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One Dish Meal – Omlette

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I’m used to eating egg with something else… bread, chapati anything. When I was faced with a decision, go out and get bread, make chapati or be creative, I decided on the latter, here’s what I did:

Ingredients: two eggs, two tablespoons refined flour (maida), half small onion, chopped, coriander leaves (I used dried, prefer fresh), salt.

Method: Beat eggs, add salt onion and coriander… slowly add the flour, make sure no lumps are formed. Fry it like regular omlette.



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August 9, 2010 at 1:50 am

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DIY float switch

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I bought a Freeduino board months back wanting to create an automated overhead tank filling system. However, I could not find a cheap and easy switch in my city, hence eventually the project went into the back of my shelf, until today morning. Woke up early and went to wash my face, realized the tank was empty. Now I didn’t want to start the pump at 4am and wake others up — I remembered the project is waiting to be assembled.

Went through the components I had lying around and came up with an idea…

I could put this together in some time, so I started…

Used small hacksaw to reduce noise, cut myself two long planks and two one inch by one inch square bits. Had a push button switch, drilled two holes in one plank and fixed the switch with some hot glue…



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Next, cut the actuating lever into shape…


Drilled holes for hinge


First hot-glued the bits, then secured them with two small nails each. Used a copper wire as guide to align everything properly while working on it.


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And… it was ready.



Now all I had to do was solder wires and put the contraption upside down handing over the overhead tank…


The nylon string ensures that the float rises up in the correct direction 😉

Put a multimeter to line testing mode, wired up and checked by starting the pump… it worked!

Next up, the freeduino/arduino bit 😉

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August 6, 2010 at 3:55 am

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And what was cool, is not so anymore…

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August 6, 2010 at 12:00 am

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Caffeine-o-meter

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August 5, 2010 at 7:21 pm

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Photographing people and tall objects together

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In three simple steps, let’s observe what happens when…

We are looking at a beautiful building or some monument and want our picture with it. First reaction is to pull out camera and try to shoot from wherever we are — which is usually close to the building. It causes distortion and people appearing tiny in front of a large structure, if it fits at all.

Next we quickly learn that if the photographer walks a little, we can reduce the distortion. However, faces still remain mysterious dots on many occasions.

So next time you want a memorable photograph in which your grand kids can identify you… everyone take a walk away from the building and then shoot.

Here’s an example:

These windmills are *very* tall, the yellow toy you see there is a large crane. It would be impossible to tell any person’s face from this distance.

And here’s Pritam’s photo with the windmill… he is standing on a small hill, giving advantage for avoiding distortion while still being close enough to the windmill.

Hope this tip helps 😉

Cheers!

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August 5, 2010 at 8:17 am

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Lazy Man’s Kitchen Experiments…

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What do you get when a hungry, lazy, sleepy and mildly irritated man

Who does not want to be bothered with much cooking walks into the kitchen and finds this…

A lump of kneaded whole wheat batter

And some cabbage preparation (कोबीची भाजी)

Next thing you know…

Whole wheat + cabbage momos!

Oh well, they look um… slimy, but they’re not. However, I didn’t cook them enough, biting through the first momo confirms that.

Turn on FoodHacker mode.

Fry the momos

Done!

A batch of delicious momos is ready!

I hypothesize that you can turn almost any leftover into an awesome snack/meal by turning it into momos, and if they fail on steaming… fry ’em!

Anyway, I have no idea why I did this because the cabbage preparation was not leftover, but my lunch, made by mom… and there was another thing in the kitchen which would have solved my hunger faster… Chapati!

Hmm… guess I’m not that lazy after all 😛

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August 5, 2010 at 6:49 am

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How I made the shot…

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A friend just emailed me regarding this photograph… he was curious to know what setup I used and how did I light it…

Here’s what I replied:

The “flash” is a Nikon SB 600 that I’ve borrowed from a friend. Everything else is explained already 😉

One doesn’t always need a full studio to make good photos, tho I have the facility at home, I don’t always pull out the whole circus for every photograph.

Guess, I should start saying this more often… “Jugaad is the secret of my photography.” Hehe!

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August 4, 2010 at 11:13 am

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