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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Farm to Fable

Quite interesting story "Farm to Fable" about BS farm to table restaurants and farmer's markets in Tampa, Florida. The FM are much more legit in Cali, but restaurants, who knows. Food quality is obviously very important to me. The way i can afford expensive ingredients is to cook them myself rather than going out to eat. From the Florida story, it sounds like even if you are spending alot in a restaurant you could still be getting cheap/low quality ingredients. I wish Americans respected the true cost of food more, and people could make an honest living producing and selling good quality food.

NPR overview, Farm to Fable farmer's markets story, Farm to Fable restaurants story
my 'shady' plot at the garden, also have a sunny plot. this one is shaded by a big eucalypt in the morning. foreground is a fuyu persimmon, middle ground a walnut that is super confused by the drought - hasn't leafed out yet. also coastal CA poppies, arugula flowers, etc

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Lacto Fermented Daikon +

Nice. Followed a recipe from Cultures for Health. Gonna grow more daikon next year! I really liked the pink hue the beets gave it. Should have taken a timeseries of pics as the pink grew.

Daikon Pickles
Enough daikon to fill a 1Q mason jar, cut into spears
some beet (used chioggia)
couple cloves garlic (peeled, whole)
couple serrano chilies (stemmed, halved)
2T salt
2c water

stuff tightly into jar, dissolve salt in water, pour over. keep veggies below water line. cover jar with a coffee filter + rubber band. i fermented it about 3 weeks, probably a little too long but alright.




Sunday, April 17, 2016

Garden, 17 April 2016

 oh, to be a black cat when it's 92 in the shade

 coastal CA poppies



Misc Food

 romanesco + mozz
 ok pizzas, red sauce/beet greens, greens/onions/anchovies

 indian potluck w/ team fun
 beet greens, collard greens
 veggie
 machaca de res (dried beef from Baja, it reconstitutes when you cook it with veggies)

Poppies, point and shoot

 Olympus 1030 SW, not a great camera but it's macro works well. Poppies in the garden, killing a little time waiting for the bikepaths to clear before biking in to school.



Misc Lizzy Girl

cat + radio = happy me


redwood 4x4 scratching post

Kaanji

Our friend Bharat was recently visiting back home in India and posted a pic of the Kaanji that his mom made. It looked interesting, so I have it a go. It's fermented carrots and beets; you drink the liquid and eat the pickled veg. Pics are day 1,2,3. It probably could have used an extra day but was still good.



I followed this recipe, but in case the link disappears here it is:

Kaanji
3 medium carrots
1 beet
1.5 T sea salt
2T ground mustard seeds
2t chile powder
2Q water


wash, chop veggies
put in jar, toss with salt, spices
pour in water
loose lid or coffee filter + rubber bands
put in sun for 3 to 4 days

Pasta Rolling Action Shots

 pasta rolling with team fun



Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Garden Flowers, 29 Feb 2016

 almond
 crocosmia


 coastal poppy
 peach

what's a garden post without a pic of Lizzy?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Agave/Bees II

this time i set up nice compositions and hit the shutter when a bee flew in
 same basic composition/area on the plant, one vertical, one horizontal, not sure which i like more.

 digging the stamens

really fun abstract image, shallow depth of field just for the pollen

Friday, January 29, 2016

Agave/bees

An agave that has been outside of my place ever since I moved in is finally flowering and attracting some bees. Still trying to figure out how to shoot it, these are the most interesting so far. I think I like the sharp flower and moving bees look. I also like the shallow depth of field one. The quicker shutter is interesting, but I like the blur sometimes too. So many choices. D600, 85mm macro tilt shift, tripod.