Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Homecooking Adventures 5

Dear Reader,

Here comes the fifth chapter of our Homecooking Adventures. :) This time, I'll tell about a desert again... Yogurt. Actually it's very easy to make. Milk and one yogurt bought from any supermarket. For the kitchenware, you need to have something in which you can boil the milk, and a kind of thermos pot or anything that can keep its content at a constant temperature for a long long time..

Homemade Yogurt

We have a simple pan for boiling the milk and we have a thermos bottle (that's not the best choice, but it will do). Got everything? Let's start:

1-Boil the milk for short a moment.

2-Wait... enough time for the milk temperature to drop down to 45-37C, above that, the yogurt won't set and you'll have something that smells horrible (trust me, you don't want to try that), below that and you will have something that does not work either. During that time, it may be wise to take out the yogurt from the fridge so that it warms up a bit.

Homemade Yogurt

3-Pour the yogurt into it and mix briefly, but enough to have something homogeneous.

4-Pour the mix into your thermos pot. Make sure you pour some hot water in your jar in order to bring it a bit to the same temperature as the yogurt mix, if not, the jar will cool off a bit of your mix and the temperature will be too low. Temperature is the key to success.

Homemade Yogurt

5-Close it all up and wait... for at least 4 hours (from websites), I used to wait 10-12 hours, my tummy is a bit allergic to milk, I read that the longer you let it ferment, the better it is.

6-Open the jar and tadaaa... if you smells a flavor similar to your the yogurt you used... it means it worked, if the odor is awful or if the mix too liquid... it means it did not work. I tried once before success... and the first mix would have afraid a skunk...

Here is a peek on the inside, the yogurt has completely took set:

Homemade Yogurt

7-Usually, we put them in some smaller pots and right to the fridge.

Homemade Yogurt

Ok, it's not the creamiest in the world, but at least, it's a start, I'll try to update that one if I come up with a better texture.

Have fun in your kitchens!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Now, Some Pictures of Her

Dear Reader,

As said in my last post, here are our latest pictures:

2 months old, 2 shot, one on each tight, followed a fever during 2 days:
Myrtille with her cold pad

She was quite dizzy during those two days. Hopefully, she recovered quickly.

Sleeping everywhere:

Sleeping Everywhere

Again, I like taking pictures of her while she is sleeping on her changing mat, so cute. It's so rare when she is so tired that she does not have energy left. Can do whatever we want then.

Playing in Shatin's mall.
Yukyin left us for 2 minutes, we were near a window, so, took out the camera and shot her. Nice lightning that day, the blue from the dusk mixed with the warm yellow of the mall's spots:

Having Fun with Dad 1/3
Having Fun with Dad 2/3
Having Fun with Dad 3/3

Actually, start to get more and more experience with handling my camera and the flash... I only need a minimum fine tuning necessary. The out of camera jpegs are already good, don't know if the RAW editing really worth it. We'll see later.
I really like the use of the flash though, a lot of my pictures are with the flash on, don't know if it's noticeable, if not, great, that's intentional :)

Have Fun :)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Short Video Of Our Little Girl

Dear Reader,

Lately, spent some time taking pictures of our little bit of nuts. These... will actually come later, but today, a short video of Myrtille playing in different beds.

All done under Windows Movie Maker, a really good piece of software... I did not know it but it's quite good actually. Really had fun working on it.

It's a bit short though. :)