好味牛扒薯片推介


題目其實有點誤導。我並不是想推介「牛扒味」的薯片,而是想推介薯片與及自家製的牛扒。這也不是第一次介紹薯片及牛扒(之前的),今次有何特別之處呢?可能是我的火候控制進步了?抑或只是我的攝影技術高明了呢?

今次的是 U.S. Premium 黑牛西冷,但肉身並不是黑色,不知這牛為何得到此名字。可能牛皮是黑色吧?不過重要的是味道,不是顏色。味道如何?很嫩的西冷,也很多汁,但若肉味再濃些會更好!我已用牛油來煎,但仍未夠香。可能吃慣肉眼的肥香,太,瘦的西冷反而不慣。不過,今次煎完此扒後更強烈感到要重新買過一個坑紋pan,因為現在的這個 pan 上的坑實在太淺了,有等如冇,做不出那專業黑紅黑紅相間的肉紋效果。

配菜用上了南瓜和磨菇。先用沸水煮軟南瓜,跟著用牛油炒磨菇炒至金黃色,以及磨菇香味四溢,再加進已有點軟身的南瓜一起炒香便成!

那紅酒是 Yellow Tail 的 Shiraz,澳洲來的,惠康賣$168 兩瓶,非常飲得過。大家若有看過「Blue Ocean Strategy」一書,書內其中一個案例正是說 Yellow Tail 如何用另類的定位在競爭激烈的紅酒市場殺出一條血路。除了 Shiraz,我也飲過 Cab,同樣有保證!力推!

至於那薯片,與上次一樣,都是用「赤穗之天鹽」來調味的薯片的。今次這牌子叫「湖池屋」,少少鹽味,不油膩,超薄身,質感比之前介紹的「山芳牌」(Yamayoshi) 更鬆化!正!

Jac Jac 來給大家拜個早年

年近歲晚,我們又開始為「過年」這大事作準備。今年有一大進步,就是我們一家多了 Jac Jac 這位重要的生力軍!有了他,我們以家庭作單位來計算的淨「利是流」(the net flow of Lei See money) 應會是正數!

為了應付這挑戰,我們也特別提早作作一項重要的準備,就是開始教 Jac Jac 做「請請」的手勢。我們的教法很簡單,就是我和我老婆會在他面前不時抱拳作揖互說「請請」。每次我們這樣做,他也有留神看著我們的舉動。幾日後,當他聽到我們說「請請」時,他便也跟著做那抱拳作揖的動作了!而最神奇的是他口中竟會同時發出「池、池」的聲言,似是真的在說「請請、請請」!這幾天他更會於心情一到時便自行作其「請請」的手勢!他還有一個「後著」,就是會於作揖三數遍後,將抱著的拳頭送進咀裡去!非常搞笑!

我們現在甚至有點後悔這麼早便教他,因為當農曆新年真的來到,當我們到朋友親戚家拜年時,他已可能對這動作感到厭倦,不再做了。但他可是要靠這「表演」逗利是和逗大家開懷大笑啊!

Typing Blogs with iPhone

It’s me here talking about iPhone, again. I know it is getting kinda boring to talk about the same topic over and over again, but I can’t help it. After all, I am really a big fan of iPod and Apple and all (and I guess my wife would be happy to testify for it). And today I am gonna tell you how I couldn’t live without a hard keyboard, which is something that the iPhone is lacking of.

To begin with, perhaps I should tell you why I am typing this blog in English. (And I know posting an English article in Sina would not be too popular, but then if you have gone this far, then it means that you are ok with ‘English blog’, so you might as well just tag along.) I’m typing this blog in English because I’d like to challenge how realistic the iPod ‘Multi-touch’ could be if I compared it with the real keyboard of my Treo 750.

What I’m trying to do so far is to type this blog with my two thumbs on my Treo 750. So far so good. While I am typing, I’m also
try to create the imagine in my head if I was really typing this blog with my iPhone and try to find out the differences between the reality and my imagination.

