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  • Newbie’s guide to setting up a free DAW

    Newbie’s guide to setting up a free DAW

    I first dabbled with MIDI back in 1994, using Cakewalk running in DOS. That’s text-only Disk Operating System for those of you born into the current GUI (Graphical User Interface)-only world. Since then, I’ve only briefly tried making MIDI based music once again in year 2006, and that was it, until now. How the world…

  • Taobao Product Recommendation – Meat Slicer

    Taobao Product Recommendation – Meat Slicer

    Uniformly sliced meat. It’s mostly impossible to do that with just a knife. To be able to properly slice meat, the meat has to be somewhat frozen. In frozen state, it takes much effort to do the slicing, and it will likely be uneven. A tool is imperative. Related posts: Amazon product recommendation – bread…

  • True Singapore Food – Carrot Cake aka Cai Tao Kueh

    True Singapore Food – Carrot Cake aka Cai Tao Kueh

    It goes without saying that Carror Cake or Cai Tao Kueh (CTK) is the mainstay of Singapore hawker food. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper. It has its roots in Teochew, but has certainly evolved to become something uniquely Singaporean. I used to avoid eating CTK because it is too unhealthy…

  • All-in-one all-grain brewing disaster

    All-in-one all-grain brewing disaster

    My second attempt at all-grain brewing turned out to be a disaster. It still made it into my fermenter (the ingredients cost almost S$70!) but my all-in-one brewing kit was almost ruined. A painful lesson which, hopefully, you can avoid. Related posts: Hoegaarden beer project kick off Home brew kick off All grain brewing using…

  • Taobao product recommendation – Smoking gun food smoker

    Taobao product recommendation – Smoking gun food smoker

    Smoked food tastes good. We all know this because everybody loves BBQ and grilled food right? Health concerns aside, we want to eat smoked food once in a while. Most of us don’t have the luxury of using a smoker at home (large cabinet with wood burning at the bottom, or stove top smoker which…

  • Taobao product recommendation – Non-stick stainless steel wok

    Taobao product recommendation – Non-stick stainless steel wok

    We all know that food sticks to stainless steel cookware, but now, they have figured out how to make stainless steel non-stick. The surface is made to minimize contact with the foodstuff such that the food “floats”. This is a winning combo – abrasion-proof and non-stick, plus even heating. But, does it really work as…

  • Taobao product recommendation – Sleep-wearable Bluetooth earphones

    Taobao product recommendation – Sleep-wearable Bluetooth earphones

    I learned about ASMR only recently. I would be interested because I often don’t sleep well. I did a search on Taobao and found that indeed there are earphones that are targeted at ASMR usage, i.e. for wearing during sleep. To make an earphone sleep-wearable, the buds have to go in all the way so…

  • Taobao product recommendation – Churros tools

    Taobao product recommendation – Churros tools

    Churros is surprisingly easy to make, to the point that i don’t understand how people can make a business out of selling Churros alone. The recipe is simple and idiot proof, but you do need to get the piping bag and star-shaped tip. Related posts: Korea destinations – Busan Taobao product recommendation – vacumm food…

  • All grain brewing using Taobao-bought all-in-one brewing system

    All grain brewing using Taobao-bought all-in-one brewing system

    Okay, to use the term “brewing system” is to give higher praise than deserved to the simple kettle plus pump i recently bought from Taobao. But basically that is all you need to do grain brewing – a kettle for mashing and boiling and a pump for sparging – the three stages involved in grain…

  • Taobao product recommendation – silicone cake mould

    Taobao product recommendation – silicone cake mould

    A parfait housed in a cup shape cake is like a dream, and i couldn’t resist trying my hand at making one. The major obstacle is in demoulding the cake, and i wondered if a silicone cake mould would help. In short, it works like a charm. I made the cake using a souffle recipe,…

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