Béchamel Sauce

I’ve always had this love hate towards Béchamel, because it so time consuming, if mostly end up with buying, what they claim to be béchamel, in the local store. Though it might work it’s not the same thing as the real thing. Do take the 25 min it takes to prepare the source from the butter up J

It’s not a hard source to make, but you have to be at it all the time or it surely will burn for you.


  • 5 tablespoons of salted butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (pref. if you can get it with shell, while its flavours is much better preserved)


As this source easily stick and burns I prefer making it in a non-slick saucepan, gently heat the butter until melted. Add the flour and stir until smooth. You don’t have to use some kind of fancy flour, just use an all-purpose flour. To do the stir, I prefer using wooden spoon because it is less hard on me pans. Do continue another 7 min until the source turns golden in colour.

At the same time heat the milk in a separate pan, make sure do not start boiling. Then gently, little by little add the milk to the source, while whisking continuously until the source is very smooth. Now bring the source to a gently boil for another 10 minutes remember to continue stirring. It’s now almost finished and you can remove the source from the heat. Season with salt, a bit of pepper and nutmeg. From this point you are safe J set the source aside until you need to use it in your lasagne or pasta dish.

Ling Fish Soup

.. Not being a big fan of fish without its original flavour, I seldom put the fish meat into the soup, I much prefer adding it just before serving. This blog is not going to focus on how to make the fish stock. There is plenty recipes for that, or cheat as I do buy the stock as your local fish pusher

Vegetables in the recipe to make the most of what you have on hand as this soup is extremely versatile, I prefer using Parsnip, Red cabbage, Leek, Onions, Tomatoes, Carrot, chopped into 1cm cubes and fried in a Dutch oven. And make simmer until the vegetables flavours is released into the water. Then reduce flavour with salt and pepper.

Remove the vegetables add the fish stock, reduce it and flavour with lime, salt and pepper again. Now add cream, Cognac, Parmesan.

When the soup is almost ready prepare the fish, I prefer to use the Ling, while it has a nice texture and flavour to it. Season it with salt and pepper and bake it in a preheated oven for 15 min at 160c.

I usually like adding squid and fresh finely leek rings to as a final decoration, just before serving

Homemade Pasta


Why buy your pasta when you can make your own in 5 min. There is a lot of foolishness around the net with people making pasta by hand do disregard them, they envy us people in the 2100 century. Another point of debate is salt, some put salt in the dough, others just boil the pasta in salty water, ask your inner self if you really care.


Lets start, if you want to make food for around 4 people, you will need around 200g of pasta.

Here is the recipe

200g flour (use the cheapest), 2eggs, ¼ teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of olive olie.

Put everything into the mixer, but put the flour into the bowl before the eggs.

Blend it until it starts to collect in chunks. Form the dough into 2 flat buns and we are ready for next step.

If the dough is sticky, do sprinkle them with flour, actually this is very important in every step to come, if sticky… sprinkle with flour.

Now adjust your pasta machine to the biggest interval between the rollers, run your dough through it 6 times, every time fold it, remember to flour if sticky. The result should be a fairly flat dough, silk alike.

Now turn the rollers in a notch, and run the dough though twice. Do now not fold the dough at this step. Repeat this step until you are at the thinnest option on your pasta machine.

Sprinkle your pasta with flour and you are done.

Worlds best lasagna

1 pound sweet Italian sausage
3/4 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 6-ounce cans tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
12 lasagna noodles
16 ounces ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Why Measure – Quality and Reputation

Bad Data Quality and Reputation 

Once an impression of bad quality has taken root among users, is it difficult to change the reputation. The belief in bad quality lives on, a long time after the situation has been corrected.

This is because users’ perception of “Data quality” is based on the errors and inconsistencies that they notice, while good functionality and good data makes a much weaker impression.

Combine this with the fact that data quality will never be 100% good, and we surely have a losing hand.

So how do we change this to a winning hand? Through continuous measurement, we provide evidence that our governance efforts are having the desired effect, and that data quality is constantly improving.



ERP systems and Data Quality Neglect.

Moving into a new ERP system is an ordeal to any organization. The amount of effort it takes to customize, and implement organizationally, is often underestimated. Apparent “must haves” is given priority, on the expense on less appealing but equally important initiatives. Examples of such is the “The initial cleansing of data”, “Functionality Gap analysis”, “User acceptance test”, “Governance” etc.

This blog entry takes interest in Data quality and the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that expose the trends of data quality. Trends that from which we deduct if our MDM initiatives, such as governance, are having the desired effect.

Data Neglect

As Untimely, Duplicated, deceitful information and inadequate data impedes on users usage and perception of a system, is it key to avoid these into the new system. Lost confidence in the system quickly leads to an amputated scenario, totally contrary to the Master Data Intentions, with information is being stored and sought elsewhere than in a consolidated single source of the truth. Piecemeal data repairs are also going require more effort than it would have taken, had they been corrected prior to entering the system.

Growing user Confidence in the system through proof.

Establishing of user trust is key. By cutting away the cleansing and allowing data with a poor data quality, into your system, you are choosing an uphill battle to start out with. This doesn’t mean we need to wait migrating until data is “perfect”, while that is unlikely to ever happen. Choosing a good starting point is imperative for success, and by a continuing effort aiming to prove, that data is trustworthy and continuously becoming better, will strengthen the initiative.

Static testing is inadequate

The idea “static testing” where an initial report establishes the baseline on the data quality, to measure your data repairs against, might be good enough for the foundation of an initial bulk load of data. In a live system are such data worthless, while the statements they make are outdated even before the ink hits the paper. Such tests aim to prove that data meets requirements for cut over phases, such as just before moving into production. They do not reflect if the reason to bad data quality has been uprooted. Data might be in the progress of being corrupted again, but the static report shows no concerns. I do believe that static testing keeps alive the idea “repairing data as a solution” rather than fixing the root cause. I guess this can be boiled down to “Static testing will not build confidence in the long-term. MDM, Governance and Data Quality Improvements are by nature continuous efforts”

Continuously exposing quality KPI

The way we monitor that our Governance initiatives are in effect, and our rules are applied, is through constant measuring and exposing quality trends.

Here is a list of KPI’s you should monitor for. The KPIs are listed in “easiest implementable” to “most yielding” order.

  • Completeness, Are all necessary data present or missing?
  • Integrity, Are the relations between entities and attributes consistent?
  • Consistence, Are data elements consistently defined and used?
  • Accuracy, does data reflect the real world objects or a verifiable source?
  • Validity, Are all data values within the valid domains specified by the business?
  • Timeliness, is data available at the time, it is needed?

Be aware of that the value of the KPI is inversely opposite proportional with the effort it takes to implement it. As an example is checking for Completeness is much easier than implementing Timeliness, which is a much more important factor.

Take aways

I guess this article can be boiled down to “you cannot control, what you are not measuring”, combined with the advice, calling for data quality issues to be dealt with in a continuous and controlled manner, as early as possible in the project, whilst complexity is not increased by system restrains.

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