this week has been so full and there's so much to do this weekend, but I'll try to upload all the photos I have lined up to share.
hugs and love
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I opted to maximize the freshness and preserve these gems as soon as possible, pealing them and adding a bunch of sugar seemed like too much work and sweetness, but the peaches were still really firm. I decided to cut them in half and baked them... along with veggies for the week. The peaches softened and the natural sugars came out along with a smokiness. I put the bubbling peach halves into sterilized jars and topped them with a hot simple syrup or brandy and voila, dinner and preserves for winter.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
We came across this little wooly worm as it made it's way across the busy trail toward the cooler grassy side and I picked it up to give it a little love and help it along. They look like friendly little pipe cleaners come to life and always make me think Fall is around the bend.... even when I find these critters near the ocean on a sunny day
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Healdsburg SHED is one of my favorite shops with a cafe, coffee bar and fermentation bar, plus local produce and pantry items. They have an incredible selection of hand-crafted and classic kitchen, farm, and garden tools. I always pick up another French canning jar and linens along with kitchen provisions for a picnic or treat after the drive back home to SF. They offer classes and so much inspiration. Shed is located just a block off the main town square in Healdsburg with loads of small town charm and more wine tastings than most can get through in a day.
this scene from the French movie Amelie. A trip to Tartine has become a small tradition so we stopped for a little picnic with a manchego cheese and quince paste sandwich, fresh figs and shrub from home before making our way to the airport.
Kinokuniya Japanese bookstore to peruse the always gorgeous books and pick up a little inspiration. I flipped through this lovely book about French macaroons with tiny garnish of their infused flavor. I nibbled on a Mexican wedding cookie from Harvest Ranch Market that was lost in my bag for a bit or my subconscious saved it for the right time. So, a Mexican wedding cookie from a Castro health store with French macaroons in a Japanese bookstore... hence the travel bit. ;)
I was so excited to finally see Pink Martini live and at Stern Grove none the less with French tourists to the right to sing-along. This free weekly music festival is one of my favorite SF Summer traditions, to enjoy music with the smell of eucalyptus and an ocean breeze. Instead of my brief video I'll share their website instead.