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My Beginner Lessons 3 – Rainbow Connection (Low G Ukulele)

Transposed the song to G so it fits the G Chord-version from Ukulele Mike.

Side note – More TuxGuitar experiment: Apparently, using the “Print” function will generate a nicer-looking PDF than “Export to PDF”.

lesson 07 – Rainbow Connection (Low G) originally from The Daily Ukulele by Jumpin’ Jim
*You do need a Low G ukulele to play this.*

-> High G version (in C Major) <-

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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Ukulele Stuff

 

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My Beginner Lessons 3 – Rainbow Connection

Transposed + transformed another song from The Daily Ukulele by Jumpin’ Jim. This time, I used TuxGuitar… not as good as PowerTab I think. Damn, I need better software… It is time to try guitar pro?

lesson 07 – Rainbow Connection (I learn the G version in my ukulele class. The book is in F. My uke is high G and doesn’t go that low, so I have to transpose to C.)

The original song with the original singer – Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson)

 

Guido teaches Ukulele Mike version in class

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Ukulele Stuff

 

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Bake Pop

Remember my kitchen porn post? I saw this similar product and end up buying it…

First time was bad because I was using home-made cake-mix and they are “half pop”… not expanding enough.

This is my second try… Still not successful because it sticks onto the bottom, 5 out of 18 broke when I removed them from pan… Still need to try again.

Well, they expand so much, they pop-through the top and I end up having tasty cake-cup. So, overall, it’s not too bad.

I will keep trying until they are perfect and I can sell them in my future cafe.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Baking, Cafe

 

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Seafood Fettuccine

What I did on Sunday… Seafood Fettuccine. Don’t have an actual recipe for it…

uncooked fettuccine

Ingredients (Fettuccine) – 3 servings

  • 2 eggs
  • 190 gram flour + extra for coating (maybe one big tablespoon)
  • *a pasta maker machine* <- Yup, that’s my new toy.

Directions

He lied… I don’t have a food processor and I am 4X his portion (half of a one-egg dough), so it took me >30 minutes to do it.

Anyway, cook them for 4 minutes.

Ingredients (Sauce)

  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 onion (NOT diced)
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 cup of cheese (I used a mixed of mozzarella and mild cheddar)
  • 1/4 cup of cheese (for topping)
  • Seafood (I had squids, prawns, imitated crabs and scallops)

Directions

  1. Cook the seafood. When they are done, take them off the fire.
  2. Preheat your oven, 350 degree F.
  3. Melt the butter using a pan.
  4. Put in the flour and mix them until it turns into some kinda paste.
  5. Pour in the milk slowly and mix until there’s no clump.
  6. Throw in the onion and cloves. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  7. Take out the onion and the clove.
  8. Throw in the cup of cheese and let them melt.
  9. Turn off the stove. Add the seafood and fettuccine. Stir until well-mixed.
  10. Put into a baking pan and put the 1/4 cup of cheese on top.
  11. Put into your oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  12. And it’s ready for serving!

seafood fettuccine

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Baking, Cafe

 

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What I did on 19th

I went to Ruby’s Ukes and spent two hours in their clawhammer workshop. There were about fifteen people at the workshop. It’s pretty fun. 🙂 Highly recommend it if it’s held again!

Guy playing ukulele is my ukulele teacher Guido, doing Snowbird with Clawhammer technique.

If you are wondering what the hell clawhammer is…

IMO, I have learnt more in Guido two-hour workshop. It’s more interesting to learn with people are around.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Ukulele Stuff

 

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McDonald’s I’m lovin’ it – Ukulele Tab

Best key would be in C, but my uke is high G, so it doesn’t go that low. I end up having it in E-flat.

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Ukulele Stuff

 

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Banana Rum Bread

Haven’t baked for a while… actually I did, but it wasn’t successful, so I didn’t post it.

Being the self-appointed trip chef of Solar Car team, I decided to bake a banana rum bread to impress my fellow members. People really did love it and we sold three slices and earned $6 for our trip!

This is definitely a recipe I will put to my cafe menu.

Original recipe from http://trish-coleman.suite101.com/banana-rum-bread-a115022, with some small twists and big help from the microwave.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized bananas (definitely not green, but no need to be fully rip)
  • 3 oz unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Mash your banana. (If the banana is not fully rip, cut the banana into small piece, throw into microwave for 20 seconds. Then mash them with a fork while they are still warm. For the many times I have worked with mashed banana, this is the trick.)
  2. Put the butter into the microwave for 10~12 second to soften. It might look half melt, but it’s all right.
  3. Pour the half-melt butter into a metal mixing bowl to cool down. Stir with a spatula until it’s creamy.
  4. Mix in white sugar and brown sugar with the spatula. It should be smooth and creamy afterward.
  5. Add eggs, vanilla and rum and mix them well.
  6. Mix in the mashed banana.
  7. In a separate large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  9. Stray a standard sized loaf pan (mine – 4″ x 8″).
  10. Fold flour mixture into the banana mixture.
  11. Pour into greased loaf pan.
  12. If there are extra butter in the original butter bowl, throw the bowl into microwave for 15 seconds and then pour the melted butter on to the top of the bread (just the center, parallel to the long side). This way, the bread will “crack well”.
  13. Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes, until a stick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  14. Let cool on a rack and cut into slices to serve.

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Baking, Cafe

 

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