New Thinkpad! Fedora 21! Manual Settings!

Been a while since I had a computer related post!  Got a new Thinkpad today!

Got a brand new ThinkPad X1 Carbon (3rd Gen.) and this thing is awesome!  It came with Windows 8.1 but I blew that away to install Fedora Linux 21.  I opted for the i7 processor and 8GB of RAM with a 128GB solid state drive, along with the 14″ WQHD 2560×1440 display.  It’s super light, doesn’t make a sound, is super thin, and with Intel’s new revision of chips uses very little power…even with linux the battery life is pushing about 8 hours.  They claim 10 with Windows…I never had it on enough to tell with Windows.

Here’s a few pictures I took of it while I was still at work…note the key fob to my car for scale:

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This Beef Stroganoff Was…Off.

I tried this Beef Stroganoff recipe.

It really wasn’t good.  IT didn’t even taste like beef stroganoff.  We were in a little bit of a rush and I didn’t have time to make some tender, slow cooked beef tips so I tried the ground beef recipe…well…basically it meant we ended up paying about $20 for ingredients to make something that was similar to, but not as good as hamburger helper.  It didn’t even look appetizing.  1/10 do not want.

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Birthday Cake!

Made a birthday cake for the girlfriend.  Can’t seem to find the recipe (this was about two weeks ago).  It’s a chocolate espresso cake.  Both the cake batter and the homemade butter cream icing have chocolate and coffee in them.  Pretty good, but I wish the coffee flavor was a little more subtle.  It’s REALLY in your face.  So I guess the recipe wasn’t really worth posting anyway.  Next time it will be better.

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Random Eats

Here’s a few of the random eats I’ve made recently.  Most turned out really well.

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Spinach and kale omelet.  (with cheese) Normally I run the other way when I hear the “k word” but I was really hungry and there wasn’t much in the fridge this day.  Put a tablespoon of butter in the omelet pan and set it at medium.  Came out pretty well.  Would’ve been better with bacon.

 

porkchops

Pork chops from Omaha Steaks.  More of what the girlfriend’s mother got us.  Flavor was good, but they were surprisingly thin.  Cooked a little too quickly.  Nothing except butter, salt and pepper, and rosemary.  My new go-to method for pork chops.  Next time I’ll get thicker ones.

 

currychicken

Chicken curry.  This stuff is awesome.  I put two frozen chicken breasts in the pressure cooker and set it to high pressure for 30 minutes.  In the meantime, I cut up a tomato and an onion and sauteed in a pan with some oil.  I added a few generous heaps of Patak’s Mild Curry Paste.  Simmer it!  Add the chicken when it’s done…it will already be starting to fall apart.  Let it stew for a little longer (and finish falling apart) and it goes great over rice from the rice cooker.  Curry paste can be found in the international section of the store.  For extra spice I sometimes add some Sriracha Chili and Garlic (slightly different from their normal sauce – comes in a small jar with a green lid – a little dab’ll do ya).

 

Wine and Painting

No, I’m not a middle-aged divorcee…this wine and painting thing was actually a ton of fun.  The girlfriend and I went.  It took about 3 hours, and everything was provided for us (except the wine).  We (tried) to paint Van Gogh’s Flowers.  I was doing really well with the vase and the table, but once I got to the flowers it devolved into some sort of crappily painted hellscape.  Hers turned out much better.

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