Red Bell Pepper Compost
Red Bell Pepper Compost

I used to go to the Monday kitchen every week to volunteer my time to make lunch for the folks of Berkeley who needed it. We didn’t/don’t discriminate as to whom we serve in People’s Park in Berkeley. Anyone who is hungry can come on over at 3pm for some rice and beans and whatever veggies were donated to the kitchen.

I hadn’t been to the kitchen in a very long time, over a year maybe, but I had time on my hands this week and decided to stop by. My task was to prep the organic red bell peppers, which I did. I washed and discarded the innards in the same container so the seeds wouldn’t go down the drain. I went to dump the water when I realized that I was a tad mesmerized by the composition floating there. If you didn’t know they were red bell pepper innards, it would take a while to figure it out. Abstract almost.

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Gluten/Wheat Free Chocolate Raspberry Donut!
Gluten/Wheat Free Chocolate with Raspberry Black Pepper Glaze Donut!

Every summer I spend a week in The Mission of San Francisco, housesitting. I make sure that I spend a few days of that time wandering the neighborhood, discovering who has closed their doors and who has opened them. I’ve often walked by Dynamo Donuts on 24th Street but have never had the pleasure of sampling them, for the most part, because at $3.75 a pop for the wheat-free delights they were just outside of my daily food budget.

This year though, one donut from Dynamo was my big food splurge. It was totally worth it! Very lovely cakelike chocolate donut with raspberry black pepper glaze. Their other wheat-free options (currently) are Lemon Buttermilk and Carrot Cake. They do fry the donuts in the same oil at the wheat donuts. But that didn’t bother me in any way that I could see.

Dynamo Donuts & Coffee
2760 24th Street between York Street & Hampshire
San Francisco, CA 94110
T: 415.920.1978
HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday 7am – 5pm; Sunday 9am – 4pm; CLOSED MONDAYS

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Making Sweet Potato Roti


Because I’m housesitting I have access to a kitchen. One that I am comfortable using and working in. It was a few weeks ago when I surfed past a recipe for the Indian flat bread called Sweet Potato Roti. I love yams and sweet potatoes and the recipe looked easy.

Today I gave it a whirl.

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This was a small test recipe because I had never made Roti before and also because I was using gluten free flour. One never knows how things are going to turn out the first time, especially when using a substitute flour!

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Sweet Potato Roti

1/2 cup mashed boiled or steamed yams
1/2 cup gluten free mix of (mostly) Bob’s Red Mill Baking Flour (mostly garbanzo bean flour) and just a little of TJ’s gluten free flour (mostly rice flour), or the flour of your choice.

While the yams are still warm mash them and mix them with the flour.
Flour your board.
Create three equal balls of dough.
Press them into tortilla/flat bread like rounds.
Cooking one at a time, drop the roti into a skillet and let it brown on one side.
Flip and let it brown on the other side.
Bubbles may appear – this is a good.

Stack your roti.

Use like a soft tortilla for eating a curry. I made a litle pot of curried black beans and drizzled plain yogurt over the top.

The texture was perfect for using it like a tortilla. I am curious how this recipe might work with substituting half the flour for corn meal.

You can also season the roti. I added a little cardamom to mine, but you could add any of the Indian spices, like curry, to the dough.


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Rainy Day Vege Don

Rainy Day Vege Don

There is an “everyone’s favorite Japanese place” in my neighborhood called Man Puku. I go there sometimes, often when I want some sort of Asian flavored comfort food. At Man Puku, that could take the form of a Veggie Rice Bowl (pictured above) or maybe an over sized bowl of Curry Ramen, but it is usually the rice bowl, called a donburi.
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Lost Tacos – What I Do When Uber Times Me Out


Uber takes me far and wide around the Bay Area and sometimes I just don’t have a clue as to where I might be. That’s when I put on my explorer hat, park the car, and take a walk.

When I travel I usually have a daily goal – see this one thing, or look for a series of one thing, especially when I’ve got my camera with me. When Uber sticks me in a town I’ve never been in before, or even after a long ride, I set off looking for my favorite lunch (at lunch time) or snack (any other time of the day), tacos.

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