My finding is that I could finish the previous paragraph within two minutes. Which means that I could type around 25~30 words per minutes. I try to imagine how I could repeat the same result with a touch screen device, but I can’t. Why I could type much faster with my Treo? Because each of the individual keys on the hard keyboard give me a feeling to my thumb, so that I could be more precise each time when I press a location.

It also means that I don’t really have to stare at the keyboard to make sure that I am typing the correct words, and so I could focus my eyesight more on the screen. It always give me a faster speed if I only have to keep my eyes on the screen and not the keyboard.

Well, of course if you look at the keynote of Steve Jobs, he said the multi-touch technology “Works like magic, far more accurate, ignores unintended touches, multi-finger gestures”. Would it really solve my worries? But even if it would, there is another great disadvantage of iPhone against my Treo. With Treo, I could actually just use one hand to type, and I can’t do that with the iPhone. The big difference is that Treo is truly an one-hand operating phone. iPhone is not. I can’t hold my MTR handgrips and type with my iPhone at the same time. And so I can’t type my blog with it. Too bad.

(Picture Sources: Engadgets.com~
http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/09/the-apple-iphone/)

Extra Readings:
我唔會買 iPhone
iPhone這名字早已不屬Cisco?!

日落、日出

這日落圖是在卡斯夫之竹居那邊引用過來的。大家有否覺得這圖有點不自然呢?是否有甚麼地方出錯?氣氛有點不對勁是吧?

對!其實這並不是一幅日落圖,而是一幅日出圖。原則上日落和日出不應是一樣的嗎?何以分得出呢?

很簡單,在香港,黃昏六時左右那些住宅一定燈火通明,而不會像現在那圖中一樣黑沉沉,靜悄悄的。這樣我想起「夕陽無限好,只是近黃昏」這句話。我們習慣了忽略機會的來臨,而反過來卻又常於機會將要逝去前的一刻臨急抱佛腳。

這正如日出與日落的比較:儘管太陽處於同樣的高度,日出那刻的感覺多是純潔而寂靜的。一切都未曾開始,大地正在等待大家的覺醒。

至於日落時往往卻會感覺上華麗得多。大家仍在用盡全力去拼搏到最後一刻,沒有任何停下來的跡象。最後,人們的努力敵不過自然的規律,太陽還是要下山。斜陽夾雜著驅趕不散的餘溫與人氣把半邊天染紅,似在懷緬早一刻前的喧鬧。

而這紅紅的半邊天也是日出與日落另一個分別:因地熱(與污染?)的關係,日落的天色通常較紅,也較美。右圖正是重貼早前於澳門路環安德魯葡撻對出海邊的日落景色。雖然沒有大廈的燈光作比較,但也頗明顯似是日落多過似日出。

我還是喜歡看日出多一點。日落雖然璀燦、華麗,但卻會使我自覺黯然神傷。日出雖較單調及平淡,但卻充滿無限可能,使我有一種「希望在今天」的感覺!

鳴謝卡斯夫之竹居

兒童殘片

Picture淩晨五時十五分,Jac Jac 如常睡醒,喊著要奶奶。我熟手地沖了七安奶,抱他坐在廳中吃其早餐。吃完後,五時半,他眼睛瞪得很大,已沒半點睡意,我便開電視看看這時段有甚麼好看。亞視和無線都在做黑白的粵語殘片。我便轉台到 Disney Playhouse Channel,與 Jac Jac 一起看看晨早卡通。怎知也是殘片,不過是「兒童版殘片」。

Picture首先有八十年代畫的 Winnie the Pooh,畫功很“Classic”(老土),對白很溫文(沉悶)。之後是另一套殘片 Sesame Street,但卻很棒!那些自嘲加諷喻式的幽默真的使我拍案叫絕!而 Jac Jac 也看得很投入,因為他認得電視裡的 Ernie。Jac Jac 擁有兩隻 Ernie 公仔,一大一細,嬰兒期已陪伴左右,所以特別親切!

(右邊附圖是一幅經典的 Sesame Street 漫畫的膺品,可憐的 Big Bird!)