Thursday, March 27, 2014

Eating Well: Springtime Brunch

Last weekend, on a sunny Saturday morning, I rolled out of bed fairly early, went to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, loaded up on spring veggies, and headed to the loft to make a proper spring brunch. And it.was.amazing. How could it not be? There's nothing like the first veggies of spring. I am so excited to eat all the things as we ramp up into full summer produce madness, but for now, I am content enjoying the all too-fleeting tastes of spring. It's true, what they say: it goes so fast.



Basically, this is a brunch in two parts. Part one: broiled asparagus. This is so easy. If I was able to do it and not set off the smoke alarm (easy to do when broiling), then you can do it, too.

Broiled Asparagus

Ingredients:
1 bunch asparagus (local, organic -- ideally. What's the point of eating asparagus that isn't in season?)
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper

Instructions: 
Move oven rack to the uppermost position and set the broiler on low.
Coat asparagus in olive oil (get yer hands oily!).
Set on a oven safe baking sheet or broil pan covered in foil.
Salt & pepper liberally.
Broil and turn the baking sheet/broil pan every 3 minutes or so until asparagus is beginning to brown.
Don't be like me and let it burn on accident! 

Part two --

Potato Hash w/ spring vegetables

Ingredients:
1 pound potatoes (I used large fingerling potatoes)
1 bunch green garlic, diced
2-3 spring onion bulbs, diced (save green parts)
2-3 small carrots, diced
1 bunch pea shoots, chopped
Spring onion tops, diced
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper

Instructions:
Heat up your pan (medium heat)
Add olive oil.
Add potatoes.
When the potatoes are halfway done (make sure you're stirring occasionally), add carrots & onions.
When the onions & carrots have softened, add green garlic, pea shoots, salt & pepper (to taste).
Right before the potatoes are crispy and done, add the spring onion tops.

...and, of course, anything else that you'd like!


Monday, March 24, 2014

The Awakening

Springtime is the land awakening.  The March winds are the morning yawn. 
—Lewis Grizzard

Let me just get this much out of the way:

It's been a long time, and much has changed.

I stopped blogging largely because I am not ready -- and will likely never be willing -- to discuss it. I may have once been someone who aired their personal life on the internet (and by extension, everyone else's), but that was half a lifetime ago, when the internet was a different place. When I was a different person. And since this is my space, I know I'm only writing this to justify it to myself.

Anyway.

I'm not even sure how to pick up with blogging again. I'm still trying to figure out what is going on in my life! But I am still kicking, and trying to find joy in the every day. Which, if I think about the overarching purpose I had for this blog in the first place, is exactly what I tried to capture by blogging. So here I am.

It's spring in San Francisco and I still love this city.

dolores park on a gorgeous perfect 75 degree day last week
some favorite flowers are blooming in hayes valley
golden hour / hayes street 

My life is still filled with love, with running, with photography and my bicycle and music and vegan food and plans for the future. So -- there's that, at least.

I am going to do more with this space. I still want to share with the world. I'm experiencing one of the most challenging periods of my life, but those periods are frequently the most valuable, and the most rife with transformation. I am still here, shaking with fear & hope, and only myself, my flawed & perfect self.
 
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