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Holiday Gift Fairs 2012

If you are interested in San Francisco Bay Area made treats and treasures, these three gift fairs should be on your radar for this weekend espresso cups set, December 7 - 9, 2012.

La Cocina Gift Bazaar
This year the La Cocina Gift Bazaar is taking place downtown! It will be at the Crocker Galleria at 50 Post St from Friday, December 7th from 1 pm - 7 pm. There will be live music and plenty of delicious things to eat and give as gifts. Some of my favorites include Kika's Treats, Global Grub, Maite Catering, Love & Hummus and Azalina's. This is a great event, put on by San Francisco's first non-profit incubator kitchen Stainless steel tea infuser. I've gone every year. Don't miss it!

Speakeasy Holiday Indie Mart
Hosted by Indie Mart this Saturday Bordeaux, December 8th, from 12 pm - 6 pm is the Speakeasy Holiday Indie Mart at Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, 1195 Evans Ave, Bayview. Tour the brewery, purchase packaged foods and sweets or find something to eat at one of the food trucks. A shuttle will be available for $3 to get you there, look for details coming soon. Sorry I don't have a listing of vendors Business Education, but I'm sure this will be a worthwhile event.


SFMade Holiday Gift Fair
I'm a big fan of the Fort Mason farmer's market and this weekend there is even more reason to go, the SFMade Holiday Gift Fair will be taking place from 10 am - 6 pm at the Herbst Pavilion. Keep an eye out for local favorites including Bi-Rite high chair, Heath Ceramics, The Chai Cart, Poco Dolce How to Manage DC Motor Speed Control, also NeoCocoa and Clairesquares (both of whom will also be at the La Cocina event on Friday).
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Peanut Butter and Honey Granola


titleOne of the things I resolved to do this year is to make more things from scratch...to make more of our basic commodities (as far as food is concerned that is – I haven’t yet reached the exulted heights of making my own detergent or conditioner) and condiments . I love the feeling of smug satisfaction I get from having homemade jams and chutneys in my pantry, stock in my freezer, and jars of pickling vegetables in my fridge designer handbags clearance.com/tubeamp.html">tube amp.

Some may scoff at the Suzy-homemaker-ness of it all and label it as trite or kitsch or old-fashioned. I see you rolling your eyes, brandishing your high-stress jobs like swords, all while trying to keep those multiple balls that you juggle in the air. Well, I only have this to say, I am one of you. I have a full time, high stress job that I absolutely love to wield like some shiny weapon, or more to the point, like a shield…"I’m stressed! Don’t bug me!" My job has nothing to do with writing or food or this blog marie france bodyline. It is a regular job, and like the millions of regular jobs out there – takes up most of my time and can be the cause of some energetic head-against-the-wall banging. I juggle multiple roles and yes, it does get tiring and frustrating hosting service. I don’t always stick my lemons in my San Pellegrino, despite my best efforts. Sometimes I suck on them and grumble and say “oh phooey!”

But, these homey, hearth-y tasks like making stock from scratch, kneading bread, or making your own cereal, actually help relieve the stress of a fast-paced world. Its very clichéd corniness, its almost primitive function, brings me comfort. Slowing down my steps, doing something good for myself, my body, and my family Domestic Helpe...puttering, contemplating, working with my hands. The very antithesis of the harried pace of work and, sometimes, life.

Plus there is the added benefit, lest we forget, of avoiding all the additives and what-nots that you find in the packaged, store-bought stuff.

Peanut Butter and Honey Granola
(adapted from theKitchn)

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup very roughly chopped walnuts
1 cup very roughly chopped almonds
1 cup hulled raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup wheat germ
1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cup natural peanut butter, smooth or chunky
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2/3 cup vegetable or olive oil
3/4 cup chopped dried dates

- In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, pumpkin seeds, wheat germ, salt, and cinnamon.
- In a small saucepan, mix the honey and brown sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar is melted. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.
- Pour the honey/peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture. Add the oil, and stir thoroughly until everything is evenly coated. The mixture will be chunky and rough iphone skin.
- Spread the oat mixture evenly on 2 foil-lined (original calls for parchment-lined but I like how foil stays put better) baking sheets and bake in a pre-heated 325F oven for 40 minutes, stirring 2-3 times while baking (I like stirring every 10 minutes).
- When the granola is done transfer to another baking sheet, this one lined with parchment, and spread out. I find this is a good way to let the granola cool down. Once cool, add the dates, and toss to combine.

