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Thursday, August 20, 2015


I've had some extra yogurt laying around lately so did some experimenting with frozen yogurt. This seems to be a good place to start. The basic proportions are: 1Q yogurt, 1 c sugar, pinch salt; a little booze 1-2 T helps it freeze less hard so is good. You treat yogurt as a liquid, the gel property of yogurt disappears with freezing, so if you do 2c yogurt + 2 c fruit juice it's the same amount of sugar. Maple frozen yogurt is 1Q yogurt, 3/4 c maple syrup, pinch salt. I liked it, but think I made it in the wrong season. Plus I made the mango one below and that is freaking awesome. Here are five fruit recipes, the three most interesting ones to me are mango (2c pulpy mango juice, 2c yogurt, 1c brown sugar, salt, zest/juice 2 limes, rum), orange creamsicle (Laura H made, delish, 1/2 c brown sugar instead of 3/4c white, 2T triple sec), and blackberry. If you don't have an icecream maker a pyrex pan and a fork to stir works, though pyrex + a stick blender is much better.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

David Lebovitz at Le Creuset

this is just awesome. lots of great pics, here is one.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Homemade Mustard

I've been meaning to make this for a while. Here's the deal. Sara moved up to Santa Cruz for a postdoc. When she was here when we had a beer, we would split it. Me cause I'm a lightweight, she cause, well, not sure. So I've had 2 half-ish bottles of beer recently and decided to make mustard 2x. The recipe is from David Lebovitz and calls for equal volumes of mustard seeds, beer, and white wine vinegar. Plus some other stuff. The one thing he doesn't say, but I read elsewhere after tasting the stuff, is you HAVE to let it rest for a while, maybe a week, before using. Mustard seeds are gnarly when freshly ground - super bitter. I used a white ale for the 1st batch and Lagunitas IPA for the 2nd. Both seem good. This stuff has a kick!

Homemade Mustard
1/3 cup mustard seeds (I used a mix of brown and yellow)
1/3 c good beer
1/3 c white wine vinegar
1T maple syrup
1t turmeric
1/2 t salt
chile powder

combine in a glass jar, cover, let sit 2-3 days
stickblend for ~3-5 min
wait for a week
mustard on collards is good

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Sauerruben is fermented turnips. It's similar to sauerkraut (fermented cabbage) but growing a ton of turnips is a heck of a lot easier than growing cabbages. I used the "recipe" from the Joy of Pickling by Linda Ziedrich. I say "recipe" cause there are 3 ingredients, turnips, salt, and caraway seeds. I used my bosch mixer with the food processor attachment to make quick work of the turnips (5 lbs), stirred in 3T of salt and 2 t of caraway seeds and let that sit for a bit. Then stuffed that into a gallon jar and put a ziplock bag with brine (1Q water, 1.5 T salt) in it in case the bag leaks on top, to keep the shredded turnips submerged. Put in a pie plate to catch the overflow. Fermented ~ 1 month. Super good.

This is batch #2. Turnips, rutabaga, beets, carrots. It has passed the overflowing stage but still has a couple of weeks to go.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Chile Flamingo Crops

 these 2 are from the first lake, the rest are from the second lake

 which do you prefer?

 I think I like the extreme crop more

 love this one, cropped slightly, might need to edit this crop still
 these 2 are magic

Garden, 8 May 2015

coastal poppy, crack in the patio


queen of the garden

Hummingbird Nest #2

 presumably the same momma as before (??)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Drought Ag links

on dry farming

osu water use of veg

gardening in drought tips
UC master gardener gardening in drought tips

story about wine grapes in SB county from KCBX

NPR story about SB water use, and one from Shankar Vedantam about water

California report:
11 May about water rights
12 May about Imperial Valley Ag

NPR - SF ugly yard contest

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Glen Canyon section from Damnation

So beautiful, so sad. link

Monday, April 13, 2015

Gauchos del Mar

I'm digging these guys, the trips they are taking seem interesting and they wrote a good article for Surfer's Journal. Just bought their DVDs.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

another good Tori interview

she's reissuing LE and UtP, so doing lots of interviews

Friday, April 10, 2015

On Point (NPR); seed saving

nice radio piece on seed banks

Thursday, April 9, 2015

NYT: water usage of cities in California

Super interesting

NYT: water required to grow certain foods

also Super interesting

Campus Pt. April 2015

Quick little goodbye to SB surf (Sara is doing a 2 year postdoc at UCSC now). A triathalon kind of interfered with the surfing plan...
 "who are these funny looking people I spy on the beach?"

Santa Cruz Island, March 2015

Scorpion anchorage

We went out to SCI in March, to take down the Sauces weather station with Doug and look at the pine mortality due to the crazy drought we are in. It's so nice out there. We stayed an extra day to go to this special secret beach on the south shore. The road was crazy. Snorkled and beach combed. We got a flat on the way out + no air in the spare, walked some and then were rescued by one of the blue jay crew guys in Rust, the FJ-40.  Here's a vid of bird song around the field station:

Santa Cruz Island, March 2015, Pines

 dead pines --> road clearing

 bark beetles...

 Rosa and Miguel
 wild cuke, i think
 dead pines, UPEM area
 Island Jay
 Blue dicks
 taking down the weather station at Sauces
 it's down. you can see mortality is HIGH at Sauces
 bunch of seedlings around a lone dead one
more beetle tracks