Low Carb "Drop Biscuits"

by Codewiz51 13. July 2013 16:52

My low carb biscuits turned out really well.  My wife tasted them and did not like the texture or taste,  She's not a fan of low carb brans, flax or almond flower, so her reaction is understandable.  However, I found them to be really satisfying,  The mix of almond flower, flax meal and powdered egg whites yielded a moist, high fiber, high protein "biscuit".  The biscuits are moist and buttery, with a hint of cheese. 

Here's the recipe:

1 cup of almond flower (Anthony's Almonds, Amazon)
2 TBSP flax meal (Bob's Red Mill)
4 TBSP powdered egg whites (NOW egg whites, Amazon)
4 TBSP cold butter, cut into small cubes
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup shredded cheese (Your option, I like Jack)
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp almond milk

Use a Cuisinart with a dough blade.
Add the dry ingredients and pulse to mix.
Cut in the butter using pulse until a crumble mix is produced.
Drizzle in almond milk slowly while pulsing.  You should end up with a wet, sticky dough.
You can empty the Cuisinart to a floured surface and roll to thickness and cut biscuits using a form or use a spatula to make drop biscuits.
Bake at 425 °F for 12 to 15 minutes. (I use a convection oven and bake for 15 @ 400 °F.)
Makes six 3" drop biscuits or 8 2" round biscuits. 

Here's a picture of my drop biscuits.  I tried this once before with olive oil instead of butter, but the bread was dry.  Cutting in the butter or coconut oil produces a moist, fluffy biscuit.


What a wonderful sunset...

by Codewiz51 13. June 2013 21:31

Drove out to Arcadia to watch the sunset.  Took a couple fo great photo's of a quiet evening in Oklahoma.

The pond is full after all of the rain and storms.

Sunset and moon in view

Managed to catch the moon is this photo of the sunset.  The moon is that little white spec in the middle of the photo.



Against my better judgement...

by Codewiz51 9. June 2013 20:33

Against my better judgement, I skipped the long haul biking I had planned, stayed home, and grilled some meats.  It was a good decision.

Some very good things happened on this grill today!

I tried out Tabasco's new garlic marinade today.  It is wonderful!  Not spicy at all, but has that great Tabasco flavor.

Smoked pork shoulder and a couple of loins. Lunch will be very, very good next week!


Kitchen | Life

May was a very busy month!

by Codewiz51 9. June 2013 09:21

May was a busy month! It's been a while since I posted anything.  I changed jobs in May.  I am working with a new Team, assisting with the development of iOS apps and a company search engine. In addition, I've spent a lot of time upgrading my home domain software and development environment.  I'm deeply (and somewhat unhappily) involved with Sharepoint Foundation 2013.

I installed Microsoft Sharepoint Foundation 2013 on my back up domain controller.  I'm a bit disappointed.  I didn't read the installation requirements, and I've managed to bring my little under powered server to it's knees.  My fault.  I can tell you that if you are intending to install Sharepoint 2013 or Sharepoint Foundation 2013, you need ram, and lots of it. My little server only supports 4 GB of RAM (Max!) and it's not nearly enough.  My event log is filled with these events:

The SharePoint Health Analyzer detected a condition requiring your attention.  The Current server is running low on memory.

The memory usage on the current server is about {0}. This can cause the eviction or throttling of the Distributed Cache Service/

Check the memory usage on the machine.And try to free up some memory or add more ram on the machine. For more information about this rule, see "http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=224261".

My advice is to purchase the self published Amazon booklet "Sharepoint 2013 Development Machine." There are some negative reviews, but I found the booklet very helpful.  Had I read the booklet, I would have purchased a new computer with a lot more memory and more processor before undertaking this work.

I've thought about uninstalling Sharepoint Foundation, and actually initiated the process, but something always comes up to prevent me from removing the software.  While the system is clearly not a good test, experiment and development set up, it is a functioning system that can be used for development (if you are patient.)  I've found the system is workable when writing and testing code -- barely.

Back to my new job:

I'm working with Java web services, developing in eclipse.  I'm also working with JavaScript (massive amounts), PostgreSQL and a host of other technologies.  It's interesting and I am reading a lot of material.  Wish me luck!

Low carb diet info:

I was on a cruise in mid May, and I gave up all pretense of living the low carb life style.  Now that I'm back, it's back to salads, veggies and chicken.  Unfortunately, I've played a little fast and loose with the diet, and I am having to make up for it.

Gene with Mt. EdgeCumbe in the background

Here's a picture of me with Mt. Edgecumbe in the background. Yes, it is as beautiful as it looks.



Aha Moments

by Codewiz51 23. April 2013 19:00

I was working on a side project to remove http post operations to a web service and replace it with a proxy component.  Easy right?  I thought it would be.  But the service I was looking at didn't utilize a WSDL or SOAP.  And Visual Studio 2008 doesn't like that when you set up a service reference. So, I had to look at writing my own proxy.  Not so easy, but doable.  The real issue is that the group that writes the web services uses VS 2012 and .Net 4.0.  The group I work in uses VS 2008 and .Net 2.0 (when we actually use .Net.)  These two don't play well together when you need to create references.

It took me a little while to realize the dll's the dev had sent me were targeted at .Net 4.0, and the best I could do was target .Net 3.5.  Goodbye project references.  (Except, a little magic with managed C++ might do the trick. Surprised I'll discuss that in another post.)

"Best laid plans of mice and men" and all that other rot that doesn't really help solve the problem.

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