Peeta’s Stuffed Cheese Buns

These only take about an hour. First you just make the dough in your mixer and let it knead for about 10 minutes. Then let it rise for about 30 minutes. Then my favorite part, stuffing each one with cheese.

You just roll it into a ball, stick a hunk of cheese in, and then pinch it back together so that it can’t escape.

Once it’s completely sealed, throw some more cheese on top. After you bake them, make sure you brush them with some butter.

I put some fresh oregano in my butter. Aint it purty?

Anyways, the rest is history. I mean… a dystopian future. Whatever.

Peeta’s Stuffed Cheese Buns
1 cup warm water (probably somewhere between 105º and 115º. I just get it hot from the tap. Don’t get it too hot or it will kill the yeast.)
2 tablespoons yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
-At least 8 oz. of cheese, the more the merrier (I used chunks of mozzarella for the inside and a mixture of shredded colby and swiss for the top. I was just trying to use up all the forgotten chunks in the hidden corners of the fridge)
-Parmesan cheese
-A few tablespoons of melted butter mixed with a sprinkle of garlic powder and some fresh herbs if you want. 
Mix together the yeast and water and let it sit for a couple minutes. Add the sugar, garlic powder, melted butter, and oil. Add the flour a little and a time, mixing in your stand mixer with a dough hook. Add the salt. Knead for 10 minutes, in the stand mixer or by hand. Let the dough rise in a greased bowl (I used the same bowl) covered with a wet cloth for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375º. Divide the dough into about 20 pieces or so (you can make them as big or small as you want). Put about a 3/4 inch chunk of cheese in each one and make sure you pinch all the edges back up tightly. Put the pinched side down on a greased baking sheet. Sprinkle the buns with more shredded cheese and some parmesan cheese. Bake at 375ºF for about 11-15 minutes until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly. Brush with the melted butter and serve warm.

And don’t forget to same some for Prim.


Banana Bread!


125g brick margarine
125ml (½ cup) Huletts White Sugar
3 eggs
3 bananas
3ml (½ teaspoon) vanilla essence
400ml (1 cup) flour
Pinch of salt
Pinch of bicarbonate of soda
10ml (2 teaspoons) baking powder
45ml (3 Tablespoons) milk


  1. Grease a loaf tin. Cream the margarine and sugar with a wooden spoon.
  2. Add the unbeaten eggs one at a time and beat thoroughly. Mash the bananas with a fork and add to the mixture with vanilla essence.
  3. Sieve the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and add to the mixture with the milk. Mix well.
  4. Place the mixture in the tin and bake for ½ an hour at 180°C. Reduce heat to 140°C and bake for a further ½ to ¾ of an hour, or until nicely browned and baked through. To test if ready, push a skewer or knitting needle into the loaf. If this comes out clean the cake is ready. If some of the cake mixture sticks to the skewer, the cake needs more baking time.

ESXi 5.1 : Fixing ‘Failed to deploy OVF package: The task was canceled by a user.’


Excellent Solution!

Originally posted on Luke Barklimore:

Where I work, we love using OVA templates to speed up our deployment of virtual machines. I recently upgraded one of my servers to ESXi 5.1 (which also required an update to vSphere). ESXi 5.1 provides support for Windows 8 and Server 2012, which is incredibly useful. However, whilst building OVA templates for these operating systems, I stumbled across an issue.

I ran through the ‘New Virtual Machine’ wizard, selecting Windows 8 (or Server 2012), leaving all settings default. Installed my operating system, and made the required customisations, shutdown the machine and exported an OVA template through vSphere – excellent, how easy!

However, whilst trying to re-deploy the OVA to the ESXi 5.1 host, through the ‘Deploy OVA template’ wizard, it failed immediately after completing the wizard (right before it shows the deployment progress bar). Now, I have a particular hate for misleading error messages, and this one seems to…

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Windows 8 Tips and Trix…

I am busy building a TS Server on a Windows 8 VM and needed a couple of things to get it working.  Here are a couple of tricks:

Reboot via CMD:

  • shutdown -r — restarts
  • shutdown -s — shutsdown
  • shutdown -l — logoff
  • shutdown -t xx — where xx is number of seconds to wait till shutdown/restart/logoff
  • shutdown -i — gives you a dialog box to fill in what function you want to use
  • shutdown -a — aborts the previous shutdown command….very handy!

Updating VIA Proxy:

  • Open CMD (As Administrator)
  • netsh winhttp set proxy proxyservername:portnumber,

Upgrading to 8.1:

  • Go to STORE.
  • Choose 8.1

Change Key from cmd:

  • slmgr /ipk xxxxxx-xxxxxxx-xxxxx…

Activate by Phone:

  • Press the Windows + R to open the Run dialog, type slui.exe 4, press Enter

Multiple Desktop Sessions:

Overclock OpenELEC on Pi.

Overclocking could damage your system – know what you do!

To overclock you have to either take your SD card and mount on a PC to edit the file or remount your /flash directory as RW.  I am discussing the latter:

  • mount /flash -o remount,rw
  • cd /flash
  • vi config.txt (You can also use nano, but I am old-school!)
  • Scroll/find “Overclock” and change values.
  • # arm_freq=700
    # core_freq=250
    # sdram_freq=400
    # over_voltage=0

  • I use TURBO (Live fast/die hard) settings!  Remember to remove the #…
  • arm_freq=1000

  • reboot