Spicy aubergine and tiger prawn salad with mango and lime salsa

Spicy aubergine and tiger prawn salad with mango and lime salsa

This dish is adapted from a Sri Lankan recipe that a young chef in the kitchens of Le Gavroche cooked for me. We serve it in the restaurant for a little “amuse-bouche” topped with a grilled prawn, but at home I make a big bowl to serve with any kind of grilled seafood. It is so good it can also be eaten on its own as a summer salad.


  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • 4 large aubergines, cut into 1.5cm/½in cubes
  • pinch chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain Dijon mustard
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 50g/1¾oz coconut chips
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • salt
  • 1 extra-large tiger prawn, to serve

For the mango and lime salsa

  • 1 mango, cut into cubes
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, roughly chopped
  • 2 limes, juice only
  • 1 red chilli, thinly sliced

Spiced pork belly parcels

Spiced pork belly parcels

This is a popular street food in China. You don’t eat the bamboo leaves, but they provide a distinctive flavour to the rice.
For this recipe you will need: 6 x 30cm/12in lengths of string


For the pork belly parcels

  • 6 large and 6 small bamboo leaves (if using dried leaves, soak in cold water then blanch in boiling water)
  • 5 dried Chinese mushrooms
  • 350g/12oz pork belly, cut into 1.5cm/⅝in chunks
  • 1 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 3 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 star anise
  • 2cm/¾in piece rock sugar
  • pinch ground white pepper
  • 300ml/10fl oz chicken stock
  • peanut oil, for brushing

For the glutinous rice

  • 300g/10½oz sticky rice
  • 2 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh root ginger, grated
  • 4 shallots, finely chopped
  • 40g/1½oz dried baby shrimps, soaked in boiling water for 20 minutes
  • 50g/1¾oz red-skin peanuts
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 pinches Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

For the pickled shallot

  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 2 tbsp clear rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1 pinch salt

For the dipping sauce

  • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp aged chilli bean paste
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce

To serve

  • 6 salted duck egg yolks (available from Asian supermarkets)
  • 1 red chilli, thinly sliced
  • 1 spring onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red radish, finely chopped
  • micro shiso
  • micro coriander
  • micro garlic chives

Slimjet Browser

The browser, running under the Mate desktop, with their skin for Google.

Today I’ve tried the newest Slimjet Browser, under Linux. Trying to install it from the AUR repository was unsuccessfull. But downloading it from their homepage, and running the generic Linux version. This was straightforward though, and everything worked extremely fast and snappy.

I must say that I haven’t tested it with heavy load yet. But visiting just a couple of pages at a time, it loads and renders the pages very fast.

The browser is a rebuild, based on the source of the Chromium browser. And if we’re about to trust what they write on their own site, it is armed with the most advanced anti-tracking technology, to protect your online privacy. Of course, then, it doesn’t send any data to Google or Facebook, or any similar companies.

What’s actually best with this browser, is it’s inbuilt plugins, for, among others, weatherforecast and Facebook shareing. This works much more snappy, than relying on external plugins. Of course I will have to test it way more, before I can conclude that this is actually the best browser I’ve tried. But so far, things looks very promising.

If anyone has different, or similar experience with this browser, please let me know, in the comment-field below.

For Slimjet’s official homepage, click here.

Social Media

Today I’ve been connecting this site to several social media, and thus make all my postings here, automatically posted on these social medias once they’re posted. For now, at least, this means that they’re posted simultaneously on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Path and Google+. Unfortunately this also means that I’ll have to post manually on Pinterest and Reddit.

The advantage of this, is more visibility, and thus more traffic. Which in turn, will hopefully lead to more clicks on my ads. 🙂


Testing Wayland

For the first time in my life I’ve been trying to run Gnome under Wayland, today. Wayland is intended as a simpler replacement for X, easier to develop and maintain. Both GNOME and KDE are expected to be ported to it.

148328_10150100777255625_5065034_nAccording to the project’s homepage, Wayland is a protocol for a compositor to talk to its clients as well as a C library implementation of that protocol. The compositor can be a standalone display server running on Linux kernel modesetting and evdev input devices, an X application, or a wayland client itself. The clients can be traditional applications, X servers (rootless or fullscreen) or other display servers.