I haven’t bought granola, or cereal, for a while now (except for the occasional box of raisin bran…for which I have an inexplicable love). I cannot recommend making your own granola enough. It tastes so much better than what you buy in the stores, it is wickedly easy, and you can tailor it to your tastes. I have my basic, go-to recipe for granola here, but this is a wonderful variation. I mean, peanut butter granola…what more needs to be said? I deviated from the original recipe by using walnuts and almonds instead of all peanuts, and forgoing the ground ginger. This makes an absolutely gorgeous granola – redolent with sweet-salty peanutbuttery goodness, and the dates are the perfect dried fruit for it. The recipe makes a nice big batch too, so take out those jars and cute labels and share with family and friends!

Now, don’t think that I’ve gone the full Martha. Although I do dedicate my best efforts to making things from scratch, I won’t get up on a soapbox and say that I never use cube bullion or buy jam. I do, after all, as I said, understand firsthand life’s often frenetic pace and I won’t (and neither should anyone) beat myself up if I can’t make bread this week. Still, do not underestimate the benefits, both in the goodness of the end product and in therapeutic qualities of the process, of doing things the “old-fashioned” way :)

To all the worker bees out there: may our weekend be as luxuriously slow as our week was dizzyingly fast!

And to all the mamas out there, who are always working, 24/7: Have a fabulous Mother’s Day! If I could give all of you peanut butter granola topped kisses I would :)

Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup


What a week this has been! As I sit here on my desk I can barely manage to keep my eyes open and my shoulders from drooping with fatigue. I won’t go into the gritty details here, because really, who wants to hear about that? Work has just been a wringer with curve balls left and right – throw in intense technological dramas with the hard drive and you have quite the birthday week. That’s not even to mention the strange weather preamp!

It is during times like these that I (and I think we all do) need to turn to something comforting in the kitchen. Something warm and soupy and hearty and familiar. This doesn't take much, after all, when in the throes of what seems to be a purgatorial punishment I am in no shape to go all Master Chef in the kitchen. I take what I have and make the most of it. Which is exactly what we should do with and in all crummy situations life throws us.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

500 grams prepared corned beef brisket
2 small red onions, peeled and halved
1 medium cabbage, cored and sliced into 8 wedges
1 carrot, peeled and cubed
1 potato, peeled and cubed
1 bay leaf
A good cracking of black pepper

- Place the corned brisket, onion, carrot, potato, and bay leaf in a heavy bottomed pot. Cover with liquid – you can use stock or water, I used the liquid that came with my corned brisket. Cracked some fresh black pepper over, cover the pot, and place over medium low heat to cook. Check occasionally to make sure nothing is catching on the bottom of the pot.
- When the carrots and potatoes are halfway done, add the cabbage. Cover the pot once more and cook until all the vegetables are done custom clothing labels.
- Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Mine needed no extra seasoning as the flavours of the corned beef and cooking liquid were already intensely aromatic.
- Fish the slab of corned beef out onto a chopping board and slice thickly. Lay the slices on serving bowls and cover with the soup and a portion of vegetables. Enjoy hot.

This soup was put together, thankfully, without much trouble. Which is more than I can say for my poor hard drive. I used a slab of local corned beef brisket which I had in the freezer. Along with that, I scrounged up a carrot, and potato, and a head of cabbage. No matter how frazzled or anxious I am, the act of tucking in a few simple ingredients into a pot with some liquid, then leaving it to slowly but surely, and magically, turn into a fortifying soup, gives me a sense of calm that nothing can quite duplicate. I know that may sound odd, but it works for me, and is much cheaper than the spa, plus you have soup afterwards.

The corned beef I used here is made by Mr. D’s Artisanal using wagyu beef brisket, which is cured for one week then slow cooked for five hours. The famous marbling that wagyu beef is known for makes this a meltingly tender chunk of meat. With potatoes and mounds of cabbage, and a generous dollop of horseradish on the side, this pure comforting sustenance. Any leftovers make awesome sandwiches.

Since my beef was was already pre-cooked it was just a matter of getting the vegetables done and the beef heated through. If you are using fresh corned beef you just have to adjust the cooking time above and slow cook until the beef is tender, this could take 4-5 hours. Add the vegetables during the final hour of cooking.

