I haven’t done a whole lot in the past month. However, I have eaten some food. More than once, even!

First was a big chicken that Sari and I roasted with some veggies:

Then she (Sari, not the chicken) ran off to Japan and had many adventures, some of which also involved food. (Raw whale meat, anyone?)

Upon her return, inspired by yummy Japanese food, we had a feast or two:
Japanese supper (follow the link to see what all the stuff actually is)

And finally, now that it’s getting a bit colder out (no significant snowfall yet though…), I’ve started making bread again!
Slice of holey bread
I managed to get a nice texture with lots of holes in it, which is nice. I’ve been trying to do that for ages, but it didn’t usually work. Not sure why it did this time though! Maybe because I put in more olive oil than usual? Or did most of the second rise in the oven while it baked? (with interesting side effects).


Bread and chickens and tofu and yum


Last week I recorded a few tracks to use as a demo for Jeunesses Musicales.

I’d like to start recording more often, and posting more tunes here. Now that I have some slightly better equipment for recording, and don’t have to deal with the minidisc, it might actually happen. Can anyone recommend some good cheap microphones though? The one I have isn’t really up to the task. It’s a little minidisc stereo microphone, Sony ECM-MS908C (basically an older version of this one). It actually works surprisingly well for being a tiny little simple microphone, but the level it puts out is way too low. For some reason, I didn’t have that problem so much when I used it with my minidisc, but it might just have a higher recording level than just about everything else I’ve tried.

I’ve had Oktava mics recommended to me. They’re apparently very cheap for what you get, though it’s still expensive. With all the cables, stands shipping and all the rest, I think I’d be looking at no less than $600 to get a pair of them, and possibly quite a bit more. This isn’t a ridiculous amount, and for microphones, it’s not much at all, really, but for something that I’m not really serious about, it’s a little much!