Bookmarks for 25th November 2015

These are my saved Pinboard links for 25th November 2015:

  • How to cook perfect macaroni cheese | Life and style | The Guardian – With the autumn mists come thoughts of comfort food. What's your take on mac and cheese?
  • Nanobox – Your app is launched in a lightweight VM that is consistent across local and production machines
  • Four dishes, cook just once Alex Bluett’s pork belly, black bean and chorizo stew | Get Ahead | Life and style | The Guardian – A warming black bean, chorizo and pork belly stew with crispy crackling is a sumptuous centrepiece that can also give life during your busy week to a quick lunchtime burrito, a spicy Mexican tamale pie and a ‘sloppy joe’ pork belly bun
  • Mathura Shimla Paneer – I have to confess that at most times, I have a bunch of recipes waiting to be considered for blogging. The supply is usually more than the pace that I can write them at. The past two days have been different, I have not really been able to function properly at the kitchen, unable to eat much. The semblance of trying to stay together and manage the loss is on the surface working, but it is less than skin deep.  I am not really able to do much, I fuss and fidget, I stare at the pictures and thoughts I want to organize but it does not work well. It is however, in the solitude of my car, that the sense of loss takes over, in that quiet space where I cannot pretend to be busy anymore.  It will get there, maybe it will pass and not feel so raw, it is however too soon to even begin to really conceptualize the loss, understand the pain.

    I had made this recipe a couple of weeks back, to celebrate the infusion of pepers we still have in the garden, purple, green, yellow, white and red onion. I love their smell and colors. This recipe is actually a very simple recipe mostly about stir fried bell peppers and a simple and thick sauce and the creamy richness of paneer. This recipe was made on a peaceful sunny early fall morning. I want to believe that these mornings will come again. We shall learn to appreciate the simple beauty of life again.

  • Double Bell Pepper Egg Curry – Today would have been my father’s birthday, a day he missed by less than a month. In fact, it felt strange not to put in the usual order of flowers to Kolkata. A simple gesture that did bring him a lot of happiness. Actually, almost any act of affection was always much appreciated by him, it did not matter how small.

    I had been on a cooking binge, despite the fact we had a fairly well stocked refrigerator. I had been out of sorts this weekend and if there was not enough to fill my Saturday, between their dance and soccer and some residual work projects. Nonetheless, I spent the evening cooking, like I do when I am anxious. The poor husband is now being asked to sit and finish all the food. With all the bell peppers looming around me, this egg curry was born, possibly appropriate given how much dad liked egg curries. I cooked this again today, by sheer chance.

    In a stray comment, my husband mentioned that I probably have more pictures in my flickr, than I remember. This is true, it also set me on a quest. Most of the “people” pictures were fine, but the food pictures were another story. I think this is such an evolving process, I seem to have pictures that look so horrid, I shudder to think that I actually took them and then of course several meaningless one. The loss of the camera and chip has also made me very nervous about the pictures. The truth certainly is that good or bad, the pictures are almost more of a journal for me at times than the blog. Well, but I guess nothing stops one from editing the journal. Skimming through, I came across this recipe, that I had developed last fall when the garden was literally overflowing with bell peppers.

  • Channa Shimla – Curried Chickpeas with Bell Peppers – Chickpeas, how I love them, I can never quite get enough of them. This particular recipe for Curried Chickpeas with Bell Peppers, is an especially simple and flavorful rendition of Chana Masala, also know as Channa Shimla. Bell peppers are called Shimla Mirch in Hindi, not really sure why as they do grow in many parts of India including the northern town of Shimla.

    Bell peppers take us from late summer to fall, and are healthy and flavorful. It is amazing, how much flavor they can add to a simple dish like these simple chickpeas. If your day was anything like mine, you will relish the simple comfort of these homey, flavorful chickpeas. It has been getting colder, things have been heating up with the FLL challenges and I have been roaming around like a zombie. Although, even as I complain, my friend Amy reminds me that one day the kids will not really need me to drive them around and I will not know what hit me. A statement, that is probably truer than I would like to admit.

  • How To Implement SSL Termination With HAProxy on Ubuntu 14.04 | DigitalOcean – HAProxy, which stands for High Availability Proxy, is a popular open source software TCP/HTTP Load Balancer and proxying solution which can be run on Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD. Its most common use is to improve the performance and reliability of a server environment by distributing the workload across multiple servers (e.g. web, application, database). It is used in many high-profile environments, including: GitHub, Imgur, Instagram, and Twitter.

    In this tutorial, we will go over how to use HAProxy for SSL termination, for traffic encryption, and for load balancing your web servers. We will also show you how to use HAProxy to redirect HTTP traffic to HTTPS.

    Native SSL support was implemented in HAProxy 1.5.x, which was released as a stable version in June 2014.

  • How To Use HAProxy As A Layer 7 Load Balancer For WordPress and Nginx On Ubuntu 14.04 | DigitalOcean – In this tutorial, we will teach you how to use HAProxy as a layer 7 load balancer to serve multiple applications from a single domain name or IP address. Load balancing can improve the performance, availability, and resilience of your environment.

    Layer 7 reverse proxying and load balancing is suitable for your site if you want to have a single domain name that serves multiple applications, as the http requests can be analyzed to decide which application should receive the traffic.

    This tutorial is written with WordPress and a static web site as examples, but its general concepts can be used with other applications to a similar effect.

  • How To Use HAProxy As A Layer 4 Load Balancer for WordPress Application Servers on Ubuntu 14.04 | DigitalOcean – In this tutorial, we will teach you how to use HAProxy as a layer 4 load balancer for your WordPress servers–specifically the web application tier. Load balancing the application servers adds redundancy to your setup, which increases reliability in case of server failures or networking issues, and spreads the load across multiple servers for increased read performance. We are assuming that your setup includes a WordPress application server that connects to a separate MySQL database server (see the prerequisites for a tutorial on how to set that up).

    Layer 4 load balancing is suitable for your site if you are only running a single web server application. If your environment is more complex (e.g. you want to run WordPress and a static web server on separate servers, with a single entry point), you will need to look into Application Layer (Layer 7) load balancing.

  • An Introduction to HAProxy and Load Balancing Concepts | DigitalOcean – HAProxy, which stands for High Availability Proxy, is a popular open source software TCP/HTTP Load Balancer and proxying solution which can be run on Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD. Its most common use is to improve the performance and reliability of a server environment by distributing the workload across multiple servers (e.g. web, application, database). It is used in many high-profile environments, including: GitHub, Imgur, Instagram, and Twitter.

    In this guide, we will provide a general overview of what HAProxy is, basic load-balancing terminology, and examples of how it might be used to improve the performance and reliability of your own server environment.

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