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New York-Style Bagel

Yup, I believe my cafe will be selling bagels too. There, this is a recipe I tried.

(OK, I admit my phone camera has colour correction problem.)

From http://www.sophisticatedgourmet.com/2009/10/new-york-style-bagel-recipe/

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups of warm water (you may need ± ¼ cup more, I know I did)
  • 3 ½ cups (500g) of bread flour or high gluten flour(will need extra for kneading)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of salt

Preparation:

  1. In ½ cup of the warm water, pour in the sugar and yeast. Do not stir. Let it sit for five minutes, and then stir the yeast and sugar mixture, until it all dissolves in the water.
  2. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the middle and pour in the yeast and sugar mixture.
  3. Pour half of the remaining warm water into the well. Mix and stir in the rest of the water as needed. Depending on where you live, you may need to add anywhere from a couple tablespoons to about ¼ cup of water. You want to result in a moist and firm dough after you have mixed it.
  4. On a floured countertop, knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Try working in as much flour as possible to form a firm and stiff dough.
  5. Lightly brush a large bowl with oil and turn the dough to coat. Cover the bowl with a damp dish towel. Let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in size. Punch the dough down, and let it rest for another 10 minutes.
  6. Carefully divide the dough into 8 pieces (I used a scale to be extra precise, but it’s not necessary). Shape each piece into a round. Now, take a dough ball, and press it gently against the countertop (or whatever work surface you’re using) moving your hand and the ball in a circular motion pulling the dough into itself while reducing the pressure on top of the dough slightly until a perfect dough ball forms (as pictured below). Repeat with 7 other dough rounds.
  7. Coat a finger in flour, and gently press your finger into the center of each dough ball to form a ring. Stretch the ring to about ⅓ the diameter of the bagel and place on a lightly oiled cookie sheet. Repeat the same step with the remaining dough.
  8. After shaping the dough rounds and placing them on the cookie sheet, cover with a damp kitchen towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 425ºF / 220ºC / Gas Mark 7.
  9. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Reduce the heat. Use a slotted spoon or skimmer to lower the bagels into the water. Boil as many as you are comfortable with boiling. Once the bagels are in, it shouldn’t take too long for them to float to the top (a couple seconds). Let them sit there for 1 minute, and them flip them over to boil for another minute. Extend the boiling times to 2 minutes each, if you’d prefer a chewier bagel (results will give you a more New York Style bagel with this option).
  10. If you want to top your bagels with stuff, do so as you take them out of the water, you may use the “optional toppings” (listed above) to top the bagels and if you’re risky like me, make a combination of the toppings to top the bagels with, but before hand, you will need to use an egg wash to get the toppings to stick before putting the bagels into the oven.
  11. Once all the bagels have boiled (and have been topped with your choice of toppings), transfer them to a lightly oiled baking sheet.
  12. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.
  13. Cool on a wire rack.
The recipe is for 8 bagels… but I cut all the ingredients in half and let my dough sat for 6 hours. instead of 4, I ended up 6 bagels.
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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Baking, Cafe

 

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*9.1+30/-275468

If you have a 0123456789+-*/ number pad? Ever try to click on those keys at the same time? If you click two buttons at once, you will probably get your “key combo” in this order “*9.1+30/-275468″…

ie, if you click “1”, “2” and “3” at once, you will get “132”, if you click “4”, “5” and “6” at once, you will get “546”, and if you click “7”, “8” and “9” at once, you will get “978”.

I guess this is because of the “sensor” under the keyboard response this way (or the PCB circuit/microcontroller-button response time)… oh well, this is how bore I am at work… I am so bored, I actually play with my keyboard. Back to software testing now!

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Ukulele Android Application

I have tried many “music”/”ukulele” related Android apps. Some are good, some are bad. These are some free must-have Android Apps that all ukulele users should have:

  • Ukulele Tabs (allow you to search for song tabs, require internet access, con: no lyrics)
  • DaTuner Lite (chromatic tuner, con: sometimes my phone freeze using this app…)
  • gStrings (chromatic tuner, con: sometimes my phone freeze using this app too…)
  • My Ukulele (*BEST* virtual ukulele, quite handy if you don’t have a uke around)
  • Ukulele Chords (an app that provides chord shapes)
  • Ukulele Fretboard (similar to Ukulele Chords)
  • Ukulele Tuner (an app that only plays gCEA tune, good if you want to tune by ears)
  • Mobile Metronome (I have tried a few metronome app and so far, this one is the best)
There are a few “combined” tuner/metronome/chord apps, but they are not working nearly as well as the separate ones (especially when you are comparing those metronomes to Mobile Metronome). Plus those ones are made for guitar, so to change to gCEA tuning… that’s a pain.
 
