Photo Friday!

After watching the play/musical Sweeny Todd, we decided to make meat pie for dinner! This one included ground lamb, carrots, mushrooms, and fresh corn and a homemade crust. It was good that night, and even better for lunch the next day.

We tasted some Sake at Corkage (in San Francisco). We also ate their fried chicken, duck pate (not shown), oysters, and other yummy stuff. We bought a bottle of our favorite that night, and now we just need a recipe (or two) to eat with it. Anyone have any ideas?

This biscotti recipe was found on David Lebovitz‘s blog recently. I like the texture the cornmeal adds to the biscotti. (More on that later! I know I’ve been saying that a lot, but I really mean sooner rather than later this time!)

And that wraps up another Photo Friday! series. I bought a new camera so I am really looking forward to showing the results in next week’s post!

What I’m Reading Wednesday

I have been obsessed with the small cool kitchen contest that was put on by Apartment Therapy and this week they shared the winner!

small cool kitchen winner

(photo credit: apartment therapy)

I found this chart of the “6 people you need in your corner” interesting. Who are your six? Are you one (or more) of them?

I’m liking these living art photographs! So cool!

living art photographs

(photo from grist)

What happens when you don’t have an ingredient on hand? Here are some substitutions you could use. Also, what not to eat.

There are many recipes I have saved to write about and some to make soon. Hope to follow up on that soon!

In the meantime, maybe you want to check out these recipes and what I’m wanting to make on Pinterest.

Photo Friday!

The past week has been filled with:

  1. A free San Francisco Symphony concert in Dolores park:
  2. Using this recipe for what I am re-naming “Muddy Cupcakes”:

and, yes, I will, eventually tell you more about those.

3. I am dreaming about making these, since I still have a lot of coffee to use up.

4. We made these blueberry-corn muffins; I found the recipe on Two Peas And Their Pod:

5. and if you are new around here, you might not already know that I am a part of foodie pen pals. This month, I received this:

What I’m Reading Wednesday

  1. San Francisco is known worldwide for its cable cars. Here’s an article I found interesting that depicts great moments in cable cars. Including this one, which happened two days before my birthday.
  2. On The Rumpus, a writer discusses where he likes to read (and write). I can relate as I sometimes go into coffee bars here (and drink tea, not coffee) and notice the other regulars or “semi-regulars”, as I like to call myself.
  3. As you may know, I love ice cream, and have just gotten into making my own, so I enjoyed reading this article about Cloud 10’s flavors.
  4. I joined the boyfriend’s book club for this time around since I found out they are reading A Wrinkle In Time. I had forgotten how strange, yet fun that book actually is.

Cover of "A Wrinkle in Time"

  1. Another book I am reading right now is The Confessions of Max Tivoli. It is about this guy that grows up backwards. (like the movie The Confessions of Benjamin Button) What really makes it interesting for me is that it takes place in San Francisco in the late 1800s-early 1900s. It is a fun way to learn about the history of this city.

    Cover of "The Confessions of Max Tivoli"

What are you reading? Do you have any favorite reading spots? Are you a part of a book club? Let me know in the comments!

Foodie Pen Pal Reveal July

This month I received a package from Cindy ; I sent a box of goodies to Shannon.

The foodie pen pal system was set up by Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean.

Here’s what I got from Cindy:

Some really tasty, addictive Pretzel Crisps (deli style, with sesame seeds and poppy seeds), Cashew Crunch, a Kind bar, which were sticky but good. I liked that she sent some dish towels along with the goodies. Also, being from San Francisco, I have had (but can’t get enough) Ghiradelli chocolates. I haven’t tried the Vanilla Chai yet, but I am sure it is great. Thanks, Cindy!

As always, looking forward to next month’s goodies! I can’t believe it’s August already!

What I’m Reading Wednesday

I read a lot of Wikipedia pages in the past week. I know, that’s not something you need to read about. I just like how you can get lost on there for a while linking from one page to another. It’s almost the way my brain works sometimes, jumping from topic to topic. Anyway, on a more interesting note, I learned about a new fruit called a Plapple. It’s a plum-apple. It looks like and has a skin like an apple, but on the inside, it’s all plum-like: reddish-purple and juicy. Sort of sweet-tart tasting. They were brought into work by the produce guy. So random.

Another highlight of my week was learning how to make coffee without a coffee maker. And I learned that having proper coffee filters are truly useful. What I did was steep coffee (about 2 Tbsp.) in about 1-1/3 cup (because that’s what my recipe called for) hot water (I used water from my tea kettle) for about three minutes, and then stirred, and then steeped about three minutes more and then STRAINED. Since I did not have any coffee filters on hand, I used a mini strainer and strained about 5 or 6 times until I saw no more coffee grinds left. A lot of effort, but it works. Next time, definitely buying coffee filters.

As far as reading goes, I actually have not done much of it this past week since it’s been nice out and have spent time doing other things. Some other highlights from this week include:

  1. Hearing the symphony live for free. It was playing in Dolores park in celebration of 100 years.
  2. Watching Brave and Moonlight Kingdom back-to-back. (both good)
  3. Contra dancing. It’s like a cross between swing and square dancing done in a line. Fun but tiring and dizzying the first time.
  4. Meeting my boyfriend’s parents and sister and brother-in-law for the first time.

It has been a fun week. I will try to post more about the above mentioned items. I will definitely be posting pictures of them in my Photo Friday! post this week, so look out for that! Hope your week is going well so far!

Photo Friday!

This week has been interesting, to say the least. Photo-wise, it involved a lot, including: this view. (From Bernal Heights, San Francisco)

These murals; on alleyways off of Mission Street, San Francisco:

We also noticed these flowers:

and made this focaccia:

What did you do this week? What are your weekend plans? Let me know in the comments!