The Weekend

Happy Monday ererrybody!

Hope you had a good weekend. I had a pretty enjoyable one myself so I’m going to share with you whether you like it or not because it’s my blog and I have that kind of power….MWAH HAHAHA

In all realness though, this was probably one of the more action packed weekends I’ve had in a while.  I’ve been working Saturdays for the last year and a half so I’m starting to finally get into the groove of taking full advantage of  that solid 48 hours including Friday night.  It’s been most enjoyable if I do say so myself. So here we go!

Showed some newbies around the neighborhood and checked out Prizefighter for their punch bowls and then Kona Club because it’s so wonderfully tacky with its tiki bar charm.  Had some fivetenburgers along the way too.  If you’re in the Bay go check out fiveten becasue they source all their ingredients locally, have grass fed burgers and you can order it loaded with bacon, eggs, and no buns!! Whooo Paleo friendly

Not my actual photo, but this is pretty much what I ate plus bacon..yummo!

After that tasty night I also volunteered with the Mynchia at a rally for No On Proposition A campaign canvassing around the city.  Can’t say I’m much of a political activist, in fact I’m not one at all, but it was a good experience to go door to door. I must give kudos to those who do it everyday fighting for what they believe in.

We finished up the day helping a friend with a website and then eating some homemade arepas. I usually don’t eat corn, but whoooo boy was worth it.   There is something about homemade which can never be replicated.

After those the man and I were pretty stuffed so we called it an early night and decided to go for a sunrise hike the next morning up in Tilden.  Photo cred goes to the man for the following pictures.

It was insanely foggy

But the morning light was still visible on the flowers

Still a peaceful and gorgeous hike

Ran into about 3 of these fellas. They are huge!

Due to the fog and also because I snoozed the 530am alarm we didn’t quite get up there before sunrise, but all in all it was still really nice to have the place to ourselves since most hikers aren’t really out until after 730 or so.

We finished up the day in Petaluma touring Tara Firma Farms with my meetup group and also checking out Lagunitas brewery.  I didn’t partake in the beer tasting since I’m not a huge fan of it, however the “Lewis Experience” Tour was well worth the trip.  I suggest you go check it out because it truly is an experience.

Fresh pastured eggs

Week old piglets enjoying their visitors.

And that’s about it.  Next week we’re heading up to Tahoe hopefully there will be lots of snow 🙂

Looking forward to this view

Staying right in the Squaw Valley Meadow. Doesn't get much better

How was your weekend? Any plans for the next?

Hallow 2012!

To 2012 I bid you HALLOW! 2011 was a good year indeed, but I think we just might be able to make this year even better as we cross into new territories and see where life takes us. And if how we ended this past year is any prediction of the upcoming one it should be pretty darn swell : )

So just in case you were interested this is how we spent the day.

I took the day off work and the man, myself and friends from the gym started off with a quick 5k in Golden Gate Park.

Always happy prerun

The man ran in the first wave because he wanted to WIN!

Man on a Mission!

I hung back for the second wave because as you know I’m not a huge fan of the running business, but it’s always fun to do things with a group.

It was a tad chilly

Once we started moving all was well though.  I ended up falling behind Mary and the other Ironworks folk, but I had no shame plodding along at my own pace.  Perhaps I should work on that next year.  Resolution perhaps?…. I make no promises ; )

In the end, the man unfortunately did not win as he had planned because he overran the volunteer markers and thus the course. On the bright side, the man being nice finished my leg of the run with me for kicks.

run, run, run

Not completely miserable for once. Amazing!

Finished!

We enjoyed some complimentary mimosas afterwards and then headed up to the Haight to show Jeff’s friends Martin around.  Also much love to Martin for taking our pictures and holding our stuff while we ran. Thanks buddy!

The rest of the day was spent prepping some Spicy Chicken Drumsticks and Peppermint Patties from the Make it Paleo cookbook to bring to some New Years Eve festivities later that night.

The plan was for buffalo wings, but I had a few detours

Patty love

The evening was spent ringing in the new year with old and new friends, food, drinks and a whole lot of this..

and this…..

however, none of us looked even remotely that good except perhaps Amos who actually has rhythm.  The video I have is horrifyingly embarrassing so I shall make an effort to keep the friends I have by not humiliating them.

So that was how we rang in the New Year. It was most memorable and thoroughly delicious.

Happy New Year!

