Monthly Archives: November 2008

★ What do you call a Canon 5D out in the rain?

Head Of State

A Canon Fried D! Get it!

Yesterday I went out to Newcastle Uni for the annual Beach Party do, and it rained like a mo-fo. It had been raining on and off all day, and I was really trying my hardest not to go out there but I hadn’t seen two of my favourite local bands in a while so I figured I would brave it and use the comp ticket anyway.

First up was Head Of State, my mates band, and the weather was holding out well enough with only a couple of little showers before they went on. Head Of States set was probably their best I’ve ever seen, the boys were on fire cranking out a couple of newer songs along with a few of the better known ones. And to mix it up they played a cover of Purple Rain, so so very different to the original and actually really rock.

Anyway here’s a bunch of photos I shot of the boys during their set……before Here Come The Birds (photos coming later on), and the downpour that drowned my Canon 5D.

headofstate.jpg

Head Of State
Head Of State
Head Of State

★ What do you call a Canon 5D out in the rain?

Head Of State

A Canon Fried D! Get it!

Yesterday I went out to Newcastle Uni for the annual Beach Party do, and it rained like a mo-fo. It had been raining on and off all day, and I was really trying my hardest not to go out there but I hadn’t seen two of my favourite local bands in a while so I figured I would brave it and use the comp ticket anyway.

First up was Head Of State, my mates band, and the weather was holding out well enough with only a couple of little showers before they went on. Head Of States set was probably their best I’ve ever seen, the boys were on fire cranking out a couple of newer songs along with a few of the better known ones. And to mix it up they played a cover of Purple Rain, so so very different to the original and actually really rock.

Anyway here’s a bunch of photos I shot of the boys during their set……before Here Come The Birds (photos coming later on), and the downpour that drowned my Canon 5D.

headofstate.jpg

Head Of State
Head Of State
Head Of State

★ Feedback for the win!

One of the best things about blogging is getting feedback on the things you say, do, and write. In particular I love getting feedback on the recipes I publish here, I find it to be such a huge compliment when people leave comments saying that they’re either trying my recipe or that they’ve tried it and enjoyed it.

So how happy am I when I get a whole blog written about two of my recipes! So just incase you don’t believe my recipes are awesome, go check out Kristarella’s blog..

★ Feedback for the win!

One of the best things about blogging is getting feedback on the things you say, do, and write. In particular I love getting feedback on the recipes I publish here, I find it to be such a huge compliment when people leave comments saying that they’re either trying my recipe or that they’ve tried it and enjoyed it.

So how happy am I when I get a whole blog written about two of my recipes! So just incase you don’t believe my recipes are awesome, go check out Kristarella’s blog..

Garlic King Prawn Recipe

Garlic Prawns

Here’s a really quick and simple, and amazingly tasty recipe for Garlic King Prawns. It’s almost so simple that I don’t even need to give you instructions, but I will anyway coz I’m nice like that.

Garlic Prawns

Ok, the ingredients for this Garlic King Prawn recipe are;

  • Fresh King Prawns, raw (1/2 kg serves 2 people)
  • 5 cloves of Garlic
  • 3 small Chillies
  • Olive Oil (try for virgin, or extra virgin)

First thing you’ll need to do is shell and devein the prawns, try and leave the tails on as well as they present better on the plate. Make sure you give them a good wash afterward, and pat them dry with some kitchen towel.

Thinly slice your garlic and chillies, once completed you’ll need a big, heavy based, pan or wok. Put some oil in the pan / wok about 1 cm deep, or enough to cover most of a prawns width.

Garlic Prawns

Put the sliced garlic and chillies into the oil and heat it up slowly. The idea here is that you’re not trying to cook the garlic and chilies, you’re trying to infuse their flavour into the oil. If the oil starts to bubble away like it’s frying then the heat is up too high, lower it just a bit.

Give the garlic and chilli about 7–10 minutes in the oil before adding the King Prawns.

Garlic Prawns

Place them in the oil, careful not to splash the oil on yourself!

Once all the Prawns are in you can turn the heat up a bit, we want to get some colour on the King Prawns.

The King Prawns should only take a couple of minutes to cook all the way through, you’ll know when they are cooked because they go a nice pink colour.

Garlic Prawns

Now that your King Prawns are finished cooking it’s time to plate up. I like to keep this one really simple so that the Garlic King Prawns are the star of the show, a handful of mixed lettuce lightly dressed, and some nice crusty bread.

Serve it with a crisp white wine and that’s about it. Enjoy!

Looking for more of my world famous recipes, then head over to the recipes archive!

★ Been pretty damn busy

I’ve been pretty busy this week, coz you know I’m very rarely busy, amd that’s my excuse for not writing as much the last couple of days.

