Saturday, September 29, 2007

Comedy Review: Paul Nardizzi

I used to live in Boston, and although I don't miss freezing my face off every winter, I do miss hearing the sweet sound of a Boston accent. (For all those who say I still have an accent, we need to talk). I've seen Paul perform at the Comedy Connection in Faneuil Hall in Boston many times, and he's by far my fave. He fires jokes out in a crusty, sarcastic Boston accent so fast I have to force myself to stop laughing to hear the next joke. Even his website cracks me up, check it out here:

http://paulnardizzi.com/

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Recipe: Zucchini bread


Mmmmm, zucchini bread. So what if it's loaded with butter and sugar, it has zucchinis in it. So it's gotta be healthy, right?

Right?

Another reason I love zucchini bread is that it's fun to make. There's something oddly satisfying about grating the zucchini with a cheese grater. Weird, I know. But try it before you judge me.

I found a recipe for banana bread on the food network website, switched up the bananas for zucchinis, and made a couple other healthy substitutions. So here's my recipe for vegetable-loaded zucchini bread:

1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter
2 eggs
3 zucchinis
1 tablespoon soy milk
1 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon (i like cinnamon)
2 cups oat flour*
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan with vegetable oil or canola oil.

In a small bowl, combine the sugar and butter and mix until fluffy. Add the eggs and beat well.

Grate the zucchinis with a cheese grater. Combine the grated zucchini with the milk and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the sugar and butter mixture and stir until combined.

In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly add this to the zucchini mixture and stir until combined.

Pour batter into the baking pan and bake 1 hour 10 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Set aside to cool, and when cooled, remove from pan.

Enjoy!

*I prefer oat flour or brown rice flour over wheat flour, as I used to be wheat-intolerant.

(I wanted to post a photo of the bread fresh from the oven. Instead, this is the bread two hours later...)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

From baa to bee...

I keep reading articles like this one talking about how the bees are dying off. When I was little, I used to hate bees...but now that I have a garden, I don't mind them. And I can't ignore how important they are to our food chain.

My perspective on bees changed after reading these two books:



I loved this book---I read it while I was traveling in Thailand, and I have such sweet memories of escaping the mid-day heat, sprawled out on my bed under the ceiling fan, drinking Japanese iced tea from a box. This book got me very interested in beekeeping, as the main characters make a living out of gathering and selling honey.



A sweet book about friendship, family, and love. I hope I'm this feisty when I'm older! I read this book shortly after finishing the first book on bees. I think I'm onto a theme here.

So now I want my own beehive in the backyard. Jarring honey sounds so old-school and fun, like they did on "Little House on the Prairie". I guess I should check with my neighbors first?

And lucky me, there's a beekeeepers' association right here in San Francisco:
http://www.sfbee.org/

I'll keep you posted...

Monday, September 24, 2007

Book Review: The Omnivore's Dilemma

This book starts out a bit slow, going into great detail about corn sex, but then picks up when the author buys a calf (to follow it's life until death as a hamburger), and roars to a finish with the author hunting for mushrooms and wild pigs in California. Every sentence in this book is extremely dense and piled with information...and information that every omnivore should have. This is a book that you must read if you eat. And I know you do, so get this book!


Saturday, September 22, 2007

why blog? 'cause i'm a woman!

i read this article the other day, giving me one more reason to blog!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

fun personality test

i took the personalDNA test online here: http://www.personaldna.com/tests.php

this is me, all summed up in a neat little colored box. drag your mouse over the colors for more info.



i'm a considerate creator...how 'bout you?

Monday, September 17, 2007

hummingbirds


I have a hummingbird feeder in the backyard, and it actually works.

I make the nectar by boiling together 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. Make sure to stir the sugar to dissolve it, and boil it for 2 minutes, as this will delay the nectar getting moldy. The birds don't like moldy food, so change it often (a couple of times a week), and make sure to clean out the feeder thoroughly.

When I first got the feeder, I was making the nectar every week and waiting for the birds to arrive, but I wasn't attracting ANY hummingbirds. I didn't know what I was doing wrong--- I knew they lived in my neighborhood. I ended up figuring it out the hard way...when the weather turned chilly, I made myself some hot chocolate. I added the sugar to the chocolate and soy milk, took a huge sip...and ACK! Gross! I immediately spit it out--turns out I had put salt in the sugar jar:)

I fixed that problem, and now I have lots of happy sugary hummingbirds in my yard...

Saturday, September 15, 2007

scotland sheep


i spent a week in scotland this summer, and saw lots of sheep hanging out on the hillside. yeah, it made my trip, and i looked like a stupid tourist pulling the car over and taking photos. but i really like sheep.

scotland is gorgeous, filled with rolling green hills, crumbling castles, and covered in fog. we flew into glasgow, and traveled around the country to edinburgh, inverness, and the isle of skye.

i love to travel, and i swear by lonely planet guidebooks. they're easy to read, and have recommendations according to your budget on food, lodging, and things to do.