What did you do? Do you have any resolutions or plans for 2012?

Turkey Fest Part III – The Big Day!

And now for the big day!

So after hitting the sack around midnight on Wednesday after cooking and completing a shift at work I woke up at 6:30am to take my Big Ass Bird out of the fridge so it could get to room temperature by the time I needed to get it in the oven, which was 8am since we needed food on the table at 2pm for this particular Turkey Day.

Admittedly, I could have planned all my food preparation a whole lot better instead of cooking until midnight and getting up 6.5 hours later to make sure everything was done on time.  I’m not Martha Stewart and I like to procrastinate. Oh well : )

Anyways moving on this is how I finished up the rest of food noms.

Big Ass Bird

  • Brought to room temperature by 8am
  • In the oven breast side down on a roasting rack at 425F for 30 min
  • Take it out, turn the oven down to 325F and flip it over with clean towels without burning your hands off (I tell you this is a feat with a 20lb turkey)
  • Roast until the deepest part of the thigh reads 160F with your handy dandy meat thermometer (I took it out at 157 it was close enough)
    • This took about 5 hours in total as I calculated approximately 15min/lb for roasting time for a heritage turkey over 16lbs according to all my interweb searches
  • Tent it up and let it rest for 45 minutes. Carve and Serve

Glorious.

Kale Salad

  • Clean your kale
  • Remove the ribs
  • Slice it up into long strips
  • Add the dressing I made the night before and let it sit for at least 2 hours before serving

Roasted Beet Salad

  • Dice into 1/2 inch cubes
  • Make dressing
  • Add scallions and goat cheese
  • Mix it all together

Carrot Cake

  • Remove cake from pans
  • Frost it
  • Decorate with chopped walnuts

Grain Free Carrot Cake with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting

Gravy

  • Heat it up on the stove

    Gravy with pureed chicken skins and giblets.....mmmmmmmm

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Puree with Caramelized Onions

  • Heat it up on the stove

    Always gotta garnish

Thanks to my prep the night before the last two items were super easy.  If I hadn’t done that beforehand things probably would’ve ended up more like this

Hungry people on Thanksgiving means everything blows up in the chefs face....

Fortunately things all went quite smoothly and everything got on the table and also onto the surrounding shelves because all of it wouldn’t fit. Yay for gluttony!

Not even the complete spread, which I forgot to capture because I was too excited for food noms

There was still beet salad, kale salad, gravy, cranberry sauce, pies, cakes, rolls, and half of a turkey not featured on this table.  Also the after picture looks almost the same because the 12 of us failed to make a significant dent in our spread.  Amos, we failed you : (

On the good side though, Jeff and I got to take home lots of turkey leftovers as we deconstructed the half eaten carcass

Taking the turkey apart and breaking the wishbone

I won!

Too angry to look at the camera because he lost. Mwah hahaha!

Needless to say it was a great day and all of us and our bellies were thankful for food, company, and chance to spend some quality time with those we love.

Hope you had a fabulous Turkey Day too! Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey Fest Part II

*Sorry for the delay. I forgot my lappy at Mynchia’s house on the big day and did not get a chance to retrieve any of it until last night.

As my bird is brining away today I needed to get down and work on some of my side dishes for the nomful day looming ahead.

First off, this is what I’m planning on making for the big day:

Carrot Cake – ala the Food Lovers

Cranberry Salsa – borrowed from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Grain Free Gravy

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Puree

Roasted Beet Salad With Goat Cheese

Kale Salad – borrowed from Food Gal

Big Ass Bird – borrowed from the LA Times

Party guests will be contributing other Thanksgiving favorites, which I’ll happily eat when the day comes.  After passing out from food coma I will then share with you cyber family the rest of the noms : )

Now for the food prep game plan….

Carrot Cake
  • Bake the cake
  • Make the icing
  • Assemble it on Turkey Day
Cranberry Salsa
  • Made it on Sunday
Grain Free Gravy
  • Make it today
    • I suggest making it earlier though : )
Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Puree
  • Make it today
Roasted Beet Salad
  • Roast the beets today
  • Make dressing day of and assemble
Kale Salad
  • Make dressing today
  • Assemble morning of Thanksgiving
  • (In retrospect it tasted better after sitting for a whole day, perhaps next time)
Big Ass Bird
  • Let it brine today
  • Cook it tomorrow

And this is how I felt at about 11:30pm