Salmon with bacon toping

This recipe is dedicated to my semi devoted followers and friends Allen and Orly from Coventry.

Like always, this recipe is the outcome of necessity. That all I add in my fridge and pantry. So improvisation.

It turn out to be good. It’s simple and cheeky and you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients:

4 Salmon strips without the skein, about 200gr each.

8 Half sundry tomatoes.

10 green olives, halved.

¾ Cup white wine.

Garlic powder.

6 strip of bacon.

Black pepper.

Olive oil.

Preparation:

Grease ceramic oven tin with some oil and lay the fish strips on the bottom . Use one that fit snugly the fish. You don’t want it to be too big for the fish to get lost or too small so the fish will pile one on top of the other.

Pour the wine on top of the salmon, and drips  oil on top of them.

Seasons with the pepper and the garlic powder. Scattered the olives and the tomatoes on top and then lay the bacon strips in right angle to the fish strips.

Bake salmon

 

Bake in pre heated oven at 180 degrees C’ for twenty minutes, or little bit more, depend the size of your fish.

And here below is a Kosher version of the recipe for my friends in Israel.

baked salmon recipe

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Epoxy glue review.

Review on: Advanced Adhesives 3290 and the Loctite EA 9483 heat resistant epoxy .

You (all my thousands of followers:) probably remember my last week post about how to built a glue gun.

Today is a follow up post to review the two different glue that I used.

As I mention in the last post. I needed a high heat resistant epoxy glue to help me fixing  the wooden handle to the tang of my knife, using brass pin that run from side to side on the handle through the blade tang.

I started with the: Advanced Adhesives 3290. It offer heat resistance up to 200 degrees Celsius and a great deal of strength.

It is a two component glue, and I used the factory recommended mixing standard (Green) nozzle to mix it. Since it was my first time working with that glue, I first squeezed 4cm length of mixed glue  on peace of scrap wood. I let it cure as in the instruction and the glue set dry properly.

When dry and cure it is rather of-white in colour but, I was happy with that.

Next I was using it to fix my brass pin (see my last post for more details on that). I waited the recommended curing time, than I checked the result. the first thing I notice was that oxidization started on the brass pin. The glue wasn’t fully cure and was still wet. I left it for another two days  but it didn’t cure.

I scrap the pin that I been trying to glue into the knife handle, and start over with new brass taking great care to clean it properly before applying the glue (I used acetone). It didn’t work. the glue shows the same symptom as before.

I contact the manufacturer to see if my method of applying the glue was wrong. They suggest that the gun the I used didn’t dispense the glue’s two component exactly at 1:1 ratio, although they said that the glue will cure even if the ratio is not 1:1 and there is a degree of tolerant in the quantity of the two components.

In the photo below, the nails are levelled to each other, indicating that the dispensing rate was correct.

Epoxy glue review

I sent them the original brass pins and the wood that I been using. They say that they tried  gluing the pins to the wood and succeed with it.

I did try to be more scientific about it. I did mini experiment.

I used another glue, Loctite EA 9483.

Here some technical info about it:

Working time: 25 – 60 min.

Fixture time: 210 min.

Viscosity in Pa-s: 7

Tensile strength: 47 N/mm²

Peel strength: 1.5 N/mm

Service temperature range: -50°C – +150°C

Colour mix: ultra clear

The experiment

I use the two glues to glue the exact brass pin that I use on my knife. I spread four blobs of the glue (two for each glue) on piece of wood from the same wood I used for the knife handle. I then stick the pins, one on each type of glue. I use my wooden glue gun to apply the glue and in both cases I use a proprietary mixing nozzle. I left it for the recommended curing time and checked.

Epoxy glue review

 

The glue on the right is the Advanced Adhesives 3290 and the Loctite EA 9483 is on the left side.

On the right end side of the wood, you can see the greenish oxidization residue formed on the pin brass,  Also notice that the glue is crumbling where it touched the brass. The glue on the left seems to cure properly. The surface of the brass pin is very smooth, so it was easy to detached it from the glue, but you can see that the glue on the left is clear and nicely cure and the one on the right is not.

As you can see both glue work good in the blobs without the brass.

