DIY Tracks

Pro C#

Sharpen your C# skills

I just finished working through this book, Pro C# 5.0 and the .Net 4.5 Framework, by Andrew Troelsen. I must admit, this is most probably one of the most comprehensive and well written books on C# that I ever studied. Andrew Troelsen tackles the subject and demonstrate, in depth, how the language is put together and how to build robust code libraries. His style of writing is easy to read and the examples provided is...

Vibrant Transition Salad

Vibrant transition salad

Recently I watched ‘That Sugar Film’ by Damon Gameau. I was pretty impressed by the film and decided to check out his website as well. I found a salad on the blog of the website and enjoyed it so much that I just have to share it with everyone here.

Tools

Why should I DIY?

Many people will ask why should they DIY when they can simply go and buy it ready made? They will say that they can afford to buy something rather than spend the time making it themselves. This is called lifestyle inflation where people will spend money to solve a problem. One thing is for sure, lifestyle inflation will keep you from learning something new. It will also kill your sense of usefulness and will definitely...

Biltong Spice

Basic Biltong Spice

Below you will find all the ingredients and the amounts needed. I am not an expert and every ones taste is different, so please use this only as a guide. You can change the amount of the ingredients to your taste and add other spices like Garlic or Chilli or Peri-Peri. Many people have their own ‘secret’ recipe or a recipe that is in their family for many years.  1/4 cup, crushed coarse salt (around 63ml)...

Biltong

Origins of Biltong

Before I show you how to make Biltong, let me first give you a bit of an introduction of what exactly it is. Below find a brief introduction and description of Biltong. Source: WikiPedia “Introduction Biltong is a kind of cured meat that originated in South Africa. Many different types of meat are used to produce it, ranging from beef through game meats to fillets of ostrich from commercial farms. It is typically made from raw fillets of meat cut into strips...

Liebig Condenser

Liebig Condenser

A few months ago, a friend of mine constructed a Liebig cooler from copper tubing. Unfortunately for him he didn’t have the equipment to test it. Fortunately for me I did have the equipment to test it and boy did it work well. The only complaint was that it was difficult to get this piece of equipment correctly set up because there was no legs or brackets for it. I decided that it was time...

Food Dehydrator

Food Dehydrator (Biltong Kas)

Well this project came into life not because I planned it, but because of circumstances. Our neighbours, two doors from us, placed a fridge/freezer combination on the curb for rubbish collection a few months ago, and yes, the stingy bastard I am, thought I could fix this and resell it or use it myself. I had a fifty fifty chance of fixing the fridge, either the thermostat was busted (easy and cheap to fix), or...

Sushi

Sushi Maker

When we moved from South Africa to Australia beginning of 2013, it was a bit of a shock to me to see how expensive things are in Australia. By bringing our South African Rands over, we had to divide them by 10 to get one AU Dollar. This meant that a AU$10 Sushi meal is equivalent to a R100, where as in South Africa you would not pay more than R25 or $2.50 for the...