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420g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1/4 cup tahini 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/2 cup olive oil 1 clove garlic, crushed 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin Sea salt and Black pepper to taste.

1. Combine ingredients in a bowl. 2. Process ingredients in two batches until smooth. Makes about 2 cups

Red Chilli Paste

100g fresh long red chillies, stem removed and roughly chopped 1 red onion. chopped 5 cloves garlic, peeled 2 stalks lemongrass, trimmed, pounded and sliced 1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil 1. Place all ingredients into the chopper bowl and process until smooth. Makes 1 cup Perfect to use in curries and for laksa.


1 cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves 50g pinenuts, toasted 40g parmesan cheese, grated 2 cloves garlic, peeled 125m1 olive oil 2 teaspoons lemon juice Fresh ground black pepper and sea salt to taste 1. Place all ingredients into the chopper bowl and process until smooth. Makes 1 cup

nexus one

Nexus One Review

The Nexus One is the next big thing to hit the mobile phone market. It has been lunched to compete directly with the Apple iPhone. It can be purchased directly from Google online store.

This is the best Android powered phone to date. It’s also the fastest and most elegant smartphone on the market today, solidly beating the iPhone in most ways. In this rapidly evolving market there is sure to be something better just around the corner. But if you are looking to buy a high end smartphone right now, this is the phone for you. The Nexus One is More >


Yoke Flipping

This Yoke Flipping technique was first published by Bob Robert. It allows you to turn the image of a computer CRT monitor around, or even mirror it completely. CRT monitors use a deflection yoke at the base of the tube to control the way the cathode ray draws the image. There is an X (horizontal) part and a Y(vertical) control.

Each monitor is slightly different, but all will have in common two wires controlling X deflection movement, and two controlling Y deflection movement.  These wires are generally soldered to the yoke, however the other end is generally terminated with a socket.

Flipping More >

How to Make Beer – Part 2

Three days in…

By now, you should have a fermenter bubbling nicely.  You are now looking for an opportune time to rack your brew. This gets it off that initial mass of yeast, which causes “yeast taint”. You need to judge this – you  want to pick a time when the bubbling is starting to slow but has definitely not stopped.

Tip 5: Until now, the airlock is just an indicator of brewing activity. The bubbling is CO2 and this sits on the beer, as it is heavier than air, and stops the air getting to the beer and making it go More >

A typical beer kit

How to Make Beer – Part 1


If you are a beginner, or just want to play it safe, start with a good kit. I love Coopers Kits, as you can tell. For your initial brews, choose a kit plus 500 grams of light malt.

Tip 1: Never use dextrose or cane sugar – always use malt.  Light malt (powdered or liquid) is a good start, but just remember that malt ferments less than dextrose, so you may want to work on about 25% more than the recommended sugar quantity.

Tip 2: Don’t be tempted to put in too much malt. Because it does not fully ferment, it will leave More >


Best Ginger Beer

Ginger Beer made at hope can taste really good, but beware of exploding bottles.

I find that starting with a homebrew ginger beer kit is the best way to go, especially with kids around.


Pacman Arcade Cabinet

This Pac-man cocktail cabinet has been built from scratch. It is based on dimensions fron the original Pacman console, but includes a number of modifications to allow end-to end as well as side-by-side play of arcade games.

The console cabinet is made from 18mm MDF (medium density fibro), and a router is essential to get the correct finish.

I avoided using the T-molding on the edges, opting instead for a clean routered finish.  This has come up really well with the use of oil based primer and top coats.

The console uses an i-pac controller from Ultimarc. I did look into keyboard hacking More >


Taking Photos

Here are a few photo tips that will make photos from your kid’s party stand out from the crowd. Kids grow up so quickly, so make the effort to get good photos, and you will cherish them for a lifetime.

Move in Closer

Each time you spot a subject, snap a shot and then move in closer for a better shot. Having your subject almost fill the frame helps your viewer understand and appreciate your photo. Also, details are often more interesting than an overall view. Keep moving in closer until you are sure the photo will successfully represent your subject. More >