Archive for January 22nd, 2008

Beef Stroganoff

JBQ loves this traditionally Russian dish, I cooked it again tonight after a long time…

Ingredients (for 2)
* 220gr beef fillet, cut in strips
* 2 cups of thick-sliced mushrooms
* 2 shallots, chopped
* 1/3 teaspoon nutmeg
* 3/4 cup sour cream
* 1/2 cup white wine
* 3 tbspoons butter
* 150gr fussili pasta or egg noodles
* salt and pepper

Execution
1. In a large pan add water and cook the pasta/noodles as described in its packaging directions.
2. In a large frying pan add the butter and chopped shallots and fry in high heat for 2-3 minutes until browned.
3. Add the beef strips into the pan and stir continuously. Fry the strips for 3-4 minutes until browned.
4. Add the mushrooms, salt, pepper, nutmeg and stir occasionally, for about 5 minutes, in medium heat.
5. Add the wine and cook for an additional 5 minutes, also in medium heat. Stir occasionally.
6. Add the sour cream, stir vigorously, and cook until the sauce has thickened. Serve hot with the pasta/noodles, although Stroganoff is freezer-friendly too.

Beef Stroganoff

Confusion and video editing

There are three situations that most amateur video users just can’t put their head around. On online forums these are the most common exporting issues.

1. Pixel aspect ratios
I bet that trigonometry might feel simpler to some people. No matter how many tutorials are on the web about pixel aspect ratios, users just don’t understand them. I really hope that camera manufacturers stop using non-square pixels because it confuses the hell out of people, and most of the time they f*ck up their web exports resulting in youtube videos where people in them have heads looking like eggs, or in videos with vertical letterboxing.

2. Interlacing
Ah, this one is funny. Users who have never seen interlacing before are in panic. They come over to the forums and scream that their camera is dying! There are “weird horizontal lines everywhere” and they wonder if warranty is still good to send the camera back! Again, it’s a matter of the camera manufacturers to stop using freaking interlacing. We are not in the 1950s anymore.

3. AVI and MOV
There’s the misconception that all AVI files are DivX/XViD, and all MOV files are “the same”. People don’t understand that avi/mov are simply containers that can hold any kind of media format inside them, and instead they associate them with specific codecs. I got an email the other day: “why my 2 minute footage is 6 GB, I exported as AVI, it should have been smaller than that”. Ah, well, because you saved using the uncompressed codec. Duh.