Work has me building a web shop for them, and tomorrow we launch. Talk about a quick development time. At this point in time it is pretty locked down in terms of functionality, all the credit cards processing things are sorted and now it’s almost time to start creating products. There’s still a few more CSS tweaks to be done, and I think I’ll do some tweaking on our normal website so that the two designs look like they are one site. oh, and I still need to sort out the SSL Certificate, must do that urgently!

In other news I’ve got another recipe going live today, Garlic King Prawns. mmmmm that was so good when I made it last weekend. And hopefully I get time to edit and upload my photos from the Vietnamese Stuffed Chicken Wings I made on Sunday, they were so so good as well. mmmmm.

What else, what else…

Oh, I’m thinking of some tweaks to the design of this blog, again. I’ve been analyzing the traffic I get here and it’s very easy to see that a majority of the people who arrive here are coming from Google, and most of those people are searching for my recipes. On average this is equating to about 200 uniques visits a day, but a lot of it is bouncing straight away. I’ve tried using landing pages and what not but haven’t found them to be that effective.

So now I’m thinking of using a ‘feature content’ scroller along the lines of what I use on I’m With The Band, and Cool & Stuff, to highlight the recipes no matter where you are on the blog. Ideally the design tweak will still be very minimalist, but maybe not as stripped back as this website currently it. Nothing set in concrete, got to get 4 other client websites finished off before I do anything here.

Kings of Leon pre-sale tickets go on sale in an hour. Cath and I are getting tickets for Melbourne and Newcastle. Looking forward to doing the trip down to Melbourne to see them, same as what we did for Pearl Jam. I might try and get a photo pass for the Newcastle show so that it will be exactly the same as Pearl Jam. That would be awesome.

Umm. I better get back to work, really need to go get that SSL Certificate sorted out and finish up the design of the new SCHILLER Australia web shop.

★ Been pretty damn busy

I’ve been pretty busy this week, coz you know I’m very rarely busy, amd that’s my excuse for not writing as much the last couple of days.

Work has me building a web shop for them, and tomorrow we launch. Talk about a quick development time. At this point in time it is pretty locked down in terms of functionality, all the credit cards processing things are sorted and now it’s almost time to start creating products. There’s still a few more CSS tweaks to be done, and I think I’ll do some tweaking on our normal website so that the two designs look like they are one site. oh, and I still need to sort out the SSL Certificate, must do that urgently!

In other news I’ve got another recipe going live today, Garlic King Prawns. mmmmm that was so good when I made it last weekend. And hopefully I get time to edit and upload my photos from the Vietnamese Stuffed Chicken Wings I made on Sunday, they were so so good as well. mmmmm.

What else, what else…

Oh, I’m thinking of some tweaks to the design of this blog, again. I’ve been analyzing the traffic I get here and it’s very easy to see that a majority of the people who arrive here are coming from Google, and most of those people are searching for my recipes. On average this is equating to about 200 uniques visits a day, but a lot of it is bouncing straight away. I’ve tried using landing pages and what not but haven’t found them to be that effective.

So now I’m thinking of using a ‘feature content’ scroller along the lines of what I use on I’m With The Band, and Cool & Stuff, to highlight the recipes no matter where you are on the blog. Ideally the design tweak will still be very minimalist, but maybe not as stripped back as this website currently it. Nothing set in concrete, got to get 4 other client websites finished off before I do anything here.

Kings of Leon pre-sale tickets go on sale in an hour. Cath and I are getting tickets for Melbourne and Newcastle. Looking forward to doing the trip down to Melbourne to see them, same as what we did for Pearl Jam. I might try and get a photo pass for the Newcastle show so that it will be exactly the same as Pearl Jam. That would be awesome.

Umm. I better get back to work, really need to go get that SSL Certificate sorted out and finish up the design of the new SCHILLER Australia web shop.

Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops recipe

Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops

Here’s a quick recipe I started playing around with over the weekend. These Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops with Grilled Asparagus are incredibly easy to make, and incredibly tasty! So let’s get straight into it!

Ingredient wise you’ll need;

  • Medium to Large Scallops
  • Slices of Prosciutto (1 for every 2 Scallops, ie. 4 Scallops = 2 Prosciutto Slices)
  • Fresh Asparagus (3-4 per person)
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Pinch of Sea Salt

First things first, slice up the Prosciutto so that they are a similar width to the Scallops. Wrap the Prosciutto around the Scallop, if you’ve got large Scallops you can do it around the sides instead of over the top and bottom, and then secure them with either a skewer or a toothpick.

Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops

Once you’ve prepped all of the Scallops it’s time to start cooking them. I’m using a wok in these photos, you can also do them on the BBQ, or in a griddle. They only take about 2 minutes on each side, though it will depend on the size of your Scallops.