Conclusion:

In spit of the manufacturer’s comment, I still think the Advanced Adhesives 3290 didn’t’ do a good job and I will not use it again for that proposes. The Loctite EA 9483 did what I wonted it to do and although it less heat resistant, it still held its integrity after  the sanding process.

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How to build low-cost glue gun dispenser.

One of the way I decorate my knives handles is by using ,what they call in the trade, a mosaic pins. It mechanically secure the wooden handle to the metal blade. And, it also served as decorative element.

Mosaic pin

I build my own mosaic pins by: first insert the main (3mm) brass pin through the wood and the blade tang. Then I insert brass tube on both sides of the handle, making sure the main pin sits dead in the centre of the tube. And finally I insert narrower pines around the main pin. Needless to say that I use epoxy glue the to secure and bond everything together.

I leave the pin assembly to protrude some 4mm above the handle surface and, eventually I grind it levelled with the wood.

I use my belt sander (link to post on how to build it  ) for shaping the handle. during that process, the brass pin reach high temperature. If I use ordinary epoxy glue, because of the high heat, the  epoxy losing is integrity and obviously its ability to bind together the mosaic pins element and the pin to the  handle .

So instead of using standard epoxy I tried to use epoxy that design specifically to resist heat.

The epoxy that I used is two components epoxy, the main component is the body of the glue and the second is  the accelerator part. You form the glue by combining the two elements together, in a ratio according to the manufacturer.

As  mention above, the dispensing of the glue components need to be very accurate, and there are proprietary glue-gun, design for that.

At the moment I am in a stage of knives making where I trying to cut expenses. So I set about to build my own gun. It is primitive but after  some experiment I found that it does the trick, and dispense the glue evenly, according  to the rate ratio  of the two glue components.

I won’t explain step by step  how I built it instead I will put some more photos, so you can see the general idea of the construction.

low-cost glue gun
The gun components.
low-cost glue gun
How does it work
low-cost glue gun
The gun.

Back to the chosen epoxy.

I did tried two type of glue. One fail to do the job and on did a dissent bonding job.

More about it in my next post.

Advanced Adhesives 3290 and the Loctite EA 9483 heat resistant epoxy review.    

 

 

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Beef shin with vegetables in Dutch oven

This recipe particular benefit from being  cooked in wood burner stove. The dish need to be cooked for relative long time. Once the woods burn out to smouldering hashes it is very easy to maintain low heat in the stove for long period of time, and then you have, the smokiness flavour, that add deep background overall rustic flavour to the stew. I don’t know, there is some magic that happening to the food by using open fire as the cooking method.

If you don’t have wood burning stove in your house, you can always do it outdoor in a camping trip or in your back garden. Hanging the Dutch oven above open fire. If you do it well you will probably get a high standard chef reputation among your friends.

In the stew i used frozen broad beans from my garden. We picked them late in the season and, they become tough to some degrees. That is actually good, for when you use it in a long cook dish.

Okay to the business of cooking the recipe.

Ingredients:

2 Medium size aubergine cut to chunky strips.

3 Turnips each cut to half.

2 Sliced onions.

10 Peeled garlic cloves.

2 Cups broad beans. Defrost.

2 Big cow shin. You can make it four smaller one if you like.

½ Lt Unflavoured tomato sauce (tined are good too).

½ Lt chicken broth.

Bunch of coriander, chopped coarsely.

4 Short sprigs of rosemary.

Salt and pepper.

Olive oil.

 

Preparation:

Fry the chin in the Dutch oven on high heat  until golden . Take it out and turn down the heat.

Add the onions and slow cook until soft. Add the rest of the vegetables and mix to coat the vegetables with oil.

Add the chicken broth and the tomato sauce and bring to the boil. Boil gently for few minutes.

Add the meet to the pan and make sure it’s cover by the liquid. Add the seasoning and again bring back to the boil. Turn the heat down to keep the dish worm wile you attend to the fire in the stove.

When the fire weaken and most of the woods become smouldering hash, move the hashes to the sides of the stove to make room to the pan and put it in.

Cook it for at least three hours. Check the dish every thirty minutes to make sure that there is enough liquid, if there isn’t add some more boiling water.

Enjoy.

Beef shin recipe

 

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