In my case, Wayland was installed as an suggested update to my Manjaro Linux system. I’ve been running Wayland for about 18 hours now, and so far I haven’t experienced any instabilities. On the other hand, i haven’t really experienced any advantages over Gnome under X eighter. The desktop is perhaps a little bit snappier, but that impression may just be me wishing to see it. But then, the real advantage in Wayland is supposed to be easier development-routines for the developers, since they no longer has to carry on with several decades old code, due to backward compatibility issues.

The result has got to be a slicker, more modern and a snappier graphical server. And it’s going to be exiting to follow their progress in the future. But so far, I don’t see any reason for the common user to switch from the X.org server, just yet. On the other hand, I don’t see any reason why anyone should fear that their favourite Linux-distribution should «force» them to switch eigther. So have fun, and just let it switch, when the distro-developers feels that it’s time to switch to Wayland.

New appearance

cropped-cropped-free-wallpaper-13.jpgNow I’ve changed the appearance for this site. There is still a lot of adjustments and refinements to do, before they’ll shine. E.G. do I have to make changes, that make the pages called «Om meg» and «About me» available once again. This has to do with the way this theme’s menu work. So I have to find a solution to that.

I’m not quite satisfied with the way it appear on embedded devices eigther. So there is some work to be done. But this theme is cleaner, and puts my text more in focus, compared with the old theme.

I really hope the new layout pleases you, and that it will contribute to increased number of visitors, and thus also the interest for my site.


Banished -The game

s4zUce3Banished is another of my favourite games. I’ve played it, more or less regularly, for the past year. And this game is a brilliant example to prove that «less is more» is certainly true. The game is completely free of multiplayer options, warfare and such. This makes this game a completely purified «playing God» type of game.

maxresdefaultThe challenge of the game lies in an extremely delicate balance of resources, time consumption, and taking care of the population.

When you start a new game, your faced with a population of about 12 adult, some children, a few basic houses and a small lifestock. (The easiest option.) It’s spring, and the first thing you should do, is to make sure you have enough food and wood to keep your population warm and fed through the first winter. This should be your nr one priority the first summer.

Later on, as the population increases, their demand for varied food, and for religious structures will also increase. So you will need a church, a market and a graveyard to keep your population happy. You’ll soon notice that the most important resource in the game, actually is the people. And you are absolutely dependant on them reproducing, and make babies, to weigh up for the peoples who will die, as the years goes by.

Below is some snapshots from within the game, to show of the beatifull landscape and graphics of the game. (PS: If you click on the images, you’ll see them in full size.)

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New Led-bulbs

LyspabadetWith this picture I’m trying to visualize the difference between new and old technology for Led-bulbs. The three to the left is new ones, and the one to the right is of an older sort.

The old-fashioned incandescent bulbs, had the following specifikations:

  • 10 watt (40 watt combined)
  • 120 lumens (480 lumens combined)
  • 3500 kelvin

The first, and older led-bulbs I replaced them with, had the following specifications:

  • 1,5 watt (6 watt combined)
  • 100 lumens (400 lumens combined)
  • 8000 kelvin (Unpleasant blue light)

And the new ones, has the following specifications:

  • 2 watt (8 watt combined)
  • 200 lumens (800 lumens combined)
  • 3200 kelvin

newsbannerThe point here is that there’s really a lot going on in this field, for the moment. And the technology is evolving really fast. The result is that today’s led-bulb gives just as pleasant light as the old incandescent bulbs did, and in my opinion the led-technology is now mature enough, that it’s prudent to ban the production of incandescent bulbs, once and for all. (For the sake of the environment. -Due to longer lifespan, and lower power consumption.)

Buy here: http://www.dx.com/

Celebrate Winter, Celebrate Light: Massive Winter LED Light Sale

New ads

As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been experimenting with ads from Chitika and RevenueHits, for the last couple of weeks. But since the ads, and the ads format, is of a more aggressive sort, than I appreciate, I’ve decided to remove them from m site, and go back to just using ads from Google Adsense. They are very flexible in terms of format, and where it’s placed on the site. (It’s MY decision.) And in addition to this, it’s also possible to filter out categories of ads, that I don’t want to be displayed on my site. (e.g. adult content)