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Sunday, June 06, 2010

Where have I been all my life?


Those of you that are jumping for joy that I may have stopped blogging you can stop jumping and thank me for all the exercise you had for these last couple of weeks, in fact I am proud to take credit for your new found fitness. For the rest of you I dont even know where to begin explaining. You know I dont have a camera lately but in the process of not having a camera my hot water heater leaked all over shineola so the entire kitchen sink and counter had to be ripped out. Why, you ask, because the hot water heater lived comfortably under the sink for the last 12 years and this is the second one to give out (yup I am old) so a new sink area was in order. The new sink area is still under construction but at least we have hot water again, and thats a story in itself.

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We thought we would join the future and install one of these. A tankless - it should be called thankless, hot water heater that supplies endless hot water. After ordering and receiving it and getting all the necessary bells and whistles to go with it and not having hot water for 10 days it becomes determined that I do not have enough AMPS coming into my apartment to power this bad boy. So everything gets returned and restocking fees are paid and frustrations only mount.
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Common sense brought us back to what works. It is not this one but I couldnt find the "shorty" that we use under our sink. I had the whole thing purchased and installed myself in 6 hours total. 10 days wasted re-inventing the wheel - one day to fix it. Anyway thats where we are now.


Now to make things even worse I thought it would be a good idea to add puree of asparagus to a hollandaise sauce, and while that may sound good it only tasted "grassy" and it was a bad combination. The shrimp was good the potatoes too and even the asparagus spears were good and since I toot my own horn (no one else will) the eggs were poached perfectly.


I thought that the pretty greeness would be interesting and by golly it was if you like interesting green sauces on your breakfast. Oh well. We did have some tasty mussels and french bread and some pacific oyster po-boys but all I got a picture of was the mussels. Life is giving me lemons but between you and me, I am getting a little tired of lemonade.

42 comments:

vanillasugar said...

I LOVE MY TANKLESS water heater. Oh heavens yes. what a joy. congrats man, a very very smart buy.

Christina said...

We couldn't get the tankless either. Chicagoland is too cold for your water to reach the warm temp in the given time. Boooo

doggybloggy said...

vanilla: thankless on the tankless - we dont have it.

christina: thats where the bigger one comes in - and then out....boo hoo!

Vickie said...

I'm here to officially make you feel better. I have heard from many sources that if you have any hardness in your water, those tankless heaters get full of crap and are a big pain. Now, feel better?

Your food looks fresh and delicious as always. Wish I could get fresh mussels up here in landlocked Montana.

Vickie said...

Oh, and welcome back!

girlichef said...

I've never even heard of a tankless water heater. Hmmm. But just the thought of the po'boy has me drooling! YUM :D

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I was wondering what happened to you. Glad it was a hot water heater, and nothing like bad health. Well, bad humor might be part of it. Anyway, happy to see you back in the blogging groove.

Marjie said...

Most tankless coils won't supply 2 people trying to draw at once, like kitchen and shower. Feel any better? Glad you're back. I was not one of those getting exercise by jumping around with glee.

Lea Ann said...

Canceling my alert to search and rescue.

theUngourmet said...

What a pain in the behind! It really stinks that the tankless one wouldn't work!

I'll be sure to leave the asparagus out of my hollandaise. You are the egg poaching king!!

bunkycooks said...

Sounds like a big mess to me! Glad you are back in control and in the kitchen again. The dish looks great even if it tastes so so. We would never know...

sheri... said...

oh yes, i did miss you a lot but figured you were just busy giving someone else besides me grief ;)
i honestly can't imagine what you've been through...all of us have been out of hot water for a day or two but not ever long enough to create such an 'aroma' that the neighbors have to move! thankfully the delicious smells coming from your kitchen probably covered it up. this dish looks yummy but i'd have to agree with you that the sauce looks a little exotic. so, you've got a camera now???

Melody said...

I was wondering where you were! :)

Jeannie said...

Welcome back now that your heater is fixed:D Still love your poached eggs, green sauce and all...and those shrimps! Oh ya! include those mussels too:D

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love you dish with poached eggs...they're all mouth watering...

