Spanish style omelette (tortilla de patatas) without all the mess.

When I lived in Madrid one summer, I used to love making potato omelettes brimming no with caramelized yellow onions & soaked in local olive oil. Such simple pleasures had their downsides, however, in hours spent on a hot, steamy kitchen and lots of oily scents in hair & clothing. Now, I make the perfectContinue reading “Spanish style omelette (tortilla de patatas) without all the mess.”

Being Green has Always Been Easy – in the Santa Cruz Mountains, at Least.

I have been thinking at lot about being green lately. And not just because of my new blog and boutique Internet content creation business, http://www.sempervirens117.com (although it is a good excuse to mention it). It’s because of the flu pandemic and the talk about we as humans can best adapt to the Anthropocene epoch inContinue reading “Being Green has Always Been Easy – in the Santa Cruz Mountains, at Least.”

Peak Happiness During a Global Flu Pandemic is as Simple as Sliced Bread.

I recently experienced peak happiness while eating a slice of bread. Not just any bread, of course, but nothing too fancy, either. I made the bread myself two days earlier using a sourdough starter I have been feeding weekly for more than ten tears. I served it with a thick wedge of triple cream agedContinue reading “Peak Happiness During a Global Flu Pandemic is as Simple as Sliced Bread.”

Wild foraged nettle frittata with cheddar & chopped parsley biscuits.

No one in their right mind would think to cultivate nettles. They are wild creatures, & they let us know it. Treat them with care & respect, however & they reward annually with a springtime bounty of foraged wild deliciousness. This meal uses nettles in a simple cheese & pastured free range egg frittata &Continue reading “Wild foraged nettle frittata with cheddar & chopped parsley biscuits.”

Being Green Can Be Delicious: Purée of Parsnip & Celeriac Soup.

Being green doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor or enjoyment of your meals. It does mean knowing where your foods comes from, and knowing how best to unlock your food’s power to nourish & please discerning, sustainability minded family members & guests. First, get good vegetables as your base for a weekday soup & salad meal. Organic,Continue reading “Being Green Can Be Delicious: Purée of Parsnip & Celeriac Soup.”

Is it late winter or early spring? Climate change makes it hard to tell.

I love to observe the change of the seasons, especially winter into spring, but lately climate change has gotten me mixed up about who it is I should trust: the calendar or myself. The calendar says early March, so still winter in the northern hemisphere, but my eyes say spring. All around me are thingsContinue reading “Is it late winter or early spring? Climate change makes it hard to tell.”

Provisional Voting Is Simpler Than You Think.

I know, I know. Voting can be so hard! But is it really? There are so many options these days, even when we are not at home. But what about when you can’t make it home on time or have been traveling or indisposed for health reasons for weeks before a big primary or generalContinue reading “Provisional Voting Is Simpler Than You Think.”

The Reusable Bags of San Mateo County

I love my local Saturday farmers’ market, located on the spacious & scenic College of San Mateo campus on a section of the parking lot facing the East Bay & city of San Francisco. Watch closely on a clear & sunny fog free morning, & you can even see jet planes landing at the nearbyContinue reading “The Reusable Bags of San Mateo County”

An Everyman’s Ocean: The Walking Trail to Franklin Point.

Franklin Point is the most spectacular ocean viewpoint you’ve never heard of – even if you DO call the San Francisco Bay Area your chosen home. It’s so off the radar screen it hurts. John Hope Franklin fans (like me) will know the backstory here, but most visitors to this modest, unassuming wooden planked platformContinue reading “An Everyman’s Ocean: The Walking Trail to Franklin Point.”