Archive for February 19th, 2007

Crabcakes

I cooked some crabcakes tonight for the first time. I am on a VLCD currently so I only had a single bite to taste them, but my JBQ said that they were delicious. I calculated that it’s about 135-150 calories per crabcake. So, here’s the recipe, it makes 4 large crabcakes which is enough for 2 servings, or 4 servings if you are not an American (yes Mike, that’s a joke).

Ingredients (makes 4 large crabcakes)
* 1 egg
* 1 can of real crab meat
* 2 teaspoons of mayonaise
* 1 teaspoon mustard
* paprica or chilli powder
* 4-5 tbspoons of sunflower oil
* 6 tbspoons of breadcrumbs (use 2 Tbspoons of almond flour for Paleo version)
* half a cup of vegetables that consists of:
– onion
– carrot
– celery
– green pepper
– red pepper

Execution
1. In a small bowl beat the egg lightly. Stir in well the mayo and the mustard.
2. Finely chop all vegetables in very small pieces. Boil them for about 2 minutes in some boiling hot water. Drain well.
3. Pour the vegetables in the bowl and add 5 tbspoons of the breadcrumbs. Season with paprica or chilli powder.
4. Open the can and drain well the water out of the crab meat. Use your fingers to squeeze out any water that’s left in the crab meat. Then, place the meat in the bowl.
5. Mix all ingredients well with a teaspoon. If the mixture is way too liquid, add more breadcrumbs in it.
6. In a small plate pour 2-3 tbspoons of breadcrumbs to create a small “mountain”.
7. Using your fingers separate the mixture in 4 equal parts. Take one of the four parts and shape it as as burger (it will be kinda soft, that’s ok). Then, with your other hand get some of the breadcrumbs from the plate and coat evenly both sides of your burger/cake. Set aside and do the same for the other 3 mixture parts.
8. In a large frying pan pour the sunflower oil and heat it up in a medium heat. Using a spatula transfer your cakes to the pan to fry.
9. After about 3-4 minutes or after it’s gotten golden brown, turn the cakes around and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.
10. Serve hot, with tartar sauce and with vegetables of your choice. Trust me and don’t opt for fries for this dish.

crabcakes

Diet Recipe: Chocolate Milk Shake

Yup, I am back on a diet, and so the low-calorie recipes are back on this blog. This fat free & light milk-shake has only 100 calories.

Ingredients (for 1)
* 1 “light&fit” Dannon yogurt in the flavor of your choice (60 cals)
* 1/2 chocolate sugar-free Jell-O (30 cals)
* 25 ml fat free milk (10 cals)
* 3 tbspoons of ice cold water (0 cals)

Execution
1. Pour all ingredients in the blender and blend for a few seconds until all brown and smooth.
2. Add a bit more water if the mixture doesn’t blend well or if it’s too thick.
3. Pour it into a glass with the help of a big spoon and enjoy it through a straw.

Strawberry-banana chocolate milk shake
My refreshing milk shake this evening
in the midst of the products I used to create it.

Bandwidth ain’t free

The Joost staff posted a public blog post discussing the bandwidth requirements when using the app. Apparently you need about 300 MBs down and 100 MBs up, per hour. Now, I don’t know if these guys are using h.264 instead of plain MPEG-4 but in any way, there is no chance in hell that my internet provider, Comcast, will allow its subscribers to use Joost after it’s released. Not only Joost will suck out all the available internet bandwidth if it becomes as popular as their other product is (skype), but it is posing a threat on Comcast’s TV business. It is well within Comcast’s powers to filter them out (with or without a net neutrality law), which will be a big blow to Joost’s plans. Comcast is one of the most important US ISPs that the Joost folks need to make deals with. Personally, I see a rocky road ahead for Joost. I am not convinced at all about their business model, even if the idea is promising. But I guess, every innovator’s business die easily. It’s the second implementor who succeeds, because he learns from the mistakes of the first one.

Random stuff…

* My friend Nathan Baesel made a great appearance on “Without a Trace” tonight on TV (too bad his character dies at the end). He had quite some screen time as he was the center character of the episode.

* The reason I can’t watch any of the Stargate series is because almost each time they go to a new world, everything looks either like China, or medieval Europe or Nazi Germany. Their clothes, their houses, even the background music. It just shows how cheap the Stargate series are and how they borrow clothes from Hollywood’s “rent one, get one free” storage rooms. Where the heck is imagination?

* It bothers me how non-technological the “Battlestar Galactica” show is. Except the actual (annoyingly dark to hide the cheapness) starships and fighters, the rest of their technology does not seem to exceed ours. The whole space thing seems forced. The Cylons seem to have technology, but the humans look like rats in a can.

* My JBQ opened my iPod Mini today and put a new battery in there for me. At last, full battery life again.

* I am starting my low-calorie diet again. I will target 800 calories instead of 700 this time though, so I don’t have to cut down on milk, fruits and orange juice. When I stopped my low-cal diet the last time, I couldn’t stop drinking milk 5 times a day, for a month!

* Tadaaa! Google is working on artificial intelligence. I expect nothing less from a company which looks at the future.

* “Police called to a Long Island man’s house discovered the mummified remains of the resident, dead for more than a year, sitting in front of a blaring television set.”

I am not afraid of death itself, but I am afraid of dying alone. I mean, the poor man had no one visiting him for more than a year. It is a terrible thing.