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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Android App, Ukulele Stuff

 

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My new EMUS ukulele

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Not as perfect as the black one Thomas got, but still very good quality.

Crystal… remind me to return yours.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Bacon Bandages

Seriously, when I have my own cafe, I am going to sell weird stuff there!

I am definitely selling craps like Bacon Bandages. Yes, Bacon Bandages

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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Cafe

 

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Get Lost Creep (Song Parody)

One of my uke friends love Radiohead’s Creep (Uke chord for the original song) very much…

but whenever i listen to that song… I really want to parody it… I will sing it whenever a hipster just drink one coffee and stay in my shop all night. So, here it is:

Get lost, creep

When you were here before
Couldn’t look me in the eye
You dress like a hippy
You stayed here all night
You finished your coffee
And asked for a refill
You said you were special
But you’re nothing special

And you’re a creep
You’re a weirdo
What the hell are you doing here?
You don’t belong here

I don’t care if it hurts
I want to have control
I just want to close
Leave your money and go
I want you to get out
When I count to three
My shop is not special
Stop talking and get out

And you’re a creep
You’re a weirdo
What the hell are you doing here?
You don’t belong here

He’s running out the door
He’s running out
He runs runs runs

You didn’t pay your bill
It’s just one coffee
And you stayed for the night
Using my Wi-fi

And you’re a creep
You’re a weirdo
What the hell are you doing here?
You don’t belong here
You don’t belong here

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Cafe, Ukulele Stuff

 

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Duffy Warwick Avenue Ukulele Chords

This is my favorite song from Band Hero… (No, it’s not Rock Band or Guitar Hero. There is really a game called Band Hero!!!) But I can’t seem to find the ukulele tab for it. So… now I kinda have to tab it myself…

Intro: Bb, Dm, Eb, Ebm

………..Bb…………………….Dm
When I get to Warwick Avenue
…………..Eb……………………….Ebm
Meet me by the entrance of the tube
…………Bb………………………..Dm
We can talk things over a little time
………….Eb…………………………..Ebm
Promise me you won’t step out of line

………..Bb…………………….Dm
When I get to Warwick Avenue
………..Eb………………………Ebm
Please drop the past and be true
…………………….Bb……………………….Dm
Don’t think we’re okay just because I’m here
……………….Eb……………………….Ebm..F7
You hurt me bad but I won’t shed a tear

Bb…………F…………..Dm……….Eb
I’m leaving you for the last time, baby
Gm……………….F……………….Dm………….Eb
You think you’re loving but you don’t love me
Bb……………F…………….Dm……….Eb
I’ve been confused, out of my mind lately
Gm.(stop)……………………..Dm.(x2)…..Eb
You think you’re loving but I want to be free
Eb……Bb……………..
Baby you’ve hurt me

………..Bb…………………….Dm
When I get to Warwick Avenue
…………………..Eb………………………..Ebm
We’ll spend an hour, but no more than two
…………..Bb………………………..Dm
Our only chance to speak once more
……………………..Eb………………………….Ebm
I showed you the answers, now here’s the door
………..Bb…………………….Dm
When I get to Warwick Avenue
……………Eb………………..Ebm….F7
I’ll tell you baby that we’re through

Bb…………F…………..Dm……….Eb
I’m leaving you for the last time, baby
Gm……………….F……………….Dm………….Eb
You think you’re loving but you don’t love me
Bb……………F…………….Dm……….Eb
I’ve been confused, out of my mind lately
Gm.(stop)………………………….Dm.(x2)..Eb
You think you’re loving but you don’t love me
..Cm………..Bb…………Eb…………Bb
I want to be free, baby, you’ve hurt me

Eb………………………F……………………..Dm…
All the days spent together, I wished for better
……………………………………Eb
But I didn’t want the train to come
Eb…………F…………………….Dm……
Now it’s departed, I’m broken-hearted
Dm……………………………….
Seems like we never started
Eb………………………F……….Dm………………….F….
All those days spent together when I wished for better
F…………………………………Eb……………
And I didn’t want the train to come! Oh, oh

Bb F Dm Eb x3

Gm.(stop)………………………….Dm.(x2)..Eb
You think you’re loving but you don’t love me
..Cm………..Bb…………Eb…………Bb
I want to be free, baby, you hurt me
…….Cm………Bb….Cm………..Bb
You don’t love me, I want to be free
………Eb…………Bb
Baby, you’ve hurt me

P.S. My Lady Gaga’s Wonderful ukulele chords is one of the best around (actually, it’s the only one around)… but somehow Google search does not care for me. Google, you suck. Yahoo, on the other hand, covers my chords. Yahoo, you rock. Even Bing covers it… Bing, today is the day you suck less.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Ukulele Stuff

 

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