Don’t over cook them! Maybe do a test cook first to get the timing right!

Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops

Ok, onto the Asparagus. First up you need to trim the woody part off of the ends of the Asparagus. Once they are all ready put a splash of oil in a fry pad, or griddle, and once it has heated up chuck the Asparagus in.

Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops

You need to keep the Asparagus moving, you don’t want it to stick and burn on any one part. After about 20-30 seconds splash in a good slurp of Balsamic Vinegar and a pinch of Sea Salt.

Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops

Give the Asparagus another 10 to 20 seconds, moving them around the pan so they don’t stick.

Now you’re ready to plate up.

Place 3-4 Asparagus Spears down on a plate, then place 3-4 of the Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops on top and make sure you take out the toothpicks or skewers first!

This makes a great entree, serve it up with either a crisp white wine like a Sauvignon Blanc or even an Unwooded Chardonnay. Now go eat and enjoy!

Prosciutto Wrapped Scallops

Looking for more of my world famous recipes, then head over to the recipes archive!

★ Heineken : alleged live music photography copyright breach

With the advent of digital photography and the internet, the opportunity of your images to be used inappropriately is there. For months now, the issue of whether Heineken has breached copywrite has been under question, and it has now made it into the media in Ireland. It is a debate that I have been following closely as one of my images was displayed on the Heineken site. Be careful when you post your images on the web.

Article from today’s Sunday Business Post in Ireland. The article can be seen at http://www.sbpost.ie/post/pages/p/story.aspx-qqqt=IRELAND-qqqm=news-qqqid=37593-qqqx=1.asp

Heineken tackled over alleged copyright breach

16 November 2008
By Ian Kehoe and Gavin Daly
Heineken Ireland is at the centre of a copyright dispute with an Australian trade union, which claims the firm used copyrighted pictures on a website to promote its links with the Oxegen music festival.

The full article is here => http://www.sbpost.ie/post/pages/p/story.aspx-qqqt=IRELAND-qqqm=news-qqqid=37593-qqqx=1.asp

★ Heineken : alleged live music photography copyright breach

With the advent of digital photography and the internet, the opportunity of your images to be used inappropriately is there. For months now, the issue of whether Heineken has breached copywrite has been under question, and it has now made it into the media in Ireland. It is a debate that I have been following closely as one of my images was displayed on the Heineken site. Be careful when you post your images on the web.

Article from today’s Sunday Business Post in Ireland. The article can be seen at http://www.sbpost.ie/post/pages/p/story.aspx-qqqt=IRELAND-qqqm=news-qqqid=37593-qqqx=1.asp

Heineken tackled over alleged copyright breach

16 November 2008
By Ian Kehoe and Gavin Daly
Heineken Ireland is at the centre of a copyright dispute with an Australian trade union, which claims the firm used copyrighted pictures on a website to promote its links with the Oxegen music festival.

The full article is here => http://www.sbpost.ie/post/pages/p/story.aspx-qqqt=IRELAND-qqqm=news-qqqid=37593-qqqx=1.asp

★ I got presents! (sort of nsfw)

Cath had a girls weekend away, in Melbourne, with a couple of the girls from her work, and I got some presents bought home for me from the Peter Alexander shop. Check out these awesome robot pj’s from Peter Alexander.

Peter Alexander
Peter Alexander

And not only do they have cool robots on them, they are comfy as well. Win win!

The other present that Cath bought is the Pop-up Book of Sex. Remember those pop-up books when you were a little kid, they were usually farm animals and things like that, quick pull on a cardboard tag and the subject would move. Well imagine that, but directed at adults. Check out the photos below, it’s pretty funny, and randy.. haha

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Not sure which is my favourite Pop-up, tough choice between the boardroom recliner and the kitchen slap n tickle.

You can get the Pop-up Book of Sex and the awesome Robot Pajamas on the Peter Alexander website, and he’s just released his Christmas catalogue ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.

In other news I have three recipes that I made on the weekend, photographed them all as well. Hopefully I’ll get the time to upload a couple of them today. Stay tuned.

★ I got presents! (sort of nsfw)

Cath had a girls weekend away, in Melbourne, with a couple of the girls from her work, and I got some presents bought home for me from the Peter Alexander shop. Check out these awesome robot pj’s from Peter Alexander.

Peter Alexander
Peter Alexander

And not only do they have cool robots on them, they are comfy as well. Win win!

The other present that Cath bought is the Pop-up Book of Sex. Remember those pop-up books when you were a little kid, they were usually farm animals and things like that, quick pull on a cardboard tag and the subject would move. Well imagine that, but directed at adults. Check out the photos below, it’s pretty funny, and randy.. haha

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

Not sure which is my favourite Pop-up, tough choice between the boardroom recliner and the kitchen slap n tickle.

