Monday, 30 January 2017

A Song about Birds


This song is a tribute to the glorious creatures of the bird kingdom.
Written and Performed by Christiaan Van Vuuren (@ChristiaanVanV)
Recorded and Mixed by Damien Enemark at Song Zu.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Monday, 23 January 2017

Silently Cooking - Pho Ga


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I've only made this a few times, but this is the closest result I have gotten to what I've had at a restaurant. And I have to say, it's pretty damn close.

Ingredients for the Broth:
1 5lb Whole Chicken
1 Leek
1 3oz piece of Ginger
1 tsp Anise Seed (or 1 Star Anise Pod)
1 tsp Fennel Seed
1 tsp Coriander Seed
1 tsp Black Peppercorns
1 Cardamom Pod
1 Cinnamon Stick
1 Apple (Sweet/I used Fuji in this video)
8 cups of Water
0.5oz Fish Sauce
0.5oz Soy Sauce
0.5oz Rice Vinegar
0.5oz Sugar
Salt to taste

I understand that traditionally Pho is made with Beef, but all my attempts at cooking Pho with Beef have turned up less than satisfying. I feel that to get a good, rich Beef Pho you need several pounds of beef bone and meat per pint of water.

BUT I HAVE FOUND A SOLUTION. A Tasty Solution.

I find that using a Whole Chicken is a cheaper option that yields a richer flavor and thicker body. And I'm all about Cheap Eats.

First, quarter your Ginger and Leek and blacken them under a broiler. That should take about 5 minutes. While they broil, assemble your spices into whatever vessel you are going to be simmering your broth in. Toast your spices for as long as it takes to blacken your Leek and Ginger. If they burn a little, don't worry.

After everything is good and dark, and your kitchen smells like that place down the street where you usually get Pho, throw everything into your pot with the Chicken and cover it with 8 cups of water.

Now if you're using a pressure cooker like I did in this video, lid it up and let it come to pressure. Keep it at a low temperature while the pressure release valve barely hisses. Simmer it for 45 minutes.

If you're using a dutch oven or stock pot, better let it go a good 2 hours, or until the meat barely falls off the bones.

When your simmering is done, fish out the breast and thighs. Remove them to a bowl to cool. Once they're safe to handle, tear off all the meat you can into nice, bite-sized chunks. Set that aside.

Remove the rest of the solids from the cooking liquid. If you want, you can strain to remove every bit, but I usually skip that extra step. Season the broth with the Fish Sauce, Soy Sauce, Vinegar, and Sugar.

Fill your bowls up with Rice noodles that have been pre-soaked or cooked to the instructions on their package. Garnish with the reserved Chicken, Lime, Bean Sprouts, Cilantro, Basil, Parsley, Jalapeno, Chili Sauce, Hoisin Sauce... whatever you want!

Ladle over that Good Broth and tell your friends about how hard you worked on the meal.


Sunday, 22 January 2017

Pug picks fight with police dog outside Phoenix barricade


PHOENIX - As police were working to negotiate with an armed robbery suspect barricaded in his Phoenix home, a little dog wandering the street tried to pick a fight.

Air15 video showed what appears to be a pug running up to police and then running away when officers tried to catch him.

The pug and police dog appeared to be barking at each other before officers "shooed" the pug away.

It happened in front of a home near 43rd and Northern avenues after the suspect robbed a Subway restaurant.

Police were in front of the home for more than four hours.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

When you're the only person on a flight but they still do a safety announcement.


"So my dad and I took a flight and we were the only two passengers. The flight attendants still went through all the motions, announcements, and safety preparations."

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Loving a Lounging Leopard


A nice morning massage by senior keeper Steve Klein is decidedly to Voodoo's liking.

Voodoo is a rescue animal, an African spotted leopard that came to Cedar Cove at 5 months old.

Voodoo was purchased at three months of age by a private couple from a breeder with the intention of making him a house pet and playmate to two full grown rottweiler dogs.

He was declawed on all paws but still overpowered his purchasers and was too rough and aggressive to keep, at which point he was brought to William Pottorff at Cedar Cove.

He resides here still, and at 13 years old in 2013, he's treated to regular bouts of affection while plans are underway for his, and other, new habitats, so stay tuned!

Come see Voodoo and all our other fascinating friends at Cedar Cove!
http://www.saveoursiberians.org

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Kung Fu Panda in Real Life - Sebastien Charron does Parkour


Awesome parkour motivation with Sebastien Charron.

Speaking Piano


A "speaking piano" reciting the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court at World Venice Forum 2009. Unfortunately it's all in German, but what the piano says is all English, and it's really neat to watch.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Traumatizing kids with a ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE


Sick of your kids always talking about zombies and preparing for the zombie apocalypse?
Don't worry we have the solution in this educational video!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Slide Guitar Blues Lesson In Open D On My National Steel NPB12 With Insanity!!!


For the record: the 4 chord is on the 5th fret and the 5 chord is on the 7th fret. I get confused. Can you tell?

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Why Cities Are Where They Are


Resource icons by Callum Taylor from the Noun Project
Mountain icon by Anton Noskov from the Noun Project
Levantaran el Vuelo by Circus Marcus
Le Réveil by Circus Marcus
Sunset by Kai Engel
Select maps provided by Open Street Map
Select maps provided by Google Maps & Google Earth

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Parkinson's Mannequin Challenge


For people with Parkinson’s, life is their challenge. #mannequinchallenge Help us find a cure now: www.pnsw.org.au

The campaign is designed to leverage the global social media craze of the #mannequinchallenge. From Obama, Adele, Paul McCartney to Ellen De Generes - why not Parkinson's NSW?

Friday, 6 January 2017

Furious Father stops Car from driving dangerously on the Beach


Blue beach, Pitimbu, PR, Brazil. 25th Dec, 2016:

A Car driving on a beach is stopped by a furious dad, worried about his children.

In this video we see a car with two occupants trying to pass a stretch of beach where a family is seated, trying to have a good time.
Apparently the car was driving dangerously close to the children of the family, so the dad wanted it to stop.

Its illegal to drive on the "Blue beach", even so this driver ignored the laws and took his lady for a spin.

Location: Paraíba, Brazil

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

How to stop anyone from snoring


How to stop anyone from snoring:
1. Film them snoring
2. Play it back for them with the volume up
3. Put it on Youtube and tag me
Shown here on our adorable dog

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Woman gets hit by lightening on the beach - Real or Fake? What do you think?


Incredible video of a woman being hit by lightening on the beach

Do you know how to Disco Dance?


Do you know how to Disco Dance?
No? Well watch this incredible video, learn the moves and become a Disco legend!

Monday, 2 January 2017

iPhone in Molten Aluminum by TheBackyardScientist


Ever wondered what dropping an iPhone into Molten Aluminium (British spelling) would look like?
Well wonder know more as TheBackyardScientist have done just that and it is wonderful.

Sunday, 1 January 2017