

Piano Star

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Woke up today with a great idea for a piano learning application. A program that would display songs in a format that is familiar to me, guitar hero. My plan was to make a scrolling music application written in C++ that would take xls files as input and display note names on each bar. I am not much with OpenGL/DirectX programming, so I would need help. It then dawned on me to search sourceforge for a similar application already in development and offer my help. I found one, Synthesia.

Synthesia completely blows me away. Does everything I wanted and takes a huge step forward by using MIDI files, making it compatable with thousands of free songs. It even connects to your USB or MIDI keyboard for input and “scoring”. It also has a practive mode that will pause the scrolling waiting for you to hit the correct notes.

I am saddened that the project is currently closed source. The only help accepted is from a user’s perspective; bug reports, feature requests, etc…

Pedometer Enthusiast

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

New widget added to the main page for tracking my personal exercise activity (below the right side menu bar). Hosted by Walker Tracker, one glance shows the last 14 days.

This new plan was inspired by an old article. I am keeping a step goal and increasing it by 2000 each month, but the simple act of tracking how active you are makes you self aware of when you need to be more active.

"It takes about six months to "lock in" a new behavior."

I am using a freebee pedometer that came with a brita water filter. I am about three months in and promised myself a new pedometer if I make it to six. Should prove interesting going into the coming winter months.