Merry Christmas to one and all. For today, I thought I would share with you one of my childhood favourites – the Danish butter cookie. My favourites are the ones with the sugar granules on its surface. Continue reading Danish Butter Cookie
1998 is a very significant year to us, as it was the year of our wedding anniversary. Hence early in my wine-collecting hobby, I had sought to buy as many bottles of 1998 wine as possible. Continue reading Chateau Beaucastel 1998
We pretty much each cereal for breakfast in the morning. But little though goes into what we actually eat. I thought it would be good to focus stack multiple images of two of our favourite cereals, to see what they look like in extreme macro. Continue reading Cornflakes and Cheerios
On Sunday, I harvested the chilli that we have growing in the conservatory. There were sufficient Ghost chilli ready to be harvested. This is particularly important as the last batch we had blended (with some of the less hot chilli) had run out. Finally there was enough Ghost chilli to blend with the garlic, lemon juice and salt, without needing the less hot chilli to bulk it up – mainly to maximise the heat. Continue reading Chilli harvest
My daughter has been wanting to build a gingerbread house for Christmas for quite a while now. As a treat for her for passing her Grade 6 piano exams, I bought her a set to assemble and decorate from Tesco. Continue reading Gingerbread House
I have been interested in collecting wine since 1997, when I first tasted good champagne – a bottle of Moet Chandon Non-vintage a German colleague had brought to a party. Hence when an opportunity arises, I would tend to buy a good bottle or two to store for the future (in fact I prefer collecting than drinking it). Continue reading Chateau Lagrange 2004
My wife made the oriental chives pancake on Sunday for my daughter. Sensing I needed some love and attention, she devoted a lot of time in making my favourite pastry (Kueh) – Oriental chive Kueh. Continue reading Oriental Chives Kueh
As my daughter was ill with croup recently, she was craving for certain foods. One thing in particular which she wanted to eat was both ‘Chinese chives’ pancake and banana pancake. Being the loving mother my wife is, she set out to cook the pancakes for her, even though she was recovering from a cold herself. Continue reading Pancakes anyone?
I enjoy shooting closeup images. But shooting closeup images normally presents the photographer with a few problems. At such close focus, the depth of field (i.e. portion of the subject in focus) is very shallow, which will require either very small apertures to increase the depth of field or photographing each section of the subject separately and then stacking them together in a dedicated focus stacking program (need very stable system).
I have been building a setup capable of doing this, and hence I thought I would try this with the wine cork. My preferred program for focus stacking is Helicon Focus, as Zerene stacker did not work well for me when I trailed it.
I opened a bottle of Chateau Clerc Milon 2004 on Tuesday, to accompany the rib-eye steak we had for dinner. Now back in 2007, we made a trip to Bordeaux for our summer holiday. We drove to Dover, took the ferry bound for Calais, drove to Paris and spent a night there, before driving down to Bordeaux where we spent a further 3 nights.
During this trip, we bought a few bottles of wine to store for a later date. This wine was bought during that trip on 26th August 2007 for £17.79 and I had kept it in my wine fridge until now, waiting for the right opportunity to open and share with my wife. BTW, the current price for this wine is £58.00 on BBR (more than 3x what I had paid for it). Continue reading Wine cork