The weather has been terrible here. By that I mean my relationship with the weather here is on a hiatus. I’ve been cooped up with my frozen claws clinging to keyboard and mouse. Sometimes walking by my neighbor’s flowerbox brings a bit of serenity. There are strawberries in there! I used to watch each lil’ one because you can always tell when someone’s about to have SOMA strawberries – though I overheard the owner telling a friend that he would personally NEVER eat one of those berries.
The plants are so happy they are oozing out of every corner.I can see the mint peeking (or escaping?) out of the underbelly of its wooden home. I miss the outdoors and its sunny side of nature. I miss real jungles because my jungle is made of concrete and concrete trucks.
If only you could see my neighborhood right now… it’s a prefect image of irony with construction cranes and continual homelessness. The only other thing that’s beautiful and innocent is the colony of bees on my roof. Did you know? We have a beehive, and their honey tastes like fennel. I’m certain that they eat nothing but fennel nectar. Sometimes, the bees fly down onto my balcony and they have a go at my lavender blossoms or rosemary flowers. Worker bees are really cute and I encourage everyone to set up beehives because they are so inspiring to watch.
I have a parsnip salad i’m working on for monday and another brussel sprouts hash somewhere in there if I get motivated enough to poach eggs. Really, I just want to write about tea and cookies. It’s ripe for discussion now that I wear nothing but blankets. Here are some of my favorite internet finds this week, the theme is “What a Foodie Wants for Christmas”…
+ A foodie would want this mouse warming pad to keep her hands warm while editing photos. I kid… really though , I’ve been looking for this forever and I found it when I searched for “heated mouse” on google. FTW!
+ A foodie would want to serve his/her drinks in a beautiful dispenser… because you can’t survive on edibles alone. Sometimes, there are libations!
+ Foodies would want yet another board to serve cheese or fruit on. There’s never enough wooden boards. Ever.
+ A foodie wants a little cup. Sure, they might serve you espresso… or some kind of amuse-bouche but who cares? It’s adorable!
I took this fennel photo earlier this summer when I was momentarily engrossed in the art of refrigerator pickles. I prefer those to traditional canning methods that cook the crunchiness, therefore, the freshness out of vegetables. I’ve been toying with the idea of brines and fermentation… so there’s a possibility of krauts this winter?
I don’t have the time or energy to brine yet becayse this week has been quite unpredictable, but I sneaked away from the craziness to compile this list of my favorites things online – it’s a way to gleam inspiration for the mundane existence I would otherwise live…
+ I might be baking an apple pie a week, but I still dream of apple cakes and bread.
Today is Parking Day, meaning I will be biking around San Francisco in search of temporary parklets. I’ll be taking photos, but you can check out my point and shoot at the same event two years ago on my Flickr account. I’ve been a more active participant in the past but I’ve been too busy cooking and eating to notice that September was creeping on so quickly. What a sneaky month!
Here is this week’s list of delicious links full of tomatoes’ last hurrah, fun food finds, and San Francisco events:
+ The photo above is a gentle reminder to roast/dry your tomatoes before it’s too late. I got 5lbs of cherry tomatoes to add to my small collection. I’m also making tomato sauce this weekend (I use oregano instead of thyme… also none of that carrot stuff).
+ I like it when engineers and robots get together to make eating more fun. Take this automated popcorn machine for example. When you say ‘pop’, it shoots popcorn into your mouth by locating where the word came from in the room. Fun!!!
So… it’s already September. I don’t recall having any particular predilection towards the month of September, but this coming season, Autumn beckons all sort of scents and sentiments: apple pies, cider, Appalachia, burning fires, caramel. Apple pies, for all of their patriotic and nostalgic qualities, do live up to every bit of nostalgia when made right. I’d sooner have blueberry pies but apple pie are “pleasant”. When baking, their scent warms the house and makes me think of all sorts of cozy things like fuzzy blankets, hot tea, and heavy books, which provides a stark contrast to the insanity of 6th street outside my window. Subsequently, my list of delicious links for the week has a wee bit of apples, a teapot, and a few books, of course.
+ I get a lot of requests for apple pies so I dutifully make them with a happy heart, and I almost always use this recipe. It’s nearly flawless. I add a glaze of 1 pt egg yolk and 1 pt heavy cream and top it off with some raw sugar.
This week has been filled with orgiastic feasts from which I might not properly recover. Ever. The boyfriend has a friend in town and there’s a wedding, so my stomach has been dealing with bilious blows of an epicurean and libatious nature. Is there such a thing as food fatigue? I managed to put together a decent brunch in my pajamas before sending the boys off on their own tiresome adventures so I can bake an apple pie and sip some much needed caffeinated tonic. Meanwhile, I got this list of delicious links (also some cute ones because I cannot help myself) together for your internet browsing pleasure.
+ If I had too much corn, I’d totally do this: Pickled Corn! Genius!
+ I made this gnocchi the other day. As usual, that book is amazing. The original recipe calls for chanterelles but they will not be in season till October. Shiitakes make a great substitute.
+ I’m in love with shelled beans this season so we are making and eating things like this all the time. It’s a lovely comfort food if you live in fog. I’m going to share a similar simple, vegan recipe with you next week…
+ Gravensteins are now in season so I’m making one pie a week it seems - This looks incredible don’t you think? Next time…
+ I have an influx of heirloom tomatoes right now so this tart is going on my list. Her watercolors are so inspiring. I need to get to work.
+ I eat eggs all the time, but I have never seen any as colorful as this. Egg envy + chicken envy.
+ These cute animals need to belong to me. Really, if you want to be my friend, this gift is a requirement.
+ I can’t keep up with my butter so this whale butter dish looks just fine. Whale butter sounds amazing.
+ These cute drawings are perfect. Cute. Overload. Plus plenty of vegetables.
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