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Avocado and cigarbox suprise

I was asked to post today’s treasure…. which happened to be a .77 cent avocado and two wooden cigar boxes.. one is headed to a salad and one is on its way to being one string guitar.. the last one is for keeping stuff in….probably netsuke since cigar boxes tend to be stable when it comes to humidity…

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The close up of the .77 cent avocado is gratuitous.. they cost $2 in New Zealand and I like to point that out as often as possible. to annoy the gf..

I get a certain smug satisfaction out of it.. if by smug one means glee…

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A magical budget upgrade..

100_8960 100_8963 100_8964The salmon was $9 or $10 per pound… after I cured it in koshering salt, sugar and dill weed.. its gravlax. $40-$50 per pound..the last step is smoking the gravlax which sells at around $100 per pound…

No way I can afford that, no matter how much I like it.

But there’s always a way around things..

The smoker was a walmart $100+ floor model but I got it for $20 because it wasn’t shiny anymore and the door wouldn’t close… reason being, they put it together wrong… So I made an offer, took it home and spent 2 minutes putting it together correctly…

The slab on top is a pizza stone that fits inside the smoker…when I want to use it as a wood fired pizza oven… I rearranged the fire pan put in a baffle so the stone isn’t in direct contact with the fire… etc. etc. etc.

The gravlax gets a cold smoke for four hours and its all done…

The fire pan this go round is a hotplate so I can keep the heat control tight at 100-120 degrees..

Of course its close to 11:00 PM and I’ll be messing with it till 3:00 AM, but its one of those no brainer insomnia chores… so I’m happy about it….

Some days ya do what ya gotta do..

100_8817Every picture tells a story don’t it…. I blew up my truck and needed a counter-top oven more than dignity, so expedience ruled the day.. which it usually does.

The adventure was tying the oven to the bike, while shoppers made a wide path around me avoiding eye contact. Which I found amusing.

Apparently there were implications of homelessness or insanity in the activity… But one would think since it was an oven, I might have the resources to plug it in somewhere, other than a cactus.

People who knew me laughed or smiled since my quirks are fairly well known and everything is under control, albeit odd given my methods of problem solving..

But problem solving is the key no?

Besides the oven has a rotisserie built in, aside from a broil and convection function. So ya do what ya gotta do.

No longing, wishing or unfulfilled desires..it’s all about “how does this thing get done”.

And that’s kind of that… faint heart never won fair anything, except maybe a pace-maker.

So whatever.

I decided I want a butcher block table and another industrial type bakers rack along with the usual bulk bottles of propane for my regular oven.

But as noted the beloved truck is indisposed with a cracked head and in various pieces… Swell, fine that’s life etc.

Everything I do is within ten miles, so why not haul a trailer behind the bike? Aside from the fact a bicycle cargo trailer costs around $700 and that’s not gonna happen..

But building a bike trailer isn’t out of the question..

I have the steel, know how to weld and building a trailer solves my current problem… which is dragging home a butcher block table, a commercial bakers rack and bulk propane…

Besides, bicycles kind of fascinate me regardless of what anyone thinks, and I don’t have to spend $100 a week on gas