FOODalogue said...

sorry for your tankless trauma but glad to have you back

LaDivaCucina said...

Sorry for your kitchen dramas, what a pain! But, I'm impressed that you even have the skills to figure this out, many would have hired someone and paid through the roof. Handy man!

LOVE the potato and eggs combo, yum! That could be my last meal. I am like you, I experiment and am first to admit if it doesn't work, very noble of you.

And I've been craving mussels lately.....mmmm..

Nice to have you back, Doggybloggy, so does this mean that you are in for the pic-a-nic throwdown?

Cynthia said...

Aaarrggghhh, you have had some frustrations to deal with. I applaud your comment: ...between you and me, I am getting a little tired of lemonade.Like you, I like be able to say that at times. I know that we should always try to be optimistic etc but sometimes, we just have to say it like it is.

I am tooting the horns here for your perfect poached eggs! :)

5 Star Foodie said...

So sorry about your water heater troubles, hope you figure it all out! Miss you, hope to have you back to blogging full time soon!

pinknest said...

omg what a disaster!! i made poached eggs the other day, too. but i skipped the hollandaise. how sad.

Stacey Snacks said...

Glad you are back and dry!
We had a flood in the basement from our huge hot water heater. What a pain.

whatscookingwithdoc said...

Wow,
A trail by patience! Hang in there, when life gives me lemons I trade them in for limes and make Margaritas.

Devon said...

You have good reason to have disappeared from blogland. 10 day without hot water is rough.

Juliana said...

Oh! The mussels look so yummie...I do not have experience with tankless heater, although would love the get rid of my water heater...so I can save space in my laundry room :-)

Jenn said...

We still have a tank water heater here. But I'll still take some fo them mussels. :)

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Jill said...

Put some vodka in your lemonade...cool water tanks...they are so little! And of course, the food looks incredible.

Barbara said...

Sorry about your water heater problems..I still have the old fashioned kind too. I know we're supposed to go tankless, but I can't bring myself to do it.

Anyway, the mussels look wonderful. This is the second post I've read where hollandaise was mixed with something else and failed. Think I will stick with the straight up recipe.

Chow and Chatter said...

oh sorry to hear about the flood, love your eggs

Velva said...

I was missing your blog posts. Welcome back.

I can only manage the potty mouth words that were used while cleaning up the water mess, and no hot water. The best part is you are going to have a new sink area.

I did not realize you needed amp to power up the tankless water heater.

Sippity Sup said...

I have a tankless and I love it. Of course I also paid a bloody fortune upgrading the electricity in this 85 yo house to have the honor of hot water. I know about restorations! Welcome back. GREG

Angie's Recipes said...

Glad to see you back!
Asparagus puree in Hollandaise sounds awuful......ly Good. :-)

biz319 said...

Oh my gosh - so much going on! It can only get better, right?

And I've never been able to make a hollandaise sauce - yours looks terrific and even though it didn't work out, love that you tried to add asparagus!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

This too will pass. Good luck getting back in hot water!

~Dana said...

What a water adventure! Glad you had good food at the end of that day!

LaDivaCucina said...

If you are back in the cooking game Doggy, don't forget about the picnic challenge....You have a big park right by your house! hehe!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

We have a gas tankless water heater and love it. So sorry for all of your troubles. I would be much more than grouchy if I hadn't had hot water in 10 days. Worse than going through a hurricane.

Glad you're back. I missed you. Your moules are lovely and so are the perfectly poached eggs. Now I know you're feeling better.
Sam

Tipper said...

Sorry about the lemons-if I was there I'd drink lemonade with you : ) the food looks yummy as always. I'm hoping your new kitchen is worth the pain of getting it-I'm sure it will be!!

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Jamie said...

Well, instead of lemonade why not lemon tart? The mussels and the eggs sound and look pretty darn great, you ask me! But the whole story is rather sad, you've had more than your share of problems. Hopefully you'll make up for the missed cooking/blogging in two-fold!

Jeanne said...

At least now it can be hot lemonade.

That doesn't even sound good--sorry things are being so difficult.

BamaTrav said...

I love clams. Bearded ones.

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