You can get the Pop-up Book of Sex and the awesome Robot Pajamas on the Peter Alexander website, and he’s just released his Christmas catalogue ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.

In other news I have three recipes that I made on the weekend, photographed them all as well. Hopefully I’ll get the time to upload a couple of them today. Stay tuned.

★ I got me some new books!

Bit of a quiet weekend at home. Was supposed to have a photo shoot down at the beach today but that has been postponed, so I’ve basically done next to nothing today. I did manage to drag my ass away from coding long enough to take a spin over to Kotara and pick up a couple of new books though.

New Books

I bought Shunju – new japanese cuisine, 100 Habits of Successful Graphic Designers, and a new 2009 Moleskine Diary, looking forward to doing a whole load of reading over the rest of the weekend.

I also bought some fresh Scallops, and half a kg of Prawns. Recipe wise I’m thinking Prosciuto Wrapped Scallops as an entree, and Garlic & Chilli King Prawns for the main. Not sure what I’ll server the main with, possibly just a small Greek Salad or something along those lines. Whatever I end up doing with them I’ll most likely blog it, so be prepared to write the recipes down…or just add them to your bookmarks for later reference.

Anyway, about to head out to my mate JJ’s place for a beer and a natter so I better keep this short and sweet. Catch ya.

★ I got me some new books!

Bit of a quiet weekend at home. Was supposed to have a photo shoot down at the beach today but that has been postponed, so I’ve basically done next to nothing today. I did manage to drag my ass away from coding long enough to take a spin over to Kotara and pick up a couple of new books though.

New Books

I bought Shunju – new japanese cuisine, 100 Habits of Successful Graphic Designers, and a new 2009 Moleskine Diary, looking forward to doing a whole load of reading over the rest of the weekend.

I also bought some fresh Scallops, and half a kg of Prawns. Recipe wise I’m thinking Prosciuto Wrapped Scallops as an entree, and Garlic & Chilli King Prawns for the main. Not sure what I’ll server the main with, possibly just a small Greek Salad or something along those lines. Whatever I end up doing with them I’ll most likely blog it, so be prepared to write the recipes down…or just add them to your bookmarks for later reference.

Anyway, about to head out to my mate JJ’s place for a beer and a natter so I better keep this short and sweet. Catch ya.

★ Thunder bolt and lightning, very very frightning

There was an absolute cracker of an electrical storm that rolled through Newcastle tonight. It went on for a good two hours, in fact it’s still flashing out there occasionally now at 11:45 pm.

Here’s a couple of photos shot from the comfort of my sun room, well out of the rain and all that lovely weather. These were all 30 second exposures, f/8.0, and shot on my Canon 5D with the 15mm f/2.8 fisheye on it..

lightning-newlambton.jpg

Lightning
Lightning

★ More POV photos, even meatier than before!

Yesterday afternoon I went to the local butcher, I think they are Dunn’s off the top of my head, and grabbed a couple of pork loin steaks and a couple of New York Beef Steaks to throw on the BBQ. It was such a perfect evening for a BBQ, and of course a beer.

BBQ

BBQ

steak-bbq.jpg

Cath likes her steak medium rare, hence the reason they’re barely cooked in this last photo, so I normally throw them on for 2-3 minutes each side when everything else has pretty well finished cooking

Anyway, quiet weekend ahead for me. Cath’s away in Melbourne so I’m just bumming around the house. I might throw together a couple of recipe blogs actually, mmmmm now I’m thinking about Stuffed Chicken Wings..le droool..

★ More POV photos, even meatier than before!

Yesterday afternoon I went to the local butcher, I think they are Dunn’s off the top of my head, and grabbed a couple of pork loin steaks and a couple of New York Beef Steaks to throw on the BBQ. It was such a perfect evening for a BBQ, and of course a beer.

BBQ

BBQ

steak-bbq.jpg

Cath likes her steak medium rare, hence the reason they’re barely cooked in this last photo, so I normally throw them on for 2-3 minutes each side when everything else has pretty well finished cooking

Anyway, quiet weekend ahead for me. Cath’s away in Melbourne so I’m just bumming around the house. I might throw together a couple of recipe blogs actually, mmmmm now I’m thinking about Stuffed Chicken Wings..le droool..

★ Thunder bolt and lightning, very very frightning

There was an absolute cracker of an electrical storm that rolled through Newcastle tonight. It went on for a good two hours, in fact it’s still flashing out there occasionally now at 11:45 pm.

Here’s a couple of photos shot from the comfort of my sun room, well out of the rain and all that lovely weather. These were all 30 second exposures, f/8.0, and shot on my Canon 5D with the 15mm f/2.8 fisheye on it..

lightning-newlambton.jpg

Lightning
Lightning