A Doing Word…

Thoughts to inspire action – a random collection at this point


  • Italian Food in Eight Easy Steps

    Italian food is tasty! And I’d say easy. It’s a layered architecture – you take tasty ingredients and add things that compliment the taste. Tomatoes + garlic + olive oil + grilled chicken + shredded parmesan. Yum! This is very different from Thai where you take many things that taste neutral to terrible by themselves and combine… Continue reading

  • Cutting Stuff Up

    Cutting Stuff Up

    I don’t think I’m that unique in being rather bad at delegating. I was proud of myself for finally asking Jen (I couldn’t do it) to call a plumber (when I was in Santa Cruz) to fix the clog in the sink (and not tell me). I had tried for several weeks with different approaches.… Continue reading

  • Tasty Curry-Based Sauce

    I’m not sure exactly what this is. If you remove the onions, roasted chilies, and bell peppers, it’s basically Thai curry. You can stop then and be done. I find it’s harder to make normal, broth-like curry that’s also very rich and tasty so I like this. Add an onion, green chilies, bell peppers, and… Continue reading

  • Banana Bread

    Simple and good! 2 C flour (like Bob’s Red Mill wheat from Oregon) 1/4 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1 C sugar (cane sugar is good) Mix that 4 ripe bananas 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp almond 2 eggs 1/4 C butte Mix that by hand but not too much – keep it… Continue reading

  • Cha Cha Cha’s Warm Spinach Salad

    Tasty! An old favorite in SF 2 bunches spinach 6 bacon slices 1 bunch scallions cut into ¼ inch pieces including some green tops 10 white mushrooms, thinly sliced ¼ cup dry sherry ½ recipe Dijon mustard sauce. (See below) 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro salt and freshly ground black… Continue reading

  • Bengali Fish

    My favorite version of several recipes combined. Still working on it. Spice mix: 2 teaspoons coriander seeds 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 2 whole cloves 2 green cardamom pods Fish: Around 2 pounds mahimahi, tilapia, swai, or other whitefish 2 teaspoon ground turmeric – or mix of ground for color and a couple tablespoons of fresh… Continue reading

  • Pimp my Mac ‘n Cheese (Box Dinners Done Right part II)

    Now that you know how to make box noodles, here’s how to make them into what has been called (I am not kidding), “The high point of the evening” and “The best f-n dinner I ever had”. It’s really not that hard. Step 1: Start with the good stuff. Anything ending in “White Cheddar” is… Continue reading

  • Box Noodles the Right Way – Part 1 of 2

    They’re not exactly the height of cuisine, but they can be tasty and they are easy! But, most of the on-the-box recipes are lame. They have you mix the sauce mix, the cold water, an absurd amount of butter, and the noodles all together and then boil for something like an eternity of 15 minutes.… Continue reading

  • Tom Kha Recipe

    Like the other recipes, this is a merging of the best recipes I could find, along with a lot of trial and error. With the right ingredients it’s one of my favorites! Serve over rice. Box of good quality chicken stock – about 4 cups Coconut milk – 1 cup/can A few stalks of lemongrass… Continue reading

  • Phad Thai Recipe

    Seems so simple yet so subtle. The hardest thing I’ve made – most recipes are absurdly bad – ketchup, soy sauce… This one takes the insight and style from many different recipes. Mine’s gone from inedible to damn good. I offered to take Scout out tonight and she wanted this instead. It’s still a work… Continue reading

About Me

An English diarist and naval administrator. I served as administrator of the Royal Navy and Member of Parliament. I had no maritime experience, but I rose to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and King James II through patronage, diligence, and my talent for administration.