Rice cake tomato soup with potato, carrot, and mushroom

This is kind of East meets West at middle of road.


The sauce was a bit of sweet and sour from the tomato sauce, the rice cake was chewy, quite a good combination and really surprised me. Didn’t think they can go together. The broccoli still had its green color and bite, I intentionally didn’t cook it to death, although re-heating would eventually kill the colors.

I didn’t know if the rice cake can hold its shape when I eat it for second meal and third and fourth, but it turned out rice cake could stay in its shape quite well. I really cooked too much at once.

1   Recipe

1.1   Ingredients

  • Rice cake, mine were oval shape
  • Tomato sauce
  • Mushroom, sliced
  • Carrot, sliced
  • Potato, sliced
  • Lemon, grated and juiced
  • Onion, cut into pieces
  • Garlic, minced
  • Broccoli, broken into florets

1.2   Directions

  1. Sauté onion and garlic with oil, season with salt and black pepper

  2. Once onion and garlic are done, add in everything except rice cake and broccoli

  1. Add in broccoli and cook for another minute

  2. Add in rice cake and cook according to the package instruction, mine takes two minutes

  3. Serve up

writepath.vim, open a buffer of automatically created parent directories

writepath (GitHub) is a Vim plug-in to help you edit a file at directories that haven’t been created yet, for example, from its README:

:edit some/path/that/does/not/exist.py

It’s like using mkdir -p plus touch. This is done via BufWritePre event.

Personally, this would be helpful for me, since I always used terminal to touch and vi the file. Maybe I should change my work flow a bit? But typing path part doesn’t seem to be efficient enough for me, there is always a shell in the directories that I am working on.

writepath is written by Artem Nezvigin, currently version 0.1 (2014-01-22), license is not specified.

Daikon and mushroom soup with seaweed and pea

I made this soup while the weather was still a bit of chilly, nothing really special, just put whatever ingredients I like to have in a hearty soup.


1   Ingredients

  • Daikon, cut into chunks
  • Mushroom, shiitake and (paddy) straw, whole
  • Seaweed
  • Peas
  • Onion, strips
  • Broccoli stalk, sliced

2   Directions

Everything in the put with water Except peas and broccoli, bring those ingredients to a boil, then lower the heat to gentle simmer until daikon chunks are just softened to the core. Season with salt and white pepper, then add peas and broccoli slices, and turn off heat. I like stalk slices crunchy, if you don’t, then keep cooking.

Readability, Python tool

Exactly two years ago, I was playing with NLTK for a readability index. Now with this readability (GitHub), which really makes this task much easier, here is an example out on this blog’s About page:

readability grades:
    Kincaid:                     4.74
    ARI:                         6.01
    Coleman-Liau:                8.87
    FleschReadingEase:          80.75
    GunningFogIndex:             8.2
    LIX:                        33.27
    SMOGIndex:                   8.6
    RIX:                         2.46
sentence info:
    characters_per_word:         4.65
    syll_per_word:               1.36
    words_per_sentence:         11.07
    sentences_per_paragraph:         2.56
    characters:               2367
    syllables:                 691
    words:                     509
    sentences:                  46
    paragraphs:                 18
    long_words:                113
    complex_words:              48
word usage:
    tobeverb:                   12
    auxverb:                    14
    conjunction:                16
    pronoun:                    68
    preposition:                50
    nominalization:             12
sentence beginnings:
    pronoun:                     6
    interrogative:               0
    article:                     0
    subordination:               1
    conjunction:                 0
    preposition:                 1

One command and you have lots of readability indexes, and it supports more than English language, also with Dutch and German languages.

readability is written by Andreas van Cranenburgh and Max Mautner, based on NLTK, under Apache License Version 2.0, currently version 0.1 (2014-04-13).