New address. New style.

I’ll be retiring “”. It’s content has already been moved. 

I’m switching to a photo blog – there will be some text but I’ve mostly been posting photos on social media so I’ll shifting that to …

“the Elder Ninja“!

The style is strongly influenced by images so I encourage visitors to look at the site in addition to subscribing to the RSS feed.

End of the road for theSalmonFarm blog ?

For so many reasons, this blog has been ignored. I won’t past judgement. It started in 2007 and was very active until a couple years ago.

The plan is to back everything up and then let its tenancy expire.

If it warrants a re-birth, it will be reborn as “the Elder Ninja” at For the near term there is a copy living there while the migration takes place.

A sunny-side-up omelet

A good day starts with a good breakfast (and a double espresso). Eggs are a good source of protein. Now let’s do something different with  them – a “sunny side up” omelet. 

east meets southwest in this bok choy omlett with guacamole and salsa

The big advantage of this type of omelet is that it can have a ton more vegetables than a regular omelet because it’s assembled more like a pizza than mixed and folded like a calzone.

Prep your ingredients as you would a regular omelet. This means pre-cook the veggies so you don’t end up with a soggy drooling mess.

Here is where the trick comes in … because you knew there had to be a trick. Heat a cast iron skillet on one burner and heat the cast iron cover on another burner. CAREFUL, HOT!

Pour the typical omelet scrambles egg base into the skillet, spread all of the veggies and other flavor a on top. Sprinkle the top with a little shredded cheese. Now cover with the hot cast iron cover.

The cover will melt the cheese while the skillet quickly cooks the eggs.

Plate. Garnish. Serve. Enjoy!

Cold soft tacos on a hot summer day

Chicken breast that are boneless and skinless can also be tasteless.

But they don’t have to be with this sous vide technique!

Take the chicken breasts and put a little kosher salt and fresh ground pepper on both sides. Take a ziplock bag and add about 2 TBSP olive oil and smush the bag flat so the oil coats most of the inside. Add the chicken breast and remove the air before sealing the bag. Cook at 142-145F for 1-2 hours.

You can eat the chicken right away OR give this a try …

After cooking, toss breasts –  bag and all – in the refrigerator. As long as you didn’t open them, they will be good for at least 2 to 3 days.

Here is where the fun begins. The cold chicken can be cubed for salad, mixed with some dressing or mayo for sandwiches, or made into cold soft tacos!

Use the small tortillas (corn or wheat).  Cut a cold chicken breast into long strips and place one or two strips in the middle of each tortilla. Add a dollop of guacamole (I like the lazy ass style), some shredded cheese, some greens, and a little salsa. That’s it!

These can be made ahead and are great for a picnic!

Granola – big ass style

I never should have purchased the 30 quart mixing bowl. It just encourages recipes to explode. Take as exhibit A, my recent granola ingredient list  …

  • 8 lbs classic oats
  • 1.5 lbs flax seeds
  • 1 lbs wheat germ
  • 2.5 lbs unsalted shelled sunflower seeds
  • 2lbs reduced salt peanuts
  • 1.5 lbs sliced almonds
  • 1.5 lbs chopped walnuts
  • 2 lbs chopped pecans
  • 2 lbs dried sweetened cranberries
  • 2 lbs sweetened dried strawberries
  • 1 lbs sweetened dried kiwi
  • 1.5 lbs dried apricots
  • 1 lbs sweetened dried mango
  • 2 lbs banana chips
  • 8 lbs natural peanut butter

I think I’ll be set for a few months 🙂

DIY sewing table for a Singer 301

A few years ago, my mother needed a temporary sewing table for her Bernina. She uses nearly every day for quilting and other projects. Eventually it would get a proper sewing station but being without any setup was not an option.

I picked up a multi-height work table. Cut a whole in it. And fabricated a recessed tray using aluminum and my bending break.

It was in use for more than six months.

Once the temporary table was no longer needed, it made its way back to the shop.

I don’t need anything as nice as the Bernina but I do occasionally need to sew a project or two. I have a few old[er] machines and the work horse is a Singer 301.

Back story:

The 301 was a ubiquitous machine in the 1950’s through the early 1970’s. I first learned on a 301 when I was probably 9 or 10 years old. When I decided to add a sewing machine to the workshop I picked up a “beater” for about $25 and a nice “long tail” for under $50. (Those prices included the shipping costs). At the time that was the going price on eBay. I just looked on eBay and things have definitely change – ouch. My beater is now $150 and my long tail is $250. (We won’t discuss my Egyptian Scroll Featherweight.)

Let’s get back on topic …

Time to head to the workshop and re-purpose that table.

I cut a 3/4″ piece of cabinet plywood about 2″ wider than the hole in the table. Next I rabbeted and undercut to make a 1/4″ lip.

I cut a hole large enough for the 301 to drop into but small enough to catch the lip of the sewing machine’s base. the finish is just rattle-can white paint.

I have a new sewing table!

It’s time to get to those overdue sewing projects. There’s no more [legitimate] excuses.