Monday, November 29, 2010

my red lentil sweet potato soup

Cause you know you want a big warming bowl of soup on these cold nights. This recipe is simple, fast, and forgiving -- don't have something, you can probably get away with it.

Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup
1 1/2 tblspoon olive oil
1/2-1 large onion, chopped
1-3 teaspoons of cumin seed (or more ground cumin if that's all you got)
6 cloves of garlic, chopped (don't be shy...)
1 inch ginger, chopped or grated (if you've got it)
1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped into chunks
1/2 cup canned tomatoes
2 celery ribs (if you've got em')
1 carrot chopped
1/2 teaspoon of salt (at least)
1 cup dried red lentils
4 cups veggie broth
1 1/2 cups water
red chile pepper flakes, dill, yogurt to top

(other things to add if you've got them: curry powder, lime/lemon, chard/spinach/kale)

The cookin;
  1. Heat oil over moderately high heat until hot, then saute onion, stirring until golden about 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic cumin, salt other spices if you like, then tomato, celery, sweet potato and carrot--saute stirring for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add lentils, water, broth and simmer, uncovered stirring every once in awhile until the lentils are tender.
Top with red chile pepper flakes, lime, dill, and yo if you've got some on hand. Mmmmm.

Friday, November 26, 2010


a big bike ride to 42nd and Clement for a hike along the north west coast of the city.
I like being a tourist in my own city.

a day of decadence

a crisp bernal hill hike
five carefully crafted courses
first. cheese, homemade hummus, and red wine

second. fresh from the garden salad.

third. ben's borscht with chickpeas.

fourth. a shroomy pizza piled high.
banjo & belgian beer course...

the most beautiful of pizzas.
yes that's kale, four cheeses, chantrelles and portobellos, olives, and fake sausage. damn.
fifth. vegan chocolate mousse & champagne with garden grown strawberries.

thank you for the day of decadence. goodness itself.

Because Sundays are fun days.

ask yourself: what does it mean to know a place?

Rebecca Solnit & Infinite City @ the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts. Solnit, a writer/activist/San Franciscan that draws circles in thought where you may have only seen a straight line, tells the story of SF through maps.
"we are each an atlas of a place"

to know the center is to know a work of art, a military base transformed,
a place of quiet green beauty, where you can apprentice as an artist or a baker. Where this room of found objects connects all the dots...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


community garden plot!

my first chayote harvest!

big sky

galette a la 327 bartlett

the best way to start my day -- to find this in the fridge at work...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Henry Coe Fall 2010

90 minutes away from SF and you're in an oak woodland wonderland. My first backpacking trip! I love getting to a place on my own two feet.

Early am foggy photos & sun soaked blown out pm photos, but still worth posting.

home sweet swampy home.

Lessons learned: cotton is bad. chocolate is key. and good people, essential.