I am still in the midst of trying to resolve this seemingly insurmountable technical hiccup. And although the task feels absolutely daunting I am determined to take it one step at a time and hope to see the light at the end of the tunnel soon. Wish me luck Ergonomic furniture!

I don’t want to end this post on a sour gripey computer-related note though. I am happy to share that after hearing about my giveaway The Vanilla Company has decided to donate more vanilla beans to be shared with you! That means instead of one lucky winner, we will have two!! I am also giving you another week to enter! So go ahead and leave a comment on my vanilla bean éclairs post and get a chance to win some really lovely vanilla beans!

春之聲


聽,有一種聲音在向我們走近,聲音裏夾雜著泥土的氣息與花草的芬芳。這就是春的腳步,她正用輕盈的步伐向我們走來,帶給我們新的生活,新的開始,新的一切。

也許,“新”正是春的語言吧,是她唯一想對我們敘述的語言。她告訴我們,新的一年已經到來,不要沉靜在舊的悲傷中,舊的成功中,一切都是煥然一新的,也要我們用新的面孔去面對這新的一切。春天所說的語言,或許在我們身上發生過或正在發生。過去的一年中,我們有過多少失敗,成就多少夢想,流過多少汗水與淚水,讓這新一年的春天幫我們敘說,讓我們用自己勤勞的雙手去洗掉以往一切的不快與失敗,從哪兒摔到就從哪兒站起,這樣堅強的毅力才是年輕人宏偉的氣概,這樣的氣概才是春天所希望看到的。在這新的一年中,我們一定要堅強,不怕摔到,不怕挫折,因為,我們一旦倒下,春天會讓和煦的風兒把我們扶起,讓明媚的陽光替我們拭去眼角的淚水,讓茂盛的枝葉為我們指引前進的方向……所以,有了春天的陪伴我們不用害怕任何困難與挫折。

前進需要方向,奮鬥需要目標,成就需要理想。新一年中,新的理想醞釀新的目標,目標使我們前行,前行中的一番拼搏,讓我們成熟,自信,就這樣,我們便看到了成功的希望。成功過後,我們便多了一份與眾不同的感覺,那就是成就感。如同春天發芽的苗兒,秋天便可以收獲誘人的果實,成就感就是我們懷裏抱著剛摘取的果實所產生的感覺,那是何等的喜悅啊!所以,成功也是春天賦予的。

這樣看來,春天是偉大的,因為她給予我們新的一切,賜予我們膽量和勇氣,指引我們邁向目標,激勵我們走向成功。她還為我們拂去了往日的憂愁與悲傷。

春,用和藹的語氣告訴我們:“前途是光明的,但道路是曲折的。”想要找到光明的前途,就得走好曲折的道路。春天正用明眸注視著我們,我們不能讓她失望!勞煩春風替我們捎個信,告訴春天 ,我們是堅強的!

春之聲,如綿綿細雨,滔滔母愛,時刻提醒著我們。叫我們永不屈服!

你到底想過怎樣的生活?


當你早上6點鐘在某個城市的出租房被窩內爬起來,然後洗漱乾淨6點半出了門,去到街邊的小攤喝了一塊錢的豆漿吃了一塊錢的油條,七點擠上了那輛開往公司的公交車上,你在感嘆生活,你想著今天不會遲到能在八點前打上卡了,然後能跟你的美女同事上班的時候qq上調下情,中午食堂說不定有排骨,這個月全勤獎金有多少的同時,你想起了前兩天你同學聚會是的初中同學小a。


你開始羨慕嫉妒恨了,你想著小a有個處長爹,在城裡有兩套房,一套小a和女朋友住一套父母住。於是你又想起了他女朋友,嗯,真不錯,好像還是大學同學,長得也挺順眼的。於是你看看自己你發現你已經5年沒談過戀愛了,你家衛生紙消耗的最快,你渴望小a的生活了,不用買房,家在城市,有個混日子的工作以及一個靠譜的女朋友。


於此同時小a可能剛剛從床上爬起叼著根兒玉溪坐在馬桶上,一邊便秘著一邊忍受著女友使勁拍打門,喊他出來她要洗漱換裝,然後小a想了下快過節了,自己老爹和自己能收到大概多少錢或者多少禮物,然後小a又盤算了下自己要從中間拿出多少來孝敬自己的處長,那個老煙槍,還只抽中華,TMD,然後小a又想起了自己那輛破富康,老爹開了快10年了扔個自己開,不行,我得換車,不過剛工作2年哪來的錢換車呢?


