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Balls, and Beers... I have so many pictures of these things

People love to share cooking videos. I'm not talking about a cooking show that has a complete recipe and features most of the method. There is a trend for people to share videos that are oversimplified and compressed. Where you can watch somebody make several meals in a matter of a couple minutes. I believe most of the people that share these on social media have no experience in actually making it themselves. It's what you could call "food porn", the satisfaction of watching somebody else do it. If you haven't seen these, click here for an example.

Kat found a Chinese version of these videos. One featured all sorts of edibles made in a Takoyaki machine. She was inspired! She spent the time to pause, and make notes. She compiled a list and set out in a methodical manner to replicate the beauty displayed on that video. She and I went out to acquire all the ingredients, and settled in for a long night of Balls! Balls! and more BALLS! I'll share a few of the ball pictures.  

takoyaki machine balls

Here we see rice, scrambled egg, scallion and a bit of crispy bacon was added at the end.  

takoyaki ball machine  

Wonton wrappers (really eggroll wraps cut down as HEB was out of wonton wraps) filled with a variety of things including scallop, or salmon (two of the kids dislike scallop).  

mushroom balls takoyaki device 

Mushroom cap balls...  

takoyaki machine meatballs 

Meatballs.... We had so many balls Saturday night...


Sunday morning I typically get up and make a hot breakfast for everybody. Usually home fries, omelette, or we run to get kolaches, or bagels. Kat got up this Sunday and continued on her ball frenzy. MORE BALLS! Balls are a time consuming task. I tried to make myself available in a supporting role, I keep up with loading the dishwasher and scrubbing pots and pans. Soon after our second meal in orb form, she forged on with PIE! She worked most of the day in the kitchen. By the time the pie was complete, she was spent. We have yet to enjoy it.

I've also enjoyed a few new beers this week. Would you like to see? I took a few photos just for you...

Other Half 570NM DIPA

I love Other Half (Brooklyn) beer. However, this was a bit too thick, too sweet. I enjoyed it none the less. I have one more.   

Pinthouse Pizza Brewery Austin IPA Hazy  

Our weekly Friday afternoon pilgrimage to the local Pinthouse.  

Strangeland Brewing Austin 78746 gose and ipa 

We concluded our ball ingredient shopping excursion with a stop at a brewery that is literally down the road from us. This place will be an easy bike ride from our home, once construction along Bee Cave Rd is complete. It's been years since we've been. We greatly enjoyed the Margarita Gose, this will be a great summer beer. They now have an IPA as well, it was good enough. I inquired if they had plans to attempt a NEIPA, "YES, later this year"... well how 'bout that? it's an amazing time to be alive.  

strangeland brewing west lake hills 78746 flamingo  

psuedo sue from Toppling Goliath Iowa DIPA 

Much of the beer featured in my beer portraiture series is not available here. I have a network of friends, and partners to help acquire rare, or limited release libations. Toppling Goliath Psuedo Sue from Iowa, by way of Chicago.


summer lumberjack camp west lake hills tx 78746 

While she is on summer break, I have a chore for her each week day. She never complains and puts in a good effort. We worked with cedar and other weed trees this week.

cedar chopper camp texas 78746 

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