他想起了前兩天老爹帶著一起去吃飯的某局長的女兒y,小丫頭跟我差不多大卻開著奧迪,媽的長得也挺不錯,畢業了我們還要死要活的上班她卻開了公司,於是小a開始羨慕小y的生活了。


這個時候小y正在床上,朦朦朧朧可能半醒,她很絕望,昨天陪客戶喝酒完了客戶手又不老實亂摸,雖然老爹牛逼哄哄的但是沒辦法啊,自己開公司的錢都是老爹給的,總不能一單不做全靠著老爹吧。然後小y又有點傷感,昨天喝了酒還要喊個代駕,連個開車的男朋友都沒有,也不是沒有啦,這麼多年談了這麼多個,甲吧,挺帥的,就是家境太一般了,人有點兒土,聊不到一塊兒去,乙吧,還算合適,就是個子太矮了長得也一般,丙吧,我是真心愛他,可是他太花心了,沒辦法。


於是小y又陷入了痛苦中,她想起一會兒還得爬起來去公司見客戶,然後中午要陪客戶喝個酒,晚上被老爹拉去慶祝某叔叔高升了,喝多後還是要代駕吧?


於是她想起了一年前幫她開過車送他回家的一個小伙子c,家裡一起吃過飯,小伙子家做生意的,現在在大洋彼岸讀書,每天傳網上些照片都是各種風景各種美食,小y羨慕了,我要不工作也出去留留學多好?


大洋彼岸的深夜,小c剛剛從餐廳下班往家走,然後他算了算他媽的今天我又工作了5個小時,老闆卻只給了我4個小時的工資,然後還因為語言上有了誤解被那個黑人大媽教育了一番,小費也沒掙多少。他邊走著邊想著自己從小到大哪吃過這些苦,開廠的老爸從來都是要錢就給的,嗯,我兜里揣的那信用卡還能刷多少來著?


但是小c又想起了老爹,他不想花老爹的錢了,他也不小了他想回去工作來著,但是老爹老娘說一輩子就吃了沒文化的虧了,兒你放心讀個博士出來,爹養著你讀到30都不怕爹還乾的動!讀出來你就可以給爹光宗耀祖回來好好繼承爹這麼大個產業了!然後他內心有個聲音自己回答了自己:其實我不想接你得班,我只想和女朋友安安穩穩的過日子。於是他又想起了在大洋彼岸的女友,她還能等我嗎?


他想起了他的一個好朋友,正在他們家廠做銷售的小a,他的日子多單純啊,沒有女朋友可以擔心,每天過著自己的日子,有豆漿油條可以吃,有包紅塔山抽很滿足,每天勤勞工作,哪怕苦一點,也不用像自己這樣患得患失啊!


我們每個人都是這樣子的,我們得到了很多,卻渴望著更多。


我們往往是生活中的瞎子,只有一隻眼是​​睜開的,我們看到了別人有的,沒有看到自己有的。


慾望是使人進步的源泉。我們從小被父母灌輸著努力,奮鬥,拼搏的觀念,我們從小被拿來和這個比和那個比。我們放眼望去,網路上都是哪個總裁哪個成功人士寫給他子女的話,告訴世人如何成功的話。我們卻忘記了問自己,什麼才是自己想要的生活。


於是我們被這麼灌輸大了,沒人想要自己的生活,沒人覺得自己生活的很幸福。我們發現周圍總有比自己哪個方面好的人,於是當我們長大後,不管成功不成功,我們會教育下一代:你要如何如何。


我們卻沒有問下一代,什麼是你想要的?因為我們都沒有問自己,什麼是我們自己想要的?我們究竟在過別人想要我們生活的生活,還是自己的?


我們從來不滿足於現狀,總渴望著他人的生活模式,是因為我們沒有問過自己,什麼是我想要的?不在於你掙多少錢,取得了怎樣的文憑,又沒有漂亮的女朋友或者帥氣的男朋友,而是怎樣是你想要的。


我們過分在意父母的期待,周圍的輿論,迷失了自我,我們羨慕別人,渴望得到自己沒有的,得到了​​又覺得食之無味,棄之可惜。


這就是你想